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Veeam acquisition of N2WS enhances cloud protection

Eight months after investing in N2WS, Veeam Software today said it acquired the cloud data protection company for $42.5 million.

The all-cash Veeam acquisition is the backup and recovery vendor’s first in 10 years. N2WS provides cloud-native, enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS) through its Cloud Protection Manager.

N2WS was founded in 2012 and released its first product in 2013. It will operate as a stand-alone business, keeping its brand name and becoming “A Veeam Company” while selling Cloud Protection Manager.

Veeam disclosed its investment in N2WS in May 2017, and began selling N2WS technology through an OEM deal as part of Veeam Availability for AWS. Peter McKay, Veeam co-CEO and president, said the investment and partnership allowed his company to monitor the N2WS business, use its technology and accelerate Veeam’s AWS capabilities.

Cloud Protection Manager is built specifically for AWS and automates backup and recovery for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances. It is available in the AWS Marketplace.

“Technology wise, it’s a good addition to the portfolio,” McKay said.

Cloud-native data protection is seeing high growth, said Phil Goodwin, research director of storage systems and software at IDC.

“This puts them square in the middle of that marketplace,” Goodwin said.

The challenge with a company specifically targeted for AWS data protection is that organizations are going to have workloads in multiple clouds and on premises.

“I think they intend to address it,” Goodwin said of Veeam’s answer to the challenge.

The sky’s the limit

Both companies reported significant growth in the last year. N2WS grew revenue by 102% in 2017. Veeam hit $827 million in total bookings revenue in 2017, an increase of 36% year over year, and claims more than 282,000 customers.

Veeam's Peter McKayPeter McKay

Veeam was founded in 2006 as a virtual backup company, but has since added physical and cloud protection.

Investing in and then buying N2WS helped alleviate any concerns with the Veeam acquisition, McKay said. N2WS, which was privately held before the acquisition, now has more than 1,000 customers.

“I think we’ve de-risked it quite a bit,” McKay said.

Veeam’s investment helped N2WS build up its team last year. The company had seven employees at the beginning of 2017 and now has 42, N2WS CEO Jason Judge said.

Veeam funded N2WS through a round led by Insight Venture Partners, which is a large investor in Veeam. The companies did not disclose the amount invested in N2WS.

As part of the Veeam acquisition:

  • Veeam will have access to N2WS technology and research and development to integrate data protection for AWS workloads into the Veeam Availability Platform.
  • N2WS will have access to Veeam’s research and development and its alliances and partners, including nearly 55,000 resellers and 18,000 Veeam Cloud & Service Providers. 
  • Current Veeam customers will receive special offers and incentives for Cloud Protection Manager from N2WS.

The R&D teams will be working together on bigger things.
Ezra Charmvice president of marketing, N2WS

“The R&D teams will be working together on bigger things,” said Ezra Charm, N2WS vice president of marketing.

There is some overlap in customers, but N2WS is focused solely on AWS protection, Charm said. He said the deal presents an opportunity for N2WS to sell to Veeam customers who don’t know the company and those who don’t yet use AWS.

“We have a lot more resources available to us as part of Veeam,” and can accelerate development, Charm said.

Lofty goals for Veeam and N2WS

The typical backup and recovery customer is evolving to think more cloud-first, McKay said.

The acquisition helps Veeam as its cloud business and enterprise base are both growing. Veeam reported a year-over-year increase of 57% in cloud bookings for the fourth quarter. The vendor attained a 62% year-over-year increase in large enterprise deals, and reached 500% annual growth for deals over $1 million, according to its latest revenue report.

McKay said in 2017 that he didn’t feel acquisitions were needed for Veeam revenue to hit $1.5 billion by 2020. But the Veeam acquisition only helps the revenue goals, which now include a push to get to $2.2 billion by 2022, McKay said.

Veeam last acquired a company in 2008, when it bought privately held Nworks, a creator of enterprise management connectors.

McKay said there was a time when Veeam was possibly growing too fast, and a lot of employees were stretched trying to do too much. In the last 18 months, though, the company has added employees from outside and developed teams internally. The company has 3,100 employees and will likely add 700 in the next year, including 230 in research and development, McKay said.

N2WS plans to add employees as well, across its three offices: its headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla.; its research and development center in Haifa, Israel; and its new office in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Veeam acquisition closed at the end of 2017. Judge will continue to lead N2WS as its CEO and all teams including sales, marketing, research and development, and customer service will stay intact, according to Veeam.

N2WS and Veeam are well-positioned to take advantage of the growing infrastructure-as-a-service market, Charm said.

“It’s really the new hotness in IT,” Charm said. “It’s changing the way people are talking about IT and infrastructure.”

For Sale – Random bits for sale…SSD, Netgear Routers, Blu-ray Drive

After a clean out I have the following used items for sale, all will be posted recorded delivery and all have been tested as working:

– LG Desktop Blu-ray reader, multi DVD recorder Model GGC-H20L, Black, drive only – £25 delivered

– OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD, drive only in original packaging – £25 delivered

– Netgear WGR614 v9 with power, cat 5e & phone cables, factory reset fully working – £10 delivered

– Netgear DG834G router with power, cat 5e & phone cables plus plastic stand legs and adsl filter. On firmware v5.01.16 DG Team Rev.1018 – £10 delivered

Logitech C370 3mp Webcam, used but excellent condition (just camera and usb lead) – £12.50 delivered

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For Sale – Random bits for sale…SSD, Netgear Routers, Blu-ray Drive

After a clean out I have the following used items for sale, all will be posted recorded delivery and all have been tested as working:

– LG Desktop Blu-ray reader, multi DVD recorder Model GGC-H20L, Black, drive only – £25 delivered

– OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD, drive only in original packaging – £25 delivered

– Netgear WGR614 v9 with power, cat 5e & phone cables, factory reset fully working – £10 delivered

– Netgear DG834G router with power, cat 5e & phone cables plus plastic stand legs and adsl filter. On firmware v5.01.16 DG Team Rev.1018 – £10 delivered

Logitech C370 3mp Webcam, used but excellent condition (just camera and usb lead) – £12.50 delivered

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For Sale – Apple Mac mini “Core i5” 2.5 (Late 2012)

Have my Mac mini for sale.

It’s been well looked after and would say in very good condition and hardly used nowadays.

Last year machine was upgraded with a 250gb ssd and would say runs better now than when I first got it.

Core i5
4gb DDR3 ram
250gb ssd
Intel HD graphics

Currently updating os to high Sierra.

Just been using for Kodi recently as has a work laptop now so I’m sure someone can find better use for it.
Comes with power lead.

2ND MAC MINI NOTE AVAILABLE.

Price and currency: £390.00
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Wanted – i5/i7 Dell

I’m after a new laptop. The minimum spec I’m after is as follows:

– 13″ Screen
– i5 8th gen
– 8gb RAM DDR4
– 256 SSD (preferably PCIe)
– W10

Location: Stoke

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For Sale – Apple Mac mini “Core i5” 2.5 (Late 2012)

Have my Mac mini for sale.

It’s been well looked after and would say in very good condition and hardly used nowadays.

Last year machine was upgraded with a 250gb ssd and would say runs better now than when I first got it.

Core i5
4gb DDR3 ram
250gb ssd
Intel HD graphics

Currently updating os to high Sierra.

Just been using for Kodi recently as has a work laptop now so I’m sure someone can find better use for it.
Comes with power lead.

2ND MAC MINI NOTE AVAILABLE.

Price and currency: £390.00
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For Sale – Apple Mac mini “Core i5” 2.5 (Late 2012)

Have my Mac mini for sale.

It’s been well looked after and would say in very good condition and hardly used nowadays.

Last year machine was upgraded with a 250gb ssd and would say runs better now than when I first got it.

Core i5
4gb DDR3 ram
250gb ssd
Intel HD graphics

Currently updating os to high Sierra.

Just been using for Kodi recently as has a work laptop now so I’m sure someone can find better use for it.
Comes with power lead.

2ND MAC MINI NOTE AVAILABLE.

Price and currency: £390.00
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For Sale – Apple Mac mini “Core i5” 2.5 (Late 2012)

Have my Mac mini for sale.

It’s been well looked after and would say in very good condition and hardly used nowadays.

Last year machine was upgraded with a 250gb ssd and would say runs better now than when I first got it.

Core i5
4gb DDR3 ram
250gb ssd
Intel HD graphics

Currently updating os to high Sierra.

Just been using for Kodi recently as has a work laptop now so I’m sure someone can find better use for it.
Comes with power lead.

2ND MAC MINI NOTE AVAILABLE.

Price and currency: £390.00
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Payment method: BT / PP
Location: Dagenham, Essex
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Meltdown and Spectre bugs dominate January Patch Tuesday

Administrators have their work cut out for them on multiple fronts after a serious security flaw surfaced that affects most operating systems and devices.

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities encompass most modern CPUs — from Intel-based server systems to ARM processors in mobile phones — that could allow an attacker to pull sensitive data from memory. Microsoft mitigated the flaws with several out-of-band patches last week, which have been folded into the January Patch Tuesday cumulative updates. Full protection from the exploits will require a more concerted effort from administrators, however.

Researchers only recently discovered the flaws that have existed for approximately 20 years. The Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) exploits target the CPU’s pre-fetch functionality that anticipates the feature or code the user might use, which puts relevant data and instructions into memory. A CPU exploit written in JavaScript from a malicious website could pull sensitive information from the memory of an unpatched system.

“You could leak cookies, session keys, credentials — information like that,” said Jimmy Graham, director of product management for Qualys Inc., based in Redwood City, Calif.

In other January Patch Tuesday releases, Microsoft updated the Edge and Internet Explorer browsers to reduce the threat from Meltdown and Spectre attacks. Aside from these CPU-related fixes, Microsoft issued patches for 56 other vulnerabilities with 16 rated as critical, including a zero-day exploit in Microsoft Office (CVE-2018-0802).

Microsoft’s attempt to address the CPU exploits had an adverse effect on some AMD systems, which could not boot after IT applied the patches. This issue prompted the company to pull those fixes until it produces a more reliable update.

Most major cloud providers claim they have closed this security gap, but administrators of on-premises systems will have to complete several deployment stages to fully protect their systems.

“This is a nasty one,” said Harjit Dhaliwal, a senior systems administrator in the higher education sector who handles patching for his environment. “This is not one of your normal vulnerabilities where you just have a patch and you’re done. Fixing this involves a Microsoft patch, registry entries and firmware updates.”

Administrators must ensure they have updated their anti-virus product so  it has the proper registry setting otherwise they cannot apply the Meltdown and Spectre patches. Windows Server systems require a separate registry change to enable the protections from Microsoft’s Meltdown and Spectre patches. The IT staff must identify the devices under their purview and collect that information to gather any firmware updates from the vendor. Firmware updates will correct two exploits related to Spectre. Microsoft plugged the Meltdown vulnerability with code changes to the kernel.

Dhaliwal manages approximately 5,000 Windows systems, ranging from laptops to Windows Server systems, with some models several years old. He is exploring a way to automate the firmware collection and deployment process, but certain security restrictions make this task even more challenging. His organization requires BitLocker on all systems, which must be disabled to apply a firmware update, otherwise he could run into encryption key problems.

“This is not going to be an overnight process,” Dhaliwal said.

How expansive is Meltdown and Spectre?

Attacks that use the Meltdown and Spectre exploit a bug with how many CPUs execute address space layout randomization. The difference between the two vulnerabilities is the kind of memory that is presented to the attacker. Exploits that use the flaws can expose data that resides in the system’s memory, such as login information from a password manager.

Microsoft noted Meltdown and Spectre exist in many processors — Intel, AMD and ARM — and other operating systems, including Google Android and Chrome, and Apple iOS and macOS.  Apple reportedly has closed the vulnerabilities in its mobile phones, while the status of Android patching varies depending on the OEM. Meltdown only affects Intel processors, and the Spectre exploit works with processors from Intel, AMD and ARM, according to researchers.

Virtualized workloads may require fine-tuning

Some administrators have confirmed early reports that the Meltdown and Spectre patches from Microsoft affect system performance.

 Dave Kawula, principal consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting, applied the updates to his Windows Server 2016 setup and ran the VM Fleet utility, which runs a stress test with virtualized workloads on Hyper-V and the Storage Spaces Direct pooled storage feature. The results were troubling, with preliminary tests showing a performance loss of about 35%, Kawula said.

 “As it stands, this is going to be a huge issue,” he said. “Administrators better rethink all their virtualization farms, because Meltdown and Spectre are throwing a wrench into all of our designs.”

Intel has been updating its BIOS code since the exploits were made public, and the company will likely refine its firmware to reduce the impact from the fix, Graham said.

For more information about the remaining security bulletins for January Patch Tuesday, visit Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

Tom Walat is the site editor for SearchWindowsServer. Write to him at twalat@techtarget.com or follow him @TomWalatTT on Twitter.

For Sale – Apple Mac mini “Core i5” 2.5 (Late 2012)

Have my Mac mini for sale.

It’s been well looked after and would say in very good condition and hardly used nowadays.

Last year machine was upgraded with a 250gb ssd and would say runs better now than when I first got it.

Core i5
4gb DDR3 ram
250gb ssd
Intel HD graphics

Currently updating os to high Sierra.

Just been using for Kodi recently as has a work laptop now so I’m sure someone can find better use for it.
Comes with power lead.

Price and currency: £390.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT / PP
Location: Dagenham, Essex
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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