Vembu BDR Suite Initial Setup

John Demattia
Director of IT at MTSI, Inc.
Nothing was complex regarding the initial setup. We could do backups on day one with the software. It wasn't a question of just doing the backups but of trying to do them so it provided us the greatest amount of flexibility and that we were using our pool space as efficiently as we could. That took a little bit of investigating and communication with support. But once we understood it, it was not a problem. On the initial install, there were some things that I thought were going to happen a little differently. We thought we wouldn't eat up the size of our pool, our repository, for backups as quickly because of compression. But when you think about it, that's not a Vembu issue. That's just a practical result of the fact that jpegs already come compressed, so you're not going to get much compression. We underestimated the amount of space we needed. Installing it takes just a couple of hours. It's easy to do. There was no negative impact on anything else running on it. It was simple. We did a backup the same day we installed it, in a test environment, so we could do whatever we wanted. We could do restores, do incrementals, combine incrementals to weeklies, etc. And we didn't have any problem doing any of those things. We'd have a question, periodically, but we would get a response the same day, which was always nice. In terms of staff for deployment, I'll divide that into two pieces. One was a more thorough test of our environment, versus not the high-level tests that we did during the evaluations. We did that over a two-week period of time with a quarter to a half of a person. Regarding the implementation strategy we developed, there was an assessment of what our needs were, tailored to our specific situation. Once we did that, we evaluated what products we might be able to use. We then considered support and maintenance issues and would the products be able to function within our requirements, timeframes, and give us the backup capabilities at the levels that we wanted: file, folder, and volume. This process allowed us to come up with a shortlist of three products and do a little bit deeper testing with them and decide on which one we thought was the best. View full review »
Dennis Skaltsis
WebFOCUS Senior Consultant
The initial setup was straightforward because it was an appliance. We downloaded an already-installed and already-working virtual machine which is acting as a backup server. There were minor issues to connect it to our local network and set up some iSCSI drives and volumes, etc., but it was next to nothing when compared with having to install it from scratch. We downloaded the virtual appliance, activated it, and then configured the network interfaces. After that, we connected the server to our hypervisors and the system was up and running. The deployment took four hours. We didn't use a third-party service provider at all. We directly contacted Vembu, and the back-office and support personnel were very helpful. Every issue was solved within hours. View full review »
Erik Van Der Plaat
System / Network Administrator at Peelland ICT
The initial setup was very straightforward. No problems at all. We have different degrees of engineers. There is the engineer who only does basic tasks, there is a media engineer, and there are enterprise people. This was so easy that a media engineer could do it without problems. The deployment took 30 minutes, maximum. Our initial implementation strategy was to download and install the software and get our licenses ready in the portal. After we installed the software, we needed to get the connection to the storage unit. The last part was configuring all the backup jobs. That was the final piece of the puzzle. View full review »
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Ashoka Reddy
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We had problems, initially in setting it up. There was a major bug and the backup process, it corrupted one of our virtual machines which was a live customer system. That wasn't very good. Now that has been sorted and we know how to avoid it, but at the beginning, it wasn't a good system. It has been fixed and it has been working fine since. It was supposed to be straightforward but it caused major technical issues that were difficult to fix. They were actually unfixable, the problems. We had to basically destroy live production systems. View full review »
Blake Krzic
Application Support Specialist at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
We had a few issues with the initial setup that were solved by support. The actual installation of the software was simple enough. However, there was a bug. We required a hotfix to get two of our larger backups going. But that was remedied within a few days by their engineering team and it has been working flawlessly since. With the exception of just waiting for that to go, it was fairly painless. The deployment took roughly a week. But we were also figuring out a bunch of different backend stuff as well, so it wasn't a week on the software package in particular. It's a part of a larger backup solution. To get the entire thing up and going was about a week. In terms of implementation strategy, we did build-outs on separate servers so that we would have dedicated servers that would be doing the backups, instead of having the BDR suite reside on our VM infrastructure. The reasons for that strategy were * to limit overhead on our current infrastructure and * if any of our hosts went down, our backup would not be part and parcel of our host network. It was completely segregated, just to keep the business continuity intact as much as possible. We were in trial for about a month, and the actual deployment has been in place for about a month. View full review »
Stuart Conner
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
It was very easy to deploy. I had no problem at all. I had no problem in deploying the actual BDR software, and then I had no problem pushing out the integration service to the servers that I was going to back up. It went very smoothly. View full review »
Reviewer432
Senior Architect at ePlus Technology
It was pretty easy to set it up. When I upgraded my VMware to version 6, Vembu provided me with an update. That was just a continuation of what it did, but at least they provided the update. View full review »
Gabor Virag
Systems Engineer at GVir Informationsmanagement
The initial setup is easy and very nice. The deployment was not a big project. The backup service was running in a few hours. Then, we have only to implement clients at our customers. The process is quite fast. We set up a back up server, then alert the clients. We use a Windows Server with a lot of storage capacity. There is no need for an implementation strategy. We had an old solution with the old clients. We moved them step-by-step as individual customers to the new solution over half a year. Only from within the organization was it a little tricky, because we had to implement new contracts for our customers. It was technically a little different with the old solution. We did need a new server. Also, we had to move all our customers to the new solution step-by-step. View full review »
Tim Kemp
IT Director at Premier Technical Services Group PLC
The initial setup was absolutely straightforward. We had an issue, but that was caused by a problem in our Hyper-V environment, rather than Vembu itself. That was dealt with within a couple of days by Vembu support. The deployment took about three days. It was really fast. In terms of our implementation strategy, we were moving from Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager to Vembu. We are quite a small business so we only have two Hyper-V hosts to configure. The strategy was to install, test, and then remove the Microsoft product. It was a very straightforward plan, a very straightforward strategy. And the aim in doing so was to enable a more rapid recovery time. View full review »
Matthew Pechia
Managing Member at Offsite Data Protection Services
The initial setup is straightforward: Creating a client and logging into that client on their workstation, then being able to download the software to that machine and setting it up whether it's a regular file backup or SQL. This has become very simple for me after doing it so many times. The initial setup does not take very long. The only thing is that it is taking me a while to migrate my clients from StoreGrid Cloud over to Online Backup because of access to my clients. Once I get in, the actual setup probably takes me 20 minutes to a half an hour per client. View full review »
JonathanBrown
Owner at a engineering company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup was complicated because of the Application-Aware feature not working. View full review »
Hasni Guetaff
Director of Technology at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was pretty simple. The backup solution was running within two to three hours. We were maybe missing some technical help during the installation, but there were a couple of technicians who helped me during the setup and finalizing it. Overall, the setup is straightforward. When you choose the VM options, it is even faster. View full review »
Rajkumar Neelakantan
IT Director at a marketing services firm with 201-500 employees
The setup is straightforward. The only problem is, if I delete the server from my backup list and I want to add the server back, that is complex. View full review »
Dan Bradshaw
IT at a religious institution with 11-50 employees
The setup wasn't altogether straightforward. There were a lot of items. It took me about two weeks before I could finally get things the way I needed them to be. View full review »
ITDirect0f6b
IT Director with 11-50 employees
The initial setup was not complex at all. It was easy. View full review »
Richard Goward
IT Administrator at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
Very straightforward. It seemed to be mostly intuitive, although in some areas I had to think about the functionality. I then referred to the instructions and had no issues. View full review »
Madhu K Menon
Consultant at Kwan Environmental Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
The initial setup was quite good. There were no major hiccups. View full review »
Technicad584
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It was very easy to set up. It took us about 30 minutes to deploy it. View full review »
cto899259
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The initial setup is simple. It is not complicated. The only thing that makes it more complicated is when there are a lot of databases. View full review »
Richard Voorheis
Software Test Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward and well-documented. View full review »
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