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Great news for Veeam's federal customers in Azure Government!

Jeff Reichard

by Jeff Reichard
Senior Director of Enterprise Strategy, Veeam

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure v2a became generally available on June 1, 2021. This release includes both version 2a of the Azure-hosted virtual appliance as well as the corresponding plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication v11. While v2a also includes bug fixes, the big news is that Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure now supports Microsoft Azure Government and is available for deployment from the Azure Government marketplace.

Now Azure Government users can unify Veeam for Azure backup and recovery with other cloud, virtual and physical workloads in Veeam Backup & Replication. The release offers cloud-native snapshot orchestration and backup for VMs running in Azure Government, with backups then automatically tiered to hot and cool Azure Blob tiers. Looking ahead to later this year, the next version of this product will also support tiering backups to Azure Archive Storage for even more cost-effective long-term retention. Those backups use Veeam's standard portable backup format, so they can be presented to Veeam Backup & Replication servers, allowing cloud-native data and workload backups to move back on-premises or cross-cloud for migration or disaster recovery as the mission demands.

With this release, Veeam's public sector customers can deploy cloud-native virtual Veeam backup appliances in Azure, Azure Government, AWS, AWS GovCloud, and GCP. Each of them allows admins to backup, recover and migrate data across any cloud, virtual or physical environment for seamless data protection, portability and management. Veeam Backup for Azure v2a continues Veeam's rapid cadence of cloud-native product releases, including nine separate releases in the past 18 months, each adding great new capabilities, with even more to come.

And our federal customers can also take advantage of Kasten by Veeam's industry leading K10 product for Kubernetes backup. Kasten has already been protecting and recovering containers across myriad federal and SLED customers, as well as systems integrators that serve the public sector community. And as CI/CD DevSecOps software development becomes more widespread through projects like the USAF's Platform One, development teams and mission owners will continue to seek out a reliable hardware-independent method to protect Kubernetes data. Kasten K10 meets that requirement on all leading Kubernetes platforms.

Best of all, these cloud-native capabilities are now available to federal customers through the newly announced Veeam Government Solutions (VGS) subsidiary of Veeam. Headquartered in Washington, DC, VGS is an autonomous US-based company dedicated to serving the mission needs of our federal customers. Serving the US federal government has always been important to us at Veeam. The launch of Veeam Government Solutions allows our federal customers and partners to work with an organization that is laser-focused on the needs and missions of federal agencies and service branches – while still leveraging the worldwide reach and technical leadership of Veeam.

We’re excited to bring Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure v2a to our mainstream customers, and you can easily deploy it today with the ability to backup up to 10 Azure VMs for FREE. And we are even more proud to help ensure that Azure-hosted data remains secure and protected within the Microsoft Azure Government cloud – a capability now delivered by Veeam Government Solutions as a mission-focused organization to serve US public service. Already a Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite customer? Your Veeam Universal License (VUL) gives you access to the features of Veeam Backup for Azure today.



ABOUT JEFF: Jeff Reichard is Senior Director of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam, where he focuses on risk, compliance, and partnerships. Jeff has 25 years of experience in data protection/availability, business continuity, and regulatory compliance solutions. His previous roles have ranged from designing SAN and data backup solutions to systems engineering and engineering leadership serving public sector and enterprise customers.  At Veeam, Jeff works with partners, customers and industry analysts to evangelize Veeam’s vision for cloud data management and digital transformation.