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Bacula: backups that don't suck

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.141.137.164] on April 23, 2008 01:20 PM
I tried Bacula and I really liked it and wanted to make it work. While I was able to get it setup and working without a problem, I was never able to get to back up fast enough to use in production. Even running everything on a single box, and backing up just that box so no network traffic was involved, the tape write speed was only about 25% of what I would get using tar or dump. Now, I didn't expect it to be as fast as tar, and I know there is more overhead involved, but this was never going to work. I tried hundreds of config tweaks and read every post I could find about Bacula and speed, and nothing seemed to help. Could be my hardware, but I use typical Dell servers, LTO drives, and Red Hat ES 5, so it isn't like I'm running something weird. If anybody has any thoughts on this, I would love to give Bacula another shot.

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