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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

For our physical servers we haven't used any other enterprise backup tool and we have never felt the need to explore other options as we found Bacula to fit our needs perfectly. I can't comment on any other products as I've never used them. Backup and Restoring files & servers has been a breeze using Bacula Enterprise. Just be aware that Bacula isn't very intitive at the start. You will need to read up on it's manual to fully understand the product and get it's configuration correct. It's community version is free so it's a great place to start and try it out. We did this for five years before moving to their paid for Enterprise version.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.6
Universal recovery
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
Live recovery
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
7.3
Recovery verification
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.8
Business application protection
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2
Multiple backup destinations
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.9
Incremental backup identification
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.9
Backup to the cloud
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.2
Deduplication and file compression
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.6
Snapshots
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
Flexible deployment
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
8.8
Management dashboard
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
7.8
Platform support
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
Retention options
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
Encryption
Ansible
Bacula Enterprise
9.1

Pros

Ansible

  • Agentless. For our implementation, this is the single biggest factor. If we have to touch the machine and install an agent before we can start managing it, that's already too much effort and slows us down.
  • Re-entrant. This is not unique to Ansible, but certainly a huge improvement over custom scripts and such. Because it's such a huge effort to make scripts re-entrant, most of our scripts did not allow an elegant way to recover on failure. Manually cleaning up the half-attempt and re-trying is still too cumbersome, and being able to just re-run Ansible is a great improvement!
  • Infrastructure as code. This is new to Ansible, and there are still a few minor bugs with their AWS modules, but it's been a huge help being able to define our infrastructure in an Ansible playbook, commit it to source control, and use one tool for all our DevOps tasks.
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Bacula Enterprise

  • The ability to restore files is equally as important as backing them up, and this is where Bacula Enterprise really proved itself for me. In my IT career I have used many backup systems and found that the weakest point -- often the failing point -- is restoring files. After switching to Bacula Enterprise and doing some test restores and several real restores I am convinced switching to Bacula Enterprise was the right choice. I also appreciate that restore operations can be done through a simple text console program. I have been in emergency situations where the internet connection was so slow that a GUI would not work and yet I was able to quickly restore the needed files.
  • Another great thing about Bacula Enterprise is the licensing structure. I simply don't have to worry about cost when installing a client on yet another machine (other than the cost of storage).
  • Last but not least is Bacula Enterprise support. I have used Bacula Enterprise support for installation issues, pro-active check-ups, configuration help, and then even reviewed my company backup policy documentation and made some recommendations. Bacula Enterprise tech support is unlike any other support team I've worked with. They stay familiar with our configuration through pro-active checkups and communicate well when there is a problem ticket. I really feel they are genuinely interested that my backups are working as expected.
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Cons

Ansible

  • With its easiness to learn, you still have to do most of the things in Bash. Would be nice to have UI.
  • Enterprise support is not that good.
  • Windows can be a pain.
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Bacula Enterprise

  • 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

Ansible

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Easy to use, proactive and effective customer support, and simple deployment method. The high configurability is what makes this tool so effective for my organization - at no point do I have any issues of trust as to the restorability of a fileset. The GUI provided gives clear actionable reports as to the effectivity of the jobs performed.
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Usability

Ansible

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise 6.4
Based on 2 answers
It's a heavy lift to get everything up and running - authentication, encryption, file configurations, schedules, storage pools, etc. However once it is all configured it runs like a top - we haven't had any outages due to service configuration since our initial deployment of Bacula in our infrastructure in 2018. I have full confidence in the implementation of the system - additionally we're able to create support bundles to send to Customer Support in the event any of the configuration is incorrect and/or hard to spot.
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Performance

Ansible

Ansible 8.4
Based on 5 answers
Ansible is very friendly to start with. With just a few configurations, you have full management to your servers. You can configure it and implement it in seconds. You can also set up a cron job to make sure it gets implemented. It suits our need perfectly. Support can be a bit hard.
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Bacula Enterprise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Ansible

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I've used customer support with tons of enterprise software companies - I've never been so thoroughly impressed by a group's ability to over-communicate and over-deliver. Their support is always quick and they truly care about the outcome of your support ticket.
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Alternatives Considered

Ansible

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Bacula Enterprise

I used CTERA almost from the time they started up. In short, it was very easy to use but configuration was limited; and in the end the agents were troublesome and I could not restore files. They had one person on staff who was terrific with tech support, when he left support became difficult and I lost confidence. Acronis was my first experience with a bare-metal recovery operation and it was terrific. Really saved the day. I would still be using it except the licensing was difficult and expensive and the software wasn't Linux friendly.
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Return on Investment

Ansible

  • Easy concepts allow us to bring new employees up to speed quickly
  • Ansible makes adding configuration management to existing servers painless, adding more consistency to deployments quickly
  • Writing Ansible playbooks is much quicker to iterate over during development than writing Chef cookbooks.
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Bacula Enterprise

  • I can't put a number on this but will say that the cost of Bacula Enterprise is fair and reasonable.
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Pricing Details

Ansible

General

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

Bacula Enterprise

General

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

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