Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition

I have been associated with Vembu as a Blogger for more than two years and have seen some great enhancements in the overall product portfolio, be it the Vembu BDR Suite or Vembu Cloud Services there has been a lot of new features and functionalities that has been added in every release while working parallely with vendors and following their release cycle. I have already dedicated blogs covering some of these features and what’s new with Vembu BDR here is the link for your reference Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now GA.

Dedicated this article to talk about the New Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition which offers backup and recovery for both virtual and physical environment without any hidden costs. Vembu BDR Suites comes with a 30 days of free trial with no restriction in terms of available features and post 30 days we can opt out for free edition to continue using the features with some restrictions or we can purchase license as required.

Free VMware Backup

Suitable for those businesses, that do not have sophisticated data protection systems, Vembu VMBackup provides an exclusive Free Edition for VMware environments where the user can take unlimited agentless VMware Backup hosted in VMware ESXi host (6.5, 6.0,5.5,5.1) and vCenter server (6.5, 6.0, 5.5, 5.1 and 5.0) at zero cost. It also Supports multiple VMware transport modes like Direct SAN, HotAdd and Network based (NBD & NBDSSL). VMBackup automatically analyses and chooses the appropriate transport mode to improve the VM data transfer rate.

Vembu offers free Hyper-V backup using their proprietary driver to protect the production VMs running on the Hyper-V environments (Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 and 2008 R2) by taking consistent snapshots of the VMs having highly transactional applications like Exchange, SQL, Active Directory and SharePoint using Microsoft VSS writer and truncate the transaction log files during the backup job.

Vembu’s Free Windows Server Backup will protect the entire Windows Servers machine including operating system, applications and data at zero cost. Vembu ImageBackup uses application-aware technology to take a consistent backup of the windows server machine running the Microsoft application like Exchange, SQL Database, Active Directory and SharePoint.

Vembu Image Backup offers comprehensive Backup and Disaster Recovery solution for Windows Desktops and Laptops at FREE of cost. It backs up entire system image or individual volumes of Windows Desktops and Laptops. During system crash or any major disaster, Bare-metal Recovery (BMR) helps to recover the backed up Windows machines into same or different hardware.

Backing up workstations is as important as backing up a server ,Data loss in a business may happen due to any of the reasons like system crash, hard disk corruption, power interruption, improper shutdown, accidental file deletion,A data loss in these workstations may badly affect the productivity of a business. Vembu File Backup of workstations using Vembu Network Backup can help to backup unlimited files, folders and applications of the workstations with no restriction on size of files and folders.

Free Vembu Universal Explorer

Vembu Universal Explorer instantly recover the individual Microsoft application items from the backed up data. Be it physical or virtual machine data, Vembu Universal Explorer recovers application items from Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL and Active Directory without restoring the entire VM backup and disk image backup. Vembu has turned down all the difficulties faced by an IT administrator in restoring the Microsoft applications and related items through Vembu Universal Explorer. It provides an easy-to-use and intuitive UI, so the user can browse the required application items easily from the backed up data without any complication and restore to live application servers or download them into specific formats.

Vembu Recovery CD eases up Bare-metal Recovery process by restoring the backed up image data of the source disk or partition to the same or new hardware. The backed up image data of a physical or virtual machine stored in BDR server can be restored to a physical machine by using Recover entire disk or a partition option from the Vembu Recovery CD. This can be done by downloading the virtual disk file (VHD/VHDX) and configuration file of the backup from the BDR backup server and restoring them through Vembu Recovery CD.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now GA

It is highly important that data needs to be backed up and there should be an effective Disaster Recovery plan in case of data threat or a catastrophe. While data continues to grow and there are number of technology providers who offer better and comprehensive storage techniques to businesses, there has not been an alternative to the concept of backup. While costs are a major factor for businesses, having a steady backup plan to counter data threats and compliant to strict regulatory standards(including the upcoming EU’s GDPR) is necessary. Be it virtual environment backup like VMware Backup, Microsoft Hyper-V Backup or legacy environment backup like Windows Server Backup, Workstation backup, Vembu BDR Suite has been offering Backup & Recovery with their own file-system, VembuHIVE thereby easing the backup process, storage management at an extremely affordable pricing. 

Last week, they did announce the release of Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 which offers manifold features and enhancements to meet the different needs of Diverse IT environments. According to them, the overall goal of the new version v3.9.0 is to provide advancements in terms of Storage, Security, and Data Restoration. 

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 release is distinct because a number of critical features are incorporated for maintaining business continuity and to function effectively for high availability. Here are some of the key highlights of this release.

Tape Backup Support 

Vembu now provides the popular 3-2-1 backup strategy( copies of backup in 2 medias(Disk and Tape) and 1 backup copy at offsite) to businesses by announcing the support for Native Tape Backup for  Image-based Backups (VMware, Hyper-V, and Physical Windows Servers & Workstations) providing an option for Long-Term Archival and Offsite storage.  Also, Vembu Tape Backup Support makes the DR possible on any physical or virtual environment. Thus Vembu Tape backup is designed keeping in mind the future needs of the ever evolving IT demands.

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi host for Hyper-V and Windows Image Backups

As we speak of data backup, recovery of data is equally important, if not more. While data recovery is crucial, the amount of time taken to restore data decides the business continuity of any organization. In the previous versions, Vembu has provided instant recovery capabilities only for VMware Backups from the GUI. From this release v3.9.0, Vembu makes the instant recovery process much simpler and quicker than before by making the Quick VM Recovery possible on VMware ESXi from Vembu BDR backup server console for all image-based backups(VMware, Hyper-V and Microsoft Windows). Thus, Vembu lowers the Recovery Time Objectives of the organizations and provides quicker data regain and access.

Backup-level Encryption

With the newest release, Vembu provides the ability to encrypt the data while creating a backup job. Each backup job that is configured from the distributed agents or through the Vembu BDR backup server is now highly secured through Backup-level Encryption. By using customized passwords, users will now be able to enable additional security for their backup jobs. And the backup data can be restored/accessed only by providing the password. Thus, the data is encrypted and can only be accessed by authorized users. This step is to fight data threats and also to ensure data compliances. 

Auto Authorization at Vembu OffsiteDR Server

Offsite data protection is critical in terms of business continuity and is primarily done to keep a backup instance of key business data. To increase data security, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has Auto Authorization feature at Vembu OffsiteDR server that lets only the registered BDR backup servers to connect to the OffsiteDR server. Vembu BDR servers are authorized through unique registration key generated at the OffsiteDR server. Thus, safeguard all your backup data even if they are transferred to offsite through Auto-Authorization at OffsiteDR server.

Many businesses are in a need to execute certain business logic before or after a backup job. But running these logics manually through scripts is difficult and is not feasible for organizations having multiple backup jobs running in their IT infrastructure. To make this process simpler, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 provides a separate wizard in NetworkBackup, OnlineBackup and ImageBackup clients, where one can add a number of pre and post executable commands/scripts. This helps in automatically executing the added commands/scripts at specific stages based on the configuration and provides the ability to run the custom actions before/after the backup schedules.

Besides all the listed features, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has few interesting features like Windows Event Viewer Integration along with some Enhancements.

Interested in trying Vembu BDR suite?, Try Now on a 30-days free trial: https://www.vembu.com/vembu-bdr-suite-download/