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Veritas lands Azure partnership for the hybrid cloud

Veritas Technologies signed a joint-development agreement with Azure for hybrid cloud deployments. The Azure collaboration will help Veritas rebuild its brand.

Veritas Technologies LLC has teamed up with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in an effort to build out its cloud strategy after it officially split from Symantec a year ago.

The company today announced an extensive Azure partnership agreement to work together in development and marketing for hybrid cloud deployments. Veritas also recently announced its Resiliency Platform, InfoScale and Access all support Amazon Web Services (AWS).

"We see our customers making that shift to the cloud," said Mike Palmer, Veritas' executive vice president and chief product officer. "This is our first set of announcements from a portfolio perspective. Customers are facing issues of moving data to the cloud, but also meet governance requirements."

More to come with Azure partnership

The Azure partnership means Veritas will host its Enterprise Vault.cloud management and governance service in the public cloud, so customers can archive email data and leverage Azure's other services that use compute, machine learning and advanced data analytics. Veritas' enterprise-level NetBackup 8.0 and small-to-medium-sized Backup Exec 16 data protection application also support the Azure cloud as a backup target.

The partnership between Microsoft and Veritas goes back to the '90s, [and] we are looking forward to working on many innovations with Veritas.
Tad Brockwaygeneral manager for Azure storage at Microsoft

Microsoft and Veritas have plans for more partnership announcements.

"The specifics in the roadmap are forthcoming," said Tad Brockway, general manager for Azure storage at Microsoft. "The partnership between Microsoft and Veritas goes back to the '90s, [and] we are looking forward to working on many innovations with Veritas."

Veritas' Palmer said, with the Azure partnership, customers have the choice of deploying Enterprise Vault on premises, or they can use the software-as-a-service Enterprise Vault.cloud application to store emails in the Azure public cloud for policy-driven retention, e-discovery and archiving Office 365 data. The company will issue staggered announcements on the Azure regions and countries where customers can store data in the Azure public cloud.

Veritas-AWS support increases

Veritas also is building out its partnership with AWS. The Veritas Resiliency software can orchestrate the recovery of multiple virtual machines in multivendor hybrid clouds, and the software now allows customers to use AWS as an automated recovery target. It can do migration or failover and failback on the AWS cloud.

Veritas also is offering InfoScale for AWS that allows SAP and Oracle applications to run in the AWS public cloud. InfoScale is a software-defined storage application for infrastructure management and Veritas Access that manages NAS data workloads.

Veritas Access provides high availability for scale-out file systems and does multiprotocol file and object access and storage tiering from on premises to the public cloud. InfoScale is storage management software that enhances storage performance, and it is designed for edge locations, departments, and test and development systems.

Veritas Access also is supported in the AWS cloud, so customers can manage NAS data workloads.

Veritas moving forward independently

Veritas is working on rebuilding its company and its brand after it split from Symantec and officially became a private company in January 2016. Symantec sold the Veritas information management business to The Carlyle Group.

Now independent, Veritas is looking to expand its focus beyond storage to become a data management platform company. Data protection still plays a significant role in the company's strategy. NetBackup software and appliances remain the vendor's flagship brand, and Veritas is trying to resurrect its Backup Exec SMB backup application after years of decline.

Phil Goodwin, research director at IDC's storage systems and software research practice, said the joint development between Veritas and Microsoft offers myriad benefits to customers looking to deploy a hybrid cloud for backup. For instance, Veritas offers a backup catalog, so customers can get a granular picture of their backups and recoveries in the cloud.

"[The Azure partnership] is more significant because of the level of integration," Goodwin said. "Most use Azure as a target. In this case, they are doing joint marketing and joint development. It's a relationship that is higher level than most."

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