Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:28

Veeam expands storage integration in upcoming version 9.5 to include Nimble Storage


Enabling enterprises to successfully meet modern SLAs, Veeam has expanded its Availability Suite 9.5 storage integration, adding Nimble to the existing HPE, NetApp and EMC roster.

Veeam be Nimble, Veeam be quick, Veeam jumps over to the SLA stick!

This isn’t Veeam or Nimble’s new tagline, but my way to add a bit of fun into a business story which tells you that when Veeam’s Availability Suite goes to version 9.5 later this year, it will newly integrate Nimble Storage

Veeam says that ‘the cost and consequences of downtime and lost data pose a significant challenge to meeting modern service level agreements (SLAs) for the Availability of applications and data,’ and so along with the existing integration with HPE, NetApp and EMC storage offerings, Nimble will be added too, which will result in ‘increased Availability and improved operational performance for all Nimble Storage users.’

Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam said: “Nimble Storage continues to execute its strategy of accelerating topline growth.

“Veeam and Nimble have a strong partnership that already demonstrates success, and further integration between the two technologies will enable our mutual partners and customers to experience more than just backup and storage. Veeam and Nimble Storage’s integration opens up the Availability conversation to a much wider ecosystem and I am excited at what we can achieve together.”

Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage said: “Extending our partnership with Veeam provides cost-effective data protection for our rapidly expanding enterprise customer base. We are now enabling our joint partner ecosystem to sell a best-of-breed integrated solution for customers looking to deploy flash in their data centres and the cloud.

“The Nimble-Veeam integration expands the value of the Nimble Unified Flash Fabric, which enables replication from All-flash to Adaptive (hybrid) flash arrays at one-third the cost of backing up to competitive all-flash arrays. Nimble and Veeam solutions can not only coexist in modern data centrse but simplify IT operations at a lower total cost of ownership.” 

Veeam adds that ‘by further leveraging IT investments in modern storage, the new integrations with Nimble Storage will move enterprises beyond backup and into the new era of Availability, helping them to meet recovery time and point objectives (RTP) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data.’

These include:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots: Lower the additional impact from backup activities on production storage by retrieving virtual machine (VM) data from Nimble Storage snapshots on primary storage or their replicated copies on secondary storage;
  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots: Recover individual application items, guest files or entire VMs quickly and efficiently from periodic Nimble Storage snapshots and their replicated copies created by Veeam jobs or with the native scheduler;
  • On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots: Use storage snapshots on primary and secondary storage systems to create complete isolated copies of production environment in just a few clicks, for fast and easy developing, testing and troubleshooting.

More below, please read on.

As noted above, this new integration ‘will be released with Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 – coming later this year – with a set of features that will increase Availability and improve operational performance in both Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials.’

The company invites you to ‘register for an upcoming VeeamLIVE episode to learn more’ about the upcoming Nimble Storage integration.

Bede Hackney, Managing Director - ANZ, Nimble Storage said: “Integration with Veeam will further build on our ability to provide users with flash performance for all enterprise applications and data velocity to end users.

“Today's complex infrastructure creates an app-data gap that has disrupted data delivery. Users need performance with scalability optimised for a broad range of applications. By integrating with Veeam we will be able to support customers with absolute resiliency, effortless management and seamless storage management operations."

Peter Bender, Head of Channel and Alliances - ANZ at Veeam Software said: “Veeam’s partnership empowers Nimble Storage channel ecosystem partners to move their customers from being organisations that just ‘backup,’ to being available 24/7.

“As enterprises move to consolidate their IT infrastructure to contain cost and complexity, Veeam and Nimble Storage’s integration at the primary storage level expands opportunities into disaster recovery (DR), backup and replication for remote offices, cloud and archive. Local partners now have the ability to deploy an end-to-end Availability solution with integrated hardware and software technologies.”

Steven Hill, senior storage analyst for 451 Research said: “Today’s businesses need to look beyond traditional backups that emphasise protecting critical data alone.

“The new focus is on technology, like that found in the upcoming edition of Veeam Availability Suite, that goes further to protect mission-critical applications--as well as their associated data—to better fulfill the next generation of DR/BC expectations.”

Noel Allnutt, General Manager of Solista, a leading Australian Data Management business and licensed Veeam Cloud Connect provider said: “I think this collaboration is something really exciting, it’s definitely an evolutionary step for both vendors. Solista customers have had a desire for this Alliance for some time.”

Chris Moss, Marketing Director at System Professional, a leading UK IT Managed Services business, Veeam Gold ProPartner and licensed Veeam Cloud Connect provider, said: “Veeam and Nimble Storage are two key vendor partners for our business.

“We have built a wealth of knowledge and understanding around both technologies over many years of successful customer installations, plus we utilise both Veeam and Nimble within our own data centre hosting environment.

"The closer integration between the forthcoming Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 and Nimble Storage is very welcome and will be well received by both our technical team and clients alike. The enhanced integration will have a positive impact on our business and the breadth of quality solutions we can deliver to our customers.”

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