Bacula is a completely free, open source and cross-platform graphical/command-line software comprised of network client and server-based backup components designed for system administrators or end-user who are looking for a powerful application for manageing recovery, backup and verification of computer data across a network of computers.
Offers numerous advanced features
While being very efficient and easy to use, Bacula comes with numerous advanced storage management features, which help system administrators to easily find and recover damaged or lost files. Among these, we can mention built-in support for a wide range of tape drives, commercial support, as well as support for full, differential, consolidation and incremental backups.
Additionally, the software supports custom and fully open data formats, supports autochangers, supports file-level deduplication, supports the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), can backup data to tape, DVD or disk, supports staging, supports SQL catalogs, can handle 1 billion objects, offers various Tripwire-like functions, supports Volume Shadow Copy (VSS), and backup span of multiple volumes.
Among other notable changes, we can mention Microsoft Exchange support, backup reports via breport, backup alerts/notifications, deleting of files in incremental mode, encryption datastream through TLS (Transport Layer Security), Microsoft SQL Server database support, Oracle database support, PostgreSQL database support, as well as VMWare vStorage support.
Its graphical user interface (GUI) is extremely easy to use and very intuitive. It will list clients and volumes, allows you to view jobs to run, modify jobs, view graphs, graphs zoom, and provides a restore wizard.
Runs on GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac
Bacula has been described by its developers as the most popular open source network backup solution. After our throught tests, we can confirm that. for Linux, BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Both 32 and 64-bit hardware platforms are supported at this time.