White Papers & Product Reviews

Overcome the Data Protection Dilemma – Vembu

Author: George Crump, Lead Analyst
Storage Swiss
IT professionals are facing two data protection designs that create a data protection dilemma they must overcome. If they select a legacy application that protects their entire environment, they have to tolerate extremely high pricing and live with software that does not fully exploit the capabilities of modern environments like virtualization and the cloud.

On the other hand they can adopt new solutions from companies that focus on a particular area environment’s data protection features but that are then limited to just that environment. These solutions often also have a relatively small customer base which means the solution has not been vetted as well as some of the legacy applications. Vembu is a next generation company that provides the capabilities of the new class of backup solutions while at the same time providing a completeness of platform coverage similar to legacy applications.

Most IT sites, have a key system that is essential to the survival of their business. When processing on such a system is interrupted, essential Line of Business (LoB) operations cease to function and corporate business is significantly impacted. Moreover, the longer it takes to restore a mission-critical system, the greater the likelihood that the business will face substantial repercussions. As a result, nirvana for a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for business continuity centers on zero recovery time and zero recovery point objectives (RTO and RPO).

Mission-critical systems at the majority of IT sites fall into one of two major categories: database-driven financial and process-control manufacturing systems. For mission-critical systems that do not require specialized process-control hardware, high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment provide IT with a distinct advantage in dealing with scenarios that impact business continuity.

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience

Author: Dr. Jack Fegreus, Founder of openBench Labs
The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

LoB executives have played a critical role in the advent of DRM systems. For these key consumers of IT services, backup operations remain just a means to achieving business continuity. Their focus is entirely on the continuity of business processing and the restoration of processing in the event of a disruption. LoB executives expect CIOs to implement rigorous internal operations to minimize disruptions in business processing and when a disruption occurs the issue must be resolved in as short a time as possible and with a minimal loss of data.

Vembu Changes the Dynamics of Data Protection for Business Applications in a vSphere Environment
In this analysis, openBench Labs assesses the performance and functionality of the Vembu Backup & DisasterRecovery (BDR) host-level (a.k.a. agentless) data protection solution in a VMware vSphereTM 5.5 HA Cluster. For this test we utilized a vSphere VM configured with three logical disks located on separate datastores to support an Exchange server with two mailbox databases. Each of the mailbox databases was configured to support 1,000 user accounts.

This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line of business (LoB) executives.

Vembu: The Biggest Little Data Protection Company You Probably Haven’t Heard Of (Yet)
Abstract: European and APJ businesses may know Vembu, but many U.S. IT organizations will be surprised by the solution set of this ten-year-old company that is launching its first concerted marketing push into North America. In 2015, Vembu—newly based in Dallas, Texas—may become “one to watch” as it matches its features impressively to what IT organizations are looking for in a modern backup solution.

It’s no secret that, as IT organizations continue to modernize their production infrastructures, antiquated legacy approaches to protecting those infrastructures can quickly go from barely adequate to completely insufficient. In fact, in ESG’s IT spending intentions research for 2014, improving data backup was the top-cited IT priority by midmarket organizations (see Figure 1). 1 And for the past three years running, improving data backup and recovery has been one of the top three most-mentioned priorities for organizations of all sizes.

Vembu has grown its revenue 35% annually over the past two years and is on track to meet that mark in 2014. Key product additions this year include a suite of CRM applications and the introduction of on­premises virtual appliances (with physical appliances to come in the near future). The latter move puts Vembu in more direct competition with relatively well­known players in the hybrid cloud backup battle.

Cloud­based backup/recovery is a cutthroat business with shrinking margins, commoditization and a surfeit of contenders trying to get a piece of the pie. On the other hand, it’s a fast­growing market: 451 Research predicts a 21% CAGR for online backup over the 2013­2018 period, excluding revenue from the consumer segment. We applaud Vembu’s moves into non­backup areas such as file sync/share and CRM applications. However, it remains to be seen whether IT organizations will prefer one­stop shopping over choosing best­of­breed offerings from multiple vendors. The company’s decision to push its resellers away from rebranding and into carrying Vembu’s name on their services will give it much­needed name/brand recognition in a crowded arena.

Two interesting trends in the backup industry have created the need for a smart file system. First, there is a rising demand for a more sophisticated use of backup data, than just traditional recovery. Think how interesting it would be to share and collaborate the files residing inside in your disk image backup without having to mount or boot the image. This is possible only if the file system is able to read the image file, bit-by-bit and understand what files are stored inside the image file.

Second, the demand for online backup has led the service providers to host their backup on cloud infrastructure. This means that backup applications could potentially harness the cluster file system and computing possibilities of cloud. For example, it is possible to dramatically improve the read/write speed of backup data by storing it in SAN/NAS and distributing the operations to a large cluster of servers.