For those of you who don’t know who the Veeam Vangaurds are, then the official link can be found here – for those who just want the summary then read on.
The Vangaurds are an amazing group of people from around the world, hand picked by senior staff at Veeam for their knowledge and passion for the Veeam product suite. The group are not employees of Veeam, nor at they paid for their contributions. They come from different industries and backgrounds, some are hands on engineers, others are decisions makers or experts within their field; many have their own blog sites (too many to list here, but one day I’ll try and gather them all together).
I’ve said before that in many ways we’re and odd bunch – you wouldn’t necessarily say that this seemingly random group of people would have anything in common if it wasn’t for Veeam. Don’t get me wrong, we have differences, we argue, we are contentious, but above all we do the task we were chosen for – give good honest feedback to the developers at Veeam. Improving the product for everyone.
The recent VeeamOn event in New Orleans, was an opportunity for the 60 or so Vanguards to get together, these events happen annually, last year was in London and previous to that Las Vegas. One of the benefits of been a member of this group is an exclusive Vanguard Day which precedes the official public launch. This time round we saw the latest updates to Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO), Nimble Storage Secondary Flash Arrays, Veeam Availability Console (VAC) plus an opportunity to quiz the R&D Team.
Let’s not forget Vanny the Vanguard Vulture our unofficial mascot, more about him later..
Below is a quick behind the scenes video showing the Vangauards at their best, relaxed, preparing for a semi-official photoshoot at VeeamOn 2017.