Big Data Market Segment LS
Big Data Market Segment RS
Monday, 05 October 2020 23:45

Veeam acquires Kasten for Kubernetes backup

Veeam senior vice president and CTO Danny Allan Veeam senior vice president and CTO Danny Allan

Backup and data management specialist Veeam Software has acquired Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery vendor Kasten for US$150 million in cash and equity.

Veeam and Kasten have been working together for some time, Veeam senior vice president and CTO Danny Allan told iTWire, and formalised a partnership arrangement earlier this year.

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.

Veeam Kasten

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.

Veeam Backup and Recovery Kubernetes

"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.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


WEBINAR PROMOTION ON ITWIRE: It's all about webinars

These days our customers Advertising & Marketing campaigns are mainly focussed on webinars.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 2 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site and prominent Newsletter promotion and Promotional News & Editorial.

This coupled with the new capabilities 5G brings opens up huge opportunities for both network operators and enterprise organisations.

We have a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you.


Stephen Withers

joomla visitors

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News