The Art of the Portable – Michael Cade – Ep 109

A little while back I wrote a blog post inspired by a presentation by a friend of mine, Michael Cade, at Cloud Field Day 5 back in April (you can find his presentation here) where he talked about how Veeam were developing their workload and data portability strategy. This really struck a chord with me as it closely mirrored a lot of the conversations I was having, across businesses of all types, as they looked to develop more data-centric strategies, that focussed on ensuring that their data was where they needed it when.

It appealed so much I wrote a blog post covering the topic, Veeam and the art of the portable, ever since that, I’ve wanted to get it into a podcast episode.

This week myself and Michael finally managed to get our diaries together to do just that. For those of you who’ve not heard Michael on the show before, he’s a Global Technologist at Veeam and a well-known face in the IT community and always a great Tech Interviews guest.

On this week’s show we cover;

  • The portability why
  • Why cost isn’t the only driver of public cloud
  • Portability and a data-centric strategy
  • Portability use cases
  • Putting our “backup data” to work
  • Three Drivers of innovation
  • The importance of licensing in innovation
  • How to build a portability platform

Data portability, for me, is core to a modern data strategy and companies like Veeam are delivering technology that can help us to enable the kind of portability modern business demands.

If you’d like to follow up with Michael, the best way is via twitter @MichaelCade1 and you can find more on data portability, amongst other things, on his blog For further reference Michael’s Cloud Field Day presentation here and my original blog post here.

Thanks for listening.

If you have an idea for the show or would like to appear, why not email me at

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