vCatchup with… Rick Vanover

My next vCatchup of 2013, is with a very special guest Rick Vanover @rickvanover aka RICKATRON who is product strategy specialist for Veeam software and is responsible for Rickatron blog at Thanks Rick!

What is vCatchup?

vCatchup is basically an interview where two people get together and chew the fat about what’s current in the industry, what’s going on in the community and where things appear to be going.  I try and set 5/6 questions to give a framework to the interview.

While the 2012 vCatchup’s we a look back on what had happened in 2012, the 2013 interviews are very much about looking forward and cover topics like predictions, Software Defined Networking and VMUG commitments.

With the vCatchup it is my intention to seek the opportunity to interview a wide range of people from well know international guests to locals who have already began establishing a community presence for themselves.

Enjoy the conversation and please provide some feedback!

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Here’s the list of questions we covered:

  1. What brings you to the Melbourne, Australia and how do we compared to other countries when it comes to virtualisation/storage?
  2. How do you support your local VMUG and what commitments do you have in store for the virtualisation community in 2013?
  3. What do you think 2013 has in store from a tech perspective, what would you like to see (any predictions perhaps)?
  4. Software Defined Networking (I think this will be a big topic in 2013) – VMware are getting behind their Nicera acquisition – they’ve put together a dream team including Brad Headlund and Scott Lowe – how do you think it’s going to change the virtualisation industry and more importantly how do you think it will impact backup?
  5. Tell us about your home lab, do you ‘get your hands on the tools’?
  6. Tell us about Backup and Recovery, Veeam have proven that its all about software with your software defined backup (like it, I just made that one up!) what challenges do you think companies face with Backup and how do you think Veeam solve these?

Thanks for viewing/listening to this series of interviews, and don’t forget, please spread the good word of the vCatchup!

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