Taneja Group Analysis
The theme at VeeamON 2017 last week was “availability for the always on enterprise”. While the subject of “availability” was very familiar to attendees, the parade of announcements that followed made it clear that a new day is dawning at Veeam – one that stretches far beyond their roots in virtual data protection.
Veeam wants to protect all your data, in any infrastructure, anywhere it resides. This is an ambitious goal, but several announcements demonstrated Veeam is rapidly moving down this path. With the announcement of general availability of Veeam Agent for Windows, Veeam has expanded beyond Linux physical server support to provide support for physical Windows-based servers and laptops. Veeam also broadened cloud infrastructure support in several ways, including adding direct restore to Azure, the ability to protect Amazon EC2 instances and policy-driven object storage support that includes Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Azure Blob and any S3/Swift compatible storage. In addition, Veeam announced the next version of Veeam Backup for Office 365 that adds support for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, so companies can now recover documents as easy as they recover email. Finally, for tier-1 application backup, Veeam announced continuous data protection (CDP), which enables lower RPOs.
Veeam also announced a partnership with DataGravity, a software company that provides insights through analysis of users, content, and activities. DataGravity extends the capabilities of Veeam to help companies ensure data is secure and compliant by using full text search and pattern matching to identify files with sensitive information, possible malicious behavior and potential security threats. Adding this capability was smart move for Veeam as data security remains a top concern, according to Taneja Group IT end user research.
By expanding their physical data protection support and by increasing customer and partner agility through stronger cloud support, Veeam has strengthened their position in the enterprise data protection space. And we believe Veeam could become a strong player in the broader secondary data management space, if they continue to aggressively extend their data protection platform.