Veritas strengthens Azure data management functions for a more 'solid cloud'

Microsoft is working to partner with everybody and be open to everything… as we know, Microsoft loves Linux, well, now it does.

In this regard then, this month we see cloud data management company Veritas Technologies announce new 360 data management capabilities for Veritas and Microsoft Azure customers.

The two firms are seeking to bring the functions that Vertitas does best to Azure users/customers, that is – Vertitas is known for its data management capabilities designed to help with compliance and increase data visibility and simplify workload migration.

Disparate data views

This announcement includes new integrations for business continuity and disaster-recovery readiness. The functions also work to enable hybrid cloud scale-out storage optimization and the ability to visualise data across disparate sources.

“The desire to incorporate Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) into the enterprise IT strategy is abundantly clear,” said Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer, Veritas. “However, data management is critical to helping customers ensure compliance and protection of their data while extracting maximum value from it. That’s why this partnership has been so well-received by customers.”

The Veritas Resiliency Platform (VRP) works to monitor and help failover/failback multi-tiered applications to and from Azure. The concept here is the chance to use the cloud as a recovery target.

What is storage optimisation?

What does software-defined storage optimisation means in real terms? It is the chance to automatically migrate old data to the cloud for long-term storage, or mix on-premises and Azure cloud storage to create a single scale-out file system for storage management.

Veritas says that customers can also take advantage of a host of other previously announced Veritas data management offerings to enhance their experience on Microsoft Azure.

“With Veritas NetBackup, the company’s flagship unified data protection solution for the enterprise, customers can migrate and protect data stored on the Azure platform. As part of Veritas NetBackup 8.1, customers can use deduplication technology to help reduce backup times and lower long-term data storage costs,” said the company, in a press statement.

The notion of a ‘solid cloud’

If we can bring storage optimisation functions and use the cloud as a backup target, then would it be fair to suggest that the Veritas + Microsoft union in the vein that it exists might represent a more solid heavy (metallic or galvanised, even) type of cloud.

It could be a term that might stick as the cloud model now finesses and develops in so many ways.