Worldwide, organisations across almost all sectors use Bareos. Our customers include public authorities and government departments, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as companies listed on the DAX and Fortune 500, e.g. telecommunications, cloud and internet service providers, the media, education, energy, finance, automotive and aerospace industries.
The French Government recommends Bareos
The French government has been publishing the SILL list (Socle Interministériel de Logiciels Libres) since 2012. This list contains Open Source solutions recommended for use in public administration. Bareos has been a part of the SILL list since 2016 – as the only backup solution.
Testimonials and Case Studies
Read on to find out what our satisfied customers think. We've also added links to some case studies and talks given at the Open Source Backup Conference.
Archives of the Bavarian State
The Archives of the Bavarian State (Germany) have preserved records (e.g. charters, files, maps) generated by the government respectively administration of Bavaria and its predecessors since the introduction of writing (the oldest charter dates from 777). The administration uses Bareos to backup Windows based desktop clients as well as Linux based archive servers that host numerous high resolution scanned historical documents.
Dr. Michael Puchta, Senior Archives Councillor, Directorate General of the Bavarian State Archives:
Using Bareos, we could implement an integrated and fully automatic backup-concept, which covers numerous sources with completely different requirements to retention times and backup-cycles. The regional Bareos partner provided us advice and support in this matter. With their help we could set up the system very flexibly, so that it is possible at any time to extend the configuration and document all settings automatically. Thanks to our Bareos subscription and support we feel up to future challenges.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece and also one of the largest in Europe. The IT Center of AUTh is responsible for all network and computing infrastructure, the electronic services of the university, as well as the support of university users.
Panagiotis Ilias, Linux System Administrator at Aristotle University IT Center:
Bareos is our first choice when it comes to backup solutions. It offers a central administration which is easy to use and works efficiently for server backups using the NDMP protocol. We're currently using Bareos to back up clients’ data in a heterogeneous environment, including Linux and Windows clients. Bareos also supports hardware encryption and contains a web interface that comes in handy when you deal with multiple use cases.
Beuth University of Applied Sciences
dassIT experts implemented a new backup concept at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Bareos takes care of about 15,000 home directories and around 70 Linux-based virtual machines. Approximately 1.5 Terabyte of data from a file server are being backed up directly via NDMP.
Michael Wuttke from the university's data center sums it up:
For a long time, we've been looking for an inexpensive, flexible and scalable backup solution. Finally we discovered Bareos, and we are fully convinced – we particularly appreciate the continuous development of the software and the freely accessible documentation. dass IT GmbH from Cologne turned out to be an experienced Bareos partner; we're happy to have them by our side for advice and support.
The German cardtech Card & POS Service GmbH offers credit and debit card payment solutions to SMB customers as well as large companies. cardtech uses Bareos to backup a 3-digit number of Linux and Windows servers in their datacenters.
Ingo Gula, Thomas Beerheide, Head of IT at cardtech:
Bareos helped us to implement our company's data retention policies. The integration of Bareos in the existing heterogeneous IT infrastructure was simple and we're delighted to see how easy the installation of the clients on various platforms is. Also, it's important that the data transfer between Bareos clients and servers is encrypted. We're impressed with the professional support from Bareos and dass IT.
Cartika Internet Solutions Provider Inc. is a Canadian Internet Service Provider (ISP) based in Toronto, Ontario. The company offers services ranging from pure IaaS cloud to fully managed Virtual or Dedicated Servers as well as Backup as a Service (BaaS). Previously known as Bacula4, Cartika decided to migrate the underlying backup engine from Bacula Enterprise to Bareos and rename the platform to Clusterlogics.
Andrew Rouchotas, CEO and founder of Cartika Internet Solutions Provider Inc.:
We were looking for a pure Open Source platform. We’re happy to pay for support and maintenance, or additional features. That way we can contribute back to the community of the Open Source project.
The service provider Kommunale Immobilien Jena (KIJ) uses Bareos.
City of Vera
The city council of Vera, a municipality in the province of Almería (Spain), uses Bareos.
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
The Italian National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. Founded in 1923, CNR's mission is to perform research in its own institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, and to promote the internationalization of the national research system. More than 8,000 employees work at CNR, about half of them are engaged in postgraduate studies and research training.
Dr. Giorgio Bartoccioni and Dr. Roberto Muzi describe the Bareos installation at CNR. The 48 pages paper (in Italian language) consists of a comprehensive introduction to backup concepts and Bareos basics. It describes the installation and configuration, including connecting the IBM tape library TS3500 with a capacity of 1,750 Petabyte.
Digital Repository of Ireland
The Digital Repository of Ireland is using Bareos for tape storage and backup. The DRI is a national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. They preserve, curate, and provide access to historical and contemporary content from across institutions, domains, and formats. A report from 2015 describes how they use our software to back up their collections:
As a function of preservation, the archival object workflow is the most important aspect of the Repository’s storage solution. Data is first saved to disk in site one (TCD), it is then replicated to site two (MU) before being backed up offsite, first to disk and then to tape. [...] Regularly, using Bareos, this is backed up to cold storage located in a third geographically separate data centre; first to disk and then to tape.
They also rely on Bareos to check the integrity of stored archival objects:
Bareos also keeps checksums and upon backing up of digital objects, willrun checks to see if any errors have occurred, either on disk or on tapes.
The Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH is one of the largest biological resource centers worldwide. Its collections currently includes almost 30,000 items, including about 20,000 different bacterial and 5,000 fungal strains, 700 human and animal cell lines, 800 plant cell lines, 1,300 plant viruses and antisera, and 4,800 different types of bacterial genomic DNA.
With a fleet of 39 satellites serving broadcasters, video service providers, telecom operators, ISPs and government agencies operating across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the leading operators in the commercial satellite business. The French company uses Bareos to back up servers and clients.
In 2016, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena replaced the two existing backup systems Veritas NetBackup and Atempo Time Navigator with Bareos. Thomas Otto gave a talk about the migration process at OSBConf 2016. His slides are online.
Helmut Schmidt University
The Helmut Schmidt University (German: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität), located in Hamburg, Germany, is a German military educational establishment that was founded in 1973 at the initiative of the then-Federal Minister of Defence, Helmut Schmidt. Originally known as the "University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg", it is one of two universities in Germany that the Bundeswehr has established to train its junior officers. Since 2002, a small number of civilian students have been admitted to the university.
The university uses Bareos to secure the heterogeneous systems of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, WiSo) at the Institute of Computer Science. In addition, our backup software runs in the faculty's computer lab and backs up the Windows profiles of the users as well as the workstation PCs (Linux and Windows 10).
Dr. Stefano Ianigro, Department of Computer Science, Faculty WiSo:
In our opinion, Bareos is the best solution when you have to back up and restore heterogeneous environments. The configuration can be a bit tricky, but once the software is running it works really well!
Hessian State Archives
The Hessian State Archives use Bareos as backup solution. The archives aim at people who wish to study the history of the state and its predecessor territories. The collection offers access to almost 150 shelf kilometres of files, more than 800,000 maps and plans, as well as 240,000 records.
The Lab Logistic Group (LLG) is the center of a unique cooperative of 33 successful local and privatly owned laboratory dealers in Europe. LLG uses Bareos to back up data from Windows and Linux servers. With the MSSQL plug-in LLG can perform a point-in-time recovery of their databases if necessary.
Marcus Robichon, IT Manager of Lab Logistics Group GmbH, is convinced of the current backup concept:
Our company has grown a lot in recent years, so we had to reconsider our backup strategy. As sysadmin I'm responsible for making sure that customers' as well as employees' data can be restored quickly in an emergency. Thanks to Bareos, this is possible – which means I sleep a lot better at night.
The Ner Israel Rabbinical College, also known as NIRC and Ner Yisroel, is a yeshiva in Pikesville (Baltimore County), Maryland. They use Bareos as backup solution.
Yitzchok (Bruce) Markowitz, Director of Information Systems NIRC:
Bareos backups have saved us multiple times.
The French web hosting company Odiso specializes in high availability solutions (e-commerce and media) and uses Bareos as a backup solution.
PLUSTECH is an owner-managed IT service provider in Germany, offering managed services and consulting in the areas of network, data center and public cloud with a focus on enterprise applications.
PLUSTECH GmbH's customers include major corporations, retail chains, printing houses, medical and public institutions, as well as data center operators and managed service providers.
We use Bareos to implement customized backup strategies for our customers in large, heterogeneous environments. Bareos supports all kinds of Windows, Linux and BSD systems can also be easily integrated into public cloud environments.
Florian Panzer, Managing Director PLUSTECH GmbH
Riege Software, based in Meerbusch (near Dusseldorf, Germany), offers cloud-based software solutions for the cargo industry. In 2014, the company migrated three data centers across the world from Bacula to Bareos. Daniel Holtkamp gave a talk about that at OSBConf 2014. His slides are online.
SysEleven GmbH is one of the leading managed hosting providers in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 2007, the company now has more than 100 employees. Since 2018 SysEleven has been a member of the Cloud Native Foundation and Kubernetes Certified Service Provider.
Benedikt Braunger, system administrator at SysEleven:
Although we somtimes struggle with the software, I have to say that we're really happy with the support of the Bareos company! We like the personal contact to the Bareos developers. Bugs are usually fixed within a few weeks and our needs are taken seriously. Many thanks!
University of Fribourg
The Department of Informatics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, uses Bareos to secure a three-digit number of Linux and Windows servers in its computer centres.
Birgit Ducarroz, Department of Informatics, University of Fribourg Switzerland:
The Bareos system is running really well. I installed it on two Linux servers and backed up over 92 million files (83 TByte!) so far. Some people here in research produce millions and millions of small files - other backup solutions haven't been able to handle that.
University of Graz
The University of Graz (German: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), located in Graz, Austria, is the largest and oldest university in Styria, as well as the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria. The Institute of Psychology has been using Bareos for quite some time.
Florian Schöngassner, IT Manager at the Institute of Psychology:
We use the Always Incremental concept to back up about 100 TB data which allows us to use the available resources efficiently. It's also important for us that Bareos is Open Source software. With the support of the Bareos project we can fulfill our social responsibility.