Scale-Out, DR and Data Protection for Small to Medium Virtualization Users
With today’s announcement of a Veeam partnership, Scale Computing’s iconic scale-out primary storage solution takes on a whole new dimension. The joint solution gives Scale Computing customers access to one of the best and most widely used virtual infrastructure data protection and DR offerings – Veeam backup and replication.
The partnership itself looks great on paper: both companies target the already large and growing base of virtualization (primarily VMware and Microsoft) customers, and both are 100% focused on selling through the channel. Scale Computing provides hardware-based primary storage, while Veeam offers a complementary software-based data protection solution.
But the collaboration looks even better in practice. This partnership gives Scale Computing channel-driven access to thousands of Veeam backup and recovery customers, many of which will be looking to expand their storage capacity and/or performance to support a growing virtualized environment. On the flip side, Veeam will have an inside track at becoming the data protection provider of choice to Scale’s existing SMB customers, the majority of which are running VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V along with Scale Computing primary storage.
Most importantly, end users gain access to a well-rounded virtual infrastructure storage solution, including both primary and secondary storage functionality. This solution extends to disaster recovery as well, including VM-level replication to remote sites and failover control at a full VM level.
In my experience, not too many technology partnerships deliver a win-win-win scenario, but this one certainly does. Small to medium-sized virtualization users should take a closer look.
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