So yeah, I’m heading to an in-person tech conference next week. Not just any tech conference but arguably my favorite, VeeamON. The event is being held at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas May 16-19 for the in person aspect but like so many of conferences in the post-COVID era it will be a hybrid event with a free of charge, online aspect as well. If you have not registered for either in person or online there is still plenty of time to get involved.

It’s been since August of 2019 since I last did any event of real size and while I am absolutely excited to be able to hear about some wonderful technology and be back around friends, colleagues and fellow Vanguards, I’d be remiss to not acknowledge a healthy amount of hesitance about being around large groups of people again. That said at this point I’ve done everything that I can possibly do to protect myself and those around me from all the health concerns so it’s time to get at it.

On a personal note this time around is going to be a bit different for me as well as it is going to be the first event I’ve attended as part of a partner organization as opposed to just being there as a customer. In the lead up there is quite a bit of preparation involved when attending this way but a great deal to be interested in as well.

What’s Going On?

So a look at the full agenda tells you that Veeam Backup & Replication v12 is going to be a major focus of the conference this time around and for good reason; v12 from everything I’ve seen so far is going to be a MASSIVE release in terms of under the cover infrastructure. I’ve been working with the beta since release and honestly I’m rarely leaving the backup infrastructure tab because there’s so much different there. Layer in improvements to related products such as the Veeam Agents and the hyper scaler cloud backup products and I’ll be busy long after the event watching recordings.

While V12 will be a major focus it won’t be the only one. Support for backing up SaaS application will be there as well with further improvements to Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 and the upcoming release of Veeam Backup for Salesforce.

I’m personally going to have a couple of speaking sessions myself. The first will be with Josh Liebster as we discuss why “All Good Things Start at 11:11” Monday at 6pm on the partner stage in the expo hall. This quick session will be for my employer iland, an 11:11 Systems company and will talk about how we can help you with your disaster recover and cloud workload needs.

All Good Things Start at 11:11

The second session I will be involved in will be with Mr. Liebster again as well as Sean Smith from VMware Tuesday at 10:15am titled “VCPP, VMware Cloud Director and Veeam — Bringing It All Together as a Full Stack.” In this session Sean will be talking about VMware Cloud Director and the overall VCPP program of which iland is an “all-in” member. Josh and I will talk about how iland takes what VMware provides and turns it into an award winning set of products.

All in all I’m expecting it to be an excellent as always. If you are going to be there please reach out to me through twitter and I’d love to meet up!