2019 Veeam Vanguard Summit – Day 1 Recap

Before I jump into the recap, there are so many people that need to be recognized for their efforts, contributions and most importantly for their positive feedback and support leading into, during, and after the 2019 Veeam Vanguard Summit in Prague which is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. I’ve been blessed to travel to many cities around the world, but Prague is hands down a top 3 destination moving forward without a doubt.

None of this is possible without a tremendous supporting cast and it includes Veeam, Anton Gostev, Rick Vanover, Nikola PejkováMichael Cade, Anthony Spiteri, David Hill, Kirsten Stoner, Aubrey GalenChelsea Curtis, IIya Afanasyev, Alec King, Dmitry Kniazev, Oleg Patrakov, Dmitry Popov, Mike Resseler, Nikita Shestakov, Pavel Tide, Andrew Zhelezko, and my fellow Veeam Vanguards. The amount of effort, time and coordination to put on an event like this, let alone in another country is greatly appreciated. Thank you all! 

The Welcome Reception kicked off the week on Monday evening on the rooftop terrace at T-Anker where Veeam employees and Vanguards met for an evening of drinks and food surrounded by wonderful conversations and views. Once the reception concluded, a few of us took the opportunity to spend the remainder of the evening walking in and around Old Town Square. I’ve included some images below and I would highly recommend visiting the city but before doing so please take some time to review the videos shared by The Honest Guide on YouTube. These videos are extremely helpful as you prepare for your journey to Prague and each video is no longer than 10 minutes. Thanks to Adam Fisher, I was able to snag a copy of the Honest Guide book while I was in the city.


Tuesday was the first official day of the Summit and we began the morning with Rick Vanover and Nikola Pejková which included an appearance from none other than Vanny Vanguard. Rick formally introduced Nikola which included a description of her role as the Veeam Community Manager moving forward. Additionally, each provided the audience with an overview of what to expect moving forward including a brief description of each session with speaker. 


Our next session (Veeam Cloud & SaaS Backup Solutions) was provided by Mike Resseler. Unfortunately, the information discussed and provided is under NDA (non-disclosure agreement) which does not permit me to disclose any additional information. There are some very cool features coming from Veeam but I’m afraid rules are rules, so I’ll have to keep them to myself for the time being.

From there, I attended the Veeam Instance Licensing updates session presented by Rick Vanover and Anton Gostev. Environments are always evolving which includes On Premises, Private and Public cloud. The backup adoption to the cloud has increased in 2018 and 2019, and it’s forecast in 2020 will only continue. The trends are ticking in an upward direction and the statistics prove it. Veeam’s focus with their licensing strategy is to make it easier for the customers and that does NOT require additional costs or licenses. The purpose is to simplify licensing with a flexible solution that includes ONE type of license for their various products. This new approach to the various workloads which includes Virtual (VMware, Hyper-V, and Nutanix AHV), Physical Servers and Workstations (Microsoft and Linux), Cloud (AWS, Azure and more), Enterprise Applications (Oracle and SAP) and File Shares (250GB front end capacity packs (v10).

Veeam Universal License

The Veeam ONE session was led by Kirsten Stoner and Nikita Shestakov. They discussed VID enhancements including repository logs, multi-language support, and hotfixes. Veeam ONE includes 340+ alarms and 145+ types of reports. 


The final session of day 1 discussed writing opportunities for Veeam and it was presented by IIya Afanasyev. This is a great way to get involved as a writer with Veeam and get paid while doing so! This includes blog posts, technical content, and firsthand experiences in your environment that may benefit others in the Veeam community. For more information about this program, please click here


The remainder of the day was spent spending time with fellow Vanguards in the city for dinner which also included a visit to The Apple Museum.

The Apple Museum

I hope you found this post useful and if you have any questions, please let me know but before I let you go I’d like to share one last photo taken by Paul Braren atop the terrace at T-Anker with his new iPhone Pro Max. If you’re not familiar with Paul, check out his phenomenal work at TinkerTry. This image is stunning and it’s one of many reasons Prague should be on your bucket list of European cities to visit.

Prague from the T-Anker Terrace. Credit to Paul Braren for the photo.

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