Veeam and HPE Consumption-Based Data Management

Consumption-based IT enables the customer to obtain the pay-as-you-go cost effectiveness of cloud services while retaining an on-premises footprint. It also dramatically simplifies IT infrastructure management and planning. Data protection administrators in particular can benefit from this method of acquiring IT resources.

Veeam Software and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) are collaborating to offer Veeam’s core offering, the Availability Platform, through HPE’s GreenLake consumption-based IT procurement model.

Veeam Availability Platform manages and protects virtualized, physical and cloud-based primary and secondary storage resources from the centralized Veeam ONE console. Core capabilities include backup, recovery, replication and failover.

  • With its Availability Platform, Veeam aims to facilitate recovery point objectives (RTOs) of less than 15 minutes. To do so, it offers plug-ins for enterprise applications including SAP HANA, alongside other capabilities such as its Backup from Storage Snapshots feature, which enables backups and replicas to be created from snapshots as often as every 15 minutes with minimal (or no) impact on the production environment.
  • The Veeam Cloud Tier enables automatic tiering of “colder” data to cloud-delivered object storage services including Amazon S3 and IBM Cloud Object Storage. This enhances the elasticity of backup storage infrastructure and can mitigate the amount of on-premises infrastructure that must be purchased and managed (thus saving on costs).
  • Embracing the cloud also plays an important role when it comes to Veeam’s replication and recovery capabilities. For example, the Veeam Cloud Mobility capability enables two-step migration and recovery to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack. The Veeam Cloud Connect capability provides flexibility of choice for customers that desire to work with a different service provider. Veeam utilizes built-in WAN acceleration to overcome the latency inherent in the cloud and applies encryption at the source as well as when data is in flight and at rest, to enhance security (a typical concern when offloading backup and disaster recovery to the cloud).

Through the HPE GreenLake consumption-based IT delivery model, storage managers have the option of deploying Veeam’s Availability Platform on HPE’s StoreOnce storage systems or HPE’s Apollo servers. They can also, depending on their workload’s capacity and performance requirements, use a mixture of the two. Usage is billed per gigabyte (GB) or terabyte (TB) of storage capacity consumed, and for the Veeam Software, per sockets and agents used. The companies benefit from HPE’s unique consumption model from a lifecycle asset management perspective, as well as a complementary and robust global footprint.

StorageSwiss Take

Organizations large and small are facing business-threatening gaps to data availability due to complex and expensive legacy technologies and procurement models. With their new consumption-based offering, Veeam and HPE are making data protection available where previously it was price-inhibitive as a result of high upfront investments in hardware and software, as well as the cost over time of solution upgrades and administrative staff. Meanwhile, the solution stands to make data protection more cost-effective and easier to manage for enterprises with existing implementations. The solution is robust enough to offer comprehensive enterprise support, while also being flexible enough to scale down to address smaller companies’ needs or to introduce specific functionalities into large enterprise environments.

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Senior Analyst, Krista Macomber produces analyst commentary and contributes to a range of client deliverables including white papers, webinars and videos for Storage Switzerland. She has a decade of experience covering all things storage, data center and cloud infrastructure, including: technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her previous experience includes leading the IT infrastructure practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research, and leading market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

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