Vembu’s writer Pranav has shared an article called “5 questions to ask before choosing Backup & DR software” in their blog. https://www.vembu.com/blog/5-questions-ask-before-choosing-backup-software/

Here is our take on the article

Q1. The quantity and type of data you need to back up?

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If yourealize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”

-The Tao the Ching-

So knowing yourself is the best question you can ask before determining which solution for backup & DR works for you. Ask yourself these questions

  1. what kind of data do I have?
  2. which application & data is critical for my organisation?
  3. how big my current data is?
  4. how much the data changes per day/week/monthly?
  5. Do I have enough bandwidth if I want to backup & do offsite replication for these data?

These questions can help you guide on the right track towards understanding yourself.

Q2. What actually your business needs to back up now and in the near future?

Every business has it’s own dynamics and every organization must evolves to stay competitive. Thus, when choosing a solution, IT admins, architects, consultants or decision maker need to make sure the solution is able to cater for future needs. Never choose a backup solution that serves your backup needs only for now and not on the long run. Taking a point from our first question, knowing yourself, take into account the company short term and long term business goals and what other projects in-progress and planned. This will help you to narrow down the requirement for the solutions further.

Q3. What types of recovery you would need?

Often times, people are concerns on the data backup and solely focus on the backup and they forget that the most importantly is the restore! No point of having a backup that you can’t restore. Data recovery or restore plays an important role to save your organization; so the best solution is a backup solution that provides multiple recovery options. A multiple recovery options help you  restore your data in any environment and if needed only the required data can be restored through granular recovery which can actually save time and resources.

Q4. What kind of support do you need and at what frequency?

Another important question  to ask is what kind of support the solution can provides be it from the software perspective or in term of the technical support team. A good technical support saves you time,resource and most importantly reduce you stress. A good range of supportable applications, operating systems and internal and external audit assistance, and assistance with Disaster Recovery is also crucial. So ask your vendors these questions and see whether the solutions fits your need or not.

Q5. Are you comfortable with the pricing?

As what Pranav wrote, the answer to this question is more complicated than anyone can assume.

With the current economy, organizations are putting constrains on budget even some that are loyal to brands are having a difficult times to justify their purchases. As far as pricing is concerned many organizations only consider the quality of the product; so they sacrifice on pricing. Also, If the pricing is cheap then the quality of the product is questioned? thus the pricing part is a bit complicated one.

It is not that simple to find a solution that could satisfy all your needs, its only that you should have a good understanding of your needs as per your environment and a proper evaluation process of the selected solutions. Here, I mentioned some as selected solutions, that is because you can’t directly find one best solution at one stop, you will find two or more solutions and from that, you will choose one to be the best which suits your environment and that is how you find the best solution.

There are some backup solutions that satisfy all the above-mentioned needs. One such Backup and Disaster Recovery solution is Vembu BDR Suite; having survived in the data protection market for more than one and a half decade.

Vembu BDR Suite is a complete package that inculcates the features that help you to backup both virtual and physical environments. You can have the primary copy of your backup data in onsite on storage devices like local disks, NAS & SAN. Further, you get options to have the secondary copy at the offsite which can be either a cloud data center or a separate physical datacenter at a different location. Further, Vembu offers multiple recovery options that could actually save your business at times of criticality with industry’s best RTO of 15mins.

Vembu offers 24×7 support to all, where the level of gratitude they show to their customers are comparatively high that actually made them earn good customers’ reviews and satisfaction throughout their travel.

The price of the solution is the deciding factor that actually makes the end-users feel satisfied and complete. They offer an affordable pricing rage, that will actually satisfy you. Vembu offers multiple editions such as – Free, Standard, Enterprise. You can get to know the functionalities of each edition with the 30 days free trial and can choose the best that fits your environment.

Vembu also announced a new package – Vembu BDR Essentials, for businesses having less than 6 CPU sockets or 50 VMs, and is priced half of Vembu BDR Suite actual costs.

Vembu offers many other features other than what I have mentioned above.

You can see for yourself how Vembu BDR Suite surprises you by downloading the Free Trial Version of the Software for 30 days!

Infinite Logix System PLT are based in Malaysia and we help businesses over South East Asia to managed and maintain their backup solutions through our Managed Backup Service, or Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) offerings. We are reachable at +607-267 0108 or reach us via our email at info@infinitelogix.com.my

Lokman Azli

Tech Consultant at Infinite Logix System PLT
With more than 14 years of experience in designing, managing and maintaining IT infrastructure. He is also cofounded Awantera.co a Webhosting company that provide cheapeast unlimited space, unmetered bandwidth hosting in Malaysia