Bacula Enterprise vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bacula Enterprise
Score 9.7 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise is a data center backup, restore, and recovery solution from Swiss, Dracula-themed software company Bacula Systems.N/A
StarWind VTL
Score 8.8 out of 10
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StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) resolves the issue of Enterprise ROBO being stuck with expensive tapes for data backup, while allowing users to stick to regulatory archival requirements. One can’t be sure that data stored on the tapes in archives will always be retrievable. StarWind VTL takes advantage of the already existing tape backup infrastructure and virtualizes the data for easy access and storage. Using on-prem VTLs with cloud and object storage tiering, the solution allows…N/A
Pricing
Bacula EnterpriseStarWind Virtual Tape Library
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Bacula EnterpriseStarWind VTL
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
Bacula EnterpriseStarWind Virtual Tape Library
Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
Bacula Enterprise
9.3
46 Ratings
14% above category average
StarWind Virtual Tape Library
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Ratings
Universal recovery9.11 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant recovery10.031 Ratings00 Ratings
Recovery verification10.040 Ratings00 Ratings
Business application protection3.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations10.044 Ratings00 Ratings
Incremental backup identification10.045 Ratings00 Ratings
Backup to the cloud9.527 Ratings00 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression10.038 Ratings00 Ratings
Snapshots10.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Flexible deployment10.043 Ratings00 Ratings
Management dashboard8.543 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform support10.046 Ratings00 Ratings
Retention options9.746 Ratings00 Ratings
Encryption10.035 Ratings00 Ratings
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Bacula EnterpriseStarWind Virtual Tape Library
Small Businesses
Veeam Data Platform
Veeam Data Platform
Score 9.0 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Veeam on IBM Cloud
Veeam on IBM Cloud
Score 9.0 out of 10

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Enterprises
Veeam on IBM Cloud
Veeam on IBM Cloud
Score 9.0 out of 10

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User Ratings
Bacula EnterpriseStarWind Virtual Tape Library
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(46 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(5 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(6 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(17 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bacula EnterpriseStarWind Virtual Tape Library
Likelihood to Recommend
Bacula Systems
Well suited: - I use it for on premise and cloud backup and recovery and it is excellent for this job. - I also experiment with different hypervisors and till now Bacula seems to work with all of them - Security is really important for me as I had many bad experiences in the past and Bacula solution makes me totally confident. Less appropriate - You need to be experienced Linux user, I had to learn few more things in system to make the best use of it. - It's definitely designed for scalability and bigger companies than mine
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StarWind
Starwind VTL is a great solution for customers that want the benefits of a physical tape library without the hefty price tag and the manual intervention required when changing tapes as it is automated. In addition, Starwind VTL virtual tapes are "air-gapped" as they are in LTO format.
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Pros
Bacula Systems
  • Bacula has great plugins that work very accurately
  • Bacula is very simple to use, with a user-friendly web interface that facilitates operation.
  • Bacula performs the backups very accurately which is clearly noticed when a restore is performed
  • Its ease of use helps in training new support team members
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StarWind
  • Allows you to use Veeam and other software that uses Virtual Tape Libraries while getting rid of actual tape drives and tapes
  • Backblaze B2 implementation is great - keeps storage costs low while automating backups to the cloud storage
  • Low cost and great support by the Starwind technical team
  • Feature-rich and in constant development
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Cons
Bacula Systems
  • Our team always points out the same problems, I believe that, today, is our biggest complaint: The interface (both graphical and the CLI) still needs improvement.
  • There is no mobile app to manage backups and restores from smartphones
  • Manual installation is time consuming.
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StarWind
  • Set-up is confusing.
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Likelihood to Renew
Bacula Systems
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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StarWind
Their support is great and the interface is not as user friendly
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Usability
Bacula Systems
This is a hard question. Usability for whom? For someone who is very comfortable at the command line and willing to put in the time to learn Bacula Enterprise's configuration syntax, it's very usable. Just don't expect to be an expert immediately.
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StarWind
The initial setup took some time, however, with the help of the Starwind technical team, we were able to set it up from start to finish including seamlessly adding it to our existing backup solution. After that, there was no need for any additional setup or troubleshooting.
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Support Rating
Bacula Systems
They're excellent, fast to respond and knowledgeable. I can't fault the support provided at all. On every occasion that we've had a need to contact them during our evaluation, installation, and use of Bacula Enterprise, they've always given us the help that we required. The responses they provide are detailed and we always feel that they've taken the time to read and understand our issue and give a full and personalized answer.
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StarWind
Great and reliable product with little need for support
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In-Person Training
Bacula Systems
The professor understood the tool very well, it was a fact that he had mastery over the system and knew what he was talking about, clearing up all doubts and passing on all the necessary knowledge so that we could handle Bacula Enterprise in our organization.
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StarWind
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Implementation Rating
Bacula Systems
Bacula Systems and especially Bacula Brazil were extremely attentive and served us very well, making all implementations or changes work perfectly
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StarWind
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Alternatives Considered
Bacula Systems
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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StarWind
We've looked at physical tape backups, however, the infrastructure is too costly compared to Starwind VTL and it also requires manual changing of tapes that users will not want to do or forget to do. With VTL, it works exactly like a physical tape library with the same benefits and full automation.
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Return on Investment
Bacula Systems
  • Our Disaster Recovery policy in regards to backups and archiving is made possible because of our use of Bacula Enterprise.
  • TCO is very low as the yearly subscription is very competitively priced. Management of the software is very low so we don't have to spend hours maintaining our backups.
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StarWind
  • ROI was immediate as we got rid of expensive sneakernet backups with hard drives in a Pelican case
  • One-time cost of the product is very cost-effective
  • Support contracts are reasonable and we received excellent support throughout
  • We have much better peace-of-mind with our data being protected better
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