Bacula vs Other Backup Solutions

Believe it or not, there actually are backup solutions other than Bacula out there! This page is intended to help give you an idea of how Bacula stacks up against these other packages.

Feel free to add features or other backup solution you're familiar with. If an entry is blank, that means the answer wasn't known, so please go ahead and fill it in if you know. This page is intended to be an honest comparison, not just Bacula advertisement, so don't worry about including areas where Bacula comes up short. If nothing else, it will help with coming up with new ideas for the feature request list!

Bacula Amanda Tivoli (TSM) Veritas Legato Networker CA ARCserve Arkeia Network Backup Quest NetVault:Backup LBackup
Backup Levels Full, Differential, Incremental,Consolidation Full, Incremental(1-9)1 Full2, Incremental Full, Differential, Incremental Full, Differential, Incremental, Consolidation Full3, Synthetic Full, Differential, Incremental, Infinite Block-Level Incremental24 Full, Differential, Incremental Full, Differential, Incremental Full, Incremental
Data Format Custom, fully open open, recoverable without Amanda Custom Custom Custom Custom, Microsoft Tape Format (MTF) Custom, open-source restore Custom Custom, fully open
Autochangers Fully supported Fully supported Fully supported optional Fully supported Fully supported Fully supported Unsupported
Deduplication File-Level23 Target-side Either-side Global Variable Block Lenght Deduplication, Target-side Either-side18 Target-side
NDMP Yes16 Yes11 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Backup to Tape Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Backup to Disk Yes Yes Yes Yes optional Yes Yes optional20 Yes
Backup to DVD Yes Yes No No No No No
Staging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
SQL Catalog Yes No Yes No Yes No No No
Can handle 1 billion objects Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes FileSystem Depended
OpenSource Yes Yes14 No No No No Only restore No Yes
Commercial Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GUI Yes - bat Yes - ZMC11 Client&admin client Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Multi Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes *NIX
Virus Scanning No No Yes Yes No No No
Tripwire like functions Yes Yes
Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Backup span multiple volumes Yes Yes13 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Exchange Support Yes Yes Yes15 Yes7 Yes7 Yes4 Yes7 9 Yes No
Backup Reports Yes (Via breport) Yes Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes
Backup Alerts (notify) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Incremental handles deleted files Yes Yes Yes, with full incremental6 Yes Yes Yes
Encryption Datastream Yes (TLS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MSSQL-Support Yes17 Yes11 Yes15 Yes7 Yes7 Yes Yes7 Yes No
Oracle-Support Yes16 Yes11 Yes15 Yes7 Yes7 Yes Yes7 Yes No
PostgreSQL-Support21 Yes16,22 No
VMWare vStorage Support19 Yes16 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Security Certified12 Yes No

1 Incremental level 1 is the same as differential.
2 Full level is only at the verfy first backup, the rest are only Incremental backups.
TSM manages the data other than usual backup programs.
3 Full, “Keep Archive Bit” or “Clear Archive Bit”
4 Database and Document Level (restore of individual messages, folders or mailboxes).
5 Pre-created reports as well as a 'report writer' for custom reports. Also includes a Dashboard with drill down capable SRM graphical reports.
6 TSM has multiple ways of doing an incremental backup. In an “incremental by date” (which is about the way Bacula does incrementals: backup everything that's modified since the last backup), no information about deleted files is stored. In an “full incremental”, the file system is compared with the last backup and file deletions are also saved. See http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/hfs/backup/index.xml.ID=body.1_div.2 and also http://www.unix.ualberta.ca/TSM/tsmunix/ans50008.htm#HDRPITREST
7 These features are supported with additionally purchased licenses.
8 Bacula community provides scripts to support database online backup. No build-in support!
9 Exchange integration supported via VSS… http://www.arkeia.com/en/company/press-releases/415-arkeia-updates-backup-agents-for-microsoft-vss
11 Currently available in Amanda Enterprise Edition, not OpenSource - http://www.zmanda.com.
12 Scanning of open source projects by Coverity under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - http://www.osbr.ca/ojs/index.php/osbr/article/view/608/569
13 Since version 3.2 Amanda can now span tapes without wasting any space
14 New Zmanda tools like ZMC gui aren't opensource
15 Tivoli Data Protection for …, need to purchase aditional licenses
16 Actually present only on Enterprise version
17 Bacula community provides scripts to support database online backup. Plugin support on Enterprise version
18 Deduplication can be selected to be on source-side, on target-side, or disabled
19 vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP)http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1021175
20 Needs an additional component wich can be integrated into Netvault:Backup http://www.quest.com/netvault-smartdisk
21 PostgreSQL PITR and Dump Plugin to automatically backup a local cluster
22 PostgreSQL PITR Plugin available for both Community and Enerprise versions from Inteos Sp. z o.o. http://bacula.com.pl/bacula/postgresql-plugin
23 Global Block Level Deduplication Target and Source will be available in Enterprise in 2013
24 With CA ARCserve D2D (additional module), full level backup is done only at the verfy first backup, the rest are only Block-Level Incremental backups.

comparisons.txt · Last modified: 2014/02/10 21:56 by everton.cardoso
 
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