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/

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

What’s New – Vembu BDR Suite



I have been using Vembu BDR for almost a year now and must say that there has been a lot of enhancements made to the product with every release, I have already dedicated couple of articles covering the various features and functionalities  here are the quick reference link Vembu BDR Suite Paid vs Free Edition , 10 Things we need to know about Vembu Cloud

Dedicated this article to talk about various enhancements that has been made to Vembu BDR in couple of months be it the super saver Perpetual Licensing Model or the GDPR compliance enablement in Vembu BDR suite being offered.

Vembu’ s perpetual licensing

Launching the latest perpetual licensing, Vembu look forward to provide more flexibility with the pricing. The Vembu BDR Suite which was available earlier at the subscription pricing model is now available at perpetual licensing, thereby helping IT environments fulfill their requirements that would cost less over time.

Perpetual License entitles the end user to use the software indefinitely with one year of Technical support and Product Updates included in the Perpetual license. Even after the expiry of the one-year maintenance period, the product continues to work but to receive further Technical Support and Software updates, the end user need to purchase the Annual Support and Upgrade plan. To experience the Support and Updates, the customer is charged the Annual Maintenance Cost (AMC) which is 20% of the original license price. The Customer can either choose to continue with the same version of the software or can pay the AMC and switch to the new update of the software. The best part is that there are no penalties if there is a lapse for a while to pay the AMC for getting Updates and Support since it is end user choice to go with or without the new updates.
Since the purchase of Vembu’s Perpetual License is a Long-term investment by end users, Vembu continually increase their value in an unprecedented way. Thus, the end user’s customers can now opt for Perpetual License by paying the initial cost and can use the software endlessly plus paying the AMC will allow them to entitle all the updates and support from Vembu.

What’s In it for Service Providers

In the aim of setting firm footprints across the globe by catering one of the most comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution at an affordable pricing, Vembu unfolds its New Service Provider Program that would provide service providers a great scope for huge benefits and discounts with the Vembu BDR Suite v3.8.0.

If you are a
Cloud Service Provider (CSP), Managed Service Provider (MSP) or anyone involved in IT Solution Delivery and offering Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to your customers without compromising the business continuity of your customers, the Vembu BDR Suite has been created just for you.


Vembu complying with the EU GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control back to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU When the GDPR takes effect, it will replace the data protection directive (officially Directive 95/46/EC) of 1995.

Addressing customers’ concern have always been Vembu’ s top priority. The Vembu BDR Suite does comply with the new regulation and will make the users the real data owner. Complying with industry standards and policies has always been one of Vembu BDR Suite’s core attributes and the GDPR is no exception as well.

The laying of this GDPR is crucial and inevitable norm. But what is to be known is, there is not one software that would uphold all the principles of it. One of the most important fact about security compliances are the stringent measures to be followed by organizations to protect the critical customer data. Vembu uses patented and in-house file system to store the data in chunk files thus making it unreadable unless it is restored by the administrator as per process. Vembu also uses federally acclaimed AES 256-bit algorithm to encrypt the data while transfer and at-rest while data is compressed, deduped to make suit the storage needs of a business.