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Veeam availability expands in hybrid cloud platform

Veeam's availability product vision aims to protect data regardless of the type of workload. The vendor is also planning upgrades to its Availability Suite.

Veeam Software has rolled out its roadmap for the near future, which includes public cloud and physical server workload availability, a cloud-enabled management console and backup for Microsoft Office 365.

On Tuesday, the backup and recovery vendor's executives touted its Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. Veeam, which started out as backup for virtual machines, will address physical data protection with new products this year. Veeam also outlined new products for virtual and cloud-based workloads.

"We want to provide availability for all of your data, no matter where it lives," Doug Hazelman, vice president of product strategy, said at a live event in Boston that was also streamed online.

New management and physical capabilities

The Veeam Availability Console is a platform for service providers and enterprises.  Leveraging the Veeam Cloud Connect cloud-based disaster recovery and off-site backup, the Availability Console allows enterprises to manage remote and branch offices, as well as other distributed locations, and helps streamline delivery of backup and replication services. The console is targeted for release in early 2017.

The Veeam Availability Console is a platform for service providers and enterprises.

Veeam will protect physical workloads through agents for Windows and Linux servers, said John Metzger, vice president of global product marketing.

A free version, a workstation option and a server version offer different levels of functionality.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, due in December, provides availability for public cloud and physical workloads hosted by Windows-based servers on premises, in branch offices or in the public cloud. Availability also extends to Windows-based workstations on premises, in home offices and for mobile users.

Veeam Agent for Linux, due in November, provides availability for public cloud and physical workloads hosted by Linux-based servers and workstations running either on premises or in the public cloud.

"We've been 100% virtual for 10 years, and we were proud of that," but customers wanted the physical support, said Scott Lillis, vice president of systems engineering for North America.

Veeam had signaled its move to physical protection in recent years. It added free but limited Endpoint Backup protection for physical desktops and laptops in 2014, but did not support that product for server workloads. In February 2016, then-CEO Ratmir Timashev told SearchDataBackup that Veeam would add a paid and fully supported application for physical servers this year.

The Veeam availability evolution

The Veeam Availability Platform marks new territory for the vendor.

"Historically, we haven't really published our vision. ... This serves as a roadmap," Lillis said. The platform transforms Veeam's "pieces and parts" into "one cohesive entity."

Peter McKay, Veeam's new president and COO, noted that the new platform comes at a time of disruption among his company's competitors. Veritas split off from Symantec earlier this year, and EMC is going through a merger with Dell.

"There's a phenomenal opportunity in the market," McKay said.

The products and vision are part of an evolution for Veeam, said Jason Buffington, principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group Inc., in Milford, Mass.

Veeam started out as a strong virtualization option, but customers would use other companies for other purposes, Buffington said. In the last few years, though, the vendor has chipped away at legacy backup, adding snapshots, deduplication support, tape backup capabilities and endpoint protection.

"They continue to erode the edges and give you [fewer] reasons to have anything else besides Veeam," Buffington said.

Office 365 backup and more

With Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, customers can back up cloud email data to their environment, recover individual mailbox items and perform e-discovery of email archives with advanced search capabilities and flexible recovery and export options. The on-premises backup product is expected to launch in late 2016.

In addition, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 will have integration with Microsoft Resilient File System. Hazelman said the "sleeper feature" equates to better performance and more efficient use of space. The update is due in October.

The next version, Veeam Availability Suite 10, will include additional primary storage integration with the IBM Storwize family and IBM SAN Volume Controller platform. Veeam will have a tech preview of version 10 at its VeeamON conference, scheduled for May 16 to 18, 2017, in New Orleans.

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