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Veritas expands partnership with Google

Enterprises can now deploy NetBackup and Backup Exec on the Google Cloud Platform, among other capabilities

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Veritas has expanded its partnership with Google to protect data and workloads on the Google Cloud platform, underscoring aggressive efforts by backup suppliers in recent years to extend their offerings to the cloud.

From today, enterprises can deploy Veritas’ flagship product NetBackup for enterprises, as well as Backup Exec for small and medium-sized businesses on the cloud to protect Google Compute Engine-based workloads.

With large volumes of data being created each day, enterprises can also use Enterprise Vault to decide on what data to keep and delete, based on policies, data classification and automation.

A cloud version of Enterprise Vault that facilitates standardised and policy-driven data retention is also available for Google’s G Suite Enterprise Gmail, helping enterprises to meet regulatory and data retention requirements across industries, according to Veritas.

The announcements follow earlier moves by Veritas to enable NetBackup and Backup Exec customers to use Google Cloud Storage Coldline for long-term data archival and disaster recovery, and Cloud Storage Nearline for data that is accessed less often.

Google’s G Suite Enterprise customers can also leverage Veritas’ eDiscovery Platform to quickly search, analyse and produce relevant Gmail data to meet discovery requests relating to compliance and legal matters.

According to Gartner, the number of enterprises using cloud as a backup destination is rising and is expected to double by 2018.

In February 2017, Veritas partnered Microsoft to help enterprises move data to Azure cloud storage, with support for storage tiering through NetBackup 8.0. Veritas’ Enterprise Vault cloud service is also powered by Azure.

Veritas inked a similar agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) at about the same time to integrate and move data and applications to AWS through its 360 data management portfolio.

AWS and Microsoft Azure are the current leaders in Gartner’s magic quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service, and Google’s cloud platform has been earmarked as a visionary well-suited for big data applications, batch computing and cloud-native projects.

Growing demand

In an exclusive interview with Computer Weekly, Veritas’ executive vice-president for worldwide field operations, Scott Genereux, said the company’s partnerships with cloud service providers are driven by large enterprises’ growing demand for cloud services.

“Large enterprises are using the cloud to drive down costs, be more agile and compete with smaller companies and startups that can respond a little more quickly,” he said. “They may consolidate their datacentres and migrate to the cloud.”

Genereux said it is common for enterprises to use multiple cloud services, such as Azure for Microsoft applications and Oracle’s public cloud for Oracle applications, and move data between them.

“So, from a strategic point of view, it is important for us to have relationships with Amazon, Microsoft and Google, as well as Asia-Pacific cloud providers such as Alicloud,” he said, adding that cloud providers typically do not offer the backup and archival capabilities offered by Veritas.

While some cloud suppliers may argue that backups and archival are not required because multiple copies of data are available through mirrored environments, Genereux said that only holds true in cases of hardware failure.

“What most people need backup for is when something gets corrupted,” he said. “They will need to restore data to a point in time, so having a mirrored environment doesn’t work.”

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