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Datacom Exploits the Versatility of Bacula Enterprise

Luis Silva
«Through the implementation of Bacula, we have seen how simple it is to administer a backup system. Currently, Bacula Enterprise is the best corporate backup system»

The Challenge

Datacom had been trying to find a better and more reliable backup solution for their business for a considerable period of time. In the past, they had used both Symantec NetBackup and Veeam to back up various components of their infrastructure. However, the backup quotas of these solutions were too low for Datacom’s needs, which Datacom’s IT team found to make full backups virtually impossible.

The Solution

After a careful evaluation of two alternative backup solutions, HP Data Protector and Bacula Enterprise, Datacom decided to move on to Bacula. Its versatility, performance, and absence of quota or agent control were among the key factors that supported this decision.

Using Bacula do Brazil, the implementation phase was much faster than it had taken Datacom to deploy their previous backup solution, Symantec NetBackup 7. The hardware infrastructure used in the implementation phase of Bacula Enterprise included:

  • 1 CentOS 7 virtual server with Bacula Enterprise installed, a 4-core Intel® Xeon® E5-2630 processor, 8 GB of memory, and 160 GB disk space running on top of a VMware vSphere Hypervisor environment.
  • 2 new virtual machines with CentOS 7 to control two Dell PowerVault TL2000 LTO-5 tape libraries, with 24 slots and 1 tape drive each.

The backup data used in the implementation phase included:

  • 60 Linux clients running CentOS 5, 6, and 7, RHEL 5, Oracle Linux 6, Ubuntu 10, 12, and 14, and Debian Linux distributions.
  • 40 Windows clients running Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2.

In addition, Datacom’s infrastructure includes Oracle Database 12c and its backup is performed by running RMAN and dumping to a tape library.

The Result

  • Datacom can now benefit from an especially stable, reliable backup and recovery solution, using a choice – or combination – of a command line interface or a GUI. “Through the implementation of Bacula, we have seen how simple it is to administer a backup system. In an intelligent way, Bacula do Brazil deployed and showed us all the functionalities of Bacula Enterprise, making the system operate on a continuous basis” said Luis Silva of Datacom.

Using Bacula Enterprise, Datacom expects a $50k-worth return on investment over the next 2 years. It is also planning to replace outdated hardware and equipment in their data centers, which they believe will lead to an even further improvement in performance.

Overall, Bacula was utilized for:

  • Bringing Confidence
  • Stability
  • Speed

Likelihood to Recommend

Without a doubt, I recommend Bacula as a corporate backup solution to meet any and all needs within a company. The main uses are related to system file backup, virtual machine backup (VMWare and Hyper-V), Database. We have a catalog with a record of +700TB of data and the catalog DB only has 700GB of information from this data, which represents a very large space saving in relation to the total size of backups.

Luis Silva, Senior Support Analyst, Datacom.

Other Software Used:
Lansweeper, vSphere, Microsoft Azure Active Directory

About Datacom

Datacom SA is one of the major South American tech companies specializing in telecommunications and network equipment. Datacom develops and manufactures enterprise network equipment as well as helps its customers design efficient telecommunication landscapes and corporate network infrastructures. Datacom is engaged in the research, development, and manufacture of equipment for use in telecommunications infrastructure networks. The company offers metro Ethernet switches, MSAN and GPON equipment, multi-service access platforms, and NG SDH solutions, as well as a range of solutions for network access over copper or fiber infrastructures. It also provides a range of technological services, including network design, feasibility analysis, extension, monitoring and network management, local and remote technical support, and equipment installation and training. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Eldorado do Sul, Brazil.

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