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Veeam’s Kasten V7.0: Boosting Cyber Resilience and Innovation

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Veeam enhances Kubernetes-native data protection with Kasten V7.0, expanding VM and cloud-native support for Red Hat OpenShift and Microsoft environments and boosting security capabilities to enhance ransomware protection, including industry-first FIPS compliance.

Veeam® Software, the #1 leader by market share in Data Protection and Ransomware Recovery, announced the release of the new Veeam Kasten for Kubernetes V7.0 during Red Hat Summit 2024. With more than 30 new features and enhancements, this milestone version from Veeam, the leading Kubernetes data protection solutions provider, delivers rigorous, standard-compliant security measures, including Federal Information Protection Standard (FIPS) for federal sector environments. This brings enhanced ransomware protection, including integrations with Microsoft Sentinel, and broadens enterprise integration opportunities for large-scale Kubernetes application platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift.

Container usage continues to rise, with 59% of enterprises running containers in production and another 37% rolling them out or planning to do so. Addressing the market need for robust container security alongside expanded Kubernetes deployments, Veeam Kasten V7.0 delivers cyber resilience and enterprise-focused innovation to help customers efficiently protect and secure their applications and data. These capabilities are critical to enabling organizations’ application modernizations and migrations away from traditional on-premises virtual machines (VMs), particularly through Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization, even if they aren’t ready to fully refactor their applications. This release notably strengthens Veeam’s collaborations with Red Hat and Microsoft, further broadening the solution’s capabilities.

“Veeam continues to set the standard in Kubernetes data protection and is trusted by the world’s largest organizations,” said Gaurav Rishi, vice president of Product Management at Veeam. “Veeam Kasten delivers purpose-built and secure Kubernetes native data protection and application mobility at scale across various distributions and platforms. Proven to recover entire applications quickly and reliably and with its core tenet of simplicity, Veeam Kasten gives operations and application teams confidence in their cyber resilience and the ability to protect and scale their cloud-native applications more efficiently.” 

New key features and enhancements introduced in Veeam Kasten V7.0 include:

  • Cyber Resilience:
    • Veeam Kasten is the first Kubernetes-native data protection solution that supports FIPS-enabled clusters. In addition to Kasten’s availability on Iron Bank and published Secure Bill Of Materials (SBOM), FIPS 140-3 compliant support ensures rigorous compliance standards for federal and public sector environments.
    • Expanded ransomware protection with Azure Blob immutability, RestorePoint visibility, and integration with Azure Sentinel offers enhanced security capabilities.
    • Secure authentication, including automatic token generation in Red Hat OpenShift environments and OIDC security enhancements. 
  • Enterprise Solutions:
    • Improved VM and cloud-native backups, enabling efficient protection for varied workload types on Kubernetes.
    • Enhanced support for Red Hat OpenShift image streams, container image protection, and space-efficient CephFS snapshots as shallow read-only storage volumes, catering to enterprise-grade Kubernetes environments.
    • Disaster recovery (DR) performance enhancements and automated Veeam Backup & Replication Instant Recovery migration for accelerated recovery operations.
    • Expanded installation options with new support for Azure Container Marketplace.

Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization allows IT teams to simplify management and improve time to production by keeping existing workloads running on VMs side-by-side with containers across their full Red Hat OpenShift environment,” said Steve Gordon, senior director, Product Management for Hybrid Cloud Platforms at Red Hat.  “We are excited to accelerate our  long-standing relationship with Veeam to further enhance support for VMs on OpenShift, enabling our joint users to more easily implement data protection measures at scale, irrespective of how they choose to run it today or in the future.”

With its focus on cyber resilience and addressing enterprise-scale requirements, Veeam Kasten V7.0 ensures rigorous, standard-compliant security and protection against ransomware threats. Furthermore, integrating with leading cloud-native platforms enhances the solution’s versatility and ease of use in complex environments.

Also Read: What’s Next for Cybersecurity? An Industry Insider’s Look

“As Kubernetes adoption accelerates, there is an increased demand for robust container security accompanying expanded Kubernetes deployments,” said Joep Piscaer, an analyst at TLA Tech and GigaOM. “Veeam Kasten V7.0 provides customers with a rigorous, standards-compliant security environment, enhances ransomware protection, and broadens enterprise integrations with support for large-scale Kubernetes environments. Their focus on scalability will also make it an ideal vendor choice for any enterprise.”

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