Vembu BDR Suite Previous Solutions

John Demattia
Director of IT at MTSI, Inc.
The oldest previous solution we had was Windows Server Backup. Once we put Vembu on the production server, we ran a full backup that evening. That's probably one of the nicest things about the backup. Not that companies don't have seven-plus terabytes of data to backup - that's large, but there are certainly many that have much more than that - but backing up that much data in Windows Backup is an impossible task. So the ability to address the data in the way that Vembu does, versus the way Windows Backup does, we had to use a Vembu-type product. There was no choice. Seven-and-a-half terabytes in Windows Backup, on a server level, would've taken weeks, which is not acceptable. We needed a solution that was doable. Some of the solutions that we were using took an unreasonable amount of time to back up the data. Even when they were running on the same server and the pool was on the same server that they were backing up to, it was not acceptable. We needed something that was more efficient in the way it addressed reading the file structure. Vembu provided that. Then we had the additional functionalities that we wanted to be able to restore the way I mentioned, plus the support. I can't say enough about the support Vembu. I just don't have any other positive experiences that are as nice as what they provide. View full review »
Assad Ali
Owner at Ali Network Solutions
I've been using Veeam for quite some time with other customers. I don't know of other customers who use Vembu, but it's very similar to Veeam. I'm finding it quite similar to Veeam, which is good. Because if anyone wants to move to Vembu, and they've used Veeam, they will pick it up quickly. I came across Vembu when I was searching for alternatives for Veeam with any type of image backup for Microsoft Hyper-V. I came across Vembu who had at the time was giving backups for up to three VMs on the free version. I was sort of growing with my VMs. I had three, but I soon crossed that amount. That's how I came across Vembu: I found there were cost limitations and was looking for an alternative to Veeam that did the same sort of thing. View full review »
Dennis Skaltsis
WebFOCUS Senior Consultant
We were using Symantec Veritas Backup but it was an old-fashioned solution - at least the version that we were using. It was doing backups on the level of application, taking a backup of a database or directory structure or the like. We switched to Vembu because it allows us to back up the entire virtual infrastructure and then we minimize the downtime in case of an emergency or a failure. View full review »
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Blake Krzic
Application Support Specialist at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
We did use a different solution previous to this. It was an onsite and cloud-based solution. With the cloud-based component, we switched because of the cost savings with Vembu, because we have two sites that we can leverage. The two sites are for disaster recovery, which is far cheaper than doing a cloud-based backup. View full review »
Stuart Conner
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
We bounced around between file-based backups with CrashPlan and we also used the Veeam physical server backup, the free edition. And we dabbled with the Veeam hypervisor backup as well. The main reason we switched was the affordability of it as well as the ability to back up and restore hypervisors in a matter of minutes. And the ease of use was also a factor. It seems much less cumbersome than some other applications I've used. It just does the job and it's something that we don't have to worry about. Once it's set up and working, it's just working. View full review »
Chukwu Austine
Team Lead IT Infrastructure & Support at Africa Prudential Plc
Prior to using Vembu I tried Acronis. That is what we were using before we dropped it for Vembu. The main difference I see between Vembu and the other solutions we've tried is that with Vembu, you don't need anybody to tell you what to do. Once you have done the installation you just look at the user interface — it's very friendly — and you can do things yourself without resorting to help from anybody. If I want to back up a VM or all the servers I have in vSphere, I just drop the password of vSphere and it will do everything automatically for you. You just tell it what you want to back up. Acronis doesn't work that way. The guys on my team found Acronis difficult to use. In terms of user-friendliness, Vembu does a better job. With the click of a button, you know what you need to do. Acronis would time out most of the time. If you have a slight network-connectivity issue, it causes a problem. I found Vembu by searching online for free backup solutions. I saw a lot of solutions but that is how I started with Vembu, with their free version. I saw that it solved my problems. View full review »
Senior Architect at ePlus Technology
The reason I use Vembu is to back up my virtual machines. You can back up virtual machines manually but Vembu does it automatically. I'd rather have it updated and backed up automatically, without my having to think about it, rather than for me to have to remember to do it every couple of weeks. This is just an automated way to do something that you should do, and that's the reason why I have it. The previous process I had was to manually back it up, but now it's automatic and I don't have to worry about it. View full review »
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Veeam was what I was using before I went to Vembu. The wording, when you start Googling this stuff, gets kind of questionable because it says "unlimited free VMs." That really isn't true. You can only do a couple before you can't do anything with it. Veeam was the one I was using first. But when I hit my third VM, it wasn't working anymore. You could only actually do three and you would have to roll out one before you could roll in one. View full review »
Gabor Virag
Systems Engineer at GVir Informationsmanagement
Previously, we had only local backup solutions at our customers on tapes. We had trouble all the time with tapes. This was more than 10 years ago. Then, we switched to drives to create the backups at our customers' sites, but all the time these drives were defect. So, we implemented a big server in our company, where we only have to do maintenance on one big device, not on all the small devices at our customers. We searched for a solution, and Vembu was our first choice. The current version of Vembu is much better now than the previous version. The newer version is nice. It may not have as many features as the older solution, but it is faster and better to administrate. It is a good solution. View full review »
Manager Infrastructure and Applications at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Previously, it was a bit different because our environment had been a hosted environment. There was a different tool being utilized by the hosted provider. Our implementation of Vembu was a standup as we brought something in-house. View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Vembu was the first solution of this type. This solution was recommended to us. View full review »
Tim Kemp
IT Director at Premier Technical Services Group PLC
We used Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, backing up to Azure cloud and we switched for two reasons: * Vembu is less expensive. * It gave us more control as to where we keep that data. View full review »
Matthew Pechia
Managing Member at Offsite Data Protection Services
This was my first backup solution. View full review »
Ben Grant
Lead Computer Technician
I didn't use a previous solution. I selected this solution because it was the only one I could find for the cost that did what I needed it to do. View full review »
Hasni Guetaff
Director of Technology at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
We were relying on Microsoft Backups, which are just basic backups. We were trying to find something simple to use and easy to deploy, and that is why did proof of concept with three different products. The short list came down to Vembu. Currently, we are using mass technology, so we store from mass seamlessly. Then, we use the replication feature from VMware to remote that. So, we do double backup. Local backup and remote backup plus replication, which is very accessory resilient. View full review »
InfoSec Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have used many solutions in the past. We switched to Vembu because of the Red Hat Virtualization. Our old solutions don't support it. View full review »
Manager at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
We had a solution before Vembu. We switched because of the cost factor and the deduplication. View full review »
IT Manager at Kuwait Medical International
This BDR is the first proper solution that we are using. We previously used manual backups. View full review »
IT Director with 11-50 employees
I purchased Veeam but my local reseller sold me only a minimal number of licenses and I was not told that I needed to purchase many licenses. So it was not cost-effective for us to have that solution installed here. View full review »
Richard Goward
IT Administrator at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
The prior solution took hours to restore a computer. When it was done it had an error that the support staff couldn't figure out. While they were trying to figure it out, I installed a trial version of Vembu BDR with no assistance from Vembu support as it was so simple. I was able to perform a backup and restore easily. And the most important item was the restore time which took 15 minutes. View full review »
Madhu K Menon
Consultant at Kwan Environmental Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
This is the first time that we used this type of solution. We were quite happy with what we received. View full review »
Network Administrator at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
We were using Zenith ARCA. We switched to Vembu because of the licensing cost. Vembu is cheaper. View full review »
Information Technology Analyst 3 at a retailer with 51-200 employees
We were using VDP, which is a free application from ESX. But it's not very good, in fact it's awful, and it's no longer supported. We replaced it with Vembu and we're quite happy. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We previously used Veeam. Vembu is much cheaper than the competitor, than the Veeam suite. That's why we went with it. View full review »
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I have used many solutions up until now. I switched to Vembu because of the price. View full review »
Forrest Wu
Sr. Specialist, IT at WWF-Canada
This was our first product. View full review »
Richard Voorheis
Software Test Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
We did not previously use a different solution. Vembu was selected after reviewing, then trying several different products. View full review »
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