Veeam acquires Kasten for $150M

Veeam Software, a provider of backup solutions that deliver cloud data management, has acquired Kasten, a Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery company, in a cash and stock transaction valued at $150M.

Following the acquisition, Kasten will operate as a separate business unit within Veeam. That business unit will be led by Kasten founders, Niraj Tolia (pictured) and Vaibhav Kamra; Tolia will be its president and general manager, and Kamra its chief technology officer. All teams including sales, marketing, R&D, and customer service will stay intact to continue growing the business with increased investment in people and resources.

Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration platform that automates many of the manual processes involved in deploying, managing, and scaling containerised applications. 451 Research estimates that nearly three-quarters of organisations are currently using or planning to use Kubernetes within the next two years.

As such, Veeam is preparing for a future of data protection built around the Kubernetes system. With this new acquisition, Veeam will integrate Kasten into its cloud data management platform. This will ensure the company can continue to simplify data management for enterprises.

“With the acquisition of our partner Kasten, we are taking a very important next step to accommodate our customers’ shift to container adoption in order to protect Kubernetes-native workloads on-premises and across multi-cloud environments,” said Danny Allan, chief technology officer and senior vice president of product strategy at Veeam. “This significant milestone strengthens Veeam’s commitment to continue to deliver the industry’s leading Cloud Data Management platform that will support data protection for container-based applications built in Kubernetes environments.”

Niraj Tolia, chief executive officer at Kasten, added, “The enterprise landscape is shifting as applications rapidly transition from monoliths to containers and microservices. With Kubernetes at the core of this infrastructural shift, Kasten’s innovation in Kubernetes-native data management combined with Veeam’s expertise in Backup, both on-premises and in multi-cloud environments, will significantly advance the state of modern data management.”

Many enterprises are now developing applications using microservice-based architectures, having adopted a methodology known as DevOps. Containers are a critical component of this DevOps-led infrastructure and application modernisation, and Kubernetes has emerged as the dominant container orchestration platform. This has created a significant opportunity for a single data protection platform that includes virtual, physical, cloud and Kubernetes environments.

With the Kasten K10 Data Management Platform, Veeam will now be able to offer enterprise operations teams an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure system for Kubernetes backup and application mobility with operational simplicity.

Below: Illustration of a technical integration with Kasten; this shows the configuration in Kasten K10 to send data to the Veeam Platform.

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