VeeamON 2014 is coming up in just a few weeks (Oct. 6 - 8 in Las Vegas, NV), so I’d like to share what I’m most looking forward this year (and I see at least five good reasons to attend this event).

1. In depth training and hands-on experience

VeeamON 2014 is an excellent opportunity to explore Veeam solutions.

This is a great conference for educational sessions on data protection, availability and monitoring. VeeamON 2014 offers different education tracks (Technical program, Monitoring program, Technical-Sales, Technical-SE and Business programs). Every attendee has an option of choosing business or technical sessions to get the most from this event. I’ve already selected about 15 sessions right for me (out of 50+ sessions included in the agenda).

Alexis Ohanian, entrepreneur of reddit, Hipmunk and social enterprise breadpig, is the VeeamON 2014 celebrity keynote speaker. I look forward to hearing Alexis as well as Ratmir Timashev (President and CEO of Veeam), Doug Hazelman (VP, Product Strategy) and Anton Gostev (VP, Product Management) talking about Veeam’s future directions and products. I’m particularly excited about Veeam Backup & Replication v8 being released in Q4 2014.

Attendees can also meet Veeam engineers and discuss the latest product roadmaps, exchange ideas with developers and quiz the Veeam staff about some possible “ahead of the curve” approaches. New IT strategies can be later applied in your organization.

2. VMCE training course with 80% discount ($650 only)

I’ve already written about the VMCE certification in one of my previous posts (How to: Become a Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE)). One of the most popular aspects of VeeamON 2014 is the opportunity to take VMCE training for $650 (80% off the regular price which is approximately $3,000). Well, as you can understand, this is a good opportunity to validate your skills at a significant savings.

Note! The spaces for the training fill up quickly (as of writing this blog post, only 40 seats are left), so take this advantage and reserve your seat early.

3. Connection, Collaboration, Communication

During the event IT pros can connect with hundreds of technical and business decision makers from across North America, Europe and Asia. Attendees will meet industry leaders, technology experts, companies and well-known authors from all around the world. Take your time to build relationships with them.

For example, HP, VMware, Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp and other sponsors will be showcasing their solutions during VeeamON 2014. Schedule a time and visit these sponsors. Ask for a live demo, get answers to difficult questions and collect business cards so you can follow-up after VeeamON 2014 (and ask for future discounts).

Personally, I enjoy meeting virtualization experts and attending technical panel sessions.

VeeamON 2014 sponsors

4. Lab Warz: Show the top level of Veeam expertise and win $10K

How well do you know Veeam products? Be sure to participate in the Lab Warz competition, a good opportunity to measure strength with industry leaders from all around the world, and prove your level of IT expertise.

The winner will get $10,000. Prizes for other places (from the 2nd to 10th) are valued up to $700-$2,000.

Visit the Lab Warz page

5. VeeamON 2014 Party!

As some of my colleagues say, “Work hard, party hard.” The VeeamON 2014 conference would not be complete without a BIG party. The party is on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay Hotel. BTW, be sure to wear comfortable shoes 😉

So, I really hope that you will get (or have already got) the “green light” from your boss for sending you to VeeamON 2014, because this event is definitely worth it (just don’t mention the party 🙂 ). If you can’t be there, connect socially! Connect with Veeam on social media to hear all the happenings during the conference. The official VeeamON conference hashtag is #VeeamON, so use it on Twitter to view the latest conversations.

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