Bacula Enterprise

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Score 4 out of 10
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If all we needed to do was recover a file or server here and there without any time pressure, we'd be doing alright. I keep thinking about what would happen in a true disaster if something went awry with Bacula during the restore process. The time lag of trying to get in contact with someone overseas who probably won't get the message right away, and may or may not respond that day tends to keep me awake at night. I'm used to 24/7 high-priority support from companies like CommVault and EMC. OpenSource does have some advantages, but saving time isn't one of them.
Daniel Drucker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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!
Luís Henrique Gonçalves de Aguiar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I think that Bacula Enterprise is suitable in several scenarios, as it allows configuring your backup system in an intuitive way using BWEB, despite having a relatively high learning curve, in addition to plugins that make it possible to improve backup and restore specific applications. My usage experience is at a medium-sized university, in which we are currently working within a virtualized environment and we are migrating our environment to the cloud.

The Bacula Enterprise backup solution may not be suitable for very small environments with few applications, perhaps an alternative is the community version.
Score 10 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise adapts very well to the size of the institution and can be used from small companies to large companies, such as the Aparecida de Goiânia City Hall. The deployment process was easy, and we received all the needed technical support during the system installation and configuration process. Excellent training and an extremely reliable backup system.
Roni Peterson Alvarenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise can be used in environments of different sizes, that is, from a small business to a large industry. Everything will depend on how it will be provisioned. There is no size limitation for your company. However, it is necessary that you have full knowledge of backup policies in order to make the best use of the tool.
Matthias Merz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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There are sometimes glitches in running backup jobs, but at least I get the knowledge about it by dependable job emails. This allows for quick re-schedules.
We previously had a backup solution where after rebooting a Windows server, you would receive emails telling you no backup had happened for four consecutive weeks.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Paul D Simpson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise is well suited to a variety of backup tasks... There are available plugins to accomplish pretty much anything we need to, and the cost for those plugins is very reasonable.
Recommended for (but certainly not limited to):
  • VM backups (VMware, Hyper-V, containers)
  • NDMP backups
  • Physical server backups via agent
  • CDP (Continuous Data Protection)
  • SAN backup transport
  • Encrypted backups
Rogerio Goncalves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise is well suited for small or big companies. It is very well documented, powerful and flexible. You can run all the components on a single server as well as in a distributed installation to achieve scale. There is no `too much` data for Bacula Enterprise.
Score 10 out of 10
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Backup software needs to be rock-solid reliable, not pretty. That is what Bacula Enterprise brings. I go home each night confident that I'm not going to lose my job because a backup that was supposed to be working isn't working.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Score 8 out of 10
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Bacula Enterprise fits a certain type of market. The Unix-based sysadmin who has a diverse range of systems to back up and is happy to get their hands dirty with command-line tools and text-based configuration files. They have a large range of plugins to back up specific systems (eg. databases, VMs, and lots more) making it a truly flexible product in a single package. Addons like B web further improve on the already well-equipped product.

However, this approach may not suit everyone, so I'd be hesitant recommending it in all situations.
Score 9 out of 10
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Bacula is well suited for any long-term data persistence and retrieval applications. Within my organization, our persisted production data changes depending on the day, and Bacula allows us to schedule proper filesets to match how quickly they change. Additionally, the restoration and retrieval of those filesets is a snap -- with the Enterprise edition, the GUI has a quick drag/drop interface that allows you to choose which files need to be restored and where. This saves us time from muddling around in complicated configuration files or using the console.

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.