Veeam is working with Cisco to offer what it calls the first native snapshot capability for Cisco's HyperFlex hyper-converged infrastructure offering.
Veeam, which develops data protection technology for physical, virtualised, and cloud environments, next month plans to release an update to its data protection software that provides direct native snapshots of data on HyperFlex appliances, said Andy Vandeveld, vice president of global alliances.
"With the integrated solution, there's no need to back up and then do snapshots from vSphere," Vandeveld told CRN USA. "We can do snaps direct, outside the production virtual machines. It's a more elegant solution to get the snapshots from storage and not from the hypervisor."
The new solution is targeted at Veeam partners who also work with Cisco UCS and Cisco HyperFlex, Vandeveld said. He was unable to specify how many of Veeam's 35,000 worldwide channel partners also worked with Cisco, but said they number in the thousands.
The new Veeam offering, while designed in conjunction with Cisco's developers, is designed as a meet-in-the-channel solution, which means channel partners do the actual integration of the two companies' products, Vandeveld said.
Veeam’s direct integration with Cisco HyperFlex will be available globally in the second quarter of the 2017 calendar year.
Nathan Steiner, head of systems engineering for ANZ at Veeam, told CRN Australia: "Maintaining availability across hybrid cloud, converged or hyperconverged environments is not easily achieved. This collaboration with Cisco demonstrates how Veeam will now operate deeper on the Cisco HyperFlex platform; meaning businesses can realise, not only the increased efficiency and adaptability benefits of Cisco HyperFlex and the computing power of Cisco UCS, but by integrating with Veeam, businesses can ensure that data remains available 24.7.365 across their hybrid-cloud environments.
"In a nutshell, we've infused all of the great qualities of Veeam Availability Suite into Cisco hardware, just lower down the stack."
Steiner said that with this it is possible to cut backup times in half, allowing businesses to run a backup at the most convenient time.