Co-authored by: Gaurav Rishi, Kasten

At Veeam, we’ve been laser-focused on making backup and data management simple, flexible, and reliable across cloud, virtual, and physical workloads. We’ve been seeing our customer’s interest increase in Kubernetes as a critical piece of their cloud infrastructure, creating a new area around container-native data protection that they need help in addressing. To that end, we’re excited to share that we are partnering with Kasten, the leaders in backup solutions for containerized workloads. Kasten’s K10 Data Management Platform, purpose-built for Kubernetes, provides enterprise operations teams an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure system for Kubernetes backup and application mobility with unparalleled operational simplicity.

With this partnership spanning sales, marketing and technology, enterprises can continue to depend on us in ensuring business continuity and freedom of choice across their workloads with the most innovative and market-leading solutions that retain the ease-of-use and reliability that customers expect from Veeam. You can read more about this in this joint white paper.

Kubernetes on the rise

As container adoption and usage continues to explode, Kubernetes-native backup is one of the most critical challenges faced by Kubernetes operators today. Kubernetes, the fastest-growing infrastructure platform, is quickly becoming the foundation for all applications, no matter where they might be deployed. Its ubiquitous nature has it on track to be the next enterprise platform of choice, joining the ranks of Linux and vSphere. Further evidence of this market shift is the recent announcement from VMware with vSphere 7.0 that includes Kubernetes as a first-class citizen. Given the increased agility, portability, and reliability seen by development teams using Kubernetes, there has been a sudden influx of applications onto the platform including stateful applications such as databases and NoSQL systems.

Due to this rapid application growth and increased production deployments at scale, enterprises are now focused on “Day 2” production challenges such as data management, security, and observability. While Kubernetes takes away a lot of the pain of ensuring high availability and scalability of your application services, these benefits do not extend to your data, making data management of Kubernetes applications a critical priority.

Kubernetes-native backup needed

Kubernetes-based environments are fundamentally different from those based on earlier technologies and accordingly, require a different approach to backup, one that we describe as a Kubernetes-native backup. The table below highlights some of the key reasons why aKubernetes-nativebackup solution is critical. These reflect not only very significant technical shifts but also a move to a DevOps philosophy of operations.

What analysts are saying    

     “Nearly a decade ago, Veeam offered simple, reliable data protection for Virtual Machines environments when virtualization was emerging. Similarly, Kasten aims to address the protection and management requirements for containerized application resiliency. By partnering together, Veeam and Kasten seek to offer customers a simple, complete solution for protecting and managing data across cloud, physical, virtual and now Kubernetes-based workloads, addressing a growing need for enterprises.” – Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC

Kubernetes-native backup principles

Based on our joint customer experience and in light of the key considerations that warrant particular attention, we list the five best practices for Kubernetes backups.

The Veeam-Kasten partnership

Veeam and Kasten recognize the criticality of data protection and have rich experience in innovating and bringing the most simple, flexible, and reliable solutions to our customers. Additionally, the companies share a common philosophy and approach to addressing these concerns built with the customer’s freedom of choice at the heart of the solution. The foundational tenets of this approach are highlighted below. 

If you are looking to introduce or expand data protection to Kubernetes applications, Kasten K10 provides a very compelling software Kubernetes-Native backup solution that builds on the principles we highlighted above.

What customers are saying    

"We are excited to see Veeam and Kasten partnering today to deliver the leading Kubernetes-native backup solution. Given our use of Veeam to protect our critical business data and infrastructure and the increasing footprint of Kubernetes in our environment, this partnership will provide us with the flexibility to protect our applications and data, no matter what environment they are deployed in, and the ease-of-use to help scale our teams. Knowing that we have the right backup and disaster recovery infrastructure in place for both virtualized and cloud-native environments will allow our teams to move faster and with confidence.” - Markus Kretzer, Head of IT, Buhl Data Service

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