VeeamON 2017 – General Session Wednesday – a review

Thanks to the live stream there wasn’t an NDA on the announcements today made at the General Session. People announced stuff and did live demos of new features awaiting us in the next version of Veeam, the Veeam Availability Suite v10. Let’s now dive into it.

Kicking off the General Session

Peter McKay, COO and President, was on the stage. He’s greeted all attending people, even those who were streaming the general session event to their computers at home or at the office.

Peter McKay introduced himself and showed us about his career. He showed us the example of his children, they’re living a real digital life already. And we all are doing so. It’s all about digital transformation. It’s our digital future.

the past and the future

Whatever we need, where we need it, when we need it. Users confidence comes only with business availability and continuity. It has to be instant, embedded, personalized, everywhere. Poor experience is like no experience.

Data in this century is what oil was in the last century. Data is getting mission critical. The need of being available, all apps and data instantly available, is business critical today, and a key for companies in the future.

Veeam showed us a video of the Denver Broncos football team and how they did IT in their company. Veeam got their back, the Denver Broncos data is available 24.7.365. Some other customers like Volvo were also highlighted.

Upcoming announcements for the next two days:

  • Veeam version 10 and new features
  • Cloud plans and partnerships with Microsoft and AWS
  • Ecosystem which means strategic partnerships

Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder of Veeam, was introduced by Peter McKay. He was pleased and happy that the last few years were so successful. And he loves the new Veeam logo and colors.

Ratmir explained how the developed the name “Veeam”. Veeam just means VM (virtual machine), so Vee Am. A blogger stated that it could also be the time when they designed the logo, at 5:33am in the morning (v = 5, 33, am).

Now the Veeam Evangelist team came on stage. Clint Wyckoff, Michael White, Rick Vanouver and Michael Cade.

Live Demo by Clint Wyckoff

Clint Wykoff showed us some real live demo about native agent management for Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux. You can set a master account for the installation of the agent, or set any individual credential if needed. By selecting organizational units you can repeatedly scan those sections to add new computers automatically to your protection group. You install a real lightwheigt agent on the endpoint. There is only a small gui and all the configuration is stored in the Veeam Backup & Replication configuration database.

As a side note, Veeam version 10 is fully supporting Windows Failover Clusters.

Live Demo by Rick Vanouver

Rick showed us the Starwind VTL on cloud. Customers can keep their retention of „tape“ but it’s all virtual, based on disk and in the cloud.

He went also through the new Veeam Availability for AWS. More and more customers move to the cloud, or using it at least for some workloads.

Live Demo by Michael White

Michael showed us the new Veeam CDP (Continous Data Protection) feature. You create a CDP policy very easy, because the handling is like creating a normal backup job.

You can have RPO’s like 15 seconds! That’s close to live streaming the data from your critical virtual machines to your backup storage. Snapshots aren’t used in this policy. This is realized through leveraging the vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO).

Michael shared also some infos about the new Veeam content pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight. Customers already using vRealize Log Insight to monitor their infrastructure are now also able to integrate Veeam into it and monitor it within Log Insight.

Live Demo by Michael Cade

Michael showed us some of the updated storage integration in Veeam v10. He went also through the SureBackup with the integration of those storage vendors. New integrations of IBM, Lenovo and Infinidat are coming with Veeam v10.


Sanjay Poonen, VMware COO, was introduced on the stage. Veeam and VMware have strong partnerships, and they are also presenting things and topics here at VeeamON. He was talking about the VMware Cloud Foundation and other cloud related topics. It’s all about cloud, even public, private or on-premises clouds.


Frank Palumbo, Senior Vice President, Global Data Center/Virtualization Sales, was introduced on stage. He was talking about the digital transformation. The network touches everything in this transformation. 500 Billion of devices will be connected in the next few months. That will be challenge to companies, keeping data available everytime, everywhere and secured.

VeeamON live stream available!

If you’d like to watch the live stream, even if you’re at work, at home, or have another reason to miss this premier availability event, go to the Veeam website:

VeeamON General Session will be live streamed on Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th from 9AM – 11AM CST.

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