This year I am honoured to be attending VeeamOn in Las Vegas thanks to the Veeam Vanguard Program. I’m looking forward to the event for a number of reasons (not withstanding I’ve never been to Vegas) and I am going to be interested in how it compares to the other major IT conferences I have been to. Comparing it to VMworld would be unfair given VMworld’s size and maturity but my expectations around networking and community will be similar to those I take to VMworld and the content catalog is filled with sessions that look promising.

The Veeam Vanguard group has a special all day session on the Monday which should be interesting and will be a great forum to talk about Veeam’s current product set, industry direction around backup and replication and business continuity. The backup and replication world is very different from when Veeam first jumped on the scene with lots of disruptors in the market challenging Veeam’s status as the best for virtualized workloads.

Apart from that I’m looking forward to the following sessions:

  • DraaS DEFINED: Capitalize on New Opportunities with Veeam Cloud Connect
    Monday, October 26 | 10:45 – 11:45
    Stay at the forefront with DraaS for the modern data center. Are you ready to build customized and right-sized DR solutions for your clients? Join us and learn more about the business opportunity around high performance, cost effective Veeam-powered DR services you can offer for your clients.
  • Backup Repository Best Practices: 2015 Edition
    Tuesday, October 27 | 3:15 – 4:15
    Backup storage is the central part of any backup strategy that can lead your efforts to either complete success or complete failure. And yet, backup storage impact is very underestimated. In this session, you’ll learn about most typical mistakes Anton has observed in the past seven years watching over 150,000 users deploying Veeam Backup & Replication, so you can avoid the same mistakes. You’ll also learn more about the incredible amount of options you have for storing your backups and how to create a massive backup repository without having to purchase a single storage device.
  • Maxing Out Performance: The Final Step to Extremely Fast Processing
    Tuesday, October 27 | 4:30 – 5:30
    Do your backup and replication jobs hardly fit into your backup window? Do you have a feeling that the processing rate is too low for available hardware resources? How can you reach maximum performance? This breakout session from Veeam Tech Support will highlight the essential principles of detecting and troubleshooting performance issues in both small- and large-scale deployments. Discover core steps to optimize data flow performance and unrevealed infrastructure configuration points and let the processing rate reach its maximum speed.
  • Cloud and DRaaS Defined: Needs, Trends and Solutions
    Tuesday, October 27 | 4:30 – 5:30
    The disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) market gets a lot of buzz, but end users say there are still some challenges. Many of the products in the market today offer a DRaaS solution in addition to, or separate from, an overall data protection strategy, often pulling the focus of IT away from their current data center investments and momentum. In this breakout session, you will hear from Dave Simpson, who leads 451 Research’s research activities for data protection and DRaaS. You will also hear from Mike Waguespack and Russ Kerscher as they outline the cloud and DRaaS needs coming from end users and the partner community and how Veeam Cloud Connect can maximize the cloud opportunity for both service providers and traditional businesses.
  • Ask the Experts: A Veeam Panel like No Other!
    Wednesday October 28 | 3:00 – 4:00
    Tom Sightler, Luca Dell’Oca and Andreas Neufert: These three guys are among the best technical Veeam experts in the world. Attend this ask-us-anything session to get your tough questions asked, This session will be moderated by Rick Vanover
  • A Closer Look at Veeam Cloud Connect Replication
    Wednesday October 28 | 4:15 – 5:15
    Demand for cloud solutions is on the rise, thanks to the need for 24/7 access to applications and data and renewed focus by IT on revenue-generating activities — and the resulting demand for managed backup and other services. The upcoming version of Veeam Cloud Connect will bring support for VM replication to cloud, enabling service providers and their customers to create and consume DRaaS solutions.

One interesting thing for me at VeeamOn is the fact this is not a VMware only event…there will be Microsoft Technologies and technical people mixing in and for me…having been so VMware focused of late it will be a change to not have the usual love in. I’m no stranger to Microsoft but I’ve always felt the MVP community was a different beast to the vExpert community…happy to be proven wrong this week!

Looking forward to a great week at the Aria Resort and Casino!