Veeam on Wednesday unveiled a new partnership with Microsoft under which the data protection software vendor will extend its capabilities to the Microsoft Azure Stack.
The new integration will make it easier for Veeam customers to protect data residing on the Azure Stack, and to move data out of Azure Stack to the Microsoft Azure cloud or to Veeam, said Paul Mattes, vice president of the Global Cloud Group at Baar, Switzerland-based Veeam.
"As a company, we are committed to multi-cloud capabilities," Mattes told CRN. "We are treating Azure Stack as a cloud. And when we talk cloud, we talk about any application, any data, and any cloud. Azure Stack fits within that framing."
Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure in which the capabilities of the public Azure cloud are brought into a customers' data center via integration on on-premises hardware.
The new Veeam integration with Azure Stack was unveiled at the Microsoft Ignite 2017 event happening this week in Orlando, Fla.
Veeam is starting the integration of its data protection agents in Azure Stack, but in the future will enhance the integration with more integrated support, Mattes said.
"Customers want a common platform across all their clouds," he said. "Veeam is that common data protection platform across physical, virtual, and cloud environments."
That future support includes the ability to manage data protection in Azure Stack via its new Veeam Availability Console, which is currently in release candidate mode and expected to be available soon, Mattes said.
"With the agents, customers don't need Veeam Availability Console," he said. "But for service providers with hundreds and thousands of agents, they will get better management of their environments with Veeam Availability Console."
While service providers can build services around Veeam and Azure Stack, more traditional channel partners who deliver Azure Stack can work with Veeam to deploy a complete solution by marrying Veeam with Azure Stack, Mattes said.