Introducing TruScale Backup with Veeam: Lenovo’s New On-Premises Cloud Solution

Introducing TruScale Backup with Veeam: Lenovo's New On-Premises Cloud Solution

The News: Lenovo and Veeam have introduced TruScale Backup with Veeam, a scalable Backup as a Service solution that provides data protection and ransomware recovery. This service combines Lenovo ThinkSystem servers and storage with Veeam’s backup technology, offering a cloud-like experience on-premises. Read the announcement here.

Introducing TruScale Backup with Veeam: Lenovo’s New On-Premises Cloud Solution

Analyst Take: Lenovo has been making significant strides in the technology landscape, particularly with its TruScale platform. TruScale is Lenovo’s innovative approach to delivering cloud-like consumption models for on-premises infrastructure, effectively bridging the gap between traditional IT and the flexibility of the cloud. This model has gained considerable traction, especially in the artificial intelligence (AI) space, where scalability, flexibility, and cost efficiency are paramount.

The rise of AI applications has created an urgent need for infrastructure that can handle vast amounts of data and complex computations. Traditional IT infrastructures often struggle to meet these demands due to their rigidity and high upfront costs. Cloud services offer a solution, but they also come with concerns around data sovereignty, latency, and ongoing operational costs. Lenovo’s TruScale addresses these challenges by offering a consumption-based model for on-premises infrastructure, allowing businesses to scale their resources up or down as needed, just like they would with cloud services.

TruScale’s appeal lies in its ability to provide a seamless, cloud-like experience while maintaining the control and security of an on-premises environment. This is particularly beneficial for AI workloads, which require both high-performance computing and stringent data governance. By leveraging TruScale, businesses can deploy AI solutions more rapidly, optimize costs, and ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

What was Announced?

Lenovo and Veeam Software announced the launch of Lenovo TruScale Backup with Veeam at the VeeamON event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This new offering is a scalable Backup as a Service (BaaS) solution designed to provide data protection and ransomware recovery capabilities. The service combines Lenovo ThinkSystem servers and storage with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam ONE, and Lenovo TruScale services, delivering a cloud-like experience on-premises.

John Jester, Chief Revenue Officer at Veeam, emphasized the simplicity and reliability of this new solution, stating that it helps businesses reduce IT complexity and ensures that their data is protected and under their governance. The primary benefit of this service is its ability to offer on-demand scalability, allowing customers to adjust their infrastructure as their needs evolve without the need for significant upfront investments.

The announcement also highlighted the increasing demand for reliable backup and data recovery solutions in the face of growing IT complexity and cyber threats. The primary drivers for this adoption are the need to quickly expand storage capacity and accelerate storage deployment.

Lenovo TruScale Backup with Veeam is designed to address these needs by offering a highly reliable and scalable solution. It provides ransomware protection with immutability by default and allows customers to right-size their solutions with cloud-like economics. This ensures that businesses can efficiently protect their critical data and quickly restore it in the event of a cyberattack.

Additionally, the service supports the 3-2-1-1-0 best practice for data protection, enabling customers to create multiple copies of their backups at no additional cost. This helps organizations meet their desired Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and ensures zero errors in their backups. The solution also offers granular, self-service virtual machine (VM) and file recovery, further improving backup reliability.

Looking Ahead

The introduction of Lenovo TruScale Backup with Veeam provides Lenovo entrance into the BaaS market, directly competing with similar offerings from other major technology companies such as HPE’s GreenLake and Dell’s APEX.

HPE’s GreenLake and Dell’s APEX have been well received in the market for their ability to provide flexible, consumption-based models for a wide range of IT services. GreenLake, for instance, has been particularly successful in offering a comprehensive suite of services that include everything from compute and storage to advanced analytics and AI. Similarly, Dell’s APEX provides a broad array of as-a-service offerings, making it easier for businesses to manage their IT infrastructure and scale according to their needs.

Lenovo’s TruScale Backup with Veeam adds data protection and cyber resiliency to address security and reliability requirements, with scalable infrastructure to allow for seamless growth and adaptation. This new offering is likely to intensify competition in the backup-as-a-service market that is growing in interest as customers look to address their cybersecurity requirements with greater scalability and streamlined IT operations.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

With a focus on data security, protection, and management, Krista has a particular focus on how these strategies play out in multi-cloud environments. She brings approximately a decade of experience providing research and advisory services and creating thought leadership content, with a focus on IT infrastructure and data management and protection. Her vantage point spans technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her work has appeared in major publications including eWeek, TechTarget and The Register.

Prior to joining The Futurum Group, Krista led the data center practice for Evaluator Group and the data center practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research. She also created articles, product analyses, and blogs on all things storage and data protection and management for analyst firm Storage Switzerland and led market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Journalism with a minor in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.


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