First of all i have to start with the 24th of April. I just came home from work in the evening and was eating for dinner. After that i rechecked my E-Mails to find an e-mail from Veeam where i have been chosen to win the complimentary full conference pass to VeeamON 2019 !!!
I was totally surprised and really honored !
After I had told my employer about it, I was also allowed to book flights and a hotel to participate at the VeeamON 2019 ! My friend and teammate Florian Raack was also travelling to Miami for VeeamON. As if that wasn’t enough, we also had a special guest on our trip: VannyVanguard !!
Taking care of Vanny Vanguard
He enjoyed the flight with us and the locations we showed him. Here are some impressions 🙂
@VannyVanguard and @vfraack getting ready for #VeeamON. New haircut incoming !#barbershop #Miami #Veeam pic.twitter.com/YXQJLOCVz1— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 20, 2019
First time for me meeting @VannyVanguard !@vfraack served him some water for the long flight to #VeeamON ! #Veeam #Miami pic.twitter.com/dfgwg620WH— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 19, 2019
Let’s focus on what happened during the 3 days at VeeamON.
This was my first time ever to attend a VeeamON event and I was extremely curious about what to expect.
The conference itself is scheduled for 3 days, whereby 2 days are full of breakout sessions. On monday the 20th of May the conference started with the Registration Desk.
Kicking Off #VeeamON 2019 with my mate @vfraack and @VannyVanguard #Veeam pic.twitter.com/ujlCQ0s2if— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 20, 2019
For me, this was awesome as i had the chance to meet all the people out of the vCommunity that I had only written to before.
Florian, Tobias, Craig, Nathan, Val, Sebastian, Jim, Fred, Tim, Niels, Andreas, Timothy, Adrian, Christopher, Anatoliy, Joe, Calvin, Massimiliano, Al, Shane, Michael, Brian, Michael White, Kirsten, Vanny Vanguard, Rick
Guys it was a real pleasure to meet you all there, i really love this outstanding community !!
Here are some more pictures and impressions of the people out of the vCommunity and Veeam.
Breakout and General Sessions
Regarding the breakout and general sessions I can say that they were perfect for me. That’s exactly what I expected. Deep technical breakout sessions where you could really look under the hood.
awesome architecture session by @tsmith_co happy that we got some first row seats. #VeeamVanguard #VanguardTakeover #VeeamOn pic.twitter.com/T6QP3RKFjN— Florian Raack (@vfraack) May 21, 2019
This is what i'm talking about !— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 21, 2019
Amazing deep dive technical sessions here at #VeeamOn !!@Veeam #Veeam pic.twitter.com/i7eN1hoYdg
I also liked the special session of the Vanguards very much. It’s nice to see, that Veeam is involving the members of their community program in such an event!
Special Session from the #Veeam Vanguards and @RickVanover kickin in soon !#VeeamON #VeeamON2019 pic.twitter.com/GFMsiM87F4— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 22, 2019
The general session themselves were outstanding aswell. I really enjoyed the way everything was presented and all the new and upcoming features. Like i said before, i have never been to any VeeamON conference but this one was simply amazing !
Here you can see the main stage.
Veeam Backup & Replication for Microsoft Azure. This is going to be an awesome release !#VeeamON #Azure #Microsoft #Veeam pic.twitter.com/CoBnGE5DH0— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 21, 2019
Mike Resseler showing a sneak-peak of Veeam Backup & Replication for MS Azure. I really can’t wait to get my hands on it since i have a strong focus on Office 365 and Azure at the moment !
It's getting hot!— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) May 21, 2019
Veeam Availability Suite v10#VeeamON #Veeam pic.twitter.com/EZr9f8vpPW
Anton Gostev starting to present Veeam Availability Suite v10 !
And there was this special situation…
During the live keynote, the Rickatron dumped his laptop in water just to show that his previous Veeam Agent Backup will perfectly restore to a VMware VM. This was a great show !
Don’t try this at home!! #VeeamON #VeeamVanguard #VanguardTakeOver pic.twitter.com/VaswKrL1pq— Nathan Oldfield (@nathanoldfield6) May 21, 2019
On the second VeeamON day we met for a nice vBreakfast with Shane, Brian, Nathan, Florian, Calvin, Sebastian, Adrian and Fred.
By the way this was my first time eating Eggs Benedict and i really enjoyed them !
All in all, i really enjoyed the conference from the beginning until the great party ! The food and drinks at the party were really amazing. There were various “locale stations” with different food and drinks, which was kind of difficult to try everthing 🙂
I’m extremely happy to have participated in the conference and to have met so many great people. The next VeeamON will take place in Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel, which i will hopefully attend again after my outstanding experience in Miami !