1601_thwack_February-mission_basketball_150x150.jpgGreat saves... are born from great tools. And that's what you have here, this month, thwacksters. Free tools. That’s what you’ve earned here.

You were born to be IT professionals. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here. This is your time.

A few things to remember before we get started: If you’re not first, you’re last & most importantly there’s no crying in bracket battles.

Now that we got that settled… Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bracket time!


February Mission

We’ll start with 16 free tools & each week for the next 4 weeks there will be a new elimination round until we determine which SolarWinds free tool is the one that rules them all. Each week you will start with a clean slate and a new chance to win the weekly prize, so make sure you’re checking back and entering each round!


Print the entire Free Tool Bracket attached to this blog post to keep track of your votes and each round's winners!


Mission Rules:

  1. Each Monday the bracket will open a new round of voting starting on February 1.
  2. Once a round has opened, it will remain open until the following Sunday. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Correctly pick everyone who moves on to the next round and you win that week's prize.
  4. You start with a clean slate at the beginning of each round. Therefore, you can enter to win prizes each week regardless of how you performed in prior rounds.
  5. You will earn 50 points for each vote you cast on the match ups.
  6. The grand prize winners will be drawn at random from those who correctly guessed the Free Tool Bracket Battle winner!


Print the Free Tool Bracket attached to this blog post to keep track of your votes and each round's winners!


Round 4 "Championship" Winner



Your pick didn't win the Championship?

Find out why>>




Voting Opens

Voting Closes

Winners notified

Sweet 16Customized Converse w/ thwack IDFebruary 1Voting closed

Email sent

February 23

Elite 8Raspberry Pi w/ caseFebruary 8Voting closed

Email sent

February 23

Final 4

SolarWinds Sport Pack

Backpack, Sweat Band, Final 4 Trading Cards, Water Bottle

February 15Voting closed

Email sent

February 24

ChampionshipGeek Fuel 1 year plan - 5 winners will be drawnFebruary 22February 28

Email sent

February 29

Free Tools Brack-IT-Ology


Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle