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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Assad Ali
Real User
Owner at Ali Network Solutions
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The image backup on VM is the most valuable feature. You can restore to another location or another physical/virtual machine. You can do P2V as well as V2V. That is what I… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The encryption feature seems okay. When you change versions, then I have found it to have problems. An example: I was on version 3.9, and I had an encrypted VM. It was… more»

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

I was using their free version, which had limitations, so then I went to the licensed version. It has actually benefited my operation a fair bit. VMware requires a special… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have learned just how important backups are. My advice would be try and implement it on virtual environments. Don't implement it on a physical environment because the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Chukwu Austine
Real User
Team Lead IT Infrastructure & Support at Africa Prudential Plc
May 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The backup is very reliable for both VMware and Hyper-V. In terms of the compression, Vembu's product is quite good compared to what I've seen from other products. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

They keep on improving and I can't see anything that they need to add for now.

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

The pricing of Vembu could be better. They have a good product, and I know good products cost money, but they need to find a balance.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

It gives me peace of mind. If your infrastructure backup is up and running and trusted, it gives you peace of mind. I have recommended it to a number of people. It's… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Reviewer93746
Real User
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Feb 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The two features that I use are the backup and the restore.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing with room for improvement, as everybody says, since I'm in a home lab, would be the price for the CPU; the cost. If I were to add another CPU, I would start… more»

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

As far as competitors' prices go, Vembu was definitely better than all the competitors I found. I would guess it has saved me 30 to 50 percent. The problem is that I'm a… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you plan out your backup server for the long-term. When I did this I moved my backup server. When I moved it from one machine to another machine and the IP… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… 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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