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Veeam ups its stake in cloud services for Africa

By , Portals editor
Africa , South Africa , 10 Feb 2021

Veeam Software, an established provider of backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management, has announced its expansion of public cloud support with the general availability of NEW Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform – completing Veeam’s support for all three major public cloud providers.

According to the company, with the majority of organisations now running hybrid or multi-cloud environments and 72% of those using public cloud currently having more than one vendor in place, Google Cloud is one of the top five-largest public cloud infrastructure providers worldwide.

“With this new offering, Veeam delivers a single platform to protect, secure and manage all applications and data – cloud, virtual and physical – enabling organisations to accelerate hybrid-cloud adoption,” the company stated.

Danny Allan, chief technology officer and senior vice president of product strategy at Veeam, said: “Veeam recognises the strategic importance of the cloud to our 400,000+ global customers and we are committed to providing broad platform support and choice. As we now expand public cloud support even further with the general availability of Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform, we have simultaneously expanded our partnership with Google Cloud, enabling Veeam to jointly engage customers through the Google Cloud Marketplace. Additionally, with Veeam recently acquiring Kasten, customers can also acquire Kasten’s K10 data management platform, purpose-built for Kubernetes, through the Google Cloud Marketplace.”

The company continues to witness an increase in interest in cloud services and adoption in Africa.

Trent Odgers, Cloud and Hosting Manager, Veeam Software.
Trent Odgers, Cloud and Hosting Manager, Veeam Software.

Trent Odgers, Cloud and Hosting Manager at Veeam, told ITWeb Africa that the company’s strategy and approach to this competitive market is the same for both South Africa and Africa.

“Yes it's the same. The interest is high, however, it is up to the market to see how they can take advantage of this strategy. Google South Africa is investing a lot in this market, which means new partners looking at expanding will grow and give customers a better local experience with local consulting partners,” said Odgers.

Veeam says it helps customers address security and data protection responsibilities by delivering Google Cloud backup and recovery to protect and secure applications and data, “utilising and automating Google Cloud-native technologies to quickly and reliably overcome any cloud data loss.”

New functionality of Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform includes:

Google Cloud-Native: Simple yet powerful web UI, deployable from the Google Cloud Marketplace starts protecting data in minutes; Policy-Based Automation of Google Cloud-native snapshots for fast and frequent recovery points, and rapid full- and file-level recovery options to overcome any cloud data loss.

Cost Optimisation: Industry-first cost calculation to align service-level objectives (SLOs) with budgets while avoiding cloud overspend; back up to Google Cloud object storage for cost-effective long-term retention and compliance.

Security: Overcome security threats including ransomware as well as insider threats by isolating backup data from production (cross-project/cross-region); layered security to protect against brute force attacks with multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Hybrid-Ready: Portable data format and integration with Veeam Backup & Replication external repositories enables easy recovery outside of Google Cloud; utilises flexible Veeam Universal Licensing (VUL) to simplify license management and enable Cloud Mobility.

“As customers migrate their most business-critical workloads to the cloud, data protection and management are top of mind. With the expanded availability of Veeam’s data backup solutions on Google Cloud, customers can quickly deploy and manage these applications at global scale, while benefiting from Veeam’s capabilities in data protection,” said , Director, Partnerships at Google Cloud.

Andrew Smith, Research Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Services at IDC added: "Organisations leveraging hybrid cloud infrastructure can increase both the value and performance of their workloads by taking advantage of data movement across on-premises and cloud environments. However, this environment requires complex data protection solutions to meet customer demands for data recovery and resilience. While solving this problem has historically been the responsibility of the enterprise, providers like Veeam can help by adding granular levels of automation and data protection which allow organisations to ensure they are prepared in the event of data loss or downtime.”

Odgers said Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform will have a positive impact in Africa. “This functionality creates new opportunities for Google customers and offers flexibility of choice enabling them to move and protect workloads.”

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