Veeam Software, a pioneering provider of data center availability solutions, has announced Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure – available for preview as a FREE, pre-configured Azure appliance in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Available now, this new solution would enable users to take on-premises workloads and restore or migrate them to the cloud using an automated physical-to-virtual or virtual-to-virtual conversion process.
With Direct Restore to Azure users would be able to quickly restore Windows-based VMs, physical servers or endpoints to Microsoft Azure to minimize business disruption. The new feature also enables users to execute planned workload migrations from on-site to the cloud to reduce on-site resource constraints. Azure-based test environments can “easily” be created for testing backup reliability as well as for patches and critical updates to mitigate risks associated with application deployment.
“The flexible, scalable and cost-effective nature of the hybrid cloud is becoming more compelling to IT administrators, and Azure continues to seize strong market penetration and momentum,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam Software. “Direct Restore extends current investments in Veeam Availability solutions for our users and also enables them to fully utilize the power of the cloud. Veeam Software provides IT administrators with the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft Azure and the availability and data management expertise.”
Veeam already enables organizations to store backups in Azure with Veeam Cloud Connect (VCC) for the Enterprise (VCC-E), which is also available in the Azure Marketplace. Customers can instantly provision cloud backup repositories and automatically move on-premises backup archives to Microsoft Azure. This combination of Microsoft and Veeam would provide enterprise customers with “cost-effective” Azure storage plus the granular recovery capabilities of Veeam.
The ability to restore backups directly means that users can utilize Microsoft Azure as an on-demand cloud data center for disaster recovery (DR). Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure would enable organizations to take full advantage of the Azure cloud platform as they transform their data center to enable the ‘Always-On Enterprise.’
“Cloud already plays a key role in enabling the modern data center,” said Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure at Microsoft. “Through the combination of Veeam and Microsoft Azure, IT can now use Veeam to migrate or restore on-premises data to our cloud and take advantage of the unparalleled scalability, reliability and robustness of Azure. Together, we’re ensuring that our customers’ data is always available.”
This new feature is designed for customers to restore Veeam backups created by Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, and Veeam Backup Free Edition to Azure (IaaS). Available now, this new feature will also be integrated into future versions of Veeam Backup & Replication.