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Veeam Vanguard Summit 2018

I recently had the opportunity to visit Prague courtesy of the Veeam Vanguard program, this is my second year being a member of this fantastic community which is arguably one of the best evangelism/advocacy programs run by any vendor out there. While it was a long journey to get to Prague it was well worth it, to not only catch up with the other Vanguards but to get access to Veeam’s Product Strategy team, R&D personnel and Product Managers for in-depth discussions of everything Veeam related.

The summit consisted of two and a half days of sessions that included content filled to the brim with Veeam goodies ranging from upcoming updates to entirely new products that were still very early in their development cycle (kudos to Veeam for sharing). Veeam certainly was not holding back as questions raised from fellow Vanguards were answered honestly and truthfully, nothing was off the table including any questions about v10. All of this provided an insightful glimpse into the inner workings of the Veeam team and further cemented the value I place in the Vanguard program.

The real golden nuggets of information were found whenever we delved into the reasoning behind how and why certain features and capabilities were developed. For example, session speakers might detail the limitations of a particular feature and how they have worked to address them even if it might mean investing more time than anticipated in developing the feature. Yes, it’s a difficult decision to make but Veeam isn’t in the business of making half-baked software and it certainly shows in just how reliable their software has been to date.

Some new features covered during the summit include the upcoming Veeam Capacity Tier (previously known as Archive Tier) which enables VBR to integrate natively with Azure Blob storage, Amazon S3 or other S3 compatible storage. Also covered were the upcoming improvements to Business View found in Veeam ONE. I recently covered Business View in a previous post and one thing I found was the relatively high complexity involved when configuring some of the more powerful functionality it offers so any simplification being made here is very welcome. For a more detailed review of upcoming features, I recommend checking out Karl Widmer’s Blog post.

Tweets, blog posts and podcasts were aplenty during the summit mixed in with Goulash, local beer and some awesome sightseeing along the way. You may have even seen #VanguardTakeover or #VanguardSummit goes crazy on Twitter, I know my feed certainly did.

Vanny Vanguard, of course, was there for the entire summit, enjoying the local cuisine and helping out at the speaking podium during the sessions. I must say that Karl Widmer took the responsibility of Vanny caretaker very seriously and Vanny never left his sight.

One of the most memorable sessions during the summit was a presentation run by Cristal and Dave Kawula in which they covered how to become a  community rockstar. It was an excellent piece on how to get your presentation selected at any event and several tips for slide decks creation and writing content.

I can’t thank Veeam and the Vanguard team enough for the time spent in Prague. Rickatron and his team really put on a great event which is no small feat considering the number of speakers and the logistical challenge of getting all the Vanguards to Prague.

Veeam Vanguard 2018 nominations are now open

Rick Vanover has posted on the official Veeam blog regarding the opening of the Veeam Vanguard nominations for 2018. This will be the third year of the Vanguard program for which the recipients receive a variety of awesome benefits, one of which is a trip to VeeamON.

Some Vanguards are bloggers, some are active on the Veeam Forums, some are active on Spiceworks sharing a lot of Veeam-specific information or even on the Veeam subreddit, the list goes on for all of the ways Vanguards have engaged with the Veeam community.

If you know anyone that you’d like to nominate, perhaps yourself even, I strongly recommend giving it a go.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 29. You can go through the nomination process here.

Thank you Veeam – Veeam Vanguard

Early last week I received news from Rick Vanover @ Veeam that I have been selected for the Veeam Vanguard Program. As a Veeam enthusiast, there is no better thing than becoming a Vanguard. Wow what an honour!

For those who are unaware of the Veeam Vanguard program, it’s awarded to members of the Veeam community to show Veeams support and appreciation for past deeds. There are a couple benefits of becoming a Vanguard including access to roadmaps, betas, free keys, awesome swag and access to those in the know at Veeam (I’m just curious to know if we get a bat phone to Anton Gostev (I wish)) just to name a few.  What I’m really looking forward to though is learning more about this awesome program and meeting other Vanguards who share my passion for Veeam.

If you happen to read my blog or know me personally, you may be aware that I tend to champion Veeam a lot. I try and help the community whether it’s writing about errors I fixed in Veeam or the unofficial VMCE practice exam. Whether it’s just a small thank you on twitter, an appreciative comment on a post or being selected for a global program, it really fuels my fire to keeping creating, sharing and interacting to help the community more. So thank you Veeam,  thank you for making such an awesome product to work with, thank you for showing support and a big thank you for recognising members of the Veeam community.