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Veeam And Microsoft Azure Team Up For Better Availability Experience

New offerings in Veeam ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability Platform enable service providers and resellers to help customers migrate to and manage data in a Multi-Cloud environment while greatly expanding revenue opportunities to manage and protect public cloud and physical workloads. This was announced at the recently held VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans, Luisiana.

Latest research shows 69 percent of enterprises feel that Availability is a requirement for Digital Transformation. Veeam Software aims to deliver that Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, and earlier unveiled several partner-centric initiatives and offerings to help them drive revenue growth and leverage business opportunities as customers move to a Multi-Cloud or Hybrid Cloud environment.

Veeam are also enabling any business to deliver the Digital Life experience by protecting applications and data running in Hybrid Cloud leveraging backup and disaster recovery based on Microsoft Azure and Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform.

A Gartner report shows that from 2016 through to 2020, the use of either DRaaS or IaaS to support the failover of production applications will grow by more than 200 percent. The need for a simple and powerful solution for cloud backup and disaster recovery is growing exponentially, as cloud with its elasticity and pay-as-you-go model represents the best platform for on-demand disaster recovery and availability.

The recent announcement by Veeam helps address this growing need and builds on a long-standing alliance between Veeam and Microsoft, and allows customers to benefit from:

  • Non-Stop Business Continuity – leveraging cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) based on Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform and Azure

  • Digital Transformation Agility – through easy, secure and reliable Veeam-powered cross-cloud data management and migration to leverage Azure’s agility and flexibility

  • Reduce cost by utilizing Veeam’s flexible platform and Azure consumption model

To further ease the struggle to properly manage the complex DR process, including data restore and network setup and configuration for seamless user experience, the following is also made available for customers to leverage off.

  • NEW Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure simplifies and automates a disaster recovery in Azure, helping businesses maintain business continuity and availability of critical workloads with all-encompassing on-demand DR in Azure. Veeam DR in Azure combines Veeam Direct Restore and NEW Veeam PN (Veeam Powered Network).

  • NEW Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a powerful solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a DR site in Azure using lightweight software-defined networking (SDN). It helps maintain business continuity and availability by eliminating the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of all sizes and service providers.

Veeam also announced a new Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR) support for cloud object storage as an Archive Tier extent. This new functionality, arriving with Veeam Availability Suite v10, enables customers to archive Veeam backups to Azure Blob storage. It also helps customers to leverage Azure to reduce long-term data archival, retention and compliance costs.

Microsoft announced that it will enable all Azure customers to access and use disks in Azure up to 4TB in size (previously 1TB). This enhancement means Veeam customers can fully realize a more cost-effective solution using a Veeam virtual appliance to back up four times as much data in Azure Storage. This feature will be available mid 2017.

An update to its SaaS Availability solution, Veeam Backup for Office 365, which more than 11,000 organizations are already using, just four months after release, is also now available. In this update, a multi-tenant architecture enables protecting larger Office 365 deployments with a single installation, while empowering Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs) to deliver Office 365 backup services.

Veeam has also introduced enhanced automation options via RESTful API and PowerShell SDK to minimize management overheads, improve recovery times and reduce costs while the next version of Veeam Backup for Office 365 is already in development will include support for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

Veeam’s Co-CEO and President, Peter McKay, and Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich, made the announcements during the last day of the event.

Peter believes that enterprises are increasingly using Microsoft Azure as part of their Hybrid Cloud move in support of the strategic Digital Transformation innitiatives.

“Hybrid Cloud creates new challenges and opportunities to deliver the Digital Life experience users expect by ensuring 24.7.365 Availability,” he said. “Veeam and Microsoft have its customers covered with new solutions for backup and disaster recovery using Azure. With Veeam, enterprises can confidently move to Azure and Hybrid Cloud, and be confident that their data and applications will always be available, no matter what happens.”

Paul Mattes, Vice President of the Global Cloud Group at Veeam says Veeam was born in the era of virtualization and cloud, so it should come as no surprise that we are leading the way in providing Availability for hybrid-cloud environments.

“Our close collaboration with Microsoft is enabling us to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure to realize DR in the cloud, direct access to Azure Blob storage and many other benefits that make hybrid-cloud Availability both robust and easy to manage. Together, Veeam and Microsoft are eliminating the hurdles many of our mutual customers have faced in using our technologies for cloud backup and disaster recovery, and as a long-term data archive and retention solution for greatly improved governance and compliance.”

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