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Advantages Over Other Backup Programs

Bacula Enterprise presents some extremely powerful advantages over other Backup technologies:

  • Since there is a client for each machine, you can backup and data recovery clients of any type ensuring that all attributes of files are properly saved and restored
  • It is also possible to backup clients without any client software by using NFS or Samba. However, if possible, we recommend running a Client File daemon on each machine to be backed up
  • Bacula handles multi-volume backups
  • A full comprehensive SQL standard database of all files backed up. This permits online viewing of files saved on any particular Volume
  • Automatic pruning of the database (removal of old records) thus simplifying database administration
  • Any SQL database engine can be used making Bacula very flexible. Drivers currently exist for MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite
  • The modular but integrated design makes Bacula very scalable
  • Since Bacula uses client file servers, any database or other application can be properly shutdown by Bacula using the native tools of the system, backed up, then restarted (all within a Bacula Job)
  • Bacula has a built-in Job scheduler
  • The Volume format is documented and there are simple C programs to read/write it
  • Bacula uses well defined (IANA registered) TCP/IP ports — no rpcs, no shared memory
  • Bacula installation and configuration is relatively simple compared to other comparable products
  • According to users, Bacula Enterprise is as fast as the big major commercial applications
  • According to one specific user, Bacula is four times as fast as another commercial application, probably because that application stores its catalog information in a large number of individual files rather than an SQL database as Bacula does
  • Aside from several GUI administrative interfaces, Bacula has a comprehensive shell administrative interface, which allows the administrator to use tools such as ssh to administrate any part of Bacula from anywhere (even from home)

Bacula also has a Rescue CD for Linux systems with the following features:

  • You build it on your own system from scratch with one simple command: make — well, then make burn
  • It uses your kernel
  • It captures your current disk parameters and builds scripts that allow you to automatically repartition a disk and format it to put it back to what you had before
  • It has a script that will restart your networking (with the right IP address)
  • It has a script to automatically mount your hard disks
  • It has a full Bacula FD statically linked
  • You can easily add additional data/programs, … to the disk