Nutanix .NEXT 2017 partner podium: Veritas, Veeam & Druva

Enterprise cloud company Nutanix has hosted its .NEXT 2017 conference and exhibition on the balmy shores of the Cote D’Azur in the French city of Nice.

Alongside key announcements focused on developer tooling and the firm’s wider approach to cloud infrastructure management, Nutanix has also welcomed partner updates from firms including Veritas, Veeam and Druva.

Leading the news on the partner podium was multi-cloud data management company Veritas.

Veritas backup certification

Veritas has cemented its relationship with Nutanix in a move designed to help joint customers get protection for virtualized workloads running on Nutanix, as well as the ability to move applications across clouds, while remaining open to a choice of hardware, hypervisor or cloud.

As part of the partnership, the Veritas NetBackup 8.1  data protection solution is now certified to protect workloads virtualised on AHV, Nutanix’s native hypervisor.

Joint customers will also now be able to optimise and protect the movement of data and workloads faster within the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud or to other public, private or hybrid cloud environments.

According to Veritas, “The collaboration is designed to address two key challenges joint customers face today. First, how to spend less time worrying about datacentre infrastructure and more time on the applications and services that power business. Second, the partnership helps to ensure critical data and workloads running on Nutanix are further protected with a single, unified solution that is the foundation for end-to-end 360 data management.”

Additionally, as a result of the enhanced partnership, there are new opportunities for joint go-to-market and support initiatives from both companies, designed to help customers accelerate their adoption of next-generation cloud approaches for a wide spectrum of workloads by leveraging the combined enterprise expertise of Veritas and Nutanix.

“Organizations today need a data management strategy for data spread across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments that require a proven, high-performance backup and recovery technology designed to accommodate the most demanding workloads,” said Rama Kolappan, vice president, product management and alliances at Veritas. “With the combined power of Nutanix and Veritas that blends a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and Enterprise Cloud with the premier backup and recovery solution on the planet, customers can now protect a vast array of enterprise workloads.”

Veeam, neat features

Also vocal on work with Nutanix this month is backup and replication specialist Veeam.

Michael Cade, technology evangelist at Veeam has said that Veeam and Nutanix’s extended partnership means Nutanix AHV customers can backup virtual machines, but more importantly, provide a level of recovery not previously available.

“We give users the ability to recover what they want, when they need it. This neat feature is enabled by an Agent or Proxy VM hosted on the AHV cluster, which provides connectivity and authentication through Nutanix’s data protection APIs. As security is paramount, we’ve also integrated with Nutanix’s Protection Domains for the tightest possible mesh between Veeam and Nutanix VM Protection,” said Cade.

Cade specifies that although the above is the ‘main item’, another detail of the partnership means a user can also use Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) to store those backup files in the regular Veeam VBK format.

“That might sound obvious, but it allows the backup files to perform tasks through VBR such as tape backup, backup copy, with application item level recovery now possible as a result. At the Nutanix .NEXT event in Nice we’ve been able to offer a real exclusive – showing how this all works, via a user interface which is compatible with Nutanix’s easy to use Prism Central single pane of glass management interface. All that five months after it was announced at Nutanix’s .NEXT in Washington,” added Cade.

Druva in the groove

Cloud data protection company Druva was also in attendance at Nutanix .NEXT 2017.

Druva’s VP of global channel sales Timm Hoyt has said that the Druva and Nutanix solution narrative for end-users is highly complementary, offering a seamless hybrid cloud offering for business critical workloads and a rich data protection offering.

“Nutanix aims to provide a single point of control for enterprise IT and cloud infrastructure – we provide a similar approach for data management, allowing IT teams to maintain their processes across clouds, for cloud apps and for those IT assets that remain centrally. Combining the two approaches allows companies to get that single control plane strategy in place for data to be created, then managed as a service over time. We think this approach works as it does not require any additional hardware to put full data protection and management into practice,” said Hoyt.

So then, what does the future hold for IT and for data as all the elements get converged?

Hoyt argues that it will be more important to see where things are getting created, whether that is on hyperconverged infrastructure, on cloud apps like Office 365 or Salesforce, or on an endpoint.

Together, Hoyt argues that Druva and Nutanix can provide those points of management.