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How Veeam uses native snapshots as the first line of defense in backup and recovery


Since ransomware is pervasive and not a one-and-done occurrence, backup is core to any comprehensive security strategy, even in the cloud.

Veeam Software Inc. looks to provide a secure backup strategy as part of the remediative recovery component with snapshots acting as the first line of defense for low recovery point objectives, according to Sam Nicholls (pictured), director of product Marketing for global product marketing at Veeam.

“I would say the primary thing we want to look at is utilizing native snapshots as our first line of defense when it comes to backup and recovery,” Nicholls said. “Irrespective of what workload that might be, whether it’s a virtual machine, Amazon Web Services’ [elastic compute cloud] EC2, some sort of database on Amazon’s [relational database], a file share, so on.”

Nicholls spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Savannah Peterson and Paul Gillin at AWS re:Invent, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed how Veeam is revamping the cloud space with its backup and recovery strategy. (* Disclosure below.)

Ransomware protection should be a shared responsibility

A shift to the cloud does not mean shifting all the responsibilities to the cloud provider. Therefore, enterprises should adopt a shared-responsibility approach with the provider when it comes to ransomware protection, according to Nicholls.

“It is a shared responsibility between the cloud provider, in this case AWS and the user,” Nicholls said. “So as we transition these workloads across varying services — infrastructure, platform, software as a service — we’re always transitioning varying degrees of responsibility. But we always own our data, and it is our responsibility to protect and secure that data for the actual infrastructure components.”

Having established a reputation for its early tools designed for virtualization trailblazer VMware, Nicholls believes Veeam is positioning itself for a sail shift to the cloud with its backup and recovery strategy. This is because workloads are increasingly being transitioned from the data center into cloud-first environments.

“Obviously Veeam was pioneered in terms of being the purpose-built backup and recovery company for VMware,” Nicholls pointed out. “So it’s incredibly important that we were able to provide a purpose-built backup and recovery solution for workloads that live in AWS as well.”

Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of AWS re:Invent:

(* Disclosure: Veeam Software Inc. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Veeam nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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