On October 5, 2023, Veeam Software, a leading company in data protection and ransomware recovery solutions, unveiled two new Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) products under the brand name Cirrus by Veeam. These offerings are designed for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure users, blending Veeam’s reliable backup and restore services with a user-friendly BaaS model. The company aims to introduce an enhanced version of these services in Q1 2024, which can be acquired through Veeam service providers, the Microsoft Azure marketplace, and Veeam’s online store. The new Cirrus by Veeam BaaS products promise to streamline data restoration and disaster recovery for businesses, ensuring they can quickly and efficiently regain access to critical data in the event of a ransomware attack or other disasters. This development further strengthens Veeam’s position in the data protection market, meeting the increasing demand for secure and easy-to-use backup solutions as cyber threats continue to evolve and businesses rely ever more heavily on cloud-based platforms.
Veeam’s BaaS for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure
According to Danny Allan, Veeam’s CTO, “450,000 customers rely on Veeam for safeguarding their business and ensuring continuous operations, making us the top global provider of data protection and ransomware recovery. We are now extending this trust to our services for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure users, in the form of BaaS.” With BaaS, Veeam aims to provide a seamless backup and recovery solution for these users, ensuring their data remains secure and easily accessible in case of any unforeseen situations. This expansion further solidifies Veeam’s commitment to offering reliable data protection across diverse platforms and bolstering users’ confidence in their services.
The Growing Market for Data Protection as-a-Service
IDC’s research vice president, Phil Goodwin, highlighted that the as-a-service model for data protection products delivered via the cloud is becoming increasingly popular. The data protection as-a-service market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 19.2%, reaching a valuation of $21.4 billion by 2026. This growth can be attributed to the rising demand for cost-effective and scalable data protection solutions among businesses of all sizes. Additionally, the increasing awareness of data security and the need for compliance with data protection regulations are driving more organizations to adopt and invest in cloud-based data protection services.
User-friendly Interface and Seamless Integration
“The user-friendly interface and straightforward setup process of Cirrus by Veeam are key factors behind our decision to choose it for backing up our Microsoft 365 data,” said Malcolm Plant, Group Cloud & Infrastructure Architect at Webjet Limited. “We appreciate that Cirrus is a product of Veeam’s expertise and is available in a SaaS format.” This makes it convenient for our team to manage and utilize the platform without additional installations or complex configurations. Furthermore, the seamless integration of Cirrus with our existing Microsoft 365 infrastructure ensures a comprehensive and secure backup solution that meets our organization’s requirements.
Acquisition of Cirrus from CT4
Veeam has acquired Cirrus from CT4, the company that developed this cloud-native service on top of Veeam’s renowned data backup and ransomware recovery platform. This acquisition demonstrates Veeam’s commitment to enhancing its cloud offerings and providing customers with comprehensive data protection solutions. With the integration of Cirrus, Veeam users can benefit from advanced capabilities such as seamless data migration, secure file sharing, and real-time monitoring, strengthening their defenses against ransomware attacks and potential data loss.
Cirrus for Microsoft 365 and Cumulus for Microsoft 365
Customers can choose from two options: Cirrus for Microsoft 365, an extension of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 delivered as a service with features including a comprehensive cloud service, customizable backup, flexible recovery choices, and advanced search options, all offered at all-inclusive prices; and Cumulus for Microsoft 365, a more robust solution that provides additional benefits such as enhanced data protection, advanced analytics, seamless integration with existing IT infrastructure, and expert customer support for a comprehensive and tailored backup experience. Both Cirrus and Cumulus ensure secure, reliable, and easily accessible data backup and recovery solutions to cater to the diverse needs of businesses, helping them achieve peace of mind knowing their critical data in Microsoft 365 is protected.
Cirrus Cloud Protect for Microsoft Azure
Cirrus Cloud Protect for Microsoft Azure focuses on protecting data hosted in Azure, providing users with a robust backup and recovery solution that is pre-configured and hosted. The Cirrus Cloud Protect solution ensures that businesses can maintain continuity and data integrity, even in the face of potential cyber threats or physical disasters that may impact their Azure environment. By leveraging this pre-configured backup and recovery solution, organizations can experience much-needed peace of mind knowing that their critical data assets hosted on Microsoft Azure are well-protected and easily recoverable.
Availability on Azure Marketplace and Distribution Channels
Cirrus by Veeam will be available on Azure Marketplace and through existing distribution channels. This strategic move aims to provide greater accessibility and convenience to customers who are already utilizing Azure marketplace for their software needs. By leveraging the existing distribution channels, Veeam ensures a seamless integration and enhanced user experience for their Cirrus solution.
Upcoming Integrated Veeam BaaS Solution
Additionally, an integrated Veeam BaaS solution is slated for release in early 2024. This upcoming solution aims to provide businesses with seamless data protection services, ensuring a secure and efficient backup process. By incorporating advanced features and user-friendly interfaces, Veeam BaaS has the potential to revolutionize the way organizations manage their data backup and recovery operations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cirrus by Veeam?
Cirrus by Veeam is a Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) offering designed for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure users, providing reliable backup and restore services with a user-friendly model. The introduction of these BaaS products aims to streamline data restoration and disaster recovery for businesses, ensuring quick and efficient access to critical data in case of ransomware attacks or other disasters.
What are the main features of Cirrus for Microsoft 365?
Cirrus for Microsoft 365 offers a comprehensive cloud service, customizable backup, flexible recovery choices, and advanced search options, all at all-inclusive prices. It is an extension of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 delivered as a service.
What is the difference between Cirrus for Microsoft 365 and Cumulus for Microsoft 365?
Both Cirrus and Cumulus provide reliable and easily accessible data backup and recovery solutions. However, Cumulus for Microsoft 365 offers additional benefits such as enhanced data protection, advanced analytics, seamless integration with existing IT infrastructure, and expert customer support for a more comprehensive and tailored backup experience.
What is Cirrus Cloud Protect for Microsoft Azure?
Cirrus Cloud Protect for Microsoft Azure is a pre-configured and hosted backup and recovery solution focused on protecting data hosted in Azure. It ensures that businesses can maintain continuity and data integrity, even in the face of potential cyber threats or physical disasters that may impact their Azure environment.
How can I acquire Cirrus by Veeam?
Cirrus by Veeam can be acquired through Veeam service providers, the Microsoft Azure marketplace, and Veeam’s online store. It will also be available in an enhanced version in early 2024.
What is the expected growth of the data protection as-a-service market?
The data protection as-a-service market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.2%, reaching a valuation of $21.4 billion by 2026. This growth is driven by the increasing demand for cost-effective, scalable data protection solutions and an awareness of data security and compliance with data protection regulations.