Yesterday was the final day of VeeamON 2017. What an amazing experience! It has been terrific to see old friends and to get to know new ones in New Orleans this year. Over 2,500 attendees attended for three action-packed days (or five days for the VMCE class participants), networking with and hearing from IT pros, IT executives and Veeam experts.
The day started with a general session from Veeam Global Cloud Group VP Paul Mattes and the Veeam Evangelist team who presented Veeam’s Vision for a Multi-Cloud Future. Next, two special guests spoke, Microsoft CTO Mark Russinovich, SVP and Bill Philbin, GM for storage and big data segment solutions for HPE’s Data Center Infrastructure Group.
Thursday's news was built on a long-standing alliance between Veeam and Microsoft. Below is just a quick recap of the key announcements, which were all discussed yesterday as well:
- NEW Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure has been a hot VeeamON topic. It combines Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure (included in Veeam Availability Suite) and Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure to help maintain business continuity and Availability of critical workloads with all-encompassing on-demand DR in the cloud.
- There’s been lots of buzz about Native Support for Cloud Object Storage (Azure Blob) in Veeam Availability Suite v10. Veeam announced new Scale-Out Backup Repository (SOBR) support for cloud object storage as an Archive Tier extent. This new functionality, included in Veeam Availability Suite v10, will enable customers to archive Veeam backups to Azure Blob storage. The native support will also help customers leverage Azure to reduce long-term data archival, retention and compliance costs.
- Announced earlier this week, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows was big news at VeeamON. It offers features and capabilities designed to ensure Availability for Windows-based physical servers, workstations and endpoints, as well as Windows workloads running in Azure.
Each attendee at the general session yesterday received a book called Zero Day, by Mark Russinovich, and they lined up at the Microsoft booth at VeeamON to ask Mark to autograph it.
I joined the What's New in v10: A Deeper Dive break-out session by Anton Gostev where he presented a detailed live demo of the new v10 version. It was a packed session with standing room only for this highly anticipated topic.
The LabWarz competition named a winner! This is Dave Stout from Pittsburgh PA, USA who finished all tasks in 42 minutes and 15 seconds. Our winner went home with a $10,000 prize and the title of Best Veeam Engineer in the World! Not a bad way to introduce himself!
At Veeam, when we aren’t busy creating the best Availability products on the market, we work hard to throw the best parties on the market. The wrap-up party is another legendary event at VeeamON, and the one this year was equally awesome!
VeeamON 2017 was a huge success and absolutely the biggest Availability event of the year. Don’t forget to share your thoughts about the conference on social media using the #VeeamON hashtag.
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