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Richard Goward
Real User
IT Administrator at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* Quick backup and restore * Very simple and understandable interface

How has it helped my organization?

I am able to verify we have availability of our VMs in case a failure occurs.

What needs improvement?

I am still testing restores and it seems some problems may be related to our hardware. Because we have not implemented the correct hardware yet I cannot be sure where the… more »

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

The pricing structure is in line with other solutions. However, the option to replicate offsite to a unit at another office or at home is a big cost benefit. Instead of… more »

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

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Download the product and give it a run through. With some products, this is a tough process as you spend a lot of time testing and they don't work correctly or have enough… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Richard Voorheis
Real User
Software Test Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are ease of setup and configuration.

How has it helped my organization?

Fortunately, we have not had to recover lost data. However, it is reassuring to know that we can recover lost data, if needed.

What needs improvement?

I have not been impressed by the data compression of the backup images. They seem to take up nearly as much space on the backup drive as they do on the server.

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

We were able to take advantage of a promotional pricing campaign. I do not know how often Vembu offers the promotional pricing campaign, but it can be cost advantageous.

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

We did not previously use a different solution. Vembu was selected after reviewing, then trying several different products.

What other advice do I have?

Verify that you can restore a virtual machine (VM) from its backup and ensure the notification of backup results (success or fail) is readily available.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In addition to Vembu, we evaluated Veeam, Unitrends, and Virten as alternative solutions.
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Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jul 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* Snapshots * Constant backup for SQL, application services, and Active Directory * External disaster recovery * Small memory footprint when running It's also easy to use because of the graphical user interface. It's simple enough for a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The backup is constant so it makes things simpler for me. To put it simply, it just works.

What needs improvement?

I suggest that the dump of the database have the option to either be backed up to Vembu Cloud or be backed up to all backup sites and not only to default storage. If the backup server crashes I create another backup server and use the… more »

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

I have used many solutions up until now. I switched to Vembu because of the price.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it at 9 out of 10. It's a great option for a small business looking for a cheap solution requiring two or three different backup sites. Vembu provides strong support. I am not giving it a higher score because it is complicated… more »
Rajkumar Neelakantan
Real User
IT Director at a marketing services firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 01 2018

What is most valuable?

One thing I’m very much impressed by is the compression ratio. The rate at which it compresses the data during backup is really very good. In fact, I’d say it’s better than Symantec Backup Exec. I… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The main improvement is the compression, the space. I back up one particular server with close to 1.2 TB, and the way the software compresses it is close to 600 or 700 TB. Vembu compresses it to close… more »

What needs improvement?

I do have one suggestion for them. The process is a bit cumbersome when you remove an agent, delete that job, and add the agent to the same server. Even though the agent is already installed in that… more »

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

It is very cost efficient, effective. I’d say it's one-third the cost of Veritas when compared to the server backups. I even tried image backups on Acronis, but Acronis is very expensive. So these are… more »

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

Before Vembu I was using Symantec (which is now Veritas). The main reason I switched is the price point, the cost. Vembu cost me one-third of what Veritas was charging me for backing up the three… more »

What other advice do I have?

There is no need for any advice. A person who has infrastructure and backup experience should be able to do it. It doesn’t require any special knowledge for the configuration part or reinstalling. I… more »
Dan Bradshaw
Real User
IT at a religious institution with 11-50 employees
Jun 20 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Configuration * Support

What needs improvement?

Live support would be helpful. I've communicated with them via email and through incidents. It might be better if you could have a chat or phone call because backups are important. You don't want to… more »

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

The product's pricing is a good value. Regarding licensing, make sure you find the right workstation or server that you're going to install it on, and know the number of sockets it has, since the… more »

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

We went from a physical server to a virtual server. Vembu is cost-effective versus using VMware Essentials.

What other advice do I have?

Try it with the trial version. You get free rein of everything there. Test it out and make sure everything works right. You'll find it's easy to use and there is good support, as far as emails back… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

VMware Essentials, it has backup and restores capabilities. We also used BackupAssist.
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
User
Senior IT Technician at NSM (Sidcup) Ltd
Jul 02 2017

What is most valuable?

The intuitive GUI, ease of use for doing any type of backup.

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided us with a value-added service for our customers, aiding us in becoming a one stop shop for all IT and Communication requirements.

What needs improvement?

The Support for Exchange 2016 mailboxes, a daily report for all customers on their last backup (Current report misses some information)

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

We switched to another solution only because vembu were discontinuing the product, glad to hear they continued it and we came back on board.

What other advice do I have?

We advise them to check out other solutions, but we are very competitive. We license by server/application and storage allocation.
Consultant
Second Line / Drifttekniker at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Central management and easy control of allowed space per client makes end user and client management easy.

How has it helped my organization?

It gave us an easy to use and stable backup service to offer our customers for a low price.

What needs improvement?

The service is built on MCALs, so implement a policy in which someone keeps refilling these. But overall, MCAL is a nice way to be dealing with licenses.

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

The cost is low and has always been. We haven’t found any cheaper solution for our demands. By using the MCAL, we feel safe and secure. It is kind of “straightforward” to… more »

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

We did have a previous solution, but it was almost 10 years ago. We were not happy. The provider and the software didn’t work as we hoped. We called it “one-time-backup”… more »

What other advice do I have?

Use the support. They are knowledgeable and will resolve any issues you may have. They will contact you directly so that you have a person to talk to. You can tell that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions.
Vendor
Director of IT at a performing arts with 51-200 employees
Mar 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The online backup feature allows me to store my backups off-site without having to physically drive them somewhere.

How has it helped my organization?

Our backups are done on a nightly basis. We don’t run out of space on the backup drives; no tapes/hard drives have to be stored or swapped out.

What needs improvement?

There have been times when the backup hangs and does not complete possibly due to a connection issue. Stopping and starting the service usually works to restart it. It would be good if there was a way… more »

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

It is easy to add products. The pricing is reasonable.

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

Initially, we did onsite backups to tapes and then to hard drives. We switched because we wanted an off-site solution.

What other advice do I have?

You should definitely consider using this tool, as an off-site backup option.
Consultant
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

When it comes to backup software, one of the biggest things that I use to enjoy about StoreGrid, this changed recently, was the support. I enjoy the ease of the UI and how… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest improvement has been the ability to allow us as an MSSP to continuously gather extra revenue from this software, so we can use it to back up our clients' data… more »

What needs improvement?

They had a good product and tried to change things by going to a different product. They should have tried to stay with a product that is a proven solution and successful… more »

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

It's fairly simple and easy, and they make our lives a lot easier when dealing with the licensing and actually purchasing licensing, keeping them in the vault, keeping… more »

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

I didn't previously use a different solution. I really don't remember because when I took on this position, the solution was already out here. From my understanding… more »

What other advice do I have?

Give it a chance. It's a decent product, although not the best of its kind. It is lacking in certain aspects. A piece of hardware being deployed out at a client's office… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Somebody already took on that decision prior to my being here.
Consultant
Consultant at heXel
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

* The support side of it * The usability, the ease of it: It is user friendly. We've tried other software before and it wasn't that great on the user front, but this software seems pretty straightforward.

How has it helped my organization?

On the client side of it, the ease of installing the software and getting it up and running: Each version they bring up, it gets better and better.

What needs improvement?

While it's hard to say, the support side of it is sometimes a bit hit or miss; the tech support. Generally, I would say about 70% of the time, they're pretty good. They're pretty accurate on what we want, and the odd times, I think it’s… more »

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

We previously used a different solution. The ease of user feel is really the reason we switched over to it.

What other advice do I have?

It's pretty straightforward to use once the software gets going.
Consultant
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 04 2016

What is most valuable?

We were looking for a product with Automatic backup replication and a product that would support MSP rebranding.

How has it helped my organization?

I wouldn't use the term 'improved' as the product implementation in the end was a complete failure. The implementation however did serve the purpose of allowing us to grow our BDR service offering… more »

What needs improvement?

The vendor support service. Operating out of India and not really taking into account the time difference for support tickets meant we were getting responses to our support requests at midnight, when… more »

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

The original setup cost was supposed to be around $25,000 of R&D investment. We are not using this product anymore, it was never profitable for us. I don't recommend investing the time into pursuing… more »

What other advice do I have?

Look at Dell App Assure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No this one was chosen based on price and rebranding potential.

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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