Sneak Peek at Vembu BDR Suite V4.0 Features and Enhancements

Written by David Marshall

Back in May, Vembu announced its latest release of their flagship offering, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1.  The release included a Standard Edition, designed for small businesses, which helps keep the cost of the product affordable for everyone. But the company isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

Vembu BDR Suite, you might remember, is a comprehensive solution, designed to protect critical data across hybrid IT environments.  The backup and replication suite can protect physical servers and workstations, supporting critical workloads for your organization.  In addition to physical, it also handles Virtual (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads) and Cloud (SaaS applications). 

As we approach VMworld Europe next week, expect to see more backup vendors talking about new features and enhancements, and upcoming new releases.  But prior to the start of the show, we've got a sneak peek at some of the new features and enhancements that you can expect to see within Vembu BDR Suite v4.0. 

 

There are a few new features concerning the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, including:

  • Hyper-V cluster backup: Vembu supports backing up the VMs in the cluster.  Even if VMs configured for backup are moved from one host to another, the incremental backup will continue to happen without any interruption.
  • Shared VHDx backup: Vembu is adding support for backing up the shared VHDx of Hyper-V.  Sharing a virtual hard disk file (.vhdx) provides the shared storage that is necessary for a Hyper-V guest failover cluster.  Also known as a virtual machine failover cluster.

Other new features will include:

  • CheckSum based incrementals: Vembu uses CBT for incremental backups. And for some CBT failure cases, they will be using CheckSum for the incremental to happen without any interruption.
  • Credential Manager: No need to enter credentials every time, Vembu Credential manager will allow users to manage the credentials of the host and the VMs running within it.

But why stop there?  Vembu is also adding a number of other product enhancements, including these 10 items of note:

1. Continuing where they left off for Vembu ImageBackup: In Vembu ImagBackup, if the backup job gets interrupted due to network failure, it will resume from where it was left off.
2. Improved proxy functionality: All backup related requests are triggered by the BDR backup server, the proxy agent will only process the request sent by the BDR Server.
3. Virtual hardware selection: You can now configure the specification of the Virtual Hardware during the live recovery like the socket and core counts, memory, hard disk provision type, and network adapter.
4. Improved Hyper-V live recovery: During the recovery of the backed-up Hyper-V, a separate agent is pushed to the target machine for performing the full VM recovery.
5. Improved Application aware for Hyper-V Backups: For all Hyper-V VMs, you can individually select the VM to which you want to enable Application Aware processing.
6. Abort Offsite Replication: You can now abort the replication job from the Vembu OffsiteDR server.
7. ODR Activation: You can now activate or deactivate a particular BDR server connected to an OffsiteDR server.
8. Quick VM Recovery report: You will get a report for Quick VM recovery process with details like VM Name, Recovery point, Start and End time, target hypervisor and the status of the recovery.
9. API’s to fetch storage details: The new set of APIs is designed to give a detailed report on storage utilization like the size of the VM, storage space utilized by a backup job, compression rate etc.
10. VM disk inclusion: Previously, after the initial full backup, the newly added disk of the VM is backed up only on the next additional full backup. From v4.0, the newly added disk will be backed up along with the successive incremental.

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About the Author

David Marshall is an industry recognized virtualization and cloud computing expert, a ten time recipient of the VMware vExpert distinction, and has been heavily involved in the industry for the past 20 years.  To help solve industry challenges, he co-founded and helped start several successful virtualization software companies such as ProTier, Surgient, Hyper9 and Vertiscale. He also spent a few years transforming desktop virtualization while at Virtual Bridges.

David is also a co-author of two very popular server virtualization books: "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and the Technical Editor on Wiley's "Virtualization for Dummies" and "VMware VI3 for Dummies" books.  David also authored countless articles for a number of well known technical magazines, including: InfoWorld, Virtual-Strategy and TechTarget.  In 2004, he founded the oldest independent virtualization and cloud computing news site, VMblog.com, which he still operates today.

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