Veritas, Microsoft Combine for Hybrid Storage in Azure Cloud

Built on the long relationship between the two companies, the deal includes collaboration tools to jointly sell hybrid cloud storage solutions to mutual customers.

On the one-year anniversary of its split-up from a 10-year, often uncomfortable relationship with Symantec, Veritas Technologies on Feb. 22 announced a multi-year strategic global partnership with Microsoft Corp. to convince enterprises to use Microsoft Azure for hosting hybrid cloud environments.

Oh, and Veritas wants to make it known that its own Enterprise storage management and governance service is also hosted on Azure.  

The partnership, built on the longstanding relationship between the two companies, includes collaboration tools to jointly sell hybrid cloud storage solutions to mutual customers.

Hybrid cloud storage packages like this one are designed for customers to take advantage of the cloud to reduce storage costs, increase data management agility and to extract greater value from their data. Business data, once stored in the cloud, can be processed to find answers through a whole suite of Azure cloud services, including advanced analytics and machine learning.

As part of the partnership, Veritas NetBackup 8.0, the company's flagship data protection solution for enterprises, now provides storage tiering in Azure, which improves data lifecycle management by optimizing the movement of data. This lowers costs for enterprises and provides increased operational benefits of Azure while reducing the need to deploy additional storage with a separate point product, Veritas said.

For small and midsized businesses, Veritas Backup Exec 16 now supports the movement of backup data to Azure, reducing time and costs and improving resource savings.  

Enterprise on Azure provides policy-based information retention to streamline e-discovery and helps Office 365 subscribers quickly find archived information when they need it. Enterprise will continue to deliver advanced productivity and compliance functionality, Veritas said.

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