Veeam Vanguard

These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards. 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.

Alex Samoylenko

Virtualization technology professional. 10 years ago he built #1 website on virtualization in Russia. Alex runs his own virtualization-focused company VMC. He is a CEO of a mobile game publisher Nova Games and a CEO of an international dating site Yourcles.

Andrea Mauro

ITPro. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. Accreditation: vExpert 2010-2015,MVP,PernixPro. Some certifications: VCDX-DCV,VCAP-*,VCP-*, MCSA,MCSE,MCITP,CCA,NPP

Anoop Nair

Anoop Nair is a Solution Architect on enterprise client management and infrastructure management with more than 13 years of experience in IT. Blogger, Speaker, User Group Community leader.

Anthony Spiteri

Architectural Lead for Zettagrid, Australia`s Leading vCloud Air Network Service Provider. He has been working in the managed hosting industry since 2002. He runs the "Virtualization is Life!" Blog. VMware vChampion and a 4 times vExpert.

Barry Coombs

Operations Director and lead architect for a virtualization focused reseller and consultancy practice Barry is a blogger, author, podcaster and multiple time vExpert specializing in server virtualization, end user computing and related technologies.

Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller is an author, speaker, Microsoft MVP and principal consultant for Catapult Systems.

Carsten Rachfahl

IT Nerd from Germany. My focus is the Microsoft Private and Public Cloud and I mainly work in the Service Provider and Enterprise Customer area. I am rewarded as Microsoft Hyper-V MVP, Cisco Champion for DataCenter and Dell Techcenter Rockstar.

Christian Mohn

Senior Solutions Architect for Proact IT Norway. IT veteran with over 20 years of experience. Veeam VMCE, vExpert 2011-2016, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VMUG Leader, author, podcaster and blogger.

Darryl Crossley

Technical Lead at BEarena, Australia. Veeam Technical Champion, VMware vChampion & Nutanix Technology Champion. Doing IT right the first time, every time!

Dave Kawula

Dave is a Microsoft MVP with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Well known as evangelist for Microsoft, Veeam, 5Nine Software. Dave is the founder MVPDays Community Roadshow and Project Data Raft.

Denis Kelley

SysAdmin, formerly from the dark side. Proud dad of three. Tech enthusiast and problem solver. Kung Fu practitioner. Navy Brat.

Didier Van Hoye

IT veteran with over 17 years of expertise in Microsoft technologies, storage, virtualization & networking. Microsoft MVP, a member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team in Belgium and a DELL TechCenter Rockstar.

Eric Machabert

Datacenter and mission critical systems architect, virtualization veteran and trusted advisor. Has been Veeamizing your world since 2008.

Jim Jones

Husband, parent, geek, Herd fan. Sr. Net Admin, blogger at, CCNA, CCNA-V, VCP-DCV, VMCE, once upon a time a MCSE. Life is too short to accept bad apples.

Joep Piscaer

VCDX-certified (#101), vExpert, EMC Elect and Nutanix Technology Champion-awarded CTO at OGD ict-diensten, NLVMUG Leader. He participates in events such as Tech Field Day, presents at local VMUG meetings and writes on his blog,

John Nicholson

vExpert 2013-2015. Enjoys syslog deep dives, and can telepathically sense slow and undersized storage.

Jorge de la Cruz

Jorge de la Cruz is VMware vExpert 2014/2015, working as Community & Knowledge Base Manager at Zimbra, the leader in Email Platform and Collaboration. Jorge is a virtualization lover that writes almost every day in his Technical Blog

Karel Novak

Senior Virtual Infrastructure Engineer at Arrow ECS Czech Republic. VMware Certified Instructor-Level2,VCP5/VCAP5-DCA/DCD. vExpert 12-15 & PernixPro. VMUG Czech Republic Leader. Veeam Certified Trainer.

Lai Yoong Seng

Lai Yoong Seng @ericlaiys also known as "Virtual Lai". MVP Hyper-V (Malaysia), interested in Hyper-V, Azure & System Center.

Liselotte Foverskov

System Administrator at Danish Ship Finance, VMUG Leader in Denmark, Mother of Binary Baby + v2. vExpert 2011-2015. PernixPro. Social Introvert and Psychotherapist.

Mads Fog Albrechtslund

Cloud Architect working for Proact Systems A/S in Denmark, primarily focusing on VMware vSphere, VMware vRealize Automation and VMware vRealize Orchestrator. He has been recognized as a VMware vExpert in 2014 and 2015, as well as a PernixPro.

Makoto Kawakami

Prior to joining Climb, Makoto held key positions in IT sales and marketing management and brings a wealth of industry experience from his years at Pervasive Software, Red Hat and Blue Coat.

Marius Sandbu

Senior Cloud Architect from Norway, focusing his day to day business on anything related to Software-defined, Cloud and datacenter solution. He is also a Microsoft/Veeam/Citrix instructor. Also a Microsoft MVP for Azure

Mike Preston

IT professional and overall tech enthusiast living in Ontario, Canada, Toronto VMUG Co-Leader. Mike has presented at VMworld, VMUGs, and various IT conferences, as well as authored "Troubleshooting vSphere Storage".

Nick Furnell

@Veeam_Vanguard, @vExpert 2014-15, Cloud Architect @ZenInternet, VMware, Veeam, Nimble Storage. When I am not at work I`m busy drinking red wine or home DIY.

Rasmus Haslund

Rasmus works in a combined role for Arrow ECS teaching Veeam/VMware and performing consulting work. Obtained many certifications such as Veeam Certified Engineer, Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, VMware VCP-DCV, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DCA & VCAP-DCD.

Silvio Di Benedetto

Owner of Inside Technologies. Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud & Datacenter Management, MCT, MCSE, Veeam Vanguard and 5nine Technical Evangelist. Community Lead, Azure Community, Veeam Italian Community.

Thomas Maurer

Cloud Architect focusing on Microsoft Cloud and Virtualization Technology.

Piotr Masztafiak

Piotr is trainer and IT consultant specializing in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware virtualization technologies, is a four-time recipient of VMware vExpert awards and holds many certifications, including the Microsoft MCSA, MCITP, MCTS and Citrix CCA.

Craig Dalrymple

Craig has been dabbling in IT for over 20 years. Currently a Senior Systems Engineer at brightsolid. Enjoys virtualization at work, and rugby/archery away from work.

Vladan Seget

IT and Virtualization consultant, owner of - ESX Virtualization - one of the top independent virtualization blogs. VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCP

Jens Söldner

A managing director for Soeldner Consult GmbH based in Nuremberg, Germany. His company specializes on cloud and virtualization infrastructure based on VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, OpenStack and Amazon AWS technologies.

Ryan Jacksland

Over 10 years in IT and is currently a Systems Admin in the healthcare and ambulance services industry. Tech enthusiast with a focus on virtualization. Microsoft certified on paper, educated by experience.

Paul Braren

IT Professional, Servers and Storage. VMware VCP-DCV, founder, speaker, podcaster, consultant. Presents at user groups, creates unusual how-to content about using IT at home, including efficient virtualization, storage, backup, etc.

Arne Fokkema

Arne is working for Uniserver Internet a Cloud hosting company in the Netherlands. He started to virtualise workloads back in 2005 and loves to automate with Powershell. In his private life he is husband and dad. VCP, VCAP-DCA/DCD, vExpert

Christopher Glémot

Systems Engineer focusing on Virtualization, Storage and Backup Technology. He works for a Veeam partner. Veeam Certified Engineer, author and speaker. Owner of "Original Network" website at

Gary Williams

Gary is a sysadmin with over 20 years IT experience covering a large range of technologies such as Windows, Linux, Storage, Virutalisation, Security, networking and many other things. Also a believer in tea being the best problem solver

Ian Sanderson

Support Services Manager for leading virtualisation specialist in the North East of England. Currently focused on VMware stack and Veeam but have over 10 years experience working in the IT infrastructure arena.

Manfred Hofer

IT and Virtualization professional, technology & certification geek and owner of Presenter at local VMUG meetings. Certifications VCAP-*, VCIX-NV, VMCE, CCP-V, NPP and MCSE. Awards: vExpert 2014-16, Cisco Champion 2015-16

Matt Crape

IT Pro with over 14 years of experience with a passion for technology, particularly virtualization. Living in Ontario, Canada. Founder and leader of a local Veeam User Group, and blogger at MCITP, VCP 5/6, vExpert 2016

Nigel Hickey

An EUC Consultant at Sigma Solutions, 3x VMware vExpert, VMware EUC Champion, VCP5-DCV, VCP5-DT, Blogger at, Dad, Husband, and ex-DJ. Nigel is also the Houston VMUG Leader. NY Rangers & Seattle Seahawks fan.

Olafur Helgi Haraldsson

Currently working as a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Advania responsible for infrastructure in hosting division of Advania, passionate about everything in the cloud and finding the right solution for the right job.

Paolo Valsecchi

System Engineer. VCP-DCV, vExpert 2015-16, PernixPro. Author of virtual blog

Paulo Sant´anna

IT consultant at Invent IT, specialist in virtualization and server management in Windows, Citrix and VMware environments. He is also Microsoft MVP Windows and Devices for IT.

Sander Berkouwer

IT Pro, focusing on cloud computing (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), identity and access management (IAM) and information security. Advises, designs and implements advanced solutions for both on-premises and cloud-based resources. Also Microsoft MVP.

Shawn Cannon

IT professional since 1996 with server, networking and virtualization experience. Veeam user and Veeam Champion!

Xavier Genestos

IT system administrator, IT trainer, IT books writer, blogger at, vExpert

Andrey Vakhitov

Syst. admin, blogger.

Dean Lewis

Technical Architect working for Lanway CBS Ltd, specialising in the Virtualisation and Networking space, general geek.

Gorka Izquierdo

IT Professional and System Administrator at Sein TIC. VMware vExpert 2015-2016, VCP5-DCV.Virtualization lover, owner and writer of the blog

Victor Konovalov

Virtualization specialist: VMware vSphere, MS Hyper-V, IBM Power VM, Veeam B&R.

Tim Smith

Senior Datacenter Architect at Lumenate, 4x VMware vExpert, VCAP-DCD, MCITP, blogger at, and Cincinnati VMUG Leader.

Cristal Kawula

Cristal is active in the IT Community and is the Co-Founder of TriCon Elite, MVPDays Community Roadshow, and runs #MVPHour. Over the past 18+yrs she has worked on various contracts for the MS Platform teams authoring and reviewing content.

Robert L. Hummel

IT Director for Cheshire County, New Hampshire, Robert is an electrical engineer with over 40 years experience as a system designer, programmer, trainer, and author.

Jim Millard

Self-described as "a jack of all trades, master of some," Jim is a former chemist with ~25y in IT. VMUG leader 2006-, vExpert 2009-, PernixPro, and now Veeam Vanguard. Works in a hybrid pre-/post-sales role for OneNeck IT Solutions.

Dave Morera

Over 16 years of experience in IT. Masters Degree in Cybersecurity and Info Assurance (CIA) from PSU. Sr Solutions Architect for VAR in the Philadelphia area. Cisco Champions, vExpert, NetAppATeam.

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