Veeam Acquires Kasten for $150 Million to Expand Protection of Kubernetes-Native Workloads

Veeam Software, a provider of a backup and data management platform for cloud, virtual, and physical environments, has acquired Kasten, a provider of Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery technology, in a cash and stock transaction valued at $150 million.

With this new acquisition, Veeam will integrate Kasten into the Veeam Cloud Data Management platform for data protection and simplify data management for enterprises.

According to Veeam, as applications using microservice-based architectures have increased in the enterprise, the shift has spurred the application development methodology known as "DevOps." Containers are a critical component of this DevOps-led infrastructure and application modernization, and Kubernetes has emerged as the dominant container orchestration platform—creating an opportunity for a single data protection platform that includes virtual, physical, cloud, and Kubernetes environments.

With the Kasten K10 Data Management Platform, Veeam will now be able to offer enterprise operations teams a scalable and secure system for Kubernetes backup and application mobility with operational simplicity.

“Veeam was built on offering the best data protection for virtual and modern data infrastructures, and we have continued to expand our offerings to include industry-leading protection for physical and cloud environments,” said Danny Allan, chief technology officer and senior vice president of product strategy at Veeam. “With the acquisition of our partner Kasten, we are taking a very important next step to accommodate our customers’ shift to container adoption in order to protect Kubernetes-native workloads on-premises and across multi-cloud environments. This significant milestone strengthens Veeam’s commitment to continue to deliver the industry’s leading Cloud Data Management platform that will support data protection for container-based applications built in Kubernetes environments.”

While the Kasten K10 platform will continue to be available independently, it will also be integrated into Veeam Backup & Replication to offer a comprehensive data management solution. With Kasten’s protection of container workloads and Veeam support for virtual machines, physical servers, SaaS applications, and cloud workloads, Veeam says its technology will provide all organizations with a single platform for modern data protection.

Kasten will operate as a separate Kubernetes business unit within Veeam. Kasten’s founders, Niraj Tolia and Vaibhav Kamra, will lead the business unit—Tolia as its president and general manager, and Kamra as chief technology officer, Kubernetes BU. All teams—including sales, marketing, R&D, and customer service—will stay intact to continue growing the business with increased investment in people and resources.

Veeam’s commitment to the Kubernetes community will also continue through the contribution to open source and other community projects that Kasten has supported, including the Kubernetes Storage Special Interest Group and the Data Protection Working Group in Kubernetes, which aim to improve storage operations and promote data protection support for the Kubernetes user base. Additionally, Veeam will continue to support Kanister, Kasten’s open source project that extends support for and execution of data management tasks in Kubernetes, and the development of kopia, a fast and secure open-source tool to manage backups.

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