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Veeam CTO Danny Allan: We’re All-In On Cloud

The VeeamON conference this week is highlighting how far Veeam is moving to embrace the cloud, Kubernetes, and other leading-edge technologies to better protect and manage data, with demonstrations of upcoming technologies around AWS, Azure, Google, Red Hat, and its recently acquired Kasten Kubernetes storage management platform.

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CRN: The second thing you talked about was some of the changes on the backup of SaaS applications like Office 365 and so on. What’s new?

Allan: The big announcement and the demonstration at VeeamON is around end user self-service recovery. So you yourself can log in and recover files from OneDrive or emails from Exchange, or sites from SharePoint, if your administrator enables that capability. But it‘s a self-service portal. So it’s just a continued cadence of giving more features to the market

CRN: And when will that be available?
Allan: We‘re not announcing an exact date. It’ll be in the second half of 2021.

CRN: You also mentioned some new integrations with Veeam’s Kasten Kubernetes service. So what’s going on?
Allan: We acquired Kasten last year. They were already protecting OpenShift on-prem, but also EKS [Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service], GKE [Google Kubernetes Engine], AKS [Azure Kubernetes Service], all the major clouds. We‘ve seen significant traction since we acquired them about six months ago in the enterprise data space as a stand-alone product. And we’re demonstrating the integration with the Veeam platform. And this takes advantage of we call Veeam Platform Services, but it’s the same framework that we use for Veeam Backup for AWS, for Azure, for GCP, for Nutanix. So it‘s a common framework for bi-directional communication between a stand-alone product and the core platform.
CRN: Is this the first move by Veeam to actually integrate Kasten technology into the other parts of the Veeam portfolio?
Allan: We started the efforts of the technical integration about a year ago now. So this is the first step in the technical integration. Now, as you might imagine on the business side, there‘s been lots of business integrations happening with sales and marketing and R&D and all of that. But this is the first step of technical integration, and probably unsurprisingly for you, we’ll continue to invest in those integrations as we move forward. And that does depend on customer feedback. Customers will ask for certain things and we’ll continue to invest based on the customer feedback.

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