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It looks like the Vembu is the one company to watch in the backup scene. I mean these guys are in turbo mode in the last year. They have improved Vembu backup with new features but what I like the most is that they are really trying to bring the product closer to every market segment who are running either VMware or Hyper-V environments.
I would like to show you a new edition, just released called Vembu BDR Essentials, which can protect up to 50 VMs on up to 6 CPU sockets. You see, the Essentials edition is up to 50% cheaper than the normal Vembu BDR suite, as explained on the Vembu Essentials article published on their blog. You can see from the pricing perspective that the target market for this edition is smaller companies.
The definition of the SMBs size varies from Country to the Country. For example, in the United Kingdom, a company is being defined as an SME if it has fewer than 250 employees. In Switzerland, SMBs is defined if it has less than 250 employees. In Kenya, SMBs employs from 50 to 100 people. In Canada, SMBs has to have at least 100 and fewer than 500 employees. But in the USA, SMB companies can reach even 1500 employees.
For many SMBs 50 virtual machines or 3 hosts with each using 2 CPUs is more than enough. Similarly, VMware offers Essential editions – Essentials and Essentials Plus. SMBs having an option for a cheaper solution is much appreciated as IT budgets are usually much lower. The Vembu BDR Essentials is a subscription-based solution. Currently, pricing for the VMware Standard edition is $108 per year per CPU socket while the Enterprise edition is $180 per year per CPU socket.
What is even better is pricing for Hyper-V users. Pricing for Hyper-V Standard edition is $72 per year per CPU socket while the Enterprise edition is $120 per year per CPU socket.
If you remember not so long ago, they have released a Standard edition, which removed some features usually used by the enterprises but has introduced much better pricing. Standard edition is a bit cheaper version, with some enterprise features removed. Still, the Standard edition is very decent as it does not impose limits on the number of virtual machines you can backup, also it still features many functionalities for which the Vembu has been known for like: Instant file recovery, Quick VM recovery, Granular recovery of MS-Apps. At the same time, they have also added support for the latest VMware vSphere 6.7. With Essential edition, they bring the product even closer to the small business market.
What features make Vembu a popular choice? Agentless VMBackup is one of the features which makes your backup experience great as you are not required to install agents on your servers. You can say goodbye to the problem related to the agents, like high CPU utilization. For faster backups, transport mode is automatically selected and you can easily back up multiple VMs in a single job.
To prevent loss of data during the business hours, Vembu offers near Continuous Data Protection that lets you backup data every 15 minutes. So that RPO of less than 15 minutes can be easily achieved.
By using Vembu Universal Explorer you can easily browse, view, restore and recover individual items from Microsoft Applications. For example, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL and Active Directory can be easily recovered, including individual items without restoring the entire image first.
In order to prevent downtime, you can use technology like Quick VM Recovery. In case of disaster, you can run your virtual machines directly from backup, once the dust settles, you can complete a restore. That way you can also quickly test a backup.
Vembu BDR Essentials edition is a great way for SMBs to use a feature packed product for fraction of the price. Sure, it has limits but once the company grows, it can easily upgrade to the Enterprise edition and lift the limits imposed by the Essentials edition. You can expect savings up to 50% compared to Vembu BDR Suite. Did you know that Vembu has a trial edition which you can use for 30 days, with all features unlocked? That way you can quickly test all the features. Compared to the “old days” where you had to install agents on the servers, the installation procedure is much faster now, all it takes is about 15 minutes (download excluded), it’s worth it.
Great pricing, once the company grows, they can easily upgrade to the regular version.
Some but rare companies may struggle with a limit of 50 virtual machines or 6 CPUs, but if such SMBs exist, they are a good candidate for the regular version.
Vembu BDR Essentials
Summary: Vembu has really made BDR affordable for the SMB market. Great pricing and great features will make a lot of companies happy.