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

Blogger, Microsoft MVP, Senior Architect with 16 year of Experience in IT

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 2011-2017, 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

Systems Administrator for a Civil Engineering company with 20 years of experience in IT. Proud father of three great kids. When Denis is not solving problems, he spends his spare time learning Kung Fu.

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, proud West Virginian. Sr. Net Admin who blogs at, Certified as a CCNA, VCP-DCV, VMCE & once upon a time a MCSE. Honored to be selected as vExpert 4 times and Inaugural Veeam Vanguard.

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 2014/2017, working as a Product Manager at Synacor, 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. VCI-Level2,VCIX6-NV,VCIX6-DCV. vExpert 12-17,vExpert NSX 2016,VMUG CZ Leader. VMCT-Mentor,VMCA

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

Channel Development Manager Arrow ECS Denmark , vExpert 2011-17, VMUG Leader #vmugdk. Mother. Wife. Psychotherapist.

Mads Fog

Cloud Architect working for Proact Systems A/S in Denmark. Primarily focusing on VMware vRealize Orchestrator, VMware vRealize Automation and Veeam Backup & Replication. He has been recognized as a VMware vExpert in 2014-2017.

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 - Senior Consultant and Trainer. Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management and evangelist for Veeam, Parallels and 5nine. Community Lead, Azure Community, Veeam User Group Italy.

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

Senior Systems Engineer at brightsolid, Dundee, Scotland and co-leader/founder of the UK Veeam User Group. 20+ years experience within the IT industry. Enjoy rugby/gaming in spare time.

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

System and Storage Admin with a focus on virtualization, storage, and disaster recovery. A Veeam Certified Engineer with a focus on giving back to the tech community. Over a decade of general IT experience across multiple technologies.

Paul Braren

VMware Systems Engineer - vSAN. Background in x86 servers and IBM enterprise storage. VMware VCP-DCV, vExpert, public speaker, podcaster, consultant. Created, about efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more.

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

Sys Engineer & Solutions Architect specializing in Virtualization, Storage, Backup and DR. He works for a Veeam partner in Monaco. 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

New Technology Solutions Specialist for virtualisation specialist SITS Group in the North East of England. 11 years’ experience in the IT industry with a focus on virtualisation technologies for the last 8 years. Blog at

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

Matt is an IT Pro with ~15 years of industry experience. He founded the Southwest Ontario Veeam User Group in 2015 & is always willing to share knowledge. vExpert 2016-2017, VCP-DCV, MCITP, & blogger at

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 focusing on Virtualization, Microsoft and Backup technologies. VCP, VMCE, vExpert 2015-17, Veeam Vanguard, PernixPro. Author of the blog - virtualization and beyond.

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 Data Center Architect, 5x 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-, and Veeam Vanguard 2016-. Works in a hybrid pre-/post-sales role for OneNeck IT Solutions.

Dave Morera

Storage Architect, Virtualization Geek, #vExpert (x4), #VeeamVanguard, runner, blogger, homebrewer. Deliver or Die

Andreas Lesslhumer

Dad, Blogger (, Virtualization Enthusiast, VCP-DCV, VMUG Austria Leader, 6x #vExpert 2012-2017

David Hill

Technologist & Evangelist working for VMware Cloud Services. Lead evangelist for vCloud Air. Over the past twenty years, David has been a successful entrepreneur, architect and business consultant. British but living in warm Austin TX!

Drew J. Como

IT professional with over 22 years of expertise focused on Windows, Linux, Virtualization, Cloud, and Disaster Recovery. Outside of IT, I am a DJ/MC and a music producer. My family, fitness, and American Kenpo are what drives me.

Eugene Kashperovetskyi

Product Architect at SingleHop. VMware, SDN and DR/Business Continuity are his second nature. When not busy absorbing new knowledge, Eugene’s hands are full with his kids’ activities and the bright days life has to offer.

Florian Raack

Florian is a consultant and trainer working for SVA GmbH Germany. He has a strong focus in virtualization and backup infrastructures. VCP-DCV, VCP-DT, VMCE, VMCT, VMCA

Karl Widmer

Working as a IT systems engineer in virtualization and backup, supporting SMB customers. Veeam and VMware addicted, hot on certifications. I'm a 24/7 firefighter too (not only IT fires but also the real ones). vExpert 2017, VCA, MCSA, VMCE.

Luke Brown

Principal Technologist/Evangelist for Zettagrid, Australia`s Leading vCloud Air Network SP. 17 years in IT as a consultant/architect for medium to large enterprises on all things server, storage, DR and cloud. VMware vChampion, 4x vExpert

Markus Kraus

Markus is living the IT Pro live since more than 10 years as an consultant, Architect and Systems Engineer. He is focusing on virtualization, automation and orchestration technologies. In 2016 and 2017 he was awarded as an VMware vExpert.

Michael Berg

Product Manager for Tech Data and has a Virtualization evangelist since 2002 with focus on VMware and since 2008 Veeam as well. Simply just loves how the technology solves the customers problems.

Myles Gray

I am a Senior Technical Marketing Architect for VMware in the Storage and Availability Business Unit. Focused primarily on content generation, product enablement and feedback from customers and field to engineering.

Patricio Cerda

Senior Cloud and Virtualization Consultant with over 15 years of experience in IT industry. vExpert 2011-2017, and Nutanix NTC 2015-2017. Blogger at VMware Certified Instructor, Veeam VMCT, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCIX-NV, NPP.

Rhys Hammond

Senior Systems Engineer at Data#3 based in Brisbane, Australia. Rhys specialises in all things Veeam related and authors the blog Veeam Me Up, Scotty!!!

Rob Nelson

Rob Nelson is an IT professional with almost 20 years of experience in the industry, mostly in Security and Operations. When he's not fixing or breaking stuff, you can find him on twitter @rnelson0 or at his blog,

Yukinobu Asami

Technical systems engineer with Climb Inc.,Veeam’s first ProPartner member based in Japan specializing in Virtualization and Database management solutions. He has engaged with many Veeam and VMware implementations in Japan.

James Kilby

James is a Senior Engineer in the Cloud team at Zen Internet, focusing on the VMware stack. He can often be found speaking at throughout the UK, discussing the technology he uses. He is a founding member of the UK Veeam UserGroup.

Jesse Anderson

I am a Sr. Cloud Engineer working with Backup and DR as a service.

Pete Flecha

Pete is a Sr Tech Marketing Architect at VMware focusing on VVols and vSAN. He can be found speaking at various industry events, on his blog at or geeking out weekly on the vSpeaking Podcast. vExpert 2014-2017

Allan Rafuse

IT Consultant, blogger and speaker located in Vancouver. Allan lives to implement or speak about IT infrastructure whether it be virtualized or bare metal, Production or DR. Regular contributor to #MVPDays.

Patrice Singy

Solution Architect and responsible for Cloud services in a Swiss company. Holder of several Certifications such as VMCE, VCP-DCV, VCP-DT and CrossFit enthusiast.

Anatoliy Bakal

Over 17 years in IT and is currently a Senior Technical Consultant @ MONT Ukraine. Speaker. Trainer. MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. Microsoft MVP Office Servers and Services.

Melissa Palmer

VMware Certified Design Expert #236 focused on the complete infrastructure stack. Creative Director of the Virtual Design Master Challenge. vExpert, CiscoChampion, NetApp A-Team

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