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Score 4 out of 10
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  • CommVault
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 good job of getting a lot of systems backed up regularly. EMC's NetWorker, on the other hand, NEVER had 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.
Daniel Drucker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Veeam Backup & Replication
Veeam Backup & Replication is easy to use and powerful, but I really didn't like that it's closed-source (Bacula Enterprise is open source--you pay for support), so I have no way of looking into what it's doing. Veeam only runs on Windows, and is more focused on VMs; our workload is extremely heterogeneous and consists of lots of Macs (which Veeam doesn't support at all) and Linux boxes as old as circa 2005 (which Veeam supports badly or not at all). Veeam's support also seemed subpar; when I tried talking to someone I was never able to actually get connected with anyone who could answer technical questions, whereas Bacula Enterprise support were all the actual engineers who work on the product codebase.


Score 10 out of 10
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  • Veeam Backup & Replication
Unlike other backup and restore tool options, Bacula Enterprise offers much more functionality, in addition to a centralized management platform. For large corporations that have more than one virtualization host, it is essential to have a robust tool that has no limitations. Thus, it brings all the functionalities and its use is not impossible in any situation.
John Kenyon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery, Veeam Backup & Replication and Dell EMC Avamar
We started using Bacula Community Edition back in 2011 and took advantage of Bacula's selective migration plan in 2014 to move to the Enterprise Edition. This move came about after our technical team decided to conduct a formal review of its backup and recovery requirements, both for the present and future. Whilst other backup solutions available at the time (Avamar, Veeam, Commvault) could do the job, none of them could do it as cost effectively as Bacula.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Veeam Backup & Replication
The way of hiring Bacula is simpler than the other market options. There is no limitation by amount of data or the like, and there are several plugins that increase the possibilities of the tool.
Dan Molloy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I have just always used Bacula, it's been great. I have not used much software at this scale since Legatto or Veritas Volume Manager. I'm sure there are other great products out there, but Bacula was easy for me to implement since I'm well versed in Linux.
Matthias Merz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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One big point was the support for operating on a Linux machine. Second, the possibility of a PoC with excellent and honest support.
Another big point was Bacula not being charged by gigabyte/terabyte, but by the number of machines being backed-up.
Paul D Simpson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise can do everything that we have needed to do with competing products. It may require a script be written, but there is a massive set of resources available online, and a wealth of experience in the support team that can guide us if needed.
We selected Bacula Enterprise because it can do everything the entrenched competitors can do, for a much lower cost, with superior support and flexibility.
Rogerio Goncalves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Some of the Bacula Enterprise competitors are well fitted for a certain task like Virtual Machines backups or Database backups. Bacula Enterprise, with its flexibility and plugins, was able to achieve the same level of performance of all other tools together, reducing the complexity of the environment and the team's learning curve.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 8 out of 10
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We used Veritas NetBackup for a number of years prior to Bacula Enterprise. We always had annoyances with the configuration and reliability of doing restores when using incremental backups. We also had to change various defaults to get the behavior that we wanted. Bacula Enterprise did things the way we needed right from the start and gives us more confidence in the reliability and long term viability of our backups.
Score 9 out of 10
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Other backup products not listed here: AWS Backup, Rsync, Custom Scripts

The reason why I selected Bacula Enterprise is because of the high degree of configurability - other backup solutions rely on taking specific snapshots of all resources, however most of the data on our end hosts is not useful or can be regenerated easily. Bacula allows my organization to specifically backup resources based on severity and importance without making any sacrifices on volume of data or speed of retrieval.

Additionally, Bacula works great with a wide variety of backend storage types - you can use drives, tapes, and cloud to name a few - all of which are able to manage their own collections without duplication of data.

Bacula Enterprise Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Data Center Backup (14)
79%
7.9
Universal recovery (1)
91%
9.1
Live recovery (6)
78%
7.8
Recovery verification (16)
74%
7.4
Business application protection (2)
30%
3.0
Multiple backup destinations (21)
87%
8.7
Incremental backup identification (21)
84%
8.4
Backup to the cloud (11)
98%
9.8
Deduplication and file compression (16)
86%
8.6
Snapshots (13)
84%
8.4
Flexible deployment (19)
68%
6.8
Management dashboard (19)
73%
7.3
Platform support (21)
79%
7.9
Retention options (21)
79%
7.9
Encryption (12)
96%
9.6

What is Bacula Enterprise?

Bacula Enterprise is a modern backup, restore, and disaster recovery solution for medium and large enterprises that does not penalize you for data volume.

Bacula delivers a complete feature set to meet the needs of the most demanding data centers, MSPs and cloud providers. With a combination of reliability and functionality, it spans virtual, physical and cloud environments, all from one platform. The vendor says their product is designed with flexibility, scalability and high security in mind, and uses an industry standard SQL database, supports relational database catalogs, and has heterogeneous client support including Linux, OS X and Windows, as well as backup to disk, tape, virtual tape, robotic libraries, public and private Cloud.

According to the vendor, Bacula Systems works to deliver extremely high standards of support. Customers receive direct access to senior support engineers.

Bacula Enterprise Features

Data Center Backup Features

  • Supported: Live recovery
  • Supported: Recovery verification
  • Supported: Multiple backup destinations
  • Supported: Incremental backup identification
  • Supported: Backup to the cloud
  • Supported: Deduplication and file compression
  • Supported: Snapshots
  • Supported: Flexible deployment
  • Supported: Management dashboard
  • Supported: Platform support
  • Supported: Retention options
  • Supported: Encryption

Bacula Enterprise Integrations

Bacula Enterprise Competitors

Bacula Enterprise Pricing

Bacula Enterprise Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, FreeBSD, AIX, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, Suse, OpenSuse
Mobile ApplicationAndroid

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bacula Enterprise?

Bacula Enterprise is a data center backup, restore, and recovery solution from Swiss, Dracula-themed software company Bacula Systems.

What is Bacula Enterprise's best feature?

Reviewers rate Backup to the cloud highest, with a score of 9.8.

Who uses Bacula Enterprise?

The most common users of Bacula Enterprise are from Enterprises and the Government Administration industry.