Vembu BDR Suite Benefits

John Demattia
Director of IT at MTSI, Inc.
The nice thing about Vembu is that when it's running - as it does incrementals daily - we don't see a negative hit on the performance of the server it runs on. I can also pause it, should that happen, but I've never had to do that. It generates daily reports. I look at them seven days a week, even though I only work five days a week, because I want to make sure that everything's working fine. From a productivity standpoint, it has not hindered anyone and it keeps me very well informed that our backups are being completed. It gives me the data that I need to know, that makes me feel comfortable: Yes, that makes sense for that day, that much data being added to our repository, etc. It has made my job, making sure we have a backup and being able to count on using it, a lot easier. As far as impacting the user community that uses the file server that's being addressed for backup purposes, it has not impacted them in any negative way whatsoever. Finally, it helps us deliver an enterprise-level data protection solution and reduce budgets at a price that - and we don't want to encourage them to change their pricing - is a great value. View full review »
Assad Ali
Owner at Ali Network Solutions
The main thing is recovery. I have had a lot of hardware failures quite recently due to power fluctuations and overheating. Therefore, I am using it on a lab environment where I test things for customers. It has helped to reduce time. For example, one of the hypervisors died, so I loaded up another non-clustered machine and just restored the previous night's backup, then the VMs worked fine. I am able to run Vembu on Windows NAS, which is beneficial. It does install on a Windows-based NAS. You can have the server running from the location where you are storing backups. You don't need a separate server for it in this case. This is only available with the licensed version. View full review »
Dennis Skaltsis
WebFOCUS Senior Consultant
The solution is used for taking a backup of the virtual environment, and the benefit of this is that the speed is a lot higher. The product is taking a full backup during the weekend and takes considerably less time than our old solution. During workdays, it's doing an incremental back up every three hours, and that is also a lot faster. It also gives me a lot of options on which restore point I should use, in case I need to restore something. So these are huge benefits for the organization, speed and multiple restore points, that we didn't have in the past. Another benefit is that the whole process is running at the ESXi level so the users do not really experience any delays or any lack of performance. We just keep them going, using the infrastructure, the VMware infrastructure. In the past, that was not the case because, during the backup process, it was slowing down the server because the server itself was executing the backup. Now, another server and another hypervisor are executing the job and the end-user does not experience anything as a result of the process. It is going on in the background. No delays at all. In terms of data protection, we are not using disaster recovery because we are not licensed for it. But given the fact that we can afford the few hours the restore is going to take us, it is reducing costs, and the maintenance we used to have of switching tapes and external drives. All that kind of stuff that we had in the past has now been eliminated. View full review »
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Blake Krzic
Application Support Specialist at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Realistically, it is no different than the previous backup solution we were using, other than it costs less. As far as workflow is concerned, it hasn't really changed. We use it to back up our VM infrastructure, but as far as benefiting the organization, it's just a guarantee that, if we go down, I can spool it back up at either location. That's the biggest benefit to this sort of backup solution, instead of files on another drive. This is a part of our enterprise backup solution. It has saved us a considerable amount of money. View full review »
Stuart Conner
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Overall, it's unattended, so we don't have to manage it. Once it's set up, we get notifications of a failed or successful backup every night, or for whatever schedule we have it set on. We've had a couple of instances where an employee might have accidentally deleted a file, a network file, and one of the servers that we back up is that file server, and we have been able, with no problem at all, to quickly log into the web-based interface and restore files again in a matter of minutes; just individual files from any specific backup. That's an example of what we've been doing with them. View full review »
Chukwu Austine
Team Lead IT Infrastructure & Support at Africa Prudential Plc
With Hyper-V it helps to ensure high availability. Before I started using Vembu, if I wanted to back up my Hyper-V what I would normally do is go to the folder where I have the VM and copy the hard disk, the VM image. With that I would be able to restore easily. With Vembu, with just the click of a button, it does my backup. I've done a series of restores to test what I'm backing up because that's the essence of a backup — to see how it comes back — and it comes out fine. In VMware you don't just copy your image, but for VMware Vembu also does a perfect job. Vembu has also ensured that the disaster recovery aspect of our business is well taken care of. It is very critical to the business to have a tested backup. Vembu has helped us a lot in that way. We have restored from Vembu backups several times. It has saved us a lot of money, but it's not quantifiable. If you have an issue that would cost a whole lot of money but you have a proper backup solution so you don't have to spend that money, you just restore. It might have saved us millions, in Nigerian money. It saves us time because I just schedule the backups the way I want them and that's it. I don't have to worry about my backups. I'm certain that my data has been backed up. It saves a whole lot of man-hours. View full review »
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
It helps me with restores. I can repeat a test multiple times: Do the test, the restore, and then test again. It saves me time because I don't have to rebuild the VMs every time; rather, I just do a restore. I would estimate it's saving me four to eight hours every time I have to do a restore. I also had a disk crash and the restore was important because I didn't have to rebuild it. So it helps with data recovery as well. It gives me peace of mind because I don't have to do the rebuilds. In a home lab, documentation is not usually at the forefront of your thoughts. You are just trying to get it built and tested. Having the ability to back it up and restore without having to remember all the options were that you had installed and what was the data like before, it gives me peace of mind that I have the restore. View full review »
Gabor Virag
Systems Engineer at GVir Informationsmanagement
We can create a backup contract with our customers and software using this solution. We can backup the software here in Austria, because we have new rules here in Europe, since last year, which are very strict for data protection. View full review »
Manager Infrastructure and Applications at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It hasn't improved the way our company functions from an operational standpoint. View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We use this solution to back up our virtual environments. View full review »
Tim Kemp
IT Director at Premier Technical Services Group PLC
Our previous backup solution was cloud-based rather than being on-premise, and quite often our backups could lag three or four days behind. We are now looking at having a restore point as low as 30 minutes, where the backup has never been more than an hour behind the live solution. We use it to back up Hyper-V, and the key benefit of that is purely one of data security and dependability. View full review »
Matthew Pechia
Managing Member at Offsite Data Protection Services
I use the encryption, and I think my clients feel secure knowing that. I have a couple of examples where I was able to restore a client's data on the spot. This definitely was a success for me, where my client saw how the solution actually works in cases where they would need to retrieve their data when a failure happens. It doesn't happen very often, but it has happened a couple of times. View full review »
Ben Grant
Lead Computer Technician
It makes it possible for us to back up our Unix machines without installing a host, client, or any client software. It gives us some peace of mind in regards to those servers getting backed up. View full review »
Systems Business Manager at a construction company with 11-50 employees
I get my backups done. If I don't get my backups done and something goes wrong, I lose my job. The benefit of using it is that I keep my job. Vembu helps me deliver an enterprise-level data protection solution and reduce budgets. View full review »
Hasni Guetaff
Director of Technology at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
We use it to maintain critical data and save it. It suits our needs, is versatile, and the functionality is there. View full review »
InfoSec Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It was very difficult to find a product that supports Red Hat Virtualization natively and to take a snapshot of the VM or a full backup or a dump from the machine. The option that Vembu proposed, to take the machine as an image, take it from the system, is also good. It has enhanced our backup system. Before, it was very difficult and we did it manually. Now, it's easy to take an image from Red Hat. BDR Suite helps us deliver an enterprise-level data protection solution and reduce our budgets. It is about half of the cost of other products we looked at. View full review »
Manager at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
One of the things that Vembu does for us is, of course, create high-availability for backups, which, if we came to a worst-case scenario, is one of the reasons we selected it, with the high incidence of ransomware. Should we be hit with ransomware, optimally it would allow us to be back up and running pretty quickly. The solution helps us deliver an enterprise-level data protection solution and reduce budgets. It's difficult to estimate how much we have saved, although I know we have saved. We did do a cost analysis up-front and we saved money compared to our prior solution. View full review »
IT Director with 11-50 employees
If we have any issues with servers having been corrupted or damaged, we are able to restore our backups. We are also able to store our backups offsite, in case of fire. Right now I'm using it with VMware. The benefit is being able to replicate the information to a different offsite building where I can store it. We're an FQHC and we have to have an offsite backup in case of a fire. If we were to lose all of our data we wouldn't be able to operate. We run a 24-hour clinic, we have an ER department, and the data needs to be safe. If we didn't have that information stored safely, our patient information, we would not be able to run the business. So it's very valuable for us. It also saves us time being able to do backups automatically instead of manually. Finally, for reporting purposes, it's safer for us to have multiple places where backups are stored. We feel safe that the information is backed up more than once. View full review »
Richard Goward
IT Administrator at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
I am able to verify we have availability of our VMs in case a failure occurs. View full review »
Madhu K Menon
Consultant at Kwan Environmental Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
What we like best about the system is the use of its operation and the backups versus what we had to do earlier. We use it to back up our virtual environments, mainly VMware. Everything is happening in the background without running any commands. It runs seamlessly in the back, so this is a great achievement. This is also a great convenience for this organization. Previously, somebody had to do it manually all the time. We are now using it 24/7 because it is serving as an online backup, and very soon, the DR will activated on the product. We invest in the backup so the continuity of the data is not affected. View full review »
Network Administrator at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
It hasn't improved the way our company functions that much because we were using a backup which is about the same as Vembu. View full review »
Information Technology Analyst 3 at a retailer with 51-200 employees
We are using it with VMware and the benefit is that we have reliable backups. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The way it improves our organization is that we haven't worried about looking at backups in about a year or so, it's just been running on its own. It also delivers an enterprise-level of data protection and helps with our budget. I estimate we have saved $3,000 - $4,000. View full review »
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The backup is constant so it makes things simpler for me. To put it simply, it just works. View full review »
Forrest Wu
Sr. Specialist, IT at WWF-Canada
It has improved our business continuity. We have used this solution to recover from a few incidences. View full review »
Richard Voorheis
Software Test Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Fortunately, we have not had to recover lost data. However, it is reassuring to know that we can recover lost data, if needed. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Vembu BDR Suite. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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