Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition is GA!

Vembu BDR Suite Free edition is GA!

Today, I’ve got some news to share with you from Vembu – release of the Vembu BDR Suite Free edition!

This Vembu BDR Suite Free edition of Vembu BDR Suite was designed understanding the setbacks by any common IT Administrator. Thence making Vembu an important name in the market for a backup vendor for its enterprise-level product for SMBs. This free edition is free forever and IT administrators can continue managing their backups with the trial version without any feature restriction. Let’s take a plunge into the detailed features of this Free edition.

Unlimited features for limited environment for up to 3 VMs

Using the Vembu BDR Suite in its trial version does not require purchasing a license. This category of the Free edition offers unlimited features and few of them are listed below:

  • Agentless VMware backups for multiple VMs: Configuring backups for protecting multiple VMs without physically installing any agent.
  • Disk Image Backups from BDR Server: Disk Image Backups can now be configured and managed via Vembu BDR Server. Relying on proxy agents is no longer required unless it’s a distributed deployment which requires individual proxy agent installation.
  • Full VM Backup: Will back up the entire VM including OS, applications and the data.
  • Storage Pooling: Storage Pools are used to aggregate the space available from different volumes and utilize them as a storage for specific backups. The hybrid volume manager of Vembu BDR Server supports scalable and extendable backup storage for different storage media such as Local drives, NAS(NFS and CIFS) and SAN(iSCSI and FC). Vembu BDR provides storage pooling option for both backup level and group level.
  • LAN free data transfer using SAN and Hot-Add modes: Vembu VM backup support Direct SAN, Hot-Add and network transport mode to back up the VM data.
  • Auto Authorization: Enabling Auto authorization in Vembu BDR allows proxy agents to get registered to the backup server using unique registration key generated by respective BDR server.
  • Automatic Backup Scheduling: Backups can be automatically scheduled as per the user’s flexibility
  • Encryption Settings: Users can now provide additional security to their disk-based backup jobs by assigning custom-password to the backup server, such that all their backup data will be encrypted and can be restored/accessed only by providing the custom-password.
  • FLR from GUI (Backup & Replication): File Level Recovery(FLR) is now available for both backup and replication jobs where a user can choose specific files and folders from VMware/Hyper-V/Disk Image backups and VMware replication, to be restored in a quick fashion.

All the above major features are included in this free edition for 3 virtual machines. Let’s get to know those restricted features for unlimited virtual machines.

Restricted Features for unlimited virtual machines

All the features mentioned above for limited business environment will be applicable for these categories with few restrictions in the features. They are:

  • Application-aware processing: Configuring them for a Hyper-V environment is restricted but that does not hold good with VMware vSphere ESXi(s).
  • Changed Block Tracking: Only the incremental blocks which are changed since the previous backup will be tracked and backed up in the successive backup schedule thereby reducing disk space and time.
  • Retention Policies: User can retain any number of recovery points of his own choice. They come to great use when it comes to storing the backup data.
  • Near CDP: Incremental backup can be scheduled every 15 mins to ensure the RPO < than 15 mins.
  • Quick VM recovery to ESXi: Incremental backup can be scheduled every 15 mins to ensure the RPO < than 15 mins.
  • Automated Backup verification: Verify the recoverability of the backed up images and screenshot of the booted Image backup will be emailed.

Backup and recovery holds good for both physical and virtual environments and makes granular recovery possible with great ease. You will able to scale out your storage, secure your individual backup jobs with in-built deduplication, encryption, and compression that makes its own file system called, the VembuHIVE.

This latest Free edition thus becomes one of the most business-friendly and a complete backup solution. That being said, It can be suitable for both testing and production environments! Vembus’ out-of-the-box policy-backup for all was hailed even at the recent VMworld event, Las Vegas.

Comparison of the free vs. paid version can be found here.

The free edition of Vembu BDR Suite can be downloaded here.


– Marek.Z

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