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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: How does what Veeam is doing with Kasten differ from say what Pure Storage is doing with Portworx or NetApp with Project Astra and some of the other moves by the storage vendors to get into Kubernetes?

Allan: If you look at the analyst reports on what are the best products for protecting Kubernetes, you‘ll see that Veeam is a clear leader in this space. How we differentiate from everyone else, there’s two things. One is Kasten itself. The K10 platform is a Kubernetes platform. When you’re talking to a Kubernetes administrator, they don’t want to deploy out of the Amazon marketplace, the Azure marketplace, or Google. They want to deploy a Kubernetes software platform in Kubernetes to protect Kubernetes. So one of the differentiating factors of our platform is, it’s designed for Kubernetes on Kubernetes, and it’s very application-aware. So think about the types of storage in Kubernetes. You have structured data, unstructured data, object storage, message queue. So because it’s designed for that world, it understands all the types of persistent storage.

The other way that it‘s very different: If you look at Portworx, for example, with Pure Storage, they fundamentally approach it from a storage perspective, as opposed to an application perspective. And we’ve always been focused on the application because when you go to recovery, it’s not about recovering storage, it’s about bringing the service, the application, itself back online, and that is a different way of looking at the problem. And it is unique to Veeam. The good thing I’ll say about Kasten is, they’ve always had that application-centric view that is very different than all the other competitors, but very much aligned with Veeam.

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