Bacula Enterprise is a data center backup, restore, and recovery solution from Swiss, Dracula-themed software company Bacula Systems. - A Backup Storage Solution That is Easy to TrustMy organization uses Bacula to perform file-based backups of our production and production support resources. The entire organization is being backed up with varying degrees of granularity - allowing us to tune our backup and restoration schemes without impacting end users negatively. The services are unobtrusive to deploy and run nightly without any interference from a human being.,Heavily tunable with regards to backend storage, scheduling, and filesets Enterprise deployment is straightforward and easy to roll out Customer support is top-notch - any question I've ever had has been asked and answered within a few business days. Support engineers are very proactive in helping maintain your infrastructure with regards to running reports and checking for system health Training programs offered by Bacula are very thorough Documentation is fantastic,Steep learning curve - with high configurability comes lots of reading and trial and error Directory tree for configuration tends to get confusing depending on which host is being configured,9,Bacula provides my company with the confidence that no data is ever truly lost - the recovery options available to us are highly reliable and straightforward Simplifying our backup and restore methodology with Bacula has saved our organization a tremendous amount of money over other software stacks and deployment models.,CloudBerry Backup and Veeam Backup & Replication,AWS Lambda, Code42 (formerly CrashPlan), Odoo, VMware ESXi, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elasticsearch,2,2,Deduplicated file storage Simple backup and Restoration Easy-to-use interface,We use Bacula to run custom scripts to provide dumps of configurations for the services that don't have Bacula plugins specifically, allowing for the backup of irregular interfaces without issues.,Our organization is continually changing what data is important and over what period of time - as we continue to use Bacula the tuning of our filesets and schedules allows us to quickly make changes that we can trust.,10,Yes,No,The organization uses LDAP for directory services within the infrastructure. However the interface Bacula Web Console uses to connect to LDAP is a little shaky (users must be in the Bacula database before they can authenticate with LDAP). This isn't a deal breaker by any means as we don't have a large userbase for the product. The exceptional support was provided by Bacula when the question I asked support was thoroughly answered. Not only did the engineer confirm with development that what I experienced was the expected behavior, I was provided with a script to interface with the database automatically without having to do configuration myself - now whenever a user is added that should have Bacula web console access - a script fires off and adds them to the database before they try and log in.,10,Using the Bweb console is very easy to check on job status or configuration Restoration using Bweb is very straightforward and provides a useful and configurable gui to work from Fileset defintion is straightforward once you understand the parlance,Initial configuration requires a heavy lift - many different resources to maintain at once Configuration must be managed individually on each host - the director does not centrally define all job configurations Steep learning curve to understand the terminology enough to effectively communicate,No,7Bacula - An OpenSource Backup Solution That's Growing UpBacula Enterprise is used across our IT organization, but we do have another product being used in the UK. We backup a variety of systems using different backup options. We have Linux servers, Windows servers, and these are a mix of physical and virtual -- both VMware and Hyper-V. The virtual infrastructure is about 95%. We do a BMR backup once each month, full backups daily of VMware virtual servers (both Linux and Windows), a full weekly for any non-virtual server, and incremental daily in-between.,It gets virtual servers snapshotted quickly so they can go back to work. Recovery from virtual server snapshots, while quite a bit unfriendly in the GUI, do work, and work well. Not needing an agent on the server being backed up is a much anticipated strength.,Bacula support personnel have worked with us to address some of our complaints, but I still find the GUI very cumbersome. It sorts wonderfully for a machine, but not for a human being. It's search capability is also very off and on. You have to learn a lot of tricks to get a search to work the way you want. We had a LOT of problems early on with not being able to recover a VMware backup from a BMR job. It took a lot of work and correspondence between our company and Bacula before that was resolved. I find it rather a kluge to have to boot from a PE DVD, reconfigure the system, and then recover, but it does work. We are still experiencing issues off and on with restoring selected files from incremental backups. Sometimes it works, other times it does not.,4,The obvious answer to this question is that it has saved our company a substantial amount of money. We do have a support contract with Bacula, and had to go back and forth with them and our legal department to clear up which county's laws would rule in a dispute, but we finally got that hashed out. It isn't free, but it isn't close to what we were spending for support previously. The downside to the reduced cost of ownership is that it comes with reduced timeliness of support. If something breaks on a Saturday at 2:00 a.m., we aren't going to get support on it until sometime Monday, and even then the problem likely won't be fixed on Monday either.,CommVault,VMware ESXi, Hyper-V,,,Full system recovery - Windows, Linux - Physical servers, VMware servers and Hyper-V servers Disaster Recovery - yet to be tested, but will be this year. Meeting the SLAs for backups. ALL backups must be completed within the SLA windows.,All backups are sent to a ZFS, and critical systems are replicated from there to an offsite DR location.,Hopefully we will obtain the Hyper-V plugin this year to make recoveries of those systems easier to perform. Hot-site disaster recovery. I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing we can shut a server or number of servers in our production environment and go live from our DR hot site within minutes.,6,Restarting a failed job is as simple as clicking on a re-run job icon.,Searching for a particular backup job requires the patience of Job because you have to weed through thousands of jobs that appear in the order in which they were run. Try searching for last BMR backup of "server_abc" when there are 800+ servers that are backed up every day, most starting with "vmware-xxxxxx" and you can't filter out all those that you don't want to see. BMR works for recovering a Hyper-V server, but it is a kluge. Recovery should be built into the application rather than requiring an administrator to first build a bare bones server, boot from a customized BRM PE disk, reconfigure from there and the run the recovery.,4
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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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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.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (1)
Live recovery (2)
Recovery verification (5)
Business application protection (2)
Multiple backup destinations (7)
Incremental backup identification (7)
Backup to the cloud (2)
Deduplication and file compression (6)
Snapshots (5)
Flexible deployment (6)
Management dashboard (6)
Platform support (6)
Retention options (6)
Encryption (3)

About Bacula Enterprise

Bacula Enterprise is a modern backup, restore, and disaster recovery solution 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 and 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
Does not have featureUniversal recovery
Does not have featureLive recovery
Has featureRecovery verification
Does not have featureBusiness application protection
Has featureMultiple backup destinations
Has featureIncremental backup identification
Has featureBackup to the cloud
Has featureDeduplication and file compression
Has featureSnapshots
Has featureFlexible deployment
Has featureManagement dashboard
Has featurePlatform support
Has featureRetention options
Has featureEncryption

Bacula Enterprise Integrations

Docker, Amazon API Gateway, VMware ESXi, SAP HANA, Google Cloud CDN, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, Microsoft Azure Active Directory, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) (formerly RHEV), Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer)

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Bacula Enterprise Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, FreeBSD, AIX, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, Suse, OpenSuse
Mobile Application:Android