Before going into my thoughts around the actual event I wanted to comment on Vegas given this was my first time to Sin City. In a nutshell Vegas is total madness and walking around Sunday afternoon before the party I realized that everything people say about Vegas was true… it’s a true party town filled with everything to the excess …which is fine by me but I can see how it would be a distraction to conference attendees if you allow it. Vegas has a different vibe to San Francisco but the one great thing over conferences I’ve attended in SFO is that everything is self contained within the casino which means easier access to the exhibition center and therefore access to sessions and content.
During the day on the Monday the Veeam Vanguards where treated to a special half day of presentations from members of the Executive, Evangelist, Marketing, Support and Product teams which was extremely insightful and I tip my hat off to Rick and the rest of the Vanguard team for organizing a great days worth of content, thought and discussion.
Thanks to all of the inaugural #VeeamVanguard for joining us at #VeeamON! Cheers! pic.twitter.com/rPfnsoCunj
— VeeamVanguard (@VeeamVanguard) October 29, 2015
Tuesday morning (seemed like I had been at the event for ages) saw the Opening Keynote in the main hall which was one of the best opening keynotes I’ve experienced in all my times going to VMware and Microsoft conferences. Ratmir got on stage with Richard Laible and was interviewed in a somewhat awkward manner…but during the interview lifted the lid on Veeam’s major announcement around Endpoint Backup for Linux Free Edition. That was followed by the Veeam All Stars doing a quad demo live on stage in what was a ballsy move that worked really well and acted as a vehicle to show off some of the major new features in the v9 of Backup and Replication.
Though the next couple of days I attended a sessions and tried to network as much as possible before setting off for the big party at Omnia Night Club at Caesars Palace…Veeam are know at VMworld’s for their great parties and this VeeamOn party was seriously off the carts! Between the amazing food, drinks, music and girls the night was amazing and I know that everyone who attended had one of the best conference party experiences bar none! I know that (as responsibly as humanly possible) many people ended up kicking on afterwards and the Aria Lobby bar was the place to be right up until the early hours of the morning.
With that deep and meaningful thought out of the way Ratmir came back onto the stage with the whole VeeamOn team and announced that that would be no VeeamOn in 2016…but the next VeeamOn would be in 18 months in New Orleans! So with that VeeamOn was over and we started the long long trip home. Once again thank you to Veeam and a special thanks to the VanGuard team for hosting us and treating the group as royalty.