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What is VembuHIVE Cloud File System?

One of the great players today in the backup space providing powerful tools for backing up both physical, virtual, and cloud workloads is Vembu. Vembu provides a wide variety of tools to enterprises today to empower flexibility and agility in backing up, replicating, and restoring these workloads. At the heart of Vembu technology that allows the flexible and agile backups and restores is the VembuHIVE file system. What is VembuHIVE cloud file system and how does it empower enterprises today with powerful backup and restore functionality?

What is VembuHIVE Cloud File System?

Vembu BDR Suite backup server makes use of the VembuHIVE file system in storing backup data. By design, VembuHIVE is meant for large scale deployments that is versatile in nature and allows supporting a wide array of use cases and hybrid environments. It natively includes enterprise features that customers want and expect with a data protection solution including:

  • Built-in version control
  • Encryption
  • Deduplication
  • Built-in error correction

The real power from my perspective when looking at a file system like VembuHIVE is its ability to be platform/hypervisor agnostic. It does this by reading into the backup data in an intelligent way, understanding how it is organized and the data contained therein. It then interprets the data and can encapsulate that data into any format that is desired as the end result. Regardless of the source platform from which the data came from, VembuHIVE allows you to construct this data into the desired file format.

You can create any number of resulting formats from the source backup data including: VHD, VHDX, VMDK, Flat, and RAW. This also makes possible Quick VM Recovery to VMware, Hyper-V, and KVM environments. Instant File Recovery from VMs and physical machines being backed up by Vembu VMBackup and Vembu ImageBackup.

New to the soon to be released Vembu BDR Suite 3.9, you can quick recover both Hyper-V and Windows Server backup jobs onto a VMware ESXi host, allowing booting the machine directly from backup storage mounted to an ESXi host.

Using VembuHIVE File System for Restores

To take advantage of the VembuHIVE file system, navigate to Recovery choose the Job Name and Mount.

Choosing the Mount option takes advantage of the VembuHIVE file system

You will be asked to Mount the backup data in the Virtual drive.  This will mount a virtual drive that will be accessible in Explorer of the Vembu BDR Suite server.

Choosing to mount the VembuHIVE enabled backups to a virtual drive

As shown the VembuVirtualDrive appears, mounted as the next available drive letter.

After mounting the VembuHIVE virtual drive appears

As we explore the contents of the VembuVirtualDrive, we see the various file formats instantly available.  The amazing thing is there is no file conversion or lengthy process required to gain access.

VembuHIVE enables instant access to multiple platform types for restoring

The following screenshots show examples of the files available in each respective folder found in the virtual drive.

VMDK file format from VembuHIVE
VHDX file format from VembuHIVE
IMG format from VembuHIVE file system

Additionally, without mounting the Vembu Virtual Drive, you can choose to Restore and then choose the Download option which enables the Multi-format restore for any Windows Server (physical or virtual).

Choosing restore and utilizing the multi-format restore enabled by VembuHIVE

The ability to have this kind of flexibility when working with backups contained in backup storage is powerful.  Especially if working in multi-hypervisor environments, having the ability to shift around workloads and formats when needing to restore backups can be especially helpful.  This can also be a powerful way to test various workloads between platforms.


What is VembuHIVE Cloud File System?  It is a powerful cloud ready, multi-hypervisor file system that allows agility and flexibility with restoring Vembu enabled backups.  By instantly providing access to multiple formats of backup data, you are able to restore workloads to totally different environments if need be.  The access to the various formats is instant, requiring no transformation or conversion of data as this is all made possible within the VembuHIVE file system itself.  Check out a free trial of Vembu that transforms into a free forever backup solution.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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