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CloudBerry Lab Hires Veeam’s Doug Hazelman for MSP Cloud Backup Initiative

Doug Hazelman

Cross-platform cloud backup software company CloudBerry Lab has hired Veeam veteran Doug Hazelman as VP of  technical marketing. In his new post, he will drive CloudBerry’s community-centric relationships with MSPs, partners and customers.

Previously, Hazelman spent nearly a decade working at Veeam, most recently as VP of product strategy. While there, Hazelman helped build community engagement around Veeam’s products and helped determine the company’s technological direction. That experience and key business relationships, including one with Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev, eventually led Hazelman to CloudBerry.

Indeed, Timashev is on CloudBerry’s advisory council. “Having worked with Ratmir for over 17 years I trust his judgment,” Hazelman tells ChannelE2E. “Additionally, I’m partial to smaller, early stage companies as opposed to big companies. I think there’s a great opportunity at CloudBerry to continue on our growth trend and be a brand recognized by all MSP’s.”

CloudBerry Lab Priorities

Working from his base in St. Petersburg, Florida, Hazelman is tasked with building a community amongst MSP partners and customers around CloudBerry’s solutions. “I’ll be looking at a number of different ways to connect our customers and partners together,” he says. “I also have an advisory role at CloudBerry to help guide the business in the right direction.”

Hazelman says he will be drawing from his experiences at Veeam to help guide him through his new role. While at Veeam, he had a number of responsibilities at the fast-growth company — which is nearing $1 billion in annual revenue.

“Having spent almost 10 years at Veeam and helping grow it from very small to very big has given me tremendous experience,” he says. “At Veeam I wore many different hats in the beginning, including helping Veeam build a community. My experience on the executive team also taught me a lot about growing a successful software company.”

CloudBerry Lab R&D Milestones

Hazelman is joining the team shortly after CloudBerry unveiled its Backup 5.8 solution, which bolsters protection against ransomware. The product supports Windows, Windows Server, macOS, and Linux, and is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and Oracle Database applications.

CloudBerry, which launched in 2011, boasts partnerships with several cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, among others.

“First off, CloudBerry is about choice,” says Hazelman. “With over 50 different cloud storage providers supported, we don’t force our customers and partners into a single cloud vendor. We’re also growing our manager services offering very rapidly. By offering an easy way to white label CloudBerry solutions, MSP’s can offer our services under their own brand.”

No doubt, the MSP-centric cloud backup market is crowded with rivals. CloudBerry could face stiff competition from companies like Acronis, Carbonite, Datto, StorageCraft, Veritas and even Veeam’s MSPs on some fronts — though Veeam and CloudBerry also have some complementary capabilities.

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