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Recently Veeam expanded on its existing cloud capabilities with the greatly anticipated release of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This release has produced an overarching portability solution, Veeam Cloud Mobility, which contains support for restoring to Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack as well as AWS. In this blog, we’ll cover the business challenge these restore capabilities solve, how businesses can use them, and the advantage of using Veeam’s features over comparable features in the market.

Workload portability and the cloud is still a challenge

As more and more businesses look to move their data and workloads to the cloud, they can encounter some challenges and constraints with their current backup solutions. Many backup solutions today require complex processes, expensive add-ons, or require that you perform manual conversions to convert workloads for cloud compatibility.

In fact, 47% of IT leaders are concerned that their cloud workloads are not as portable as intended1. The truth is, portability is absolutely key to unlocking all the benefits that the cloud has to offer, and in terms of hybrid-cloud capabilities — portability is critical. There has to be an easier way…

Workload mobility made easy with Veeam

With the latest release of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, Veeam has delivered a more comprehensive set of restore options with the NEW Veeam Cloud Mobility. Veeam Cloud Mobility builds on the existing Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure with new restore capabilities to Microsoft Azure Stack as well as AWS. Veeam Cloud Mobility allows users to take any on-premises, physical and cloud-based workloads and move them directly to AWS, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Stack. When I say “any workload,” I mean it! Whether a virtual machine is running on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Nutanix AHV, a physical server or an endpoint — anything that can be put into a Veeam repository can then be restored directly to the cloud. And the good news is these restore features are included in any edition of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4.

Now let’s go over some of the benefits:

Easy portability across the hybrid-cloud

As mentioned earlier, it is critical to have workload portability to get all the benefits that cloud has to offer no matter what stage of your cloud journey. Veeam Cloud Mobility overcomes many of the complexity and process challenges with the ease of use Veeam is known for. For customers looking to move workloads to the cloud, this is only a simple 2-step process:

 

  1. Register your cloud subscription with Veeam
  2. Restore ANY backup directly to the cloud

 

In addition to the simplicity of a 2-step process, with Veeam’s Direct Restore to AWS, there is a built-in UEFI to BIOS conversion which means there are no manual conversions needed to restore modern Windows workstations to the cloud. And, with the new Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure Stack feature, customers can get the added benefit of being able to move workloads from Microsoft Azure to Azure Stack. By doing so, unlocking the unlimited scalability and cost-efficiency of a true hybrid cloud model.

Enabling business continuity

Another primary benefit for businesses is that Veeam Cloud Mobility can be used for data recovery in emergency situations. For instance, if a site failure occurs, you will be able to easily restore your backed-up workloads, spinning them up as virtual machines in AWS, Azure and Azure Stack. Then as the smoke clears, you will be able to gain and provide access to the restored VMs. Unlike our Veeam Cloud Connect feature offered through our Veeam Cloud and Service Provider (VCSP) partners, Veeam Cloud Mobility is not considered a disaster recovery solution designed to meet strict RTOs or RPOs. Rather, this an efficient restore feature that gives you a simple, affordable game plan to gain eventual access to workloads should a disruption ever happen to your primary site.

Unlocking test and development in the cloud

Whether businesses need to test patches or applications, there is a big need for test and development. But many businesses find that conducting such tests locally puts a strain on their storage, compute and network. The cloud on the other hand is a ready-made testing paradise, where resources can be scaled up and down as needed on a dime. Veeam Cloud Mobility gives customers the ability to unlock the cloud for their test and development purposes, so they can conduct testing as frequently, quickly and affordably as needed without the constraints of a traditional infrastructure. 

Take away

Data portability is vital as part of an overall cloud strategy. With the NEW Veeam Cloud Mobility you can move ANY workload directly to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack to maintain the portability you need to leverage the power of the cloud. Whether for data portability, recovery needs or test and dev — Veeam Cloud Mobility helps make workload portability easy.

If you or your customer have not yet taken a free trial of Veeam, now is the perfect time to try Veeam Availability Suite for your cloud strategy!

 

Sources:

2017 Cloud User Survey, Frost & Sullivan

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