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  • 17 February 2017 14:00

Veritas Announces New Technology Alliance with AWS to Deliver Streamlined Path to the Cloud for Enterprises

Veritas 360 Data Management accelerates data migration to the cloud, boosts application performance for cloud workloads and orchestrates disaster recovery to AWS

Veritas Technologies has announced a technology alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver Veritas 360 Data Management capabilities to enterprises leveraging AWS infrastructure - accelerating migration to the cloud and improving the management of applications and data across hybrid cloud environments.

The collaboration between the two companies further supports the commitment from Veritas to enable data management capabilities across hybrid architectures for customers, and to help enterprise IT organisations successfully navigate their journey to the cloud. As customers continue adopting cloud into their architectures, Veritas, through its software-driven approach, helps enterprises to integrate and move data and applications environments at their desired pace while protecting legacy hardware and software investments, retaining visibility and governance over data, and future choice over infrastructure.

“Our customers are consistently looking for ways to run their existing on-premises services across their AWS deployments,” said Bill Vass, Vice President, Storage Services, AWS. “Many enterprises today rely on Veritas technologies for application resiliency, performance, and disaster recovery. These customers will now have even greater opportunities to reduce costs and increase productivity while accelerating their journey to the cloud.”

Expediting migration to the cloud with strong business impact

The collaboration includes technology integrations between Veritas 360 Data Management solutions and AWS.

- The Veritas Resiliency Platform now orchestrates the entire migration or failover/failback operation to/from AWS, helping to save customers time and money, simplifying the user experience, and increasing disaster recovery readiness. Enterprises often consider the cloud as a recovery target in order to reduce on-premises facilities, infrastructure, and operational costs. With the Veritas Resiliency Platform, organisations are able to simply move and automate the recovery of virtualised infrastructure to AWS with a single click. This enables organisations to fully consolidate standby data centres to the cloud.

- With Veritas InfoScale for AWS, enterprise applications like SAP and Oracle can run in AWS while preserving on-premises performance, resiliency and scalability. This gives customers a viable alternative to completely refactoring each application, which can be costly and time consuming. Organisations choosing to keep certain applications on premises can also benefit from the hybrid capabilities of InfoScale, enabling applications to be anchored to the data centre while bursting to the cloud to meet spikes in demand. All of this is accomplished through a unified, easy-to-use management console, simplifying the customer experience.

- For application owners leveraging AWS, Veritas Access provides performance and cost-optimised software-defined storage for unstructured data workloads. Today, customers are able to use Veritas Access and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) as a low-cost storage tier for unstructured data workloads and optimise data migration to AWS. In the coming quarters, customers will also be able to run Veritas Access as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance and automatically provision the right tier of Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) or Amazon S3 storage to meet application performance requirements. Veritas Access intelligently identifies highly-accessed data and caches it locally to boost application performance and enable the provisioning of lower cost tiers to meet the same requirements. When data is no longer being accessed, it can be moved to additional tiers via customer-defined policy, further optimising the environment.

- For customers looking to protect their hybrid cloud data, Veritas NetBackup and Veritas Backup Exec offer a simple and reliable data protection experience. As previously announced, AWS customers can use the NetBackup Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for a preconfigured and customisable cloud deployment. Veritas will continue investing in unified data protection and further integration of AWS services with respect to both NetBackup and Backup Exec.

Today, organisations are on a fast-track to embrace cloud infrastructure as digital transformations accelerate at an unprecedented pace, while the focus on cost management has never been greater. "Growth of public cloud is supported by the fact that organisations are saving 14 per cent of their budgets as an outcome of public cloud adoption,” according to Gartner's 2015 cloud adoption survey.

“Veritas 360 Data Management for the cloud gives customers powerful, simple and highly cost effective ways to quickly drive greater business value from the cloud,” said Mike Palmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Veritas. “Enterprises leveraging Veritas on AWS as a part of their hybrid IT strategy can utilise data management capabilities to help boost application performance, maintain business continuity with improved resiliency, and optimise their investment in AWS infrastructure.”

“The technology alliance between AWS and Veritas presents a promising opportunity for companies that want to achieve accelerated migration to the cloud and want to do so in a simple, scalable, reliable and cost effective manner,” said Bob Worrall, Chief Information Officer, Juniper Networks. “As a company that is both a customer of AWS and Veritas, and understands first-hand the advantages of moving certain operations to the cloud, Juniper is excited to consider alternatives provided through this alliance that deliver additional levels of business agility while maintaining performance and existing operational service level agreements.”

“This announcement accelerates the cloud initiative for our mutual customers who today are using NetBackup, InfoScale and other Veritas technology, and at the same time are also deploying on AWS,” said David Cintron, vice president of Managed Services at dcVAST, a Veritas channel partner and customer – and AWS Partner Network consulting partner. “The new alliance with Veritas and AWS allows channel partners like us to broaden our conversation with customers to help them optimize application performance, enhance disaster recovery and seamlessly move their data to the cloud.”

Availability

The Veritas Resiliency Platform and Infoscale for AWS are both generally available today. Veritas Access on premises with storage tiering to Amazon S3 is also available today. Veritas Access running on AWS will be available in the coming quarters. With dedicated teams in major cities across the US and worldwide, customers will benefit from an improved engagement/support model and simplified, flexible purchasing with bundled offerings that will include subscription, consumption, or traditional enterprise licensing.

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