Veeam acquires Kubernetes specialist Kasten

Company says the takeover represents the natural next stage of its Kubernetes journey

Veeam has announced the acquisition of Kasten, a leading Kubernetes container backup and disaster recovery specialist, in a deal worth a reported $150 million.

Announcing the move, Veeam said the takeover comes at a time when businesses using containerised workloads continues to rise, with Gartner predicting that 75% of enterprises will be running containers in production by 2022.

The pair previously announced a collaboration back in May to deliver Kubernetes-native backup and Veeam CTO Danny Allan said this acquisition represents the natural next stage of the company's Kubernetes journey.

"Veeam's acquisition of Kasten is the next step in a strong partnership and shared sense of passion for delivering cloud data management," he commented. "It also represents a testament and critical milestone in our commitment to support our customers’ business transformation to future-ready architectures."

The acquisition will see Kasten’s K10 Data Management Platform integrated into its Veeam Backup & Replication and Cloud Data Management platforms – but it will also remain available as a standalone product for those that require it.

The application-centric, scalable platform protects Kubernetes containers in the cloud and on-premises, tackling dynamic apps with ease and offers quick and simple deployment. K10 also offers multi-cloud capability for flexibility and seamless movement, as well as support for popular relational and NoSQL databases.

"Longer term, as announced in our partnership earlier this year and like our other cloud-native solutions, you can expect to see capabilities like unified Veeam repositories with the all the value of data movement, tiering and management that comes with it," Allan said. 

"You can expect to see Kubernetes assets visible and integrated in the Veeam Cloud Data Management Platform. And you can continue to expect to see our continued focus on simplicity, flexibility and reliability.”

Post-purchase, Veeam confirmed that Kasten will continue to operate independently, forming a new business unit under Niraj Tolia, Kasten’s current CEO.

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"Our charter is to continue to invest in and build out the Kasten K10 platform," Tolia said in a blog post. "For our joint customers, we will deliver a single modern data management platform that will protect data across virtual machines, physical servers, SaaS applications, and now, containers. 

"For our Kubernetes-only customers, we will continue to provide the freedom of choice to run K10 wherever they are today and will be tomorrow."

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