Over the weekend, the DPM community lost one of its best – Ruud Baars.
While you may be familiar with some of the DPM voices and faces, Ruud was one of the quiet and sometimes unseen, true innovators of how to deploy DPM in the real world.
Ruud worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years. He started his career in Product Support and joined Services five years ago. His last position was that of Senior Consultant in the Core IO team. Ruud was a very passionate and driven person -- to customers and colleagues alike, dedicated to Microsoft technologies and its development. We will remember Ruud for his valued critical and optimistic attitude and his unique, characteristic, concise and powerful way of communication.
Ruud was one of the first Microsoft consultants to really pick DPM up. In the early days of DPM v1 (2006), there was a lot of excitement around the potential of Microsoft delivering its own backup solution. But after the anticipation, and the evangelism, and the proofs of concept, it was early experts like Ruud who actually helped customers successful with their first deployments. And as the DPM communities grew, both internal to Microsoft and externally with customers, partners and industry SMEs/MVPs, it was often Ruud who acted as the ‘deployment guru’ that we all learned from – not just about DPM itself, but storage, backup/recovery, and service.
Three months ago, Ruud was diagnosed with lung cancer, which overtook him last weekend. He leaves behind his wife, Han, and daughter Kimberley – as well as a company and community that are indebted to his knowledge and service.
Personally, I will always be grateful for the passion and expertise that he brought to the DPM community. But what I will remember the most is how that passion and expertise was delivered with the humility of a true gentleman.
Rest in Peace, Ruud.
Life goes so fast, it seems yesterday when Ruud and I met for the first time on DPM 2006. I will always remembered him as a very nice man, he was always available to help me when I was stuck on some crazy POC!
This is a terrible lost for our community, hope we will find a way to remember him always!
I am sure somewhere, somehow we will have another beer together my friend!
Ruud was a good friend & a great mentor and in all the years that I visited Netherlands, I got a chance to spend a lot of time with Ruud helping customers, cracking tough storage/DPM issue and enjoying great food. He was a gem of a person, humble and straightforward and always willing to help others learn. He made a huge impact to not just the products we worked on but also the product team who he helped coach and mentor baesd on his vast real life experiences.
My prayers are with his family & friends to bear this loss ... he leaves a gap that is impossible to fill. Ruud, you'll be sorely missed.
Tough and sad news to lose a colleague of his stature. He was an incredible mentor and champion for our technology. On top of it all, he was there for his friends and co-workers in any way he could be. He will be missed!!!
I had the pleasure of working closely with Ruud in the WW Technical Communities. I want to echo everything that Jason said in his posting. Ruud's capability, passion, and voice all contributed to a better DPM product. His leadership and friendship will truly be missed.
I was always impressed by his knowledge and his work ethic. Although we had spoken about linking up sometime in the future, that day never arrived. But he was a tremedous support for all of us in EMEA, making it the success that it was. Ruud, we will all miss. you.
I only knew Ruud from a professional perspective, but he was always willing to help. He was very knowledgable in our product and was willing to share ideas and data without thinking twice. He had passion about what he did. My prayers and well wishes goes out to him and his family. He will be missed.
Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to meet Ruud personally. But had some really great discussions over DL and offline. His strong will and passion was also shown after he was diagnosed, as he never ever stopped being active, sharing ideas and helping others. Ruud, you will stay in our minds and hearts.
I never had the pleasure to meet Ruud in person. But I was fortunate to have worked with him.
I always admired his passion and knowledge about everything not just technical matters.
I also, remember him talking about his family and his dog Candy. My prayers go out to them.
He was a wonderful person and will be truly missed by everyone that ever worked with him.
What a loss as human beeing, as professional as head of your family. Ruud will be sorely missed, I feel so sad - I can*t tell. Those days make one think about the "Why".
It was a real pleasure getting to know Ruud.
Will miss you Ruud. You were amazing!!
I really can't write - how sad I feel. If this is how I feel, someone you never met in person, I can imagine what it must be like for your family. My deepest condolences to the family. God Bless!!
I knew Ruud from his early Microsoft days. He has been a true role model of a no-nonsense state of mind and real-life solutions. I will miss you ....
I worked with Ruud at a lot of our Premier customers. The last one we worked on together, he was already ill and I urged him to go see a doctor. While sick, he was still concerned about this customer and I admired his heartshare and passion. I will miss Ruud....
I have worked with Ruud on a several accounts and as soon as the customer worked and knows Him then the customers keep asking to have him on every engagement.
This is difficult time for both his family and Microsoft team. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Rest in Peace Ruud!
I'm very saddened by this news. Ruud was a great guy who was always very willing to take time out and help me and others as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time as we reflect on the many ways he touched so many lives.
Farewell Ruud and my thoughts are with you and your family. You will be sorely missed.