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John Demattia
Real User
Director of IT at MTSI, Inc.
Mar 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The dashboard is very easy to use, setting up the backup is very intuitive. Since that's our primary purpose in using it, it made it easy, when I was doing evaluations a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

In the beginning, when we had some hiccups, I would chalk that up more to a learning curve for the product. Once we understood how it operated - where we thought it was… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's an amazing value. Their licensing structure is easy to understand and it's very fair. We don't have any problem with it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

It has to meet your needs. But for most people, for backups of large amounts of data, I would strongly encourage you to use it, and not be hesitant to contact the support… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Dennis Skaltsis
Real User
WebFOCUS Senior Consultant
Oct 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for me are that I can back up the entire virtual machine, but when restoring I can restore at the file level.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

One issue that we are facing is that, during the evaluation period, we had some jobs that were replicating three virtual machines from one ESXi to another. Then, during… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is fair enough. What was not clear enough in the documentation on the website was that that you're licensing per CPU socket and you are only licensing on the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Although Vembu doesn't seem to be very fast for some environments, for example, banking, because it's based on Snapshots, which is a rather slower procedure, it has been… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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Erik Van Der Plaat
Real User
System / Network Administrator at Peelland ICT
Mar 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is that it performs disaster backups. That's the only reason we use it, and it's going well so far. It's the only feature we need. It has a lot… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have eight customers who are running their entire virtualized servers on our cloud platform. We use the Vembu software to create a disaster backup of all those servers… more»

What needs improvement?

It's hard to say what can be improved since we only use one specific feature of the backup software, and we haven't even looked at or used the other functionalities. We've… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

From my perspective as an engineer, I appreciate the support of Vembu's people, they think along with us. They came up with the possibility of converting our existing… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The main selling point for us to try Vembu software was its pricing. We had no experience with it before, we just found it using Google, searching for products that could… more»

What other advice do I have?

The best advice I can give is to give it a shot. You can get a trial license of Vembu and experiment with the software. Try it out to see if it's something that fits the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Veeam, since that is the most known backup product. But it's in a completely different price range than Vembu, so that's why we decided to give Vembu a shot… more»
Ashoka Reddy
Real User
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
May 31 2018

What is most valuable?

The automated backup of multiple virtual machines. We can back up two hypervisors, one is Microsoft Hyper-V and the other one is VMware Hypervisor.

How has it helped my organization?

It hasn't improved things, per se. It's an essential service, done automatically. I would say it is an essential backup system that matches the alternative solutions at… more»

What needs improvement?

It is very easy, unless you know exactly what you're doing, to corrupt the virtual machines and they get locked up. Just brief detail: When you are creating a system, if… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is a good value. Licensing seems okay. I suppose the more volume you put through the system, it would be good to have a volume licensing discount. We're a managed… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We haven't actually switched. We do use Microsoft Azure backup systems. We've used our own online backup systems. We've used in-built data center backup solutions a well… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would tell others looking into implementing this solution exactly what steps need to be done in the setup. I've actually documented it, and I've passed that on to the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Microsoft Azure. I can't remember the others but there were a few; the data center ones, but I haven't got specific names. The in-built ones in VMware. When you do a… more»
Blake Krzic
Real User
Application Support Specialist at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Mar 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The agentless backups are the big selling point on this, as well as being able to send out across sites so that I can do a restore at either of our two locations. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The only place where I would really want to see improvement, out the gate, is more granular scheduling. With the previous solution that we were using, you could pick… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The subscription model that we're signed up for is very good. The only thing that is something of a sticking point is the fact that you can't do PO-based licensing. It's… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Have a separate backup appliance, if you can, a separate, physical backup appliance so that if your host goes, your backup doesn't go down with it at the same time. As far… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Stuart Conner
Real User
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Nov 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important feature, in terms of the hypervisor, is the ability to restore a virtual machine in a matter of minutes. We can take the backup of a virtual machine and we can restore it to the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product's pricing is of good value. It was much more affordable than the alternative solution to it, which was Veeam. That would be the closest competitor, and between those two, Vembu was much… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Plan accordingly. Know exactly what you're backing up, not even considering the licenses - the licenses are the easy part. Just know what you're backing up and what you're going to need to restore in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Vendor
Senior Architect at ePlus Technology
Oct 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to back up virtual machines is the main reason I use it.

What needs improvement?

Vembu software runs on a Windows Server. The Windows Server has to be connected to the internet so it can connect with Vembu’s servers. It has to connect with Vembu. For some reason, if it doesn't… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Vembu is too expensive because they don't really have small-business pricing. This is a matter of personal opinion. They're going to tell you that they have competitive pricing because there are more… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to negotiate the price. Try to get it to the right price. As a partner, I would try to position it for small and medium-size businesses. I would work with Veeam and say, “Listen. I can't sell it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Gabor Virag
Real User
Systems Engineer at GVir Informationsmanagement
Jun 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The network solution is the most important feature, because we have our own backup server and are doing file backups for our customers. The compression, encryption and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

We have not been able to move our backups from one drive to another one. We can only create a storage pool. However, if we want to change a drive, it is not possible to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The best thing about the product is the license management. It is a true managed service provider solution. It has a good price. The licensing is quite flexible, which is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product. I already recommend it to our partners. It is a really good solution. I like the product. It has good support. For small companies, it's the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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What is Vembu BDR Suite?

Vembu BDR Suite is one of the most comprehensive, simple and affordable backup & disaster recovery solutions for the small & medium businesses. Vembu can backup VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Physical Servers, Workstations, Exchange Items, SharePoint Items, SQL Items, Office365, G Suite, etc. – and they can back that up on-site, off-site, or even to the cloud – not to mention that most of this are done within a single UI. 

Vembu offers a wide variety of products such as a monitoring solution to centralize the monitoring of all of your backups as well as some which are absolutely free such as Desktop/Laptop Image Backup and the Vembu Universal Explorer for discovering application items within Microsoft apps. It is important to note that Vembu BDR Suite is offered as a single edition software for all businesses, unlike other backup vendors who provide editions with limitations based on the type of businesses. 

Vembu has come up with its own free edition of Vembu BDR Suite by which users can backup unlimited VMs with minimal feature restrictions. 

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