Veeam throws its support behind Microsoft Hyper-V

Veeam has been building solutions to enhance VMware's ESX hypervisor; now the company is ready to help Microsoft Hyper-V

Veeam was established in 2006 by a team of people previously involved with Aelita Software, a company known for its Microsoft Windows Server management solutions.  But since Veeam's founding, the company has been dedicated to and focused on providing a host of management tools to enhance VMware's virtualization offerings -- not Microsoft's.

Early on, Veeam received name recognition and became best known for its free Veeam FastSCP VMware ESX file management tool. Over time, the company created its now popular flagship product, Veeam Backup and Replication, which is an enterprise-ready solution that provides fast recovery for a VMware ESX server environment. The company created its business around extending VMware's virtualization platforms by offering a suite of products that involve reporting and monitoring, as well as a set of connectors to wrap VMware data into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and HP Software Operations Manager.

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But the company now appears ready to branch out by supporting Microsoft products.

According to the company, Veeam customers have been requesting support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 -- and that request seems to have been heard loud and clear. Veeam has already publicly announced its commitment to fully support Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform. Doing so will position Veeam's solutions as a set of heterogeneous hypervisor management tools.

"We have to support multiple hypervisors. We believe that VMware does not provide good tools to manage Microsoft environments and that Microsoft does not provide good tools for ESX," said Carrie Reber, VP of worldwide marketing at Veeam. "Our cross-platform strategy is to position our management tools between the two. The first product to support Hyper-V is Veeam Backup and Replication, which will be available during the last quarter of 2009 or the first quarter of 2010."

VMware may have the most mature hypervisor platform on the market right now, but one thing that gives them a clear edge over the competition is its strong third-party ISV ecosystem that has been built up around it over the years. So it will be very interesting to see what happens in this industry as more mature third-party software vendors like Veeam cross virtual lines in support of other hypervisor platforms like Hyper-V or XenServer. Veeam is starting out with Backup and Replication -- what or who will follow next?