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There are few certainties in this life: death, taxes, and security audits. There’s a good chance that at some point in your career, you’ll have to face the dreaded auditor. Our goal with this month’s mission is to quiz your compliance knowledge so you can ask yourself if you have the expertise to survive an audit. Each week will highlight a different aspect of compliance as follows:

 

  • Week 1: Understanding Compliance
  • Week 2: The Industry Perspective
  • Week 3: Risks to Compliance and Risks of Non-compliance
  • Week 4: Tools for Compliance in IT

 

Audits shouldn’t feel like IT Pro Vs. Auditor, SolarWinds is here to help.

 

MAY MISSION

Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

  • Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize
  • Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: 32" Samsung® curved computer monitor

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on May 1, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until May 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:

 


150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

 

 

***MISSION SHORTCUT***

 

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK points & enter to win an Aegis Padlock SSD - USB 3.0 Solid State Drive!

 

The shortcut is simple:

1.    Download Log & Event Manager

2.    Upload a screenshot after install of a Compliance Rule

3.    Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win an Aegis Padlock SSD - USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

 

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

 

Log & Event Manager

A SIEM that makes it easy to use logs for security, compliance, and troubleshooting.

 

 

 

 

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Mini Vintage Bluetooth® speaker

Complete questions 1-5 by May 7 to be entered to win

Week 2: Yeti® Rambler Bottle 64 oz

Complete questions 6-10 by May 14 to be entered to win

Week 3: Dromida - Vista UAV Quadcopter

Complete questions 11-15 by May 21 to be entered to win

Week 4: THWACK® Hammock + $50 Amazon® Gift Card

Complete questions 16-20 by May 28 to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by May 28 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
32" Samsung® curved computer monitor

 

Monthly Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

DanielleH

Who Do You Trust?

Posted by DanielleH Administrator Apr 28, 2017

They say trust is like a vase: you can fix it once broken, but it’s never quite the same. According to this year’s SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization, 95 percent of North American organizations have migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud over the past 12 months—maybe you have, too. This means the ability to trust our cloud service providers (CSPs) is needed now more than ever before. However, the same report shows that the majority (62 percent) of IT professionals who took the survey only “somewhat trust” their CSP, and nearly one-fifth say they  “somewhat distrust” or “do not trust” their CSP at all. What does this say about the future of the IT professional and CSP relationship?

 

Trust is a fickle thing, but if you think about it, we regularly trust dozens of people in our lives who, more often than not, amount to near strangers: taxi drivers to deliver us to our destinations safely; doctors to keep us healthy (or tell us when we’re not); local meteorologists because how else would we prepare for the day ahead?; hardware and software vendors to deliver quality infrastructure that our businesses run on; and even our local barista to keep us caffeinated. You get the idea.

 

So, we want to know: Who do you trust in your life?

 

In exchange for 200 THWACK points, tell us about the degree to which you trust various people in your life (consider the above examples). Submit your thoughts and comments using the format below here by Wednesday, May 10 to make sure you receive your THWACK points. And please feel free to submit more than one.

 

I (choose one: completely trust, somewhat trust, somewhat distrust, do not trust) my __________ because __________.

Yes, we know it’s only April and IT Professionals Day 2017 isn’t until September 19. However, we want to make sure we do our very best to help celebrate you, the IT professional, on that special holiday. At this time in particular, we’re curious what you think would be a fun, engaging idea for www.ITProDay.org. For example, would you enjoy a quiz on some of the craziest tasks you’re called on to perform in your role, and of course, then seeing your results compared to your peers’? Would you find a funny original video highlighting all the great work IT pros do entertaining? How about e-cards you can share with other IT pros, or perhaps an interactive infographic?

 

Really, the sky’s the limit and we want to know what we can do on the website to in at least some small way help celebrate you. Share any ideas you have with us by Tuesday, May 2, and we’ll give you 200 THWACK points to show our appreciation.

As a response to many of our customers, I am pleased to announce that starting on April 20, 2017 we will now be providing THWACK points for attending our SolarWinds Academy virtual live classes.  My hope is this offering will expose the great training we provide today to even more of our existing customers.  In order to receive your points you must attend the class and complete the training survey with a valid THWACK ID.  The point amounts are listed below.  Remember you can attend any class as long as you are under active maintenance for one product.

 

Once the class is completed you will be awarded points based on the length of the class, up to 2000 points*.

 

1 hour = 500

2 hours = 1,000

3 hours = 1,500

4 hours = 2,000

 

Please see the Virtual Classrooms Calendar for upcoming courses.

 

We look forward to seeing you in class!

 

*points will be awarded within 5-10 business days of class completion.

The SolarWinds Security Team is seeking the assistance of five Log & Event Manager (LEM) Customers to participate in an online survey by Gartner regarding their experience with LEM. Participants must be active users of LEM and knowledgeable regarding the SIEM marketplace. Participants must also commit to issuing a response to Gartner within 3 weeks of the first receipt of the survey or by any other deadline specified by Gartner.

 

If you are a willing and able to assist with this request, please comment below and I will reach out directly.  2,500 points to everyone who signs up to participate!

 

Information needed:

Company Name

First Name

Last Name

Title

Email

Phone

Time Zone

Country

 

Thanks in advance for your support of LEM and SolarWinds.

The User Experience (UX) team is interested in knowing more about how you use SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and how valuable the features are to you.

 

If you’re interested in influencing the direction of NPM, please take our quick 15-minute survey. You’ll receive 500 THWACK points, which can be traded in for some cool stuff!

 

We will be closing the survey on May 3rd, so don’t wait to get your feedback in. Thank you!

 

Access the survey here>> http://solarwinds.npmfeatures.sgizmo.com/s3/

The data center is like a seed – with the right amount of water and sunlight it can help an organization flourish into an abundant flower! OK, sunlight and water are hard to find in your data center – for good reason – but the power needed to run a data center has to come from somewhere, all in the name of helping an organization grow into a productive, efficient, and agile body.

 

Data centers are one of the fastest-growing energy vacuums in the IT industry, and all that power can have an adverse effect on the environment. But at the same time, we know you’re under pressure to keep processes running and your organizations running smoothly, which sometimes means the environment takes a backseat. With Earth Day just around the corner, we want to hear the tips and tricks that are helping you keep your data center green, like utilizing more environmentally-friendly power sources or powering down infrastructure where possible.

 

Let us know what an IT environmentalist looks like by sharing ways to keep data centers running green by April 14th and we’ll plant 250 THWACK points in your account for you to grow whatever you like!

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You entered the Hybrid IT Dimension & successfully navigated the PerfStack Zone!

Well done, mission accomplished!

 

THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - MARCH 2017

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Server & Application MonitorNetwork Performance Monitor

Find and resolve application problems before they become incidents.

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Reduce network outages and improve performance with advanced network monitoring software.

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Don't forget to join us for the next mission, going on now>> THWACK MONTHLY MISSION - APRIL 2017

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Listen up, THWACKsters: our database fugitive has allegedly been running an expensive query for over ninety minutes. Wait time is well above average and application performance is grinding to a halt. What we need from each and every one of you is a search of every database instance, active session, and query—search on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments. Your fugitive's name is X.E. Dental DBA. Your job is to vindicate him and set him free.

 

You will have the assistance of SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer to help you prove DBA’s innocence, which will provide you with response-time analysis, historical trending, Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis, and more.

 

The race for proof is on! Good luck!

 

APRIL MISSION

Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

  • Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize
  • Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: Nintendo Switch

 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on April 3, 2017.

Once a question has opened, it will remain open until April 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

 

Correctly answer all five questions within a given week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize:

 


150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

 

***MISSION SHORTCUT***

 

Complete the mission shortcut to earn up to an additional 1,000 THWACK points & enter to win a set of Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker!

 

The shortcut is simple:

1.    Download Database Performance Analyzer

2.    Upload a screenshot after install of the Register Instance Wizard

3.    Earn 1,000 THWACK points per product & enter to win a set of Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker!

4.    Check out the Getting started guide for DPA to learn about the latest features.

 

Mission shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

 

Database Performance Analyzer

Performance Monitoring, Analysis, and Tuning software.

 

 

 

 

Weekly PrizesMon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Winners
Week 1: Echo Dot 2nd generation

Complete questions 1-5 by April 9th to be entered to win

Week 2: Puma digital sports watch

Complete questions 6-10 by April 16th to be entered to win

Week 3: Go Pro Hero

Complete questions 11-15 by April 23rd to be entered to win

Week 4: Jpilis Fitness Tracker

Complete questions 16-20 by April 30th to be entered to win

Correctly answer all 20 questions by April 30th and get entered to win the Grand Prize!
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Monthly Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, & Canada | Germany | Australia

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