Written by Edward Gately October 6, 2020
Kasten will operate as a separate Kubernetes business unit within Veeam.
The Kasten K10 platform will continue to be available independently. It will also be integrated into Veeam Backup and Replication. That will offer a comprehensive data management solution.
With Kasten’s protection of container workloads and Veeam support for virtual machines, physical servers, SaaS applications and cloud workloads, this technology will provide all organizations a single platform for data protection.
“With the acquisition of our partner Kasten, we are taking a very important next step to accommodate our customers’ shift to container adoption in order to protect Kubernetes-native workloads on premises and across multicloud environments,” said Danny Allan, Veeam’s CTO and senior vice president of product strategy. “This significant milestone strengthens Veeam’s commitment to continue to deliver … [a] cloud data management platform that will support data protection for container-based applications built in Kubernetes environments.”
Kasten Founders Staying on Board
Kasten will operate as a separate Kubernetes business unit within Veeam. Kasten’s founders Niraj Tolia and Vaibhav Kamra will lead the unit. Tolia is president and general manager, and Kamra is CTO. All teams including sales, marketing, R&D and customer service will stay intact.
According to 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, nearly three-quarters of organizations are using or planning to use Kubernetes within the next two years. Veeam said this shift creates a massive opportunity for the future of data protection.
“The enterprise landscape is shifting as applications rapidly transition from monoliths to containers and microservices,” Tolia said. “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 multicloud environments, will significantly advance the state of modern data management.”
Veeam will continue to contribute to open source and other communities that Kasten supports. Those include the Kubernetes Storage Special Interest Group and the Data Protection Working Group in Kubernetes.
Veeam also will continue to support Kanister. It’s Kasten’s open source project that extends support for and execution of data management tasks in Kubernetes. Veeam also supports development of kopia, a open-source tool to manage backups.