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Veeam adds Nutanix AHV support, expands Office 365 backup

Veeam Software has launched updates to its product line to increase platform support in recent weeks while continuing on a trajectory to becoming a $1 billion company by the end of the year.

Veeam said the second quarter of 2018 was its 40th in a row of double-digit bookings growth. Bookings grew 20% year-over-year and Veeam now claims 307,000 customers. Veeam executives point to alliance partners as a key to that growth.

Veeam product updates include support for the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) and a new version of Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

New for Nutanix

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV provides the same backup and recovery capabilities that the vendor offers for users of the VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. Those features include multiple restore options, ranging from recovery of an entire VM to individual files and application items. Backups are taken from Nutanix VM-level snapshots.

In addition, Veeam designed the web-based user interface to look and feel like the management UI for the Nutanix infrastructure stack.

Edwin Yuen, senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group, said he’s impressed with the “breadth and depth of Veeam’s capabilities.” If it has all the capabilities of the Hyper-V and vSphere backup, it will be comprehensive, he said, and valuable to have for protection.

“It was important for Veeam to have an AHV solution,” Yuen said. “It rounds it out for them.”

Veeam first announced its intention to support AHV in July 2017 at Nutanix’s .NEXT conference. The backup and recovery vendor originally said the support would be available by the end of last year.

The Availability for Nutanix AHV has been in beta throughout 2018, said Rick Vanover, director of product strategy at Veeam. While there wasn’t a problem, he said, the release a few weeks ago of the most recent Veeam updates to its Backup and Replication product “unlocked” the capability for the Nutanix support.

“We don’t want anyone to have a false sense of security with this product,” Vanover said.

Yuen said he doesn’t think there are concerns with the support coming out later than anticipated.

“It’s about getting it right,” Yuen said.

Several other data protection vendors have recently launched support for AHV, including Veritas, Commvault, Cohesity, Rubrik, Arcserve and Unitrends. HYCU sells software built specifically for Nutanix AHV backup.

General availability for Veeam’s Nutanix AHV product launched July 26.

Veeam updates Office 365 backup

The Veeam updates to its Backup for Microsoft Office 365 include data protection for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

That support was “a really important piece of the puzzle,” Vanover said.

The data protection for SharePoint includes backup for SharePoint Online and on-premises.

Version 2 of Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is available in one- to five-year annual subscriptions. Veeam recommends a three-year subscription, billed annually at $1.28 per user, per month.

More than 35,000 organizations have downloaded the Backup for Microsoft Office 365, representing 4.1 million mailboxes, according to Veeam.

Closing in on $1 billion

Veeam did not give a revenue figure for last quarter, but said the 20% year-over-year growth keeps it on track to hit $1 billion in annual bookings by the end of 2018. The vendor pointed to the cloud as its fastest growing segment with 64% year-over-year growth.

Vanover said product expansion and partnerships will help Veeam reach its bookings goal.

“The whole company is aware of this goal of reaching $1 billion,” Vanover said. “We’re definitely not going to do it with one product. And we’re definitely not going to do it alone.”

Veeam also revealed plans to add 300 positions in a new research and development office in Prague.

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