Category Archives: bacula

Large scale disk-to-disk backups using Bacula, Part VI

This is going to be my last post in the series. There are a few loose ends to tighten up and some more ques­tions to answer. I’ll also explain some of the miss­ing pieces to our puz­zle. Our Bac­ula deploy­ment is actu­ally really sim­ple.  We are only using the most basic fea­tures that Bac­ula has

Large scale disk-to-disk backups using Bacula, Part V

The inte­gra­tion of Bac­ula into the rest of our com­pany has been a very straight­for­ward process.  Amongst other things we have an inter­nal con­trol panel that is used to con­duct most busi­ness oper­a­tions like cre­at­ing and chang­ing cus­tomer sub­scrip­tions  plus a billing com­po­nent which con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors resource con­sump­tion and informs our cus­tomer data­bases about changes

Large scale disk-to-disk backups using Bacula, Part IV

This post will pro­vide more insight into our cur­rent Bac­ula con­fig­u­ra­tion and the under­ly­ing method­olo­gies. Our empha­sis is to keep the time we spend on con­fig­u­ra­tion to an absolute min­i­mum while still main­tain­ing a high degree of flex­i­bil­ity. We have come up with a way of sched­ul­ing that is extremely sim­ple, yet flex­i­ble. Our dirty

Large scale disk-to-disk backups using Bacula, Part III

My last two posts have sparked a lot of inter­est — my mail­box has been over­flow­ing with lots and lots of ques­tions from all over the world. This post will pro­vide more details about our Bac­ula infra­struc­ture while the next post will dis­cuss our Bac­ula con­fig­u­ra­tion. Let me give the impa­tient read­ers a sum­mary :

Large scale disk-to-disk backups using Bacula, Part II

As men­tioned ear­lier, we recently com­pleted a fairly large Bac­ula deploy­ment. A num­ber of peo­ple have asked me why we did chose Bac­ula over the more … estab­lished names in the backup busi­ness. To be com­pletely hon­est it was almost coin­ci­den­tal. We nego­ti­ated with both IBM, Syman­tec and Com­m­Vault and they all deliver solid data

Large scale disk-to-disk backups using Bacula

Over the past year I have been deeply involved in the nitty gritty details of choos­ing, design­ing, build­ing, deploy­ing and man­ag­ing a new backup infra­struc­tur at work. It has been a very edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence. Our old backup plat­form con­sisted of var­i­ous dif­fer­ent tools and tech­nolo­gies  and the result­ing spaghetti  bowl got more and more dif­fi­cult