Veeam realised that Kubernetes backup and DR was something the market wanted, and that Kasten had a superior container-native approach.
Traditionally, backup and DR works at the operating system or file level. But containers are inherently temporary, and an application may use multiple containers running on different systems. It is therefore necessary to capture the complete context of the application at a given point in time. This approach also assists with application mobility.
Kasten was the only company that Veeam could find that had this application-centric approach to container backup, Allan said.
The potential market is huge. According to 451 Research, 95% of all new enterprise applications will use containers, and more than 90% percent of Kubernetes deployments will be public cloud or multi-cloud.
With more than half of organisations already experimenting with containers or having them in production, there are estimates that more than 50% of workloads will be running in containers within two years, he said.
The massive adoption of containers – and Kubernetes in particular – means Kubernetes backup will be an important part of Veeam's 'Act II', Allan told iTWire. The next infrastructure wave will be about Kubernetes, he said.
Kasten will become the Kubernetes business unit within Veeam, and the Kasten K10 backup platform will still be available as a separate product.
While the familiar Kasten user interface will continue, Veeam is developing – and recently demonstrated at VMworld – a plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication that brings K10 under centralised management to help ensure compliance and governance requirements are met.
"It's a very small install to make that happen," and customers who have had an early look at this integration said it was exactly what they wanted, Allan said.
This approach has been used by Veeam before. For example, Veeam Backup for AWS can be used independently or as part of Veeam Backup & Replication.
The K10 integration sends Kubernetes data to the Veeam repository, and then all the usual Veeam Backup & Replication features become available, including instant recovery and cloud tiering.
Veeam has yet to set a date for the general availability of the plug-in.
The acquisition is "a very important next step to accommodate our customers’ shift to container adoption in order to protect Kubernetes-native workloads on-premises and across multi-cloud environments," Allan said, one that represents a "significant milestone" in the delivery of a cloud data management platform supporting data protection for container-based applications built in Kubernetes environments.
Kasten CEO Niraj Tolia said “The enterprise landscape is shifting as applications rapidly transition from monoliths to containers and microservices.
“With Kubernetes at the core of this infrastructural shift, Kasten's innovation in Kubernetes-native data management combined with Veeam's expertise in Backup, both on-premises and in multi-cloud environments, will significantly advance the state of art in modern data management.
"Veeam's success has been a beacon of inspiration for the Kasten team and we are very excited to join forces with a company where there is so much philosophical alignment.”
That alignment includes a commitment to continuing Kasten's involvement in open source and community projects around data protection, disaster recovery and data mobility, including Kanister and kopia: "We want to encourage that," Allan told iTWire.
Kasten will operate as a separate Kubernetes business unit within Veeam. Tolia will become president and general manager of the business unit, while his co-founder Vaibhav Kamra will be its CTO.
All of Kasten's teams – including sales, marketing, R&D, and customer service – will stay intact.