Vembu BDR Suite : A comprehensive backup and DR solution for your VMware environment

Vembu is a software product and cloud services company that has a portfolio of products which provides customers with backup and DR capabilities for their workloads. Vembu’s flagship offering is the BDR suite which is a comprehensive backup, disaster recovery and replication software that works across the physical and virtual environments. It supports different virtualization platforms such as VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and KVM. One of the key differentiators of this tool is that it supports V2V across multiple hypervisors and P2V from physical desktop to virtualization platform along with backup and recovery. It also provides instant recovery of a backed up VM in multiple formats (VHD,VHDX, VMDK, Flat-VMDK or RAW).

Vembu BDR Suite provides flexible deployment options such as offsite, cloud, on-premises and hybrid cloud. The tool comes with a UI that has a complete set of features built into it. The single pane makes it easier manage, backup and protect heterogeneous environments. The software can be installed on a windows platform and used to backup and restore remote environments. It takes less than 30 mins to set up the product and the UI has categories of services which makes it easier to configure them for first use.

The BDR Suite consists of the following components:

Vembu VMBackup: Vembu VMBackup is a backup and disaster recovery solution for the virtualized data centers. It supports both the VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. The backup is agentless. The tool offers a RPO and RTO which is less than 15 mins. This combined with Intant file recovery can provide a good DR and BC strategy.

Vembu ImageBackup: Vembu ImageBackup is a disk image-based backup and bare-metal recovery software for the Windows Physical Servers, Desktops and Laptops. It works CBT technology and can also be used for bare metal recovery.

Vembu NetworkBackup: Vembu NetworkBackup is a backup software for the SMBs who would like a Hybrid backup solution (On-Premise with optional cloud storage) for their desktops/laptops, file servers, applications like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Sharepoint, Active Directory, and Outlook etc.

Vembu OffsiteDR: Vembu OffsiteDR is an add-on service to Vembu BDR Backup Server. OffsiteDR enables you to keep an additional copy of backup data on-site or off-site.

They also have many cloud offerings which can be consumed in a SaaS-based model. The offerings include

Vembu CloudDR: Vembu CloudDR provides ability to set up hybrid cloud environment where you can replicate additional backup copy to Vembu Cloud. So you can keep one copy of your backup data in the Vembu BDR backup server in your data center and another copy in the Vembu Cloud.

Vembu OnlineBackup: Vembu OnlineBackup is a Cloud Backup Solution for the SMBs who would like to backup their Files and Applications directly to Vembu Cloud.

Vembu SaaSBackup: Vembu BDR360: Vembu SaaSBackup is a backup and recovery software for SaaS Applications like Microsoft Office365 and Google Apps (now G Suite).

Vembu BDR360: Vembu BDR360 helps you with 24/7 availability by providing the flexibility to monitor and manage all your Vembu BDR backup environments from a centralized portal.

Registration on https://www.vembu.com is required to consume these services.

There is a free version of the BDR suite which can be used by small and medium businesses who do not have a backup strategy and are looking to start small. The free edition for VMware supports unlimited vSphere backup, forever. There is also an option to obtain NFR if you are a vExpert , MVP or a certified IT professional. The free NFR license is valid for the period of 1 year (includes 2 CPU sockets license for VMware & Hyper- V Environment and 1 server license for Physical Server Environment).

The installation of the software itself is very easy and straightforward. I will be covering the details of installation and configuration in future posts. I will also cover the different backup and restore methods as they deserve their own posts because of the details that need to be covered.

If you are looking at a complete end to end solution for your backup and DR needs, look no further. Vembu can help you with both on-premises and on cloud offering,  forming a true hybrid model. Vembu should be your go-to vendor and you will see why in my future posts. Stay tuned.

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