I was very kindly invited to an evening meal with Veeam.com. If you don’t know Veeam, where have you beean? They’re the guys behind the Reporter, Configurator and that FastSCP Tool for ESX. I recently did a webcast for the TechTarget.com guys on the subject of storage – and the Veeam people were very kind to sponsor the entire thing. Whitepaper to follow. I first became acquainted with Veeam last year, and was invited to their dinner event at VMworld 2007. So it was a chance to re-enforce that relationship. They are a really friendly bunch of guys. I caught up with Doug from Veeam who was the moderator/interview for the webcast. So it was a real name to face situation. I also got a chance to quiz Doug and Carrie who work Veeam about their backgrounds – and how they found themselves to be work Veeam. As ever in our industry Veeam’s almost like a little family with everyone having worked for previous companies in the past – liking and respecting each other – and deciding “hey, let’s make a company”. With the history of Russia being what it is – it’s this generation of people who are really at the forefront of trying to foster, created, generate and protect a true entrepreneurial spirit out there. I’m no hard-nosed “Thatcherite” at heart but I have an awful lot of respect for people who prepared to put their heart n’ soul into something they believe in.
There was a couple people there I wasn’t expecting like Tarry and some of the instructors who work for resellers in EMEA. It just goes to show this whole virtualization thing is still a very tight community of enthusiastic individuals (like me!) all the way from USA, to the UK, and to Russia.