August 14, 2023

Ootbi for Veeam - Simple, Ransomware, Immutability. Interview with Object First | VMware Explore 2023

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In 2023, AI has been dominating much of the IT conversation. But Ransomware remains a key topic as it continues to threaten organizations of all sizes. As businesses strive to protect their critical data, Object First emerges as a game-changer with their Ootbi solution.

In this exclusive VMblog interview as part of our VMware Explore US 2023 coverage, we sit down with Anthony Cusimano, chief evangelist of Object First, to explore the innovative features of Ootbi and its role in providing simple, powerful, and affordable backup storage for Veeam customers.

Ransomware, Immutability and the Power of Object First Ootbi.

Anthony Cusimano provides valuable insights into the who, what and why of Object First's Ootbi. Built with a focus on simplicity, power, and affordability, Ootbi empowers Veeam customers to safeguard their data with ease. By combining advanced backup storage technology with ransomware-proof features, Ootbi ensures data integrity and protection, even in the face of sophisticated attacks. A key aspect of Ootbi is its immutability feature. By making backup data immutable, Object First prevents ransomware from tampering with or encrypting critical files. This ensures that organizations can recover their data securely, without falling prey to extortion. Anthony Cusimano dives into the technical details of how Ootbi achieves immutability, highlighting its effectiveness in thwarting ransomware attacks. And we take a look at how Object First partners with VMware and solves problems for VMware users and VMware implementations.

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0:00 - Intro
0:18 - Welcome to Anthony Cusimano, chief evangelist at Object First
0:38 - Background on Object First
1:17 - How does Object First partner with VMware and how does it work within the ecosystem?
2:48 - What problems do you solve? And what do you offer VMware users?
4:21 - Cusimano provides a deeper level into the Ootbi technology
7:57 - What makes Object First unique and differentiated in the market?
10:02 - What has the company been up to since launching in Feb 2023?
11:38 - What themes and trends in 2023/2024 is Object First tracking?
13:59 - Ootbi Demo
22:29 - Wrap up

Brian Ducharme

Brian is an event reporter for and an expert in virtualization/cloud techonlogies.  In his 15+ years of experience in the virtualization/cloud field he has interviewed hundreds of companies, users and executives.  Brian has been an active member of the NEVMUG (NEVTUG) since 2006 and attends both vmworld and Citrix Synergy every year.  Brian works full time as a Senior Software Engineer for Liquidware Labs.

Brian also spent 5 years as the managing editor of Virtual Strategy Magazine, an online magazine focused on the virtualization industry and has been with vmblog since 2011. He has a background in Computer Graphics, Marketing, Programming, Web Design, Mobile App Development, Linux Administration and is an active member of the NHJS group. 





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