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Veeam, Microsoft unite for AI-based data protection
Thu, 14th Mar 2024

Veeam, a global leader in data protection and ransomware recovery, has revealed a five-year strategic collaboration with Microsoft. This partnership aims to create AI solutions for data backup and recovery, using Microsoft Copilot for AI-empowered automated data analysis and insights. This union serves as a significant advance for data backup and recovery, illustrating how these services are entering the AI domain.

The partnership will yield co-selling of the recently unveiled Veeam Data Cloud for Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, building off the current #1 data protection solution used by over 18 million Microsoft 365 users. The partnership entails a multi-year endeavour to develop capabilities to equip companies against increasing cybersecurity attacks, outages, and natural disaster threats.

Anand Eswaran, CEO at Veeam, shared his insights on this new venture: "Organisations are driving transformation through investments in cloud computing and adoption of software-as-a-service. Veeam’s solution for Microsoft 365 data protection provides the fastest data restores available. Extending our partnership with Microsoft brings the benefits of Veeam technology – in both data protection and ransomware recovery – to even more customers using Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure."

Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Microsoft, also commented on the collaboration: "Together with Veeam, we are already helping millions of users fully protect their business data across Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure. I am pleased to build on our collaboration by combining Microsoft’s copilot and Azure with Veeam’s data protection solutions to help our customers back up, protect, and recover their data estate better and faster than ever before."

This partnership will extend across various areas, such as joint development work to incorporate more AI capabilities into Veeam backup and recovery products, integrating Microsoft Copilot for automated data analysis, accelerating on-premises customer migration to the Veeam Data Cloud hosted on Azure, and supporting customer migration as well as protection of Azure Kubernetes Services with Kasten by Veeam. Furthermore, the partners will jointly market Veeam's data protection and recovery capabilities for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure customers.

Veeam provides broad capabilities to help protect and recover Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure data. The company promises secure protection of critical Microsoft 365 apps against cyberthreats, quick data restoration, unified protection of Microsoft-hosted data under a single web console, lower TCO thanks to storing compressed backups on economical Azure Blob storage and other significant benefits.

The Veeam Data Cloud, based on Microsoft Azure, brings a reliable backup-as-a-service (BaaS) for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure. This service incorporates impressive data protection and security technology in a user-friendly interface, enabling radical resilience and robust data protection and recovery.