Why Veeam’s Acquisition of Kasten Is Significant for Kubernetes

October 7, 2020 • Shannon Flynn

In May, data management company Veeam announced a partnership with Kasten, a leader in Kubernetes-native backup and recovery. Now, they’ve gone a step further and acquired Kasten entirely. Veeam’s Kubernetes services, and Kubernetes development as a whole, will likely see a marked improvement as a result.

Veeam has prided themselves on providing data management and backup tools across various workloads. As more of their clients in cloud development started adopting Kubernetes, it became clear they needed better support for that, too. This acquisition will enable them to provide the tools their Kubernetes-favoring clients need.

This news isn’t just significant for Veeam or Kasten, though. The joining of these platforms represents an important step forward for Kubernetes and those who use it.

Sustaining Increased Containerization

Veeam’s Kubernetes interest is indicative of the massive industry shift towards containerization. Gartner predicts that 75% of global organizations will be using containerized software by 2022, up from below 30% today. Veeam’s acquisition of Kasten will help them sustain this trend and push it further.

Container-based software development is growing, but it’ll need more versatile and reliable tools for it to skyrocket. Without the right platform to manage Kubernetes containers, especially in data recovery, its adoption will be much slower. The combined resources of Veeam and Kasten will help sustain these rising adoption rates.

Both Kasten and Veeam have an emphasis on flexibility, making widespread Kubernetes adoption even more viable. Kasten is a storage-agnostic platform, and Veeam supports various types of workloads. The combination of the two could bring scalable development tools to any Kybernetes-based operation.

Simplifying Operations for DevOps Development

Containerization isn’t the only growing trend that Veeam’s Kasten acquisition will help sustain and push forward. The resulting platform indicates a shift in the industry towards DevOps-centric tools, simplifying operations for DevOps teams. Kasten’s Kubernetes-native recovery tools will make Veeam’s automated data management system more suitable for DevOps adopters.

As of 2018, 72% of software developers had at least started adopting a DevOps approach to development. Like with containerization, all of these users need reliable tools to sustain their adoption and growth. The combination of both Veeam and Kasten’s systems in a single resource will provide just that.

Successful DevOps operations rely on consolidation and interoperability, which may have been a challenge in the past. Now that developers can access more of the tools they need in a single platform, their DevOps approach could work better. This acquisition simplifies the process, enabling faster and more effective DevOps.

Kubernetes Is Becoming More Versatile and Reliable

Veeam’s Kubernetes pursuit isn’t the first of its kind, as several other storage vendors have lately invested in Kubernetes. Procurements like these can make up 50% of a company’s spending, so this Kubernetes-centric trend is significant. With more software businesses incorporating Kubernetes support, these container systems are becoming more accessible than ever.

In September, Pure Storage acquired Portworx for $370 million, enabling support for mission-critical Kubernetes workloads. Similarly, Commvault revealed a Kubernetes-based storage interface, providing more protection for Kubernetes containers. As more companies turn their focus in this direction, Kubernetes development becomes easier, more versatile and more reliable.

No development project is the same, so every team has unique needs to fill. The growing variety of Kubernetes-native development tools means that developers pursuing containerization have more options than ever. As a result, finding the right platform to meet a team’s specific requirements is less of a struggle.

Kubernetes is still a relatively new resource, so it doesn’t have the same support as other options. Developments like Veeam’s acquisition of Kasten signify that this is changing. Kubernetes is moving into the mainstream. As a result, the tools that work with it are growing.

A New Age in Software Development

The world is in the middle of a transition in software development as containerization becomes the norm. Given the relative novelty of Kubernetes, it would be reasonable to assume this shift would take years, but that may not be the case. News like this suggests Kubernetes could become mainstream before long.

Kubernetes-based development is becoming more accessible, which will likely lead to even more Kubernetes-native tools. Containerization is no longer a risk for software development teams. It’s now as reliable and versatile as any other approach.

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