Vembu 4.0 -What’s new?

Data protection provider Vembu are due to release the 4.0 version of their Vembu Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) suite 4.0 imminently.  This release is heavily focused on enhancing the existing features and adding new functionality related to Hyper-V backup.

Hyper-V Backup Enhancements

Cluster aware backups – previously if a VM was live migrated to a different host the backup would fail as the backup software could not find the VM on the host it was expecting. Vembu 4.0 adds cluster awareness so that a VM can be migrated to any host in the cluster and the backup will still work, this is an important feature to facilitate enterprise adoption

Shared VHDX backup – A shared VHDX allows a virtual hard disk to be shared between several VM’s, this is useful for example creating a cluster. Vembu 4.0 now supports the backup of these shared VHDX files

Application aware processing –  It is now possible to select application aware settings on a per VM basis for Hyper-V VMs

Vembu BDR 4.0 – What else is new?

Other new features in Vembu BDR 4.0 include:

VM Disk Inclusion – Prior to 4.0 when a new disk was added to a VM this would not be added to backups until the next scheduled full. Now that additional disk is backed up on the next run even if the scheduled backup is an incremental

Virtual hardware selection – You can now amend the hardware of a VM CPU, Memory disks etc when it is recovered

Storage detail API’s – APIs are now available to deliver analytics into storage.  Available metrics will include size of the VM, storage space utilized by the backup job, compression etc

Quick VM recovery job report – Reports on the status and information surrounding recoveries such as time, target hypervisor, recovery point used

Credential manager – this allows the credentials for all the VMs and hosts to be stored in a single place

Image backup resume feature – If a backup job is interrupted it is now able to resume the job from where it left off

Improved live recovery – When a live recovery is initiated an agent is pushed to the recovery VM for performing the restore








Available Vembu Editions

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1 Released

Vembu has announced the release of Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1 the key component of the new release is the addition of the Standard Edition.  Previous releases of Vembu where only available in a single edition, the new release aims to give customers more choice and value for money for SMB customers.

This means that the software is now available in Free, Standard and Enterprise editions

Available Vembu Editions

You can compare full feature differences here

The price for the new Standard Edition is as follows:

  • Standard Edition for VMware Backup – $216/per CPU
  • Standard Edition for Hyper-V Backup – $144/per CPU
  • If the requirement is for less than 6 sockets, 50% is available off the above prices

If you would like to try the software yourself you can can use this download link



Vembu quick vm recovery

Vembu 3.9.0 – What’s New?

Vembu have released 3.9.0 of their Vembu BDR Suite, extending it’s features and capabilities. Let’s take a look at what’s new:

Tape backup support – The technology that has more lives than a cat – tape is added to the feature list. The feature which Vembu are calling Native Tape Backup allows backup jobs to be copied to tape. This allows all the benefits of tape to be achieved, cheap long term storage of backups, easy offsiting and enablement of the 3-2-1 backup rule. The 3-2-1 backup best practice suggests that you have three copies of your data in two different media and one offsite location. Tape clearly assists with the objectives of an offsite copy and a different type of media

Vembu Tape backup

Quick VM Recovery – The Quick VM Recovery allows you to instantly start up a virtual machines from backups. This allows for very low RTO’s and in turn allows for greater testing of restores. This feature was previously available in Vembu for VMware only, the 3.9.0 release introduces quick recovery for Hyper-V

Vembu quick vm recovery

Backup-level Encryption – This feature allows the encryption of backup data between the client and backup server. Each backup jobs is secured with a password and can only be restored or accessed by using the password.

Pre-post Backup Scripts – Some times there is the need to run a script before or after a backup job to enable applications to be in a consistent state ready for backups. These scripts can now be added directly into the backup job . This simplifies the process by creating one place for all necessary configuration of a backup job.

Vembu pre post backup script

Auto Authorization at Offsite – This ensures that only authorised Vembu servers can connect with the offsite DR server using a shared key

Event Viewer Integration – This allows events generated by the Vembu application to be added to the Windows event log

If you would like to investigate further you can download a free trial