Veeam launches platform to keep businesses running after an attack

Danny Allan, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam

Veeam® Software, the in Modern Data Protection, announced the NEW Veeam Data Platform, a platform delivering more advanced data security, recovery and hybrid cloud capabilities. The platform, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication™ (VBR) v12, provides best-in-class secure backup and reliable recovery that keeps business running.

It brings together the latest features offered from Veeam into a single robust solution that is offered in three enterprise-grade editions for protecting Cloud, Virtual, Physical, SaaS and Kubernetes applications across complex and expanding IT environments and the increasing set of challenges facing every firm from outages to errors and ransomware. 

What is the product offering of Veeam Data Platform?

Veeam Data Platform delivers 3 requirements to keep a business running: data security, data recovery and data freedom to backup and use data without platform or cloud lock-in. There are 3 enterprise-grade editions: Foundation, Advanced and Premium. All editions contain Veeam’s award-winning VBR and Instant Recovery; Advanced and Premium editions also deliver advanced resiliency features, including monitoring, analytics and recovery.  

  • Foundation Edition offers the industry’s most complete data protection with VBR v12, which adds more than 500 new features and enhancements.
  • Advanced Edition combines VBR with Veeam ONE (ONE) to give customers deep, intelligent monitoring and observability to identify and resolve any backup or recovery problems before they begin.
  • Premium Edition offers ultimate enterprise Modern Data Protection and recovery capabilities as the premier offering with VBR, ONE and Veeam Recovery Orchestrator (VRO). Building on the other editions, Premium adds the full automation of complex data recovery processes with near-zero Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) while automating testing and providing complete data resiliency with the confidence of one click recovery.

Premium edition clients are also eligible for the new Veeam Ransomware Warranty which covers the cost of data recovery, up to $5m, in the event of a ransomware or cyber-attack. 

Up-to-date recovery tech

All editions of Veeam Data Platform leverage the latest backup and recovery tech of VBR v12 as its foundation. New functionality that advances recovery capabilities ensures confidence in the face of cyber-attacks across the hybrid cloud, including:

  • NEW Direct-to-object storage backups: Take full advantage of the unlimited scalability of on-premises and cloud object storage without sacrificing performance. Send backups to Veeam’s broad ecosystem of object storage partners on-premises with the performance needed to meet goals or backup your edge locations to cloud object storage.
  • Trusted immutability for every workload: Ensure backups can always be restored after a cyberattack with comprehensive, enterprise-grade immutability options from trusted vendors, including on-premises object, block and file storage, hardened repositories and deduplicating storage appliances, cloud object storage and tape.
  • Cyber resilient: Enable the fastest response to ransomware by identifying, alerting and restoring only clean data, including automation and proven recovery orchestration for all workloads.Empower a zero-trust with multi-factor authentication (MFA), password-less service accounts (gMSA) for Windows and single-use credentials for Linux, and fortify defense against cyberattacks with Kerberos-only and IPv6-only environment support.
  • Hybrid-cloud optimised: Achieve even greater efficiency and security across the hybrid cloud with immutable backups for cloud-native AWS and Microsoft Azure workloads, new cloud-integrated agents for lift-and-shift workloads, and unified cloud monitoring and reporting.
  • Ecosystem Excellence: Veeam Universal Storage API 2.0 and NEW Smart Object Storage API provide even more future-proofing for enterprise scalability and offsite resiliency. Ecosystem vendors include Pure Storage, Scality and Object First as the inaugural launch partners that integrate with these new APIs. 

Veeam’s comprehensive monitoring and analytics solution delivers intelligent insights and visibility within the NEW Veeam Data Platform Advanced and Premium Editions to help resolve issues before problems arise, ensuring the highest protection of critical data.

The latest version expands on new capabilities and includes support for more Veeam backup solutions (including Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365). New monitoring and visibility capabilities include immutability reporting and data protection statuses for multi-cloud. These deliver more insight into businesses’ data protection strategy than ever before. 

Recovery orchestration

The NEW Veeam Data Platform Premium Edition also includes recovery orchestration, one of the most powerful tools to cut down time to recovery delivering confidence in business resiliency. By automating planning, testing and orchestrating the steps needed to recover from a disaster, businesses can simplify operations and prove backup compliance.

The platform delivers automated, orchestrated recovery to Microsoft Azure, instant restore of Veeam Agents backups as virtual machines (VMs), and an automated recovery rollback for clean, ransomware-free data recoveries. Platform extensions may be added to any of the Veeam Data Platform editions, or operated standalone, like backup for Kubernetes with Kasten K10 by Veeam, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, and Veeam Backup for Salesforce. 

“Organisations are more vulnerable than ever. Over the past twelve months, 85% of organisations were attacked at least once; up from 76% in last year,” said Danny Allan, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

“We understand IT leaders feel they aren’t sufficiently protected, and as IT environments continue to grow more complex and demanding, it’s now obvious that Modern Data Protection must be integrated into the overall cyber preparedness plan.”

“The platform brings the best of Veeam solutions together to deliver a single platform with relentless security, reliable data recovery and trusted data freedom designed to give our clients the choice to leverage the right solution and keeps their business running.”   

New ransomware warranty

Veeam takes a multi-layered approach to ransomware so that businesses are confident and prepared forworst-case scenarios. The NEW Veeam Ransomware Warranty, which complements the Veeam Data Platform, is a commitment to Veeam customers that in the event of a ransomware attack, Veeam will cover the cost of data recovery, up to $5 million.

The Veeam Ransomware Warranty includes a 30-minute support service level agreement (SLA), a dedicated support account manager, quarterly health checks for best-practice operations, and optional design and installation services through a Veeam Accredited Service Provider. Veeam will deploy the Veeam Ransomware SWAT team — a team of security support experts — to help fight for your business in the event of an attack.   

What are the partner thoughts on the platform?

Commenting on the new Veeam Data Platform, Steven Dickens, Senior Analyst at Futurum Research, said, “As hybrid cloud becomes the deployment architecture of choice, and cyber security threats become pervasive, the need to robustly provide backup and replication is crucial to enterprises.Veeam has been a market leader in this space and the new Veeam Data Platform launch demonstratesthe company’s commitment to innovation.” 

Commenting on the platform, Gaurav Rishi, Vice President of Product Management, Kasten by Veeam, said, “52% of businesses are utilising containers in production environments. Kasten K10 by Veeam has emerged as the leader in providing backup, disaster recovery, and application mobility solutions for containers operating in Kubernetes environments.”

“The platform provides organisations with a centralised solution that offers seamless data protection operations and investment protection, while also addressing the unique requirements of Kubernetes environments, giving organisations ultimate data freedom.” 

“As firms invest in modernising their tech infrastructures, flexibility is key for their apps and data to avoid risk,” commented David Harvey, VP of Solutions and Alliances, Pure Storage. 

David Harvey, Vice President of Solutions and Alliances at Pure Storage

“Together, with the expanded integration for USAPI and Veeam Direct to Object, Veeam and Pure Storage are enabling joint clients to benefit from to disaster recovery performance, granularity and simplicity, and ultimately empowering these firms to strengthen their cyber resilience in today’s complex and dynamic business environment. We’re excited to continue partnering with Veeam to deliver innovative, secure solutions across all industries.”  

“Ranked as the number one object storage solution for the backup use case by Gartner, Scality is excited to be an early supporter of the new Veeam Data Platform. Veeam continues to set the standard for Modern Data Protection by strategically building object storage into its platform to provide customers with simpler, more cost-effective, and more resilient solutions,” said Wally MacDermid, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Scality.

“Scality’s partnership with Veeam has deep roots, and we feel privileged to be one of the object storage vendors to support the Smart Object Storage API, which enables clients to take advantage of unlimited scalability of object storage without sacrificing performance.” 

“Ransomware is a top concern for all organisations and backups are increasingly becoming the number one target. The newly released Smart Object Storage API in the new Veeam Data Platform enables Veeam users to send their backup data directly to Object First’s immutable and reliable ransomware-proof storage,” said David Bennett, CEO, Object First.

“By combining Veeam with Object First, organisations can rest easy knowing their backups are ransomware-proofed with a simple, powerful, and affordable data protection solution.”  

“With the new Veeam Data Platform we can orchestrate recovery directly to public cloud, reducing our costs and overall footprint by completely removing the need for additional equipment.” said Robbie Hudec, CISO & SVP, Technology Operations at Ciox Health.

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