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Armazem Paraiba Protects Itself with Bacula Systems

Josué Campelo Chaves
Senior Operation Manager at Armazem Paraiba
«Bacula Enterprise is so stable and reliable that we would not want to use anything else.»

The Challenge

Armazem Paraiba had an IT environment with a broad range of data technologies that needed safeguarding from a highly reliable, single platform. “Previously, we were just using a variety of scripts to do our data backup. But then we started looking at professional solutions and were attracted to Bacula Enterprise because it is an open source-based solution that is both scalable and enterprise-grade. It also has centralized management and monitoring of its backup and recovery”, said Josué Campelo Chaves, Senior Operation Manager at Armazem Paraiba.

Being compatible with an especially broad range of operating systems was high on Armazem Paraiba’s strict requirement list for a backup solution: Linux, Windows, AIX, Unix were just some of the systems that had to be catered to. Similarly, Armazem Paraiba needed coverage for a good number of database technologies too, such as PSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and SQLServer. “It was not easy to find a solution that could handle all that, especially because we also needed absolute reliability when it came to restoring data, including single file recovery of VMware-based data. Finally, we wanted a solution that freed us from data volume charges but also offered quality technical support” said Josué.

The Solution

“We did thorough testing of Bacula, but we also carefully checked products like Veeam and BackupExec, to verify the feasibility of using these products in a production environment. After our evaluations were completed, it became clear that Bacula Enterprise was the best solution” said Josué.

“We rely on Bacula across our entire IT environment. On the hardware side, we run HP servers with ISCSI, branches HPMSA1040 , and DellFX2 in our Datacenter with Compellent SC4020 storage. We have about 95TB of backup data storage, which is  RDX and Buffalo. Then, on the software side, we are about 99% Linux with a relatively small amount of Windows boxes” said Rubens Cardoso Urquisa, Network Systems Manager at Armazem Paraiba. “We have a lot if internally developed applications, mostly written in ZIM with some others in PHP and Python. The majority of our databases are PostgreSQL and MySQL, and we have a high level of virtualization, using VMware” said Rubens.

The Result

Bacula Systems worked with its close Brazilian partner, Bacula do Brazil, who provided Bacula Enterprise and expert local support to Armazem Paraiba, completely enabling it to back up and recover data with a wide range of operating systems and database types. “Bacula even brought us even more value through additional tools such as its VerifyData tool, which verifies volume metadata integrity, as well as file system integrity. It allows us to increase operational security of our IT environment due to its efficient algorithms for verification of media and blocks”, said Josué. “Ultimately, Bacula’s high level of compatibility with other technologies, its flexibility, customizability and ease of use are the reasons that we have had so much success with it as a solution. We have also come to appreciate the support we get from Bacula Systems and Bacula do Brazil. If we need any help, they are really responsive”, said Josué.

“Bacula Enterprise has delivered fantastic value to us, considering its huge range of features combined with the savings we made by avoiding other backup and recovery solutions that charge their customers based on data volume. Of course, the amount of data we have in our IT department is continuously growing, so the fact that we no longer have to worry about being asked to pay more in the future – simply because we are backing up more data – is important to us. “Bacula Enterprise is so stable and reliable that we would not want to use anything else. We have complete confidence in Bacula – it just works!” said Josué

About Armazém Paraíba

Armazém Paraíba is a leading Brazilian retail company of department stores, based in Teresina and stands out among the largest retail chains in the country,  employing more than 15,000 direct employees. Located in the North and Northeast of Brazil, it was founded in 1958 in the city of Bacabal, in the Brasilian state of Maranhão. Armazém Paraíba stores offer a large range of products, among them furniture, electronics, household  appliances, fabrics, clothing, footwear, bedding, accessories, and gifts.

Today, the Armazém Paraíba has more than 300 retail outlets in the country, in the north and northeast of Brazil, located in the following states: Paraíba, Piauí, Pernambuco, Ceará, Bahia, Amazonas, Pará, Goiás and Tocantins. According to Instituto Folha Folha, in 2006 and 2007, Armazém Paraíba was ranked as one of the most well known brands for furniture and appliance stores. For more information, please visit http://armazemparaiba.com.br.

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