I am a Veeam Vanguard 2016

I am a Veeam Vanguard 2016

I have the distinct pleasure to share with you that I am a Veeam Vanguard 2016

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I received this news earlier in my mailbox. This means I can add a token to my inaugural member trophy soon.

Personally I have always enjoyed working with the Veeam products, Veeam as a company and the employees. Why? Quality. The fact they truly support their products and they acknowledge they exist because they help customers deal with their needs is what makes it work. When a product works and helps us get the job done I’m not shy about sharing my experiences and opinions to help out others.

That doesn’t mean I, as a customer, am the emperor at Veeam but it does mean I’m valued and they listen to the feedback I have. Be honest, don’t hold back, but never be “vicious” and a good company will welcome what you have to say. The have high standards when it comes to supporting their customers without failing their support engineers. It’s a balance you need to find, and they have found it. It only augmented my opinion of them. They are very professional and I enjoy the interactions I’ve had with their managers, strategists, evangelists and developers.

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Those are the discussions and interactions that are both very educational, interesting and fun to do. So I’m looking for more of that now that I have been renewed as a Veeam Vanguard for 2016!

Recent Changes In My Technology Community Life

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

There have been some recent changes in my technology community life. As an MVP I have been assigned to the Cloud and Datacenter Management award category. This reflects the fact that we all touch on a lot more technologies than the expertise we have received or award for. In my case Hyper-V means I also do networking, storage,  high to continuous availability (clustering, network load balancing), data protection, IAAS as well as Identity Management (authentication/authorization) both on premises and on Azure.

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In that spirit we attended the MVP Summit 2015, which was a great experience and confirmed what Scott Guthrie stated above, we are “most valuable professionals”.

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Another award is decorating my home office. It’s the inaugural member edition of the Veeam Vanguard Award we received at VEEAMON 2015 in Las Vegas that we attended.

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That conference was a blast by the way. Breakout sessions, white boarding sessions, presenting on Hyper-V related technologies and lots of networking with smart and engaged technologists. We also sat down with some CEOs of  2 companies and helped them determine an upgrade path for their hyper-V environments for the next 12 to 18 months. We  even some real world troubleshooting in one of the attendees environment. I’d like to think we delivered value for all involved and we got to learn a lot ourselves.

I liked what they shared about Veeam Backup & Replication v9 that’s in development. And their announcement for Veeam Backup for Linux was well received. You can preregister for that here

I’m a Veeam Vanguard 2015

Veeam has announced it’s Veeam Vanguard program last month while I was on vacation. I am honored to have been nominated as 1 of 31 professionals world wide. Veeam states the following, which I consider to be a great compliment:

These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards for 2015. A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which we engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities on and offline.

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Rick Vanover is spearheading this program together with the Veeam Product Strategy Team and the entire company is behind this initiative as you can read here What is the Veeam Vanguard Program?

Veeam now has a program like the VMware vExpert, Cisco Champion and Microsoft MVP programs. I’m honored to be nominated and I’m sure Veeam will execute this well as I have one very consistent experience with both Veeam employees and products: quality and dedication to deliver the best possible solutions for their customers. The fact that I’ve been nominated makes me feel appreciated by people whom I respect for their professionalism and skills. As I’m confortable acting as the tip of the spear implementing technologies at the organizations I support I kind of feel that being a Veeam Vanguard is a great fit Smile

I have shared insights, ideas and feedback with VEEAM before and I’m sure we’ll get plenty of opportunities to do even more of that in the future.