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Ansible

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Bacula Enterprise

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Ansible

Ansible did a great job helping us patch simple security vulnerabilities on many servers. The code for the fix were no more than about 100 lines. We patched each vulnerability in about 10 minutes. We patched both the HeartBleed/OpenSSH along with the Shellshock Bash vulnerability on 200+ servers in a few days.
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Bacula Enterprise

You really need to spend more time in the Bacula implementation phase and I do not recommend it for sysadmins who do not have Linux experience because of the architectural quirks and they do not run the "DIR Director" server on a Windows platform.
The agent for Linux clients is very stable and of today I have had no problems.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
7.7
Universal recovery
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
Live recovery
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
7.2
Recovery verification
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2
Business application protection
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.1
Multiple backup destinations
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.1
Incremental backup identification
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.1
Deduplication and file compression
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
6.3
Snapshots
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2
Flexible deployment
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
3.6
Management dashboard
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2
Platform support
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
Retention options
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2

Pros

  • Installing and configuring software on instances.
  • Lightweight footprint. No agent required.
  • Predictable execution. Generally, the playbooks are run top to bottom.
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  • Back up a very good and simple package of files, including compression and different levels, differential and incremental.
  • BWEB's html interface is very good and intuitive for the amount of backup and clients I need to monitor and manage.
  • In smaller branch offices, the managers manually trigger the backup "because it varies the time of shutdown of each branch", with tool bconsole I was able to easily customize this drive inside our application, simplifying enough for the end user.
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Cons

  • Python 2.7 was required for the older versions
  • SSH as a requirement by default
  • Not as fast as container driven development
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  • The vsphere plugin works 100%, could have been more intuitive and practical. For example -To specify that you want to restore a backup of a VM, enter the "where" parameter / because the default value "/ tmp / bacula-restore" would restore the .bmdk files in the plugin client.
  • An identification of the name of the virtual machine in the act of restoration and naming for Bacula Systems as "Host Name" would be more intuitive "Guest Name or VM-Name", since Host implies "Host ESXi".
  • After running the datastore from a VM, there is no bacula for the backup to continue.
  • A compression could have been a multi-thread on the client to make faster, when a document was not available on Bacula Systems roadmap.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Bacula Enterprise6.0
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Management is keen on cost saving. I prefer the pervious backup solution we had, but support was getting expensive. I think Bacula has a lot of growing up to do before I would put it in the same category as the "big boys," but they are making progress. With the help of customers' feedback and tickets, they'll get there in the next year or two.
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Usability

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Bacula Enterprise4.0
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It still has a lot of flaws to overcome, especially in the area of user friendliness. Searching and filtering is quite cumbersome. Once you find the job you from which you want to restore, be sure to write that job number down because you won't be able to quickly find the job again without it during a recovery.
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Alternatives Considered

I haven't used Puppet personally, but I believe Ansible is a robust solution which can serve many purposes. Puppet I'm sure is customizable in similar ways, I just don't have the experience to speak intelligently on the subject.
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Cost: Bacula wins hands down on cost.Deduplication: CommVault is, as they put it, hardware agnostic when it comes to deduplication, and is really fast. Bacula does deduplication too, but not nearly as well. CommVault's deduplication remains deduplicated across all media. Not so for Bacula.Reliability: Having worked with CommVault for many years, I still have much more faith in its reliability and support. However, Bacula is doing a pretty darned good job of getting a ton of systems backed up regularly. EMC's NetWorker, on the other hand, NEVER had a even one day of successful backups in over a three year period.In the end, our company selected Bacula because of the cost savings and the belief that it would be reliable enough to cover and recover at least 90 percent of our systems.
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Return on Investment

  • Ansible has improved stability of our overall architecture because we no longer have "snowflake" servers.
  • Ansible has made it cheaper to spin up a new version of the server rather than diagnose a problematic server, costing valuable time to restoration.
  • Ansible has allowed us to spin up dynamic environments with the click of a button.
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  • Quite transparently for the applications to allow online backup and guaranteed enough confidence due to its efficient algorithms of verification of media and blocks.
  • The cost of purchasing and updating the annual support is very low compared to other "Veeam and Backup Exec" tools that I analyzed in the pre-project phase.
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Pricing Details

Ansible

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Bacula Enterprise

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details