I’m a big fan of free vSphere tools and every vSphere infrastructure needs to protect their VMs with reliable backup & recovery (I can’t say that enough). For those reasons, I was excited to hear that Vembu, announced a new release of their datacenter backup solution – Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 – and with the latest release, it will be available in 2 different versions – Free Forever and Paid. You get a 30 day evaluation of all the paid version features and, after that, if you choose not to license it and use their paid features, the product will still work, with the exception of some enterprise-grade functionality (you can compare free vs paid editions here). The cool thing about the free edition is that there is no limit to number of sockets, VMs and servers. If at some point you want to go to the paid edition, you can always do that by applying a license (and keep all your backup jobs, backup data, and history).
Introduction to Vembu
For those who have never heard of Vembu, you might be wondering who they are is and what their data protection solution offers. Vembu has been around since 2002 and has over 4,000 partners. Their primary product is their BDR suite – which is very comprehensive. Vembu BDR offers:
- VMBackup – VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V Backup
- ImageBackup – Image-level backup for phyiscal servers, desktops, and laptops
- NetworkBackup – for offsite backups of file servers, application servers and endpoints
- OnlineBackup – for data protection to the Vembu cloud
- SaaSBackup – backup for protection of MS Office365, Google Apps (now G Suite) data
Optionally, you can add on to the BDR Suite:
Offsite DR – for disaster recovery protection
- CloudDR – for disaster recovery replication to the Vembu cloud
BDR360 – a centralized monitoring tool for all types of data protection
I’ll be blogging more about my personal experience with Vembu in my lab but, until that blog is ready, here’s a nice overview video of how Vembu can help to make data protection easier in the datacenter..
How to Download Free Forever Data Protection
I can tell you from personal experience, I downloaded Vembu AND installed it in my vSphere infrastructure in about 10 minutes. Here’s a screenshot of my Vembu VMBackup console, right after I initiated my first backup with Vembu…
To try out the latest Vembu BDR Suite in your own lab, you can download it here –