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I remember the first time I attended AWS re:Invent in 2013. There were just a few thousand people there, but it already had a great vibe. Cloud innovators were coming together, and the big debate at the time was around Amazon versus OpenStack: should OpenStack develop its own set of APIs, independent of AWS, or should it focus on compatibility with AWS APIs to leverage AWS’s popularity? Remember that discussion?

Fast forward 10 years, I find myself getting ready for re:Invent 2023, which is happening in Las Vegas, November 27-30 - and I have super high expectations. It's not the first time that Kasten by Veeam is attending, but I’m more excited about the event than ever!

What’s So Special about AWS re:Invent?

AWS re:Invent has become the biggest conference in the cloud computing industry for years, and a place to learn about new services, features and business solutions. The conference is always packed with exciting keynote announcements from industry players, training and certification opportunities, technical sessions, the Expo, and networking after-hours events.

Last year’s conference drew more than 50,000 people. So many of those attendees were attracted to our booth to learn about Kubernetes data protection, and we had dozens of great conversations with folks that were anywhere between just starting their Kubernetes journey and running Kubernetes stacks in production. The newcomers were eager to visit, our free Kubernetes learning site, the more advanced folks were eager to learn that they need to have a solid Kubernetes backup strategy in place and were keen to see demonstrations of Kasten K10. Kasten’s momentum in meeting that need has continued, and I expect the crowds at this year’s event - and around our booth - to be even bigger than last year. 

To that end, Kasten by Veeam plans to have a significant presence at this year’s conference, alongside Veeam. Together, we’ll have a total of eight demo stations at a large booth, where attendees can learn about some of the latest innovations in Kasten K10.

See a demo of Kasten K10’s new features

Over the past year, we’ve announced two significant releases of Kasten K10 - V6.0 and V6.5. You’ll be able to see key features of both releases in action at the Veeam booth.

Kasten K10 v6.5 delivers cloud native security at enterprise scale to seamlessly protect hundreds of Kubernetes clusters and applications. The cloud native ecosystem richness of Kasten K10 is strengthened so that Kubernetes teams can focus on application and service delivery to preserve business continuity. Some of the new features in this release include Cloud Native Security Supply chain application protection, which allows you to deploy Kasten K10 from the preeminent security of Platform One Iron Bank container registry. Enterprise Scale Multi-cluster management has also been enhanced, to enable service providers and large corporate groups to maintain and service numerous isolated entities.

The release of V6.5 comes on the heels of another major release, Kasten K10 V6.0, which, among other things, strengthened ransomware protection with improved detection, immutable backup and recovery capabilities. It also introduced an interface with AWS Secrets Manager to store and retrieve passcodes, which allows for more flexibility in implementing a hardened, secure disaster recovery (DR) workflow. Another new feature was the ability to integrate Kasten K10’s Kubernetes native policies into Infrastructure-as-Code to provide “guardrails” for better risk mitigation, operational consistency and automation.

If you haven’t seen these features in action, you’ll want to! Sign up for a live demo at Booth 1450 today, so you can get all your questions answered by our product experts.

Be sure to attend our breakout sessions

Kasten is holding two breakout sessions at this year’s conference that you won’t want to miss.

The first one is “Secure Kubernetes Data management and Scaling with Kasten K10,” with Global Field CTO Michael Cade and Mark Severson, a member of Kasten by Veeam’s technical staff. This session is on Wednesday, Nov 29 at 12:00 pm in the Venetian Room: Bellini 2105. On Thursday, Nov 30 at 3:30 pm, Michael will join Julia Furst Morgado, Global Technologist of Product Strategy at Veeam, to discuss “Cloud Security, Data Responsibility and Recovery: 10 Key strategies.”

These sessions are designed to address some of the most pressing challenges for cloud native developers working in Kubernetes today: scaling their data management strategy as their Kubernetes footprint expands, and ensuring their Kubernetes data and applications are secure and recoverable at all times. You can browse the full event agenda here.

Join us for dinner and a Super Cyberdelic Shindig!

Enough about work - it’s time to play! Veeam is hosting a party you’ll actually want to attend on Wednesday, November 29 8-11pm at Superfrico inside the Cosmopolitan, one of Las Vegas’s hottest hot spots. You can enjoy reimagined classic Italian American dishes and hand-crafted cocktails at a ski lodge-themed speakeasy, and play our Crack-the-Code guessing game. Check out this video to learn more about the venue.

A bright future together

Since Kasten has become an integral part of the Veeam family, we’ve really been able to expand our reach and impact within the cloud native community. At the same time, we've also deepened our collaboration with Veeam. Our huge presence at AWS re:Invent is evidence of this tight collaboration, and will pave the way for our future success together.

See you at re:Invent!

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