Brian Ducharme

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. 


Broadcom Inc., which recently acquired VMware, previewed highlights of VMware Explore 2024, the industry's essential cloud event. VMware Explore 2024 will kick-off in Las Vegas on August 26-29, 2024 at The Venetian Convention and Expo Center. That event will be followed by VMware Explore 2024 in Barcelona, Spain on November 4-7, 2024 at the Fira Gran Via.

Scality provides object storage for on-premises IT infrastructure. Organizations looking to store and manage critical peta-byte scale data turn to Scality to help them manage and store their unstructured data stores. This includes massive amounts of image files, documents, PDFs, videos and other data that does not sit in a database.

In this exclusive VeeamON 2024 interview, VMblog sits down with Candida Valois, field CTO at Scality, to explore their cutting-edge technology and their strategic partnership with Veeam. Valois sheds light on the features and advantages of Scality's technology and discusses their partnership and how they collaborate with Veeam.

In recent years, Scality has expanded its offering to include cyber-resilient storage solutions that protect data against AI-fueled ransomware. Scality ARTESCA is simple and secure S3 object storage that is built for Veeam to provide ransomware-proof backups; it's designed to provide the strongest form of data immutability plus five levels of cyber resiliency-that Scality refers to as the CORE5.

Valois says ARTESCA is optimized specifically for Veeam and supports all of its object storage capabilities. It is purpose-built for Veeam users and available as a turnkey integrated hardware appliance, making it the easiest-to-deploy solution on the market. In short, it's secure, efficient and simple to use.

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Learn more about ARTESCA and try it out:

In an era where data is the lifeblood of organizations, safeguarding it has become paramount. The need for modern, resilient backup and recovery systems is more significant than ever, especially in the face of rising cyber threats like ransomware. Enter Object First, founded by the co-founders of Veeam-Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov, and the creators of Ootbi (out-of-the-box immutability).

In this exclusive VeeamON 2024 interview, VMblog sits down with Anthony Cusimano, Technical Marketing Director at Object First, to explore their cutting-edge technology and their strategic partnership with Veeam.

In this video, Cusimano explores the features and advantages of Object First's technology, and discusses their collaboration and partnership with Veeam.

Ootbi is an object storage appliance built for backup and, even more specifically, for Veeam. It takes less than 15 minutes to configure, requires zero security and Linux expertise, and no additional setup or namespace adjustment is needed at the Veeam layer when scaled.

Capacity and performance scale linearly when adding additional nodes, supporting backup speeds up to 4.0 gigabytes per second with up to half a petabyte of storage space. Ootbi was designed to empower Veeam Backup & Replication and supports Veeam's standard block size and encryption by default.

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Find out more in this written VMblog Q&A article with Object First.

In the era of exponential data growth, organizations require robust and efficient solutions to manage and protect their valuable information. Backblaze makes it astonishingly easy to store, use, and protect data. The Backblaze Storage Cloud provides a foundation for businesses, developers, IT professionals, and individuals to build applications, host content, manage media, back up and archive data, and more.

In this exclusive VeeamON 2024 interview, VMblog sits down with Don Stewart, Sr. Strategic Alliance Partner Manager at Backblaze, to explore their cutting-edge technology and their strategic partnership with Veeam. Stewart sheds light on the features and advantages of Backblaze's technology and how their collaboration with Veeam strengthens data management and protection.

Backblaze has been part of the cloud storage backup landscape since 2007 and went public in 2021.

B2 Cloud Storage, its open cloud object storage product, is differentiated by its ease of use, affordability, premium customer support, and proven track record of performant and dependable service. Stewart says that the key to their longevity and success is that Backblaze B2 has straightforward, transparent pricing-no minimum retention penalties, no egress charges for up to 3x the data stored (and egress is completely free to most compute and CDN partners), premium support, and no delays in accessing your data when and where you need it.

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Find out more in this written VMblog Q&A with Backblaze

Get an inside look at the latest innovations and strategic vision of IGEL Technologies in this insightful discussion with James Millington, VP of Vertical Solutions at IGEL, from their flagship DISRUPT 2024 event in Miami Beach.

James kicks off the conversation by reflecting on IGEL's recent brand relaunch and repositioning, emphasizing their focus on providing a secure endpoint operating system for "now and next." He delves into the evolving landscape of end-user computing, where traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) strategies are giving way to a more diverse approach, incorporating desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and SaaS applications.

Join us for an insightful conversation with Brad Tompkins, the newly appointed CEO of Workspot, as he shares his perspectives on the future of end-user computing and the company's innovative approach to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) at IGEL DISRUPT24 in Miami Beach.

In this engaging discussion, Brad highlights IGEL DISRUPT as a premier venue for the end-user computing (EUC) community, fostering collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and driving innovation in the industry.

Get the inside scoop on the latest innovations and announcements from IGEL Technologies straight from Carl Gersh, VP of Global Marketing, in this exclusive interview from IGEL DISRUPT24.

Carl kicks off the conversation by reflecting on the transformative changes and growth at IGEL over the past year, highlighting the company's continued commitment to driving the future of secure, high-performance end-user computing.

Get an inside look at LG's innovative solutions for the end-user computing space in this insightful discussion with Aaron Addison, Strategic Alliance Manager at LG Electronics, from IGEL DISRUPT 2024 in Miami Beach.

Aaron kicks off the conversation by providing an overview of LG's long-standing presence in the EUC market, dating back to 2009 with their zero client offerings. He highlights LG's diverse product portfolio, spanning from laptops and mobile thin clients to purpose-built thin clients and portable monitors, catering to the evolving needs of modern digital workspaces.

Discover the power of seamless desktop virtualization with Pete Langas, Enterprise Sales Executive at #Nerdio, as he joins us at #IGEL #DISRUPT24 in Miami Beach.

In this insightful discussion, Pete provides an in-depth introduction to Nerdio, a leading provider of automated desktop virtualization solutions. He dives into Nerdio's cutting-edge technology, explaining how it simplifies and streamlines the deployment and management of virtual desktops, enabling organizations to quickly and effortlessly provision secure, high-performance desktop environments.

Unlock the power of the enterprise browser as we sit down with Jason Trunk, Enterprise Architect at Island, at IGEL DISRUPT24 in Miami Beach.

In this insightful discussion, Jason provides an in-depth introduction to, diving deep into their cutting-edge enterprise browser solution. He explains the core concept behind the "enterprise browser," highlighting its unique capabilities in delivering secure, compliant, and high-performance web access for business-critical applications.

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