Vembu BDR Suite Other Solutions Considered

John Demattia
Director of IT at MTSI, Inc.
We looked at different tools and tested them ourselves. We had our own requirements list of what we needed to do, and it was all tailored to our environment. The evaluation occurred over a month of elapsed time and probably involved a person to person-and-a-half in that period of time. Quite honestly, we could have gone with other products, but the support level from Vembu was unparalleled. Today, a lot of companies want to refer you to a forum, a community, and they don't want to talk. They don't want to provide people who know the product and know your situation. It's hard to find an example in a forum that is exactly like what you're trying to address. Vembu, consistently over the month, as well as the second-level evaluation, was always there to provide support and answer questions. It was a deciding factor, absolutely. They had the functionality, but they provided the real people for support, which just made a world of difference for us. Some of the companies that we were using and evaluating, when we told them what we ended up choosing, just out of courtesy, in some cases they either didn't know who they were or acted like they didn't know who they were. It was an easy decision, when it came to the end, to choose Vembu. View full review »
Assad Ali
Owner at Ali Network Solutions
I know that the normal Windows Backup won't backup the VMs if you're using it in a HA Failover Clustering environment. If you're using it in a clustered high availability environment, it will back up the VMs. That is the main difference I found. But, in terms of backing it up, Vembu does support the HA Failover Clustering, so it can back up when you have VMs on a Cluster Shared Volume. It can back up those VMs unlike the built-in Windows Backup, which doesn't support that. I evaluated Altaro but there were some requirements that you needed for install on the Windows-based NAS. That was my main issue at the time. Because of the way I planned to have the backup solution running on the Windows-based NAS, a few of the solutions wouldn't install or had problems. A lot of the other people that I know use Veeam, StorageCraft ShadowProtect, and Kronos. Not too many people that I know use Vembu, but I found it to be the equivalent of Veeam in some ways. It does work very similarly in its functions. The pros for Vembu vs Veeam are Vembu's license cost for a host seems to be much cheaper and Veeam might not run on certain hardware. The Veeam Backup & Replication Server has some hardware requirements that I could not get to install on the net, but Vembu installed quite happily. The cons for Vembu vs Veeam are Vembu's licensed model is a bit complicated, and if things go wrong in Vembu, there is less support out there. You do have to contact Vembu's support to have a look at a problem, whereas with Veeam, there is quite a bit of knowledge out there in terms of online forums. View full review »
Dennis Skaltsis
WebFOCUS Senior Consultant
We had in mind to use another solution that was not based on Snapshots. It was based on replicating on the sub-second level of the VM virtual disks. Although it was compelling, and we considered that solution, it didn't have that direct access to information that the Vembu side was giving us. To get a quotation on that product you needed to find a representative near you and have them do a quotation for you. It was not that direct and immediate. On the other hand, Vembu had all the pricing and documentation listed on their site, so we had all the information we needed. It was within the budget and we decided to test it. That's why we chose Vembu as our solution. View full review »
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Blake Krzic
Application Support Specialist at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
We were really only looking at Vembu. It was brought to our attention by a reseller we had used for another product, as the backup solution that they typically push for clients. We thought we would take a look at it and, after we ran our trials, we found that it would work for us. View full review »
Stuart Conner
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
One that we evaluated was the Veeam Backup software solution. That's very popular for virtual machines, specifically, hypervisors, Hyper-V and VMware. In that box, there's a one-footer. We evaluated Veeam and we evaluated CrashPlan for a time, and we also dabbled in something called Five9 software. It's a virtual machine management platform that, as a side job, does backups for your virtual machines. We only dabbled with that for just a little bit. We just checked it out. It was nothing that we were actually considering. View full review »
Chukwu Austine
Team Lead IT Infrastructure & Support at Africa Prudential Plc
I also looked at Veeam. I used Veeam for a while before Acronis. Veeam is a fantastic product. I think it is one of the best. It is in the same class with Vembu. I went with Vembu because it is very easy to use. It is easy to install. With the click of a button you can manage everything: add a VM and do your backup. View full review »
Reviewer432
Senior Architect at ePlus Technology
There were other options, but I liked this product. I thought it was easy to use so I took it on. I worked for a partner at the time, and I was going to try to resell it, but I found it to be just too expensive. The other solution that seems to do better for enterprise customers, the big companies, like Trader Joe's, big retail outlets like that or large grocery stores or hospitals, is Veeam. Veeam costs a little bit more. As expensive as Vembu is, Veeam is actually a little bit more. But because Veaam is meant for larger companies, they sell more instances of it. And by the time you buy the 25-license or 30-license version, it's actually cheaper. Veeam seems to have much more presence in the marketplace because it's more competitive and scales much larger. I've used Veeam and it's harder to install it, it's harder to get it working. Veeam offers a free version and a small-business solution, but that version doesn't scale well. It's too big. It's like selling a truck to a person who needs a small car. That’s Veeam. Whereas Vembu, they sell a small car, but they want to price it like the huge truck. View full review »
Reviewer93746
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Veeam was one of the solutions within a list of solutions I evaluated. Cost was definitely one of the big differences, but I didn't use Veeam long enough to go down that path. When I hit the third VM, which was within the day that I started using it, I stopped using it. View full review »
Gabor Virag
Systems Engineer at GVir Informationsmanagement
I did a lot of evaluations before choosing a product. We tested about 20 different products. Vembu was the best. Some of the other solutions were also very good, but were extraordinarily priced (too expensive). Others, I didn't like the licensing, software, or were only cloud solutions. Vembu has the flexibility with its licenses and is a real managed service provider solution. My feeling is that Vembu understands what a service provider needs, not only local administrators. It is one of the reasons that why we chose Vembu. We haven't found another solution for its price with all this features. View full review »
reviewer1336773
Manager Infrastructure and Applications at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Yes, we did survey others. We didn't match up evaluations. We just didn't have a lot of resources for it. There was a desktop environment to a test evaluation. We primarily went with Vembu for its flexibility and features. View full review »
reviewer1329195
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I compared different vendors' functionalities, our requirements, and price. We chose this solution because it was cheaper and easier to use than Veeam and other solutions of this type. Though they are not easy to compare as they all have different licensing models. View full review »
Tim Kemp
IT Director at Premier Technical Services Group PLC
We evaluated Veeam but we selected Vembu because the feature set was what we needed. We didn't need to use Veeam's full recovery, full replication suite. Because of that, our costs are about a quarter of what they would have been with Veeam. View full review »
Matthew Pechia
Managing Member at Offsite Data Protection Services
I did look at other backup solutions as well. I don't remember who they are. View full review »
JonathanBrown
Owner at a engineering company with 11-50 employees
We did test Veeam. Vembu vs Veeam came in as a lot less expensive, but I guess you get what you pay for. That’s why we have already sent an email to Vembu saying we want our money back. We looked at a few other products, but we didn't try them all out. We've already gone ahead and purchased Veeam, and already tested the Veeam phone support while just on a trial. Someone picks up the phone right away and helps you resolve it. They do remote access, but they let you be on the call when they're doing remote access. They never access your machines without your permission, etc., whereas Vembu was the opposite. View full review »
Ben Grant
Lead Computer Technician
We did evaluate some other products before choosing this one. We also use Acronis Backup Advanced. The way that Vembu backs up to a backup drive, it uses a pool of drives to back up. Whereas, Acronis backs up to just a single file. You can see that individual file on its own. You can browse to it and see that the file that has been saved. It also says the last successful backup it did. Vembu's user interface isn't as easy to use compared to Acronis Backup Advanced, which has a better interface for me to be able to see what's happening. I haven't found a competitor who does as good a job for the money. View full review »
ArtGrasso
Systems Business Manager at a construction company with 11-50 employees
I did some research and I looked at some reviews. I bought it for doing a backup using VMware vSphere and just started with VMware. But I use another product with our legacy system, a product called Acronis. If I were to compare Vembu with Acronis Backup I would say it's comparable, but it's more cost-effective. View full review »
Hasni Guetaff
Director of Technology at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
We previously used Microsoft Backup, which is not reliable. I have a lot of experience with Symantec Backup solutions, now Veritas. Compared to Veritas, Vembu is more corporate-oriented and the support is better on Vembu's side rather than Veritas. We also tested Naviko, Veeam, and Unitrends. View full review »
reviewer1343418
InfoSec Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We checked out Veeam and Acronis but both were very expensive compared to Vembu. View full review »
BobbyMorrell
Manager at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
We looked at Macrium Reflect. That was another solution that we used. View full review »
WaqarAzeem
IT Manager at Kuwait Medical International
The competitor for Vembu is Veeam, who is very popular and famous. Vembu is good, but still has a long way to go. We found Vembu BDR to be more affordable. Veeam is good for very high-end servers. View full review »
ITDirect0f6b
IT Director with 11-50 employees
Veeam was one of the options we looked at. View full review »
Richard Goward
IT Administrator at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
We currently use StorageCraft ShadowProtect which is a really good product. As we move forward with Vembu we will want to standardize on Vembu. It seems it is more flexible as a total solution for physical, virtual, file/image backups and offsite provision. View full review »
Madhu K Menon
Consultant at Kwan Environmental Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
With another client, we had looked at Veritas. wihich is also quite stable. Between this solution and Veritas, I found this solution to be more user-friendly in terms of its interface. View full review »
reviewer1230879
Network Administrator at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
We evaluated Ipirius. We went with Vembu because of its features. It's similar to what we were using previously. View full review »
Technicad584
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We evaluated Veeam, Comet, and Windows' built-in backup. View full review »
Forrest Wu
Sr. Specialist, IT at WWF-Canada
We tested three products. One of the other products that we evaluated was Altaro. We chose Vembu because the compatibility was better. View full review »
Richard Voorheis
Software Test Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
In addition to Vembu, we evaluated Veeam, Unitrends, and Virten as alternative solutions. View full review »
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