VeeamON 2020 Is Online

VeeamON 2020 would have happened already this year, but these are crazy times, and like most vendors, Veeam has chosen to move the event online, rather than run the gauntlet of having a whole bunch of folks in one place and risk the rapid spread of COVID-19. The new dates for the event are June 17 – 18. You can find more information about VeeamON 2020 here and register for the event here.

The agenda is jam-packed with a range of interesting topics around data protection, spread across a range of tracks, including Architecture and Design, Implementation Best Practices, and Operations and Support. It’s not just marketing fluff either, there’s plenty there for technical folk to sink their teeth into.



Six months ago I thought I’d be heading to Vegas for this event. But a lot can change in a short period of time, and a lot has changed. The broader topic of online conferences versus in-person events is an interesting one, and not something I can do justice to here. This isn’t something that Veeam necessarily wanted to do, but it makes sense not to put a whole mess of people in the same space. What I’m interested to see is whether the tech vendors, including Veeam, will notice that not running large scale in-person events actually saves a bunch of money, and look to do more of these once things have gone back to whatever passes for normal in the future. Or whether, as a few people have commented, the events don’t get as much engagement because people aren’t present and can’t commit the time. As much as I’ve come to hate the frequent flights to the U.S.A. to attend tech conferences, it does make it easier to be present in terms of time zones and distractions. If I’m watching events in Pacific Time from my home, it’s usually the middle of the night to make the keynote. And I have the day job to consider as well.

That said, I think it’s fantastic that companies like Veeam have been able to adjust their approach to what was a fairly traditional model when it came to customer and partner engagement. Sure, we won’t be able to get together for a meal in person, but we’ll still have the opportunity to hear about what Veeam’s been up to, and find out a little more about what’s coming next. Ultimately, that’s what these kind of events are about.


Random Short Take #5

So it’s been over six months since I did one of these, and it’s clear that I’m literally rubbish at doing them regularly.

VMware – Enabling the Digital Enterprise Event in February

This is just a quick post to talk about VMware‘s “Digital Enterprise Event” coming up in February. It’s an online event divided into two tracks:

  • Deliver and Secure Your Digital Workspace; and
  • Build and Manage Your Hybrid Cloud.

The first track covers “VMware’s digital workspace vision and share exciting announcements that help companies securely deliver and manage any app on any device”.

The second track is a bit more interesting to me, and covers both the cloud management platform and hyperconverged infrastructure (you’ll have to choose one or the other when you register).

The first one (for APAC audiences) is running on Tuesday, February 16 at 9am (AEDST). The second track runs at the same time, but they’re on-demand, so you can attend at a later time.

It looks like it should be an interesting set of sessions, and I recommend you get along if you can. Register here. And while I’m at it, if you’re an APAC virtualisation bod, check out VMware’s Tech Day Online. The agenda is here and registration for that event can be found here.