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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

I would recommend Ansible to anyone, but I recognize it might not fit everyone's needs. I'm not as familiar with Chef, Puppet, or Salt, but they each have their strengths. For us, we needed to be able to manage a new server the moment it was created, so agent-based solutions were out. For our use, Ansible does everything we've asked it to.
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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
8.2
Incremental backup identification
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2
Deduplication and file compression
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
6.4
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

  • Imperative orchestration works well. There is no resource ordination issues like there can be with Puppet or Chef.
  • It is easy to get started and start iterating on plays, books, roles.
  • The docker and rax resources are very robust and compelling. I hope these continue to develop and flourish.
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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

  • Ansible currently doesn't have a way to keep a node in a current state like what puppet or DSC can do.
  • Ansible uses SSH which sometimes is not a good security practice.
  • You have to be good to set up system totally with secure SSH keys, Sudo, etc.
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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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Performance

Ansible7.5
Based on 2 answers
Out of the box, Ansible can be slow over a bad connection, as it's establishing an SSH connection to the target server for each little task. There are some adjustments you can make to the defaults that greatly improve performance. And if you run Ansible on the same network as the target (i.e. by using a jump box or Jenkins server), then it can be crazy fast. I'd give it a 10 for speed except that it does require these adjustments first.
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Alternatives Considered

  • For VMware we have used auto Deploy and VMware power CLI to automate the things
  • For OpenStack based - seat service is used to automate the things using YML template.
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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 helped me as a team lead to make sure that our DevOps goals are aligned with business goals of our explosively growing organization and infrastructure.
  • Since the standard ansible implementation is free, it makes ansible a fine tool with great return on investment
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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