N2WS expands AWS backup service with OnTap and HANA targets


N2W Software program has included new abilities of its flagship N2WS Backup and Restoration program with version 4.1, adding aid for Amazon FSx for NetApp OnTap and SAP HANA, between other advancements.

The most recent release also further more enhances customers’ potential to shield and again up Microsoft Azure workloads by the very same console they use to defend their AWS workloads. New Azure abilities involve cross-region disaster restoration for Azure VMs and disks, as effectively as facts protection procedures for Azure SQL databases.

N2W Software program, or N2WS, was acquired and quickly offered by Veeam Software many many years ago reportedly due to U.S. authorities worries, an N2WS shopper. But the firm’s potential stays bright, stated Ezra Appeal, vice president of marketing for N2WS.

“You happen to be likely to get knocked down and you have to bounce again,” Allure stated. “In the previous couple several years, we’ve stayed concentrated on our mission. We don’t need to get acquired. We don’t have to have venture money funding.”

Company independence

N2WS was launched in 2012 as a backup and recovery vendor for AWS data. It produced its initial backup and recovery application products in 2013, providing it through the AWS market. The firm was acquired in 2018 by Veeam, which then turned about and offered it back again to N2WS co-founders Ohad Kritz and Uri Wolloch in 2019.

Acquisition separations of this kind aren’t unusual, explained Naveen Chhabra, a senior analyst at Forrester Investigate.

“The tech industry is total of tales in which the acquisition goes by means of with a a great deal bigger expectation of what the merged companies can essentially do, but it does not flip out [that way],” Chhabra said.

The two Veeam and N2WS have pursued govt consumers in their have techniques. Veeam has continued building out its Veeam Govt Options solution while N2WS just lately attained the AWS Govt Software Competency designation from the hyperscaler.

Veeam’s tried acquisition mirrors a comparable transfer by Druva, which acquired CloudRanger in 2018 for its indigenous AWS info defense technological know-how, Chhabra explained.

N2WS has a headcount of 65 employees around the globe and 3,000 consumers considering that the separation, in accordance to Charm. The firm’s program currently protects far more than 40 PB of archives.

Backup without the need of the SaaS

N2WS Backup and Restoration 4.1 adds support for immutability on backups saved in Amazon S3 and for administration instruments for Amazon Relational Database Service data backups.

Customers can also guard and recover Amazon Digital Private Cloud (VPC) entities and related companies, as well as the capability to clone VPC states to other AWS areas and accounts.

The addition of backups and recovery for Amazon FSx for NetApp OnTap complements other AWS file services currently shielded by N2WS, which include Amazon FSx for Home windows File Server and Amazon FSx for Lustre.

The software program is bought via the AWS marketplace as a every month subscription and priced primarily based on the number of supplemental options and volume of storage underneath defense by the software. The fundamental amount starts off at $199 a thirty day period for 2 tebibytes (TiB) of storage.

N2WS has no current programs to offer its backup program as a managed SaaS item, Allure claimed. Alternatively, the company wishes to steer clear of both of those consumer lock-in and the inconvenience of provider outages that may perhaps happen exterior the customer’s management.

The most immediate competitor to the products, in accordance to Charm, is Amazon’s very own AWS Backup support, which he said gives comparable abilities but lacks the automation and natural environment visibility offered by a third-get together instrument these types of as N2WS Backup and Recovery.

The potential to subscribe and unsubscribe from the support without having major seller lock-in or the decline of obtain to the backups is also a feature in N2WS’ favor, claimed Krista Macomber, a senior analyst at Evaluator Group.

“The far more an organization [buys] into the cloud product, the far more they’re hunting for that adaptability,” she mentioned. “There is the risk of repatriation. That tends to be a big challenge in the details defense place [when a customer] is on the lookout to transform vendors.”

Market place potential

Numerous backup businesses present a equivalent suite of products and solutions and solutions promising immutable backups, 30-second restoration periods and other functions, Chhabra mentioned.

“It looks like the backup markets are satisfied carrying out what they are undertaking,” he explained. “The capabilities are not increased. They are the very same.”

The potential of the sector and what will ultimately different effective backup and restoration suppliers from those that aren’t will be established by how the application assists an group make decisions through a cyber attack.

Recently, suppliers have been touting new AI tools to detect assaults in advance of they arise by monitoring variations in usage styles or irregular info transactions, but Chhabra explained individuals capabilities need to go further more. Instruments that can support organizations make superior conclusions at the second of assault, these types of as where and how to recover, are probably to develop into significantly essential and precious to consumers.

“There are so numerous final decision times that an business wants to look at,” Chhabra claimed. “How can individuals backup distributors assistance [during a ransomware attack]? No one has an remedy, and that’s worrisome.”

Tim McCarthy is a journalist residing on the North Shore of Massachusetts. He covers cloud and data storage information.