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Likelihood to Recommend

Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise is not the easiest backup software to work with--you are expected to be competent at the command line and editing complex configuration files, even if you mostly use the web GUI for day-to-day operations. However, study is rewarded--you can do many very complex things. Easy things may not always be easy, but very hard things are possible (unlike many competitors that make easy things easy and hard things impossible).
I would not recommend Bacula to someone who just wants a quick plug and play solution; but in my opinion your backups and disaster recovery system shouldn't be plug and play - that's a great way to feel good about a solution that won't actually work for you when it's needed!
Daniel Drucker | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

Code42 really works great if you aren't working with extremely large file sizes and are looking for a cloud backup solution. It's straightforward to implement and is very affordable. For smaller offices, backups are completed in a timely manner and are easier to migrate should you ever need to change servers. Support is available via phone or chat, which I like. For companies dealing with larger amounts of data (100s of GB), you may want to consider partnering Code42 with another product that allows data to be backed up locally. This would also allow flexibility in restoring data back onsite at a faster rate rather than waiting for large data files to be restored via the WAN. This is a consideration for any cloud backup solution, not just specific to Code42.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Bacula Enterprise
8.0
CrashPlan
Universal recovery
Bacula Enterprise
9.1
CrashPlan
Live recovery
Bacula Enterprise
7.9
CrashPlan
Recovery verification
Bacula Enterprise
7.6
CrashPlan
Business application protection
Bacula Enterprise
3.0
CrashPlan
Multiple backup destinations
Bacula Enterprise
8.8
CrashPlan
Incremental backup identification
Bacula Enterprise
8.5
CrashPlan
Backup to the cloud
Bacula Enterprise
9.8
CrashPlan
Deduplication and file compression
Bacula Enterprise
8.7
CrashPlan
Snapshots
Bacula Enterprise
8.5
CrashPlan
Flexible deployment
Bacula Enterprise
7.0
CrashPlan
Management dashboard
Bacula Enterprise
7.5
CrashPlan
Platform support
Bacula Enterprise
8.1
CrashPlan
Retention options
Bacula Enterprise
8.1
CrashPlan
Encryption
Bacula Enterprise
9.6
CrashPlan

Pros

Bacula Enterprise

  • The support services provided by Bacula Systems are superb. They usually respond extremely quickly and have clear and useful answers upfront, which is a welcome change. Their support enabled us to get Bacula Enterprise up and running quickly and well configured, in a relatively short period of time. In addition, they also offer proactive support on a yearly basis. This involves sending an automatically generated report on your system configuration and status from which they provide advice on any issues or configuration problems that they find. I haven't seen this level of proactive support from another company.
  • The configuration is extremely powerful and flexible. If you're used to dealing with text-based configuration files then you'll find this system familiar. It also fits well with configuration management tools - in our case, Puppet - allowing the configuration across the whole system to be managed centrally. The flexibility of the system allowed us to have backups running exactly when and how we wanted, performing staging to tape via disk, and with various admin, tasks to automate the handling of tapes within our tape library.
  • The command-line console tool allows all operations to be done from the command line. In an emergency situation, or stuck in a datacentre with only a dumb console, being able to do everything via the command line is an important feature to have.
  • Bweb is an optional extra that provides a web-based interface for both management and configuration. If you don't want to edit text files and use the command line console tool then Bweb is the best interface to use. We don't use it for configuration (favoring external tools for managing the text-based configuration), but we do use it to monitor backups and perform restores. It provides an excellent overview of what's happening with the system.
  • The manuals, whitepapers, and additional documentation cover everything in detail. The whitepapers give a good overview of the installation, concepts, and specific scenarios, whilst the manuals cover in more depth how specific areas work and how the configuration is handled. It's very easy to find out what a particular option means and does.
  • The software can run on and is supported on, a wide variety of operating systems, including Ubuntu which is what we use. This is a level of flexibility that was important to us after being tied to RHEL for our previous backup system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

  • Code42 is the most affordable backup system offering unlimited storage that I could find. I came from SOS Online Backup, which I ultimately decided to drop after my monthly rate for their unlimited plan increased by 20x.
  • With Code42's unlimited storage option, I don't have to worry about the fact that my backups are significant in space. As a photographer with thousands of images at stake, I need to run large backups often.
  • Code42 runs continuously and silently in the background of my desktop computer. It is truly "set and go", so I don't have to think about it when I'm away. It runs until the designated drive has been fully backed up to my cloud storage. It will then automatically email me once the backup is complete (or, it will email me if it encounters any errors).
  • Customer service is above par. Anytime I need help, a chat agent is available (chat is my communication preference), they are always friendly, and go above and beyond to resolve my needs.
Liz Wade | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Bacula Enterprise

  • Takes a while to get used to the software. It's not something that you can just install and work away with. You need to figure it out first. We did get a free training course when we purchased the Bacula Enterprise version which we found very useful.
  • Support Documentation is very in depth but it's a tough read sometimes. Takes a while to understand the concepts from this documentation. Could do with making the documentation a small bit easier to understand.
Brian O'Connell | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

  • The Code42 program installed on your computer is Java-based vs. a native application. While this makes development for Code42 easier, there are a lot of drawbacks to Java programs including more resources usage, less stability, and overall more clunky interface.
  • While this was also in the Pros category - Code42 is an extremely powerful and flexible program, which adds a great deal of complexity. Setting up Code42 isn't always a simple procedure, and depending on the complexity of your backup set, can take a while to tinker around with the settings to get everything to work properly.
  • The Code42 desktop program consists of a Java program front end, as well as a backend service - there are times when the backend service will crash, and the front end Java program will refuse to load. Typically, restarting the service or restarting the computer will resolve the issue, but sometimes more in-depth troubleshooting is required.
  • Perhaps one of the biggest downsides to Code42 is its price - at $10/month/computer Code42 is more than double the price of some existing backup services such as Backblaze (priced at $50/year/computer). To add salt to the wound, about a year and a half ago, Code42 (Crashplan at the time) discontinued their consumer options - which were very reasonably priced at $60/year for a single computer or a family plan priced at $150/year for up to 10 computers. When these options were discontinued, the cost of backing up with Code42 was effectively doubled for the same feature set.
  • Along with the previous example, before Crashplan became Code42, Crashplan had the option to back up to a remote machine on a different network with a free Crashplan account. This option was eliminated when the consumer line of services were discontinued.
  • While the backup service provided by Code42 are still first in class, the above two controversial changes have broken some trust between Code42 and its clients.
Aaron Pinsker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

CrashPlan 9.9
Based on 2 answers
No other product works as well.
Clifford Goeke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise 7.2
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

CrashPlan 9.8
Based on 3 answers
Overall, it is simple to use, lightweight, and effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise 9.5
Based on 16 answers
We have always been very well served by Bacula Enterprise support. The response time is excellent, and any doubts or problems are resolved quickly and easily, avoiding complications and the evolution of problems that could arise. Only praise for Bacula Enterprise's service and support. The monitoring of the entire process from acquisition to implementation was very well done.
Ernesto Veiga | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

CrashPlan 7.5
Based on 16 answers
The good news is that we have not had a need for very much support at all from CrashPlan Pro; however, their support model while adequate does not set them apart from other vendors. CrashPlan Pro has sufficient and adequate support but is not always the easiest to use or find what you are looking for.
David White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Bacula Enterprise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

CrashPlan

CrashPlan 9.7
Based on 4 answers
Very easy to follow the install guide.
Michael Stepetic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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.
Cliff Nieuwenhuis | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

OneDrive is not a good backup solution for endpoints. It is for storing a few files and sharing those files but not for business backup. Druva is a very good product that we never had any problems with and I'm not exactly sure why we switched from it. Code42 has some extra features but they also cost quite a bit to use. There are a lot of competitors in this space and whichever one you select, you should negotiate a good price per user for it. I think that for the price Code42 is average to slightly below average in value.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Bacula Enterprise

  • 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.
Rubens Urquisa | TrustRadius Reviewer

CrashPlan

  • Our company has a mostly mobile workforce. We had struggled with a way to have everyone's files backed up. A local backup solution wasn't going to cut it, especially for those that never use VPN, and would be a huge administrative burden. Adding a cloud backup solution, with unlimited storage space for every user was a perfect choice.
  • A per a user backup solution it has also aided the helpdesk team with the replacement of computers. It saves a ton of time to be able to image a new computer, start a CrashPlan restore and just give the computer to the user, knowing all their files will be there.
  • We've taken advantage of CrashPlan to recover from a ransomware attack, with zero loss of files. We would have at least lost the affected users' files without a local backup, and restoration of the network share files would have taken a great amount of time if we had to do it via tape.
Alan Richtmyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Bacula Enterprise

General

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

Bacula Enterprise Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

CrashPlan

General

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

CrashPlan Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$61
Premium$91
EnterpriseContact sales team
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bacula Enterprise
9.7
CrashPlan
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Bacula Enterprise
9.1
CrashPlan
9.9

Usability

Bacula Enterprise
7.2
CrashPlan
9.8

Support Rating

Bacula Enterprise
9.5
CrashPlan
7.5

Implementation Rating

Bacula Enterprise
CrashPlan
9.7

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