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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.

 

Makoto Kawakami

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.

Mike Preston

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".

Jens Söldner

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.

Xavier Genestos

Xavier Genestos

IT system administrator, IT trainer, IT books writer, blogger at SYSADMIT.com, vExpert

Victor Konovalov

Victor Konovalov

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

Andrey Vakhitov

Andrey Vakhitov

Syst. admin, blogger.

Rob Nelson

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, rnelson0.com.

Shawn Cannon

Shawn Cannon

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

Allan Rafuse

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.

Jesse Anderson

Jesse Anderson

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

Thomas Maurer

Thomas Maurer

Cloud Architect focusing on Microsoft Cloud and Virtualization Technology.

Nigel Hickey

Nigel Hickey

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

Luke Brown

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

Arne Fokkema

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

Rasmus Haslund

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.

Gorka Izquierdo

Gorka Izquierdo

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

Michael Berg

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.

Joep Piscaer

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, VirtualLifestyle.nl.

Barry Coombs

Barry Coombs

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

Manfred Hofer

Manfred Hofer

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

Darryl Crossley

Darryl Crossley

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

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Senior Data Center Architect, 5x VMware vExpert, VCAP-DCD, MCITP, blogger at tsmith.co, and Cincinnati VMUG Leader.

Patrice Singy

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.

Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

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

Cristal Kawula

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.

David Hill

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!

Melissa Palmer

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

Lai Yoong Seng

Lai Yoong Seng

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

Jorge de la Cruz

Jorge de la Cruz

Jorge de la Cruz is Systems Engineer at Veeam. In his blog, which has more than 50,000 monthly visits, he regularly talks about Veeam as well as the latest news about VMware, and other Cloud and Datacentre technologies, virtual labs and how-to articles about virtualization, monitorization, open-source, etc.

James Kilby

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.

Robert L. Hummel

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.

Mads Fog

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.

Patricio Cerda

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 patriciocerda.com. VMware Certified Instructor, Veeam VMCT, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCIX-NV, NPP.

Eric Machabert

Eric Machabert

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

Didier Van Hoye

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.

Jim Jones

Jim Jones

Husband, parent, geek, proud West Virginian. Sr. Net Admin who blogs at koolaid.info, 4sysops.com. 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.

Yukinobu Asami

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.

Paul Braren

Paul Braren

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

Dean Lewis

Dean Lewis

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

Sander Berkouwer

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.

Gary Williams

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

Olafur Helgi  Haraldsson

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.

Denis Kelley

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.

Paulo Sant´anna

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.

Dave Kawula

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.

Craig Dalrymple

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.

Pete Flecha

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 pedrosarrow.com or geeking out weekly on the vSpeaking Podcast. vExpert 2014-2017

Myles Gray

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.

Matt Crape

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 42u.ca

Ryan Jacksland

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.

John Nicholson

John Nicholson

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

Florian Raack

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

Carsten Rachfahl

Carsten Rachfahl

IT Nerd with 30 years of experience focused on Microsoft Private and Hybrid Cloud. Carsten is rewarded as Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP since 2011. He owns an SI and organize the Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany https://cdc-germany.de

Christopher Glémot

Christopher Glémot

Infrastructure and Cloud Consultant specializing in Virtualization, Storage, Data Protection and Data Governance at Monaco Informatique Service - Avangarde (Gold Partner). Veeam VMCE, Author (Editions-ENI.fr) and Speaker. Owner of Original-Network.com.

Eugene Kashperovetskyi

Eugene Kashperovetskyi

Senior Director - Product @ INAP. 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.

Anatoliy Bakal

Anatoliy Bakal

Over 18 years in IT and is currently a Principal Technology Strategist @ Elcore Group. Speaker. Veeam User Group Ukraine Leader. MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. Microsoft MVP Office Servers and Services.

Vladan Seget

Vladan Seget

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

Karel Novak

Karel Novak

Senior Virtual Infrastructure Engineer at Arrow ECS CZ, VCI-Level2, VCIX6-NV/VCIX6-DCV,vExpert12-18,vExpert NSX 16-17.VMUG CZ Leader, VMCT-Mentor, Veeam Certified Architect, TechFieldDay Delegate, co-author book Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5

Karl Widmer

Karl Widmer

ICT system specialist in server and virtualization, responsible for all vSphere, HCI and cloud infrastructure at Oerlikon Group. Veeam and VMware addicted, hot on certifications. Veeam Vanguard 2017-2018, vExpert 2017-2018, VCA, MCSA, VMCE. Blogger.

Piotr Masztafiak

Piotr Masztafiak

Piotr is trainer and IT consultant specializing in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware virtualization technologies as well as public cloud. Holder of VMware vExpert 12-18 award and many other certifications, including Microsoft MCSA, MCITP, MCTS and Citrix CCA.

Alex Samoylenko

Alex Samoylenko

Virtualization technology professional. 11 years ago he built #1 website on virtualization in Russia. Alex runs his own virtualization-focused company VMC. Also, he works as Senior Investment Advisor at VIG Ventures and he is a CEO of Tubalytics.

Drew J. Como

Drew J. Como

IT professional with 24+ years of expertise focused on Windows, Linux, Virtualization, Cloud, Storage, and DR. Outside of IT, I am a DJ/MC and a music producer. Proud Veeamer for life and I bleed green!

Jim Millard

Jim Millard

VMware SE / SLED-IA/KS/MO/NE IT "jack of all trades, master of some" KC VMUG (2006-2018), vExpert (2009-2018), VMunderground/OpeningActs (2012-2017), Veeam Vanguard (2016-2018)

Andreas Lesslhumer

Andreas Lesslhumer

Virtualization Enthusiast, Author of the blog Running-System.com, VCP-DCV, VMUG Austria Leader, #vExpert 2012-2018, #CiscoChampion, #VeeamVanguard 2017/2018

Nathan Oldfield

Nathan Oldfield

Nathan is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in a wide range of environments. These days working with VMware, 3Par and MS infrastructure. Also a keen Office 365 enthusiast looking forward to the new versions of Veeam for Office 365. VMCA

Paul Stringfellow

Paul Stringfellow

20 years’ experience of working in the technology market and understanding how new technologies and trends fix difficult business challenges and impact how we will all operate and do business in the future. NetApp A-Team, CRN UK A-List

Federico Venier

Federico Venier

Federico is a Storage expert in HPE Tech Marketing. As tech lead in Veeam alliance, he prepares collaterals, speaks at conventions and manages the integration lab. More than 20Y in HPE, EMC, NetApp and Vodafone. In 2017, he relocated from Italy to the US.

Bilel Kammoun

Bilel Kammoun

System Engineer with over 10 years IT experience focusing on virtualization | VCIX6-DCV | vExpert 2016-18 | NTC-2018

Markus Kraus

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 and automation technologies. In addition to his second Vanguard nomination he was 2016-2018 awarded as a vExpert.

Silvio Di Benedetto

Silvio Di Benedetto

Owner at Inside Technologies - Senior Consultant and Trainer. Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management, Veeam Vanguard, Parallels VIPP. Community Lead at WindowServer.it, Azure Community, Veeam User Group Italy.

Andrea Mauro

Andrea Mauro

IT Architect on virtualization, cloud, storage technologies. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. Certifications: VCDX-DCV,VCAP-*,VCP-*, MCSA,MCSE,MCITP,CCA,NPP Accreditation: vExpert 2010-2018, NTC, Vanguard. Blogger on vinfrastructure.it

Valdecir Carvalho

Valdecir Carvalho

Val is an Senior IT Professional from São Paulo, Brazil with focus on Infrastructure Architecture and Cloud He's the proud Dad of Mariana and João. Blogger, Community Lover and Corintiano. VMware vExpert, VMUG Leader, Host of vBrownbag Brasil

Kyle Jenner

Kyle Jenner

Kyle Jenner is an Architect working at Insight UK within the Cloud Architect team with a big involvement in the community. Kyle is a current vExpert, VMware EUC Champion, VMUG Leader, Nutanix NTC and also a co-founder of a AWS User Group in the UK

Kevin Allan

Kevin Allan

CTO of Probax - supporting BaaS, DRaaS and AaaS since the early 2000's. Advocate for all Veeam products and leading development of Veeam into our management and automation platform for MSPs. When I’m not working I’m travelling and drinking good scotch.

Chris Childerhose

Chris Childerhose

Chris Childerhose works for McMillan LLP as an Solutions Architect in Storage, Virtualization & Backups. He has a passion for technology and stays on top of the ever evolving IT realm. He is a Veeam Vanguard, VMCE, VCP and MCITP certified.

Luciano Patrao

Luciano Patrao

Working with Virtualization for more than 10 years (mainly VMware). vExpert last 3 years. Specialties, Virtualization, Storage, and Backups. Working for Elits and allocated In Germany as a Teach Lead and acting as a Senior ICT Infrastructure Engineer.

Josh De Jong

Josh De Jong

Josh is a Systems Architect focusing on virtualization and storage solutions working with customers of all sizes. Josh holds two VCP's (DCV & NV) & is a 4 time vExpert. Occasional blogger, twitter addict, taker of naps.

Liselotte Foverskov

Liselotte Foverskov

Independent @Textrovert, vExpert 2011-18, VMUG Leader #vmugdk. Mother. Wife. Psychotherapist.

Rhys Hammond

Rhys Hammond

Senior Systems Engineer at Data#3 based in Brisbane, Australia. Rhys specialises in all things Veeam and authors the blog www.rhyshammond.com.

Marius Sandbu

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

Christian Mohn

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.

Anoop C Nair

Anoop C Nair

Anoop is a Solution Architect on enterprise device management with more than 17 years of experience. He is Microsoft MVP, Blogger, and Speaker. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like Windows, SCCM Current Branch, Intune , and Hyper-V.

Mike Conjoice

Mike Conjoice

Mike works as a Solution Architect at Bupa Dental UK, one of the UKs largest dental chains. Having worked with Veeam since 2012, initially as a partner, now as a customer, he is a strong advocate for Veeam as both a product, and a company.

Ken Nalbone

Ken Nalbone

Presales Architect focused on virtualization, hyperconvergence, and data protection. Leads Indianapolis VMware and Veeam User Groups. vExpert and Nutanix Technology Champion. Loves drinking bourbon and running, but not at the same time.

Ian Sanderson

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 www.snurf.co.uk

Paolo Valsecchi

Paolo Valsecchi

System Engineer focusing on Virtualization, Microsoft and Backup technologies. VCP-DCV, VMCE, vExpert, Veeam Vanguard. Owner of "Nolabnoparty.com - virtualization and beyond" blog.

Shane Williford

Shane Williford

Senior Systems Engineer with almost 20yrs in the IT industry across multiple business disciplines. 8yr VMware vExpert specializing in BC/DP/DR, storage, infrastructure & systems automation. Guest blogger and various tech cert Study Guide creator.

Bart Pellegrino

Bart Pellegrino

Technical Consultant, specialized in backup and disaster recovery. Has over 15 years of experience working as IT professional and is i.a. Certified Veeam Trainer & Architect. His website https:// backitup.online is focused around the VMCE program.