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Aug 23 2011   9:01AM GMT

VMworld 2011: SMB DR & Data Protection Panel (SPO3975)

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Well, my bags are packed and I’m ready to go…

Sorry, I was channeling John Denver there.  Actually, my bags aren’t packed yet that would be somewhat anal. I have printed all my travel documents. The next thing I need to do is create a crib sheet with all my appointments. One at the top of the list is SP03975: Expert Panel Discussion: Virtualization Benefits and Challenges in the SMB

Here’s the brief:

“There are many benefits of virtualization including cost savings, business agility, and more efficient data protection. However, small and medium size businesses don’t always have the resources or expertise available to reach these benefits with their limited IT staff. Learn from a panel of industry experts who’ve helped thousands of SMB’s design and implement a very efficient virtualization infrastructure, including Dell, VMware, and Acronis and get the inside track on best practices and tips and tricks used by their customers. In addition, an SMB customer will share their first hand experience and be ready to answer questions on Virtualizing their infrastructure and what they’re looking at next when it comes to Cloud.”

Session starts at Wed 2:30 PM…

More details on the Acronis VMworld Blog: http://vmworld.acronis.com

If you want a laugh you can look at the session and my description. I was able to register for the event as “Elvis Impersonator”.

I will be appearing along side such industry luminaries as

Ismail Azeri, Acronis
Ismail (“Izzy”) Azeri was named Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Americas in December, 2010. He is responsible for the Americas business broadly, including sales, channels and marketing to help drive Acronis as the leading Backup and Disaster Recovery software vendor in the Americas region. Izzy joined Acronis in July 2009 and served as Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, responsible for technology partnerships and overall product strategy through December 2010. Prior to joining Acronis, Izzy was at VMware, where he led the Corporate Business Development team which was responsible for acquisitions, investments, and strategic partnerships. Prior to VMware, Izzy was at EMC in several roles within Corporate Development and Finance. In addition to his General Manager responsibilities at Acronis, Izzy is also responsible for Corporate Partnerships, Acquisitions, the OEM business as well as playing an integral role in driving corporate strategy. Izzy holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from Bentley College where he graduated with honors in 3 years.

Kurtis Berger, Provider Advantage NW, Inc.
Kurtis Berger has been in the Information Technology field for 15 years. He’s currently I.T. Manager at Provider Advantage NW, Inc., a software and services company focused on Revenue Cycle Management for the Healthcare industry, where he’s been for the last 7 years. Kurtis has a small I.T. staff, so he has a broad range of responsibilities. Aside from managing the department, he also takes care of planning network improvements, server maintenance, security, customer connectivity, and even some end-user support. Being a 24×7 shop, ensuring High Availability of our services is critical – and a large component to his present position. Previously, he’s done QA, and was Senior System Administrator at an Internet Service Provider.
and (drum roll)

Todd Barton, Dell Inc.

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