Key takeaways from VeeamON 2021

Top Business Tech reviews the key takeaways from Veeam’s seventh annual user event, VeeamON 2021.

 VeeamON 2021 looks back on what has been a challenging year, but one of ample success as the company has continued to work with its partners to deliver a seamless delivery of products to over 400,000 customers.

A celebration of milestones 

VeeamON celebrates one million active installations of Veeam Backup and Replication; the protection of over 15mn Microsoft 365 mailboxes; and over 30,000 registered attendees from across 175 countries at VeeamON 2021.

“Veeam is the largest storage company that’s not making storage or infrastructure, and is by far the #1 pure-play data protection vendor on the planet,” said Danny Allan, CTO and SVP Product Strategy at Veeam. “We moved more than 100 PB of data into our top three cloud object storage providers alone in just the first quarter of 2021, compared to 242 PB in all of 2020, and we recently surpassed 1 million active Veeam Backup & Replication™ installations.” 

This success is reflected in the company’s quarterly results, as Veeam reported another quarter of double-digit growth with annual recurring revenue (ARR) increase of 25% year-over-year (YoY) for Q1’21. This is the thirteenth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. 

Part of this success comes from the release of 17 new products over the course of the last 12 months that cover the ecosystem of cloud, virtual, physical, SaaS and application-specific environments, including Veeam Backup & Replication v11. Veeam Backup & Replication v11 is now the most widely deployed enterprise backup software globally, leagues ahead of its competitors. In addition to this, Veeam also released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 at the end of 2020. With 222% growth, this is the most deployed Microsoft Office 365 solution in the industry and Veeam’s fastest-growing product.

Veeam credits its growth to being software-defined, hardware-agnostic, cloud-ready and flexible. Veeam has officially validated support for 37 object storage systems, 12 of which are immutable, including support across all three hyper-scalers such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Storage. It now boasts more than 1EB of data protected with object storage in just the past 2 years.

Looking ahead 

On the second day of the event, Veeam provided a glimpse into its roadmap over the next year. Due in the second half of 2021, Veeam demonstrated key innovations of cloud-native solutions for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and the first integration of Kasten K10 for Kubernetes into Veeam Platform.

“Over the past 18 months, Veeam enjoyed its most prolific product launch period, bringing to market more than 20 new offerings such as Veeam V10 and V11, Veeam Backup for Google Cloud, updates for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, AWS & Microsoft Office 365 and many, many more,” said Danny Allan, CTO & SVP, Product Strategy at Veeam. “We are continually innovating and know customers are looking to protect their data across multi-cloud environments; with Veeam’s single platform we are helping our customers ensure that every piece of data, every workload is safe, secure and easily recoverable no matter where they reside.  We are proud of our success, and that we are now #2 in the market, and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

A preview of future solutions

Veeam released the following list of solutions that we can expect to see throughout the rest of 2021:

Expanded cloud-native capabilities for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud

Veeam’s single platform for protecting and managing resources in multi-cloud environments, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, delivers cloud mobility to backup, recover and migrate workloads across any environment, ensuring up to 50X lower costs when natively protecting cloud workloads. 

  • Veeam Platform gains cloud-native backup and recovery 
  • Veeam now provides cloud-native support for the three leading hyperscale public clouds – AWS, Azure and Google Cloud – under a single platform across hybrid-/multi-cloud environments. This also includes Cloud Mobility for backup, recovery and migration across on-premises and public clouds. Lowest cost long-term retention and archive for native backup of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud 
    • AWS = Amazon S3 Glacier and Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive 
    • Azure = Azure Archive Storage 
    • Google Cloud = Archive Cloud Storage 
  • Veeam unveiled support for archive object storage for all three leading hyperscale public cloud providers
    Expanded support for cloud-native backup and recovery
    • AWS = Amazon EFS (Elastic File System)
    • Azure = Azure SQL

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v6 will deliver NEW Self-Service Portal and integration to Azure Archive and AWS S3 Glacier

  • NEW Self-Service Portal increases the ROI for enterprises and service providers by lowering the load on IT departments (thereby enabling them to focus on other tasks) and puts recovery in the user’s hands. This helps organizations divide work across teams, improves the way restores are handled and saves the time and effort of building their own portals, providing faster access to critical data. 
  • NEW Office 365 Backup Copy to Azure Archive and AWS Amazon S3 Glacier: For years, there has been a debate on how many Office 365 copies are needed, one backup or following industry backup best practices with a backup copy.  Now with v6, customers can do either and quickly create secondary copies directly from object storage to Azure Archive, Amazon S3 Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive, with different retention period options. Now users can more effectively achieve the 3-2-1 data protection rule providing additional confidence in restoring Office 365 data.

Veeam support for Red Hat® Virtualization (RHV) backup

  • Veeam announces support for our fourth hypervisor in response to customer demands from key verticals, large enterprises, and service providers.
  • Powerful data protection capabilities for hyper-converged infrastructure with Red Hat to Veeam Backup & Replication
    • Modern data protection for Red Hat® Virtualization
    • Reduced management complexity delivered by standardizing on Veeam’s control plane 
    • Improved storage usage delivered via intelligent Veeam storage repositories 
    • Agentless, image-level backup and recovery of RHV VMs 
    • Efficient data protection that leverages Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for greater efficiency
    • Centralize and manage RHV backups in Veeam backup repositories

Veeam repository integration for Kasten K10 for Kubernetes

  • Prepare for the future of containerized product development and support DevOps and PlatformOps today by expanding the data protection services of Kubernetes.
  • Provides customers with an integrated, centralized location for storing mission-critical backups of Kubernetes workloads
  • Kasten K10 can write to the many Veeam storage repositories for centralized data management, which includes disk, solid-state, object storage, cloud, and even tape
  • Expand options for storing Kubernetes backups in the cloud, on-premises and in ransomware-proof immutable locations
  • Include Kasten workloads into the automated backup data lifecycle management for complete policy management

All solutions demonstrated at VeeamON will be generally available later in 2021.


“Although our history of solid growth and profitability is unrivaled in the industry, I believe that Veeam will become the #1 industry leader in total revenue within the next 2 years, what I am most proud of is that we helped 400,000+ customers around the world with their Modern Data Protection. Veeam is protecting the data that is powering our global digital economy,” added Allan.

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Amber Donovan-Stevens

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