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Veeam’s Ratmir Timashev On Public Cloud Backlash, Office 365 Growth And ‘Aggressive’ Acquisition Strategy

‘Customers think that Microsoft backs up their data. Microsoft does not back up their data. You’re responsible. If the virus gets into your email, Microsoft is not responsible. Office 365 right now is a big market for us,’ says Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev in an interview with CRN.

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You said possibly a cloud cost optimization company. What’s the biggest challenge for customers trying to do multi-cloud, hybrid cloud?

The biggest challenge is cloud lock-in. [Microsoft] Azure and AWS want to lock you in. They want you to consume more and more and more. We want to provide freedom from cloud lock-in and offer cloud mobility and cost optimization—that’s what we’re doing. We’re looking to acquire a cloud cost optimization company, and maybe we will acquire it and give it to customers for free because it’s just an add-on to our data management story. We want companies to be free and understand where the cost is coming from, but also provide this data mobility. Customers don’t like monopolies and lock-ins. They want hardware freedom and software freedom.

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