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. 


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The dates are set, and the show is quickly approaching.  Are you going to VMware Explore 2023, VMware’s flagship customer event for all things multi-cloud.

VMware Explore takes place August 21 – 24, 2023 at the Venetian Convention and Expo Center, Las Vegas, NV, and November 6 – 9 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.

VMware Explore 2023 will host a community of technology users and leaders who all have a role in building the new multi-cloud world, including those engaged in enterprise applications, cloud architecture, infrastructure, end users, and networking and security.

The agenda includes thought leadership sessions, hands on training for new and popular technologies, and early access to the latest innovation announcements from VMware.  And don’t forget about the fun and entertainment that is planned.

The content catalog is live.  Explore it now!

In this exclusive VeeamON 2023 video interview, VMblog sits down with Rick Vanover, senior director of product strategy at Veeam.

During our discussion, Rick explores the top picked breakout sessions as voted by VeeamON attendees: Microsoft 365, cloud, and ransomware. And then dives into the topic of ransomware, cybersecurity, and recovery. Rick also goes into more detail about the new upcoming inline detection capability, what it is and why it is important.

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In this exclusive VeeamON 2023 video interview, VMblog sits down with Shiva Pillay, the GM and SVP of Americas at Veeam, to discuss his new role of taking over the Americas. Prior to this change, Pillay was in charge of the AsiaPac and Japan (APJ) region for Veeam. Now, he will bring that same level of energy and success to the Americas.

Pillay tells VMblog that companies are facing many challenges in keeping their business running today. It is a far more complex IT environment that encompasses the cloud, SaaS and on-premises resources. At the same time, there’s a growing threat from cyberattacks as ransomware attacks continue to rise in frequency, affecting many organizations at least once. Veeam is focused on helping customers keep their business running by protecting their data and if the worst happens, helping them to recover rapidly.

The full Veeam 2023 Ransomware Trends Report is available for download at

In this exclusive VeeamON 2023 interview, VMblog sits down with Dave Russell, the VP of Enterprise Strategies at Veeam, to discuss the new Veeam 2023 Ransomware Trends Report which was released during the event.

Looking at the ransomware trends, there is bad news and even worst news. As an example, according to the data in the report, one in seven organizations will see almost all (80%) data affected as a result of a ransomware attack - pointing to a significant gap in protection.

And paying the ransom does not ensure recoverability either. According to the study, while 59% paid the ransom and were able to recover data, 21% paid the ransom yet still didn't get their data back from the cyber criminals. Additionally, only 16% of organizations avoided paying ransom because they were able to recover from backups.

Russell discusses other study findings, and hopes that these findings help raise awareness across the industry. Veeam continues to add features and functionality into their products to help.

One other area of discussion that is important to consider is cyber insurance. What's interesting to note here is that while many companies have taken out and used cyber insurance in the past to help pay a ransom, many will find that this type of insurance may be going away.

The full Veeam 2023 Ransomware Trends Report is available for download at

In the era of exponential data growth, organizations require robust and efficient solutions to manage and protect their valuable information. Backblaze, a leading provider of data storage and backup solutions, emerges as a key player in this space. In this exclusive VeeamON 2023 interview, VMblog sits down with Elton Carneiro, senior director of partnerships at Backblaze, to explore their cutting-edge technology and their strategic partnership with Veeam. Elton sheds light on the features and advantages of Backblaze's technology and how their collaboration with Veeam strengthens data management and protection.

In an era where data protection is paramount, Cloudian emerges as a leading force with its advanced object storage technology and immutability features. In this exclusive VeeamON 2023 interview, VMblog sits down with Van Flowers, senior systems engineer at Cloudian, as we explore the innovative solutions they offer. Flowers sheds light on Cloudian's object storage technology, its immutability capabilities, and how the strategic partnership with Veeam strengthens their data protection offerings. Additionally, Van provides a hands-on demo of their solution, showcasing its effectiveness in safeguarding valuable data.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the threat of ransomware looms large over businesses and individuals alike. In this exclusive video interview, VMblog sits down with David Cerf, an industry expert and chief data evangelist of GRAU DATA, to delve into the challenges posed by ransomware and data protection in 2023 and beyond. David discusses GRAU DATA's revolutionary Blocky for Veeam technology, their partnership with Veeam, and how they are working together to fortify data protection strategies.

In today's digital landscape, the threat of ransomware continues to loom over 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 VeeamON 2023 interview, VMblog sits down with Anthony Cusimano, technical marketing director of Object First, to explore the innovative features of Ootbi and its role in providing simple, powerful, and affordable backup storage for mid-enterprise Veeam customers.

Infinidat, an industry leader in high-performance data storage solutions, recently sat down with VMblog to discuss their partnership with Veeam and the exciting technology they're bringing to VeeamON 2023.

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