To meet this goal, Veeam has sponsored the creation of a FREE community resource site that provides training on basic principles of virtualization and data protection. These basic principles are presented in a product-neutral fashion, meaning that there are no specific backup products mentioned. The only time specific products are mentioned is when the hypervisors (VMware ESXi, Hyper-V) are mentioned, as well as specific guest operating systems and applications that we need to protect as IT professionals.
This content will initially be released as eight tracks, each with a specific theme that helps deliver the fundamental principles of data protection for virtual machines. Further, this content is aimed at providing those who are very new to these technologies with what they need to proceed confidently in embracing a virtualized infrastructure and backing up virtual machines.
We’ve worked really hard on this program. I’ve been lucky to have access to a great web technology team, thorough project management, and steadfast executive support for this project as well as an all-star list of contributors for this first wave of content. Speaking of which, here is our list of contributors for the initial release of Backup Academy:
Greg Shields: Greg holds both Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert status and is a senior partner at Concentrated Technology. Follow Greg on Twitter
David Davis: David holds VMware vExpert status as well as Cisco CCIE and VMware VCAP credentials. David is a popular blogger, author and expert in the virtualization community. Follow David on Twitter
Elias Khnaser: Elias holds VMware vExpert status and is the CTO at Sigma Solutions. Elias has authored a number of books on IT certifications and is a popular blogger on a number of websites. Follow Elias on Twitter
Eric Siebert: Eric holds VMware vExpert status and a number of IT certifications. Eric has authored several books and is a popular blogger. Follow Eric on Twitter
Rick Vanover: Rick holds VMware vExpert status and a number of IT certifications. Rick is a popular blogger and podcaster. Follow Rick on Twitter
These contributors have produced this first wave of content, and over time, we will add more to the fold. Individuals who go through the first wave of content and pass the exam will become Backup Academy certified. Backup Academy will add content over time, both for VMware and Microsoft platforms, so stay tuned for more information about new material.