In a major milestone for Veritas, award-winning Backup Exec 16 was published today as a ready-to-install offering in the Azure Marketplace, Microsoft’s online store for public cloud system tools and applications. This is the first in a series of solutions that Veritas will make available on Microsoft’s public cloud, and aligns with Backup Exec’s expansion to cloud data protection. Customers benefit immediately from an inexpensive, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-operate solution to protect Azure cloud workloads. Together with Backup Exec’s proven success in on-premise business applications, organizations get a true single management interface for all data: whether virtual, physical or cloud.
Joining Azure Marketplace follows the recent announcement of a strategic relationship between Microsoft and Veritas. Over 30 years of collaboration between Backup Exec and Microsoft build a strong joint customer and partner value proposition founded on deep platform experience and strong reseller profitability.
Last November, Backup Exec 16 introduced direct access to Azure storage. With no additional license to purchase (Azure access is included in the core Backup Exec license as well as the Capacity, Capacity Lite and V-Ray Editions), organizations only pay for actual storage and retrievals. Add this to Backup Exec’s trusted unified data protection across virtual, physical and cloud (“One Backup to Rule them All”), and it represents a significant advantage over point product Veeam, which offers third-party service provider access at up to 30x greater cost than Backup Exec.
Microsoft offers a generous trial program that grants new users Azure credits to try out the service. Sign up for an Azure account today, deploy a DS2 General Purpose instance with persistent storage, and install the Backup Exec 16 Standard image, which includes a free 60-day license.