Veeam Live 2020

Attend Veeam Live 2020

I am attending Veeam Live 2020 from the comfort of my home this year. I can stay safe and still learn, connect, and investigate new technologies and options.

This works for me 🙂

Allow me to invite you Veeam Live 2020. This year the content focus area is on “Cloud Data Best Practices”. The online event takes place on October the 20th 2020 for a full day.
Veeam is gathering its global talent pool to present at this event. That talent is both internal to Veeam as well as external. Some of my fellow Veeam Vanguards are presenting and sharing their expertise.

With names like Anton Gostev, Danny Allen, Rick Vanover, Michael Cade, Anthony Spiteri, Dave Kawula, Andrew Zhelezko, Dmitry Kniazez, David Hill, Karinne Bessette, Kirsten Stoner, Dave Russel Melissa Palmer, Sander Berkouwer, Drew J. Como and so many others, the experience and expertise to share are second to none. Many industry and customer experts are also joining in to share their insights.

As Veeam states

At Veeam Live, you’ll gain data management guidance you can activate today. You’ll learn how to up your data protection game across your enterprise, connect with like-minded professionals, set the strategy right for your organization, and be part of the future of Cloud Data Management™.”

Veeam Live 2020 October 2020 – Join for free

So no matter what level you are at or what part you play in managing and safeguarding the data of your organization there are things to explore and learn.


Topics to be discussed are Multi-Cloud Data Management, AWS- and Azure-Native Backup, Office 365 Backup, Ransomware Best Practices, Kubernetes Backup and App Mobility. Check out the full agenda to find the topics and sessions that are of most interest to you.

On all those subjects Veeam is actively developing and releasing new capabilities. Just think about their recent acquisition of Kasten. They are also sharing information about Veeam Backup & Replication V11 which is currently in Beta.

Get your questions answerd

Do you want to find out how you can make your solutions more efficient? Need to figure out the biggest threats and opportunities there are in today’s technical, business, and security landscape? Want to learn what new technologies you need to keep an eye on and learn about? Is the evergrowing ransomware threat keeping you awake at night?

 Free for all

The event is free for all. You can register here.

Join Veeam Live 2020 for free

Join us from the comfort of your own (home) office or couch. It all works. Just bring an open mind, a willingness to listen and learn. The interesting thing about Veeam is that they sell solutions that cater to real, existing, and emerging needs of their (potential) customers. They keep it real and have a tradition of explaining why they develop and bring their solutions and offerings to the market. It makes for educational and insightful sessions and events.

So now you know the secret of how I stay on top of things in the data protection and management world. I listen. Not the sound of crickets (that’s for vacations) but to people that are smart, experienced, and have a proven track record of delivering value in a very competitive and ever-changing landscape. So, now you also know how to stay up to speed, all that is left to do is register today. You are very welcome.

Are Data Tsunamis Inevitable Or Man Made Disasters?

What happens when people who have no real knowledge and context about how to handle data, infrastructure or applications insist on being in charge and need to be seen as taking strong decisive actions without ever being held responsible? It leads to real bad, often silly decisions with a bunch of unintended consequences. Storage vendors love this. More iron to sell. And yes, all this is predictable. When I’m able and allowed to poke around in storage and the data stored I often come to the following conclusion: there’s a bulk amount of data that is stored in an economical unsound fashion. Storage vendors & software vendors love this, as there are now data life cycle management tools & appliances to be sold.

The backlash of all this is? Cost cutting, which then leads to the data that has valid needs to be stored and protected not getting the resources it should. Why? Well who’s going to take responsibility to push the delete button to remove the other data? As we get ever better technology to store, transport and protect data we manage to do more with less money and personnel. But as is often the case, no good deed goes unpunished. Way to often these savings or efficiencies flow straight into the bottomless pit caused by that age old “horror vacui” principle in action in the world of data storage.

You get situations like this: “Can I have 60TB of storage?  It’s okay, I discussed this with your colleague last year, he said you’d have 60TB available at this time frame”

What is the use case? How do you need it? What applications or services will consume this storage? Do you really need this to be on a SAN or can we dump this in cost effective Windows Server Storage Spaces with ReFS? What are the economics involved around this data? Is it worth doing? What projects is this assigned to? Who’s the PM? Where is the functional analysis. Will this work? Has there been a POC? Was that POC sound? Was there a pilot? What the RTO? The RPO? Does it need to be replicated off site? What IOPS is required? How will it be accessed? What security is needed? Any encryption required? Any laws affecting the above? All you get is a lot of vacant blank stares and lot’s of “just get it done”. How can it be that with so many analysts and managers of all sorts running around to meeting after meeting, all in order to get companies running like a well oiled slick mean machine, we end up with this question at the desk of an operational systems administrator as a result? Basically what are you asking for? Why are you asking this and did you think this through?


Consider the following. What if you asked for 30 billion gallons of water at our desk and we say “sure” and just sent it to you. We did what you asked. Perhaps you meant bottled drinking water but below is what you’ll end up with. And yes it completely up to specifications, limited as they are.


The last words heard while drowning will be “Who ordered this? You can bet no one will be responsible, especially not when the bill arrives and when the resulting mess needs to be cleaned up. Data in the cloud will not solve this. Like the hosting business, who serve up massive amount of idle servers, the cloud will host massive amounts of idle data as in both situations it’s providing the service that generates revenue, not the real use of that service by you or it’s economic value to you.