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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so dust off your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirt and celebrate! Before heading out to show off your Irish stepdancing skills, tell us about your luckiest moments as a tech pro—because leprechauns aren’t the only ones who can find a pot of gold on the other side of the rainbow.

 

We want to know when you’ve felt luckiest in your career—the situations that made you raise a glass to yourself, or to the “luck of the tech pro!” When did you feel like things could have gone terribly wrong but didn’t? Did something break? Get lost or deleted? You know that feeling—all hope seemed lost, but like magic, everything worked out. (At least we hope you know that feeling).

 

Share your luckiest stories about finding the tech pro pot o’ gold by March 12, 2019, and we’ll give you 250 THWACK points in return!

 

MISSION STATUS: COMPLETED

What a journey, THWACKsters!

 

They always say it's not the destination but the journey. I'm inclined to believe them this time around.

 

You navigated your way through new, unexplored territories with great precision. The ride itself found us traversing through cloud-native technologies. But with you at the helm, there was never really a worry. I'd be more than happy to travel alongside any of you any time. Let's start by heading together into the new mission!

 

Mission Recap & Survey Questions:

MISSION WINNERS

This mission alone held such wonderful exploratory finds. That being said, there were quite a few of you who actually found REAL treasure along the way. We'd like to recognize those who won this month's amazing giveaways.

 

Week 1: erdogan

 

Week 2: c0eus

 

Week 3: monitoringlife

 

Week 4: jakesmith44

 

Grand Prize: tonedepear

 

Shortcuts: davevato | mathewpgds | dcschwalm | wluther

 

NAVIGATING THE CLOUD CONTINUUM

Check out the various cloud-native technologies that were discovered along this Month's Mission.

PINGDOM FREE TRIALAPPOPTICS FREE TRIALLOGGLY FREE TRIALPAPERTRAIL FREE TRIAL

 

* The newest Monthly Mission is live! Start it now here - THWACK Monthly Mission - February 2019

Rise of the Undead User Accounts!

 

They rise from the grave with a single intent: to bite you in the neck. The users are long gone, but the accounts are lingering in your infrastructure—hiding below the placid landscape, just sitting, biding their time. They are waiting to rise like the undead, clawing, infiltrating your world. Don’t let them catch you off your guard—like everyone else during an undead invasion.

 

ARM yourself with the necessary tools to lock down your home and secure your environment.  Barricades will only get you so far. It’s time to take some action!



FEBRUARY MONTHLY 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.

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.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on February 4th, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until March 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUTS

Complete the mission shortcut between February 4, 2019 and March 3, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win Last Night on Earth: 10th Anniversary Edition

The shortcut is simple:

  1. Download a free trial for Access Rights Manager
  2. Connect ARM to your Active Directory
  3. Take a screenshot of the Dashboard (Top Nav)
  4. Submit screenshot here

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by February 10th, 2019 to be entered to win: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead & The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by February 17th, 2019 to be entered to win: Blackest Night Comic
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by February 24th, 2019 to be entered to win: Ash vs. Evil Funko Pop Figure
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by March 3rd, 2019 to be entered to win: Plants vs Zombies Package Set

Correctly answer all 20 questions by March 3rd, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Emergency Zone Bundle & Save 2 Person Urban Survival Bug Out Bag + Basic Dog Emergency Kit



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

Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Any time you put bandwidth hogs and large amounts of flow traffic in the mix there’s a chance you could have an unexpected network disruption on your hands. Properly analyzing and understanding flow data is an integral part of maintaining a healthy network. This month’s bonus mission showcases three FREE flow monitoring tools that can help you distribute, test and configure your flow traffic.

 

Ready to fine tune your flow analysis? Start the mission!



JANUARY MINI 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 10 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mission.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
January 28th, 2019: Fire TV Stick 4K

February 4th, 2019: Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition


Grand Prize:
February 4th, 2019: Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 21st, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUTS

Complete the mission shortcut between January 21, 2019 and February 4, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Hit us with your best shot! Provide us one screenshot that demonstrates how you are using your favorite flow tool. We really want to get an idea of the way our users are benefiting from their flow tool bundle, so be sure to send us the best picture possible of one of your tools from the bundle in action by following the below instructions:

  1. Download the Free Tools Bundle and unzip the three tools included. Install one or more of them.
  2. Take a screenshot from one of the three tools:
    • In the NetFlow Replicator tool, run the tool and expand the “Console” configuration at the bottom of the screen. Populate the Console configuration and take a screenshot.
    • In the NetFlow Generator tool, run the tool and configure the address and port of your NTA server. Uncheck “Node Simulation”, scroll down and add some endpoints. Select “Run Generator”, and take a screenshot of the “Running Status” screen.
    • In the NetFlow Configurator tool, run the tool and take a screenshot of the “Device Configuration” screen
  3. Upload your screenshot for a chance to win!

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 27th 2019 to be entered to win: Fire TV Stick 4K
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by February 3rd 2019 to be entered to win: Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition

Correctly answer all 10 questions by February 3rd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable



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

Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

SolarWinds had a great 2018: We launched seven new products and over 12 product updates to our Orion® Platform, DevOps, Security and Compliance, and MSP portfolios. These releases have had an overwhelming amount of support from our user community, which continues to be the foundation of our product strategy. We couldn’t have done it without YOU, our customers, and THWACK® community members.

 

Most recently, we asked our customers to review us on the Gartner Peer Insights platform for Application Performance Monitoring Suites, an expanding SolarWinds portfolio supporting both cloud-native and on-premises application monitoring. Our customers’ response was emphatic about our APM products, with several highlighting their great return on investment (ROI). Thanks to these reviews, we’re excited to announce that SolarWinds has been recognized as 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Application Performance Monitoring Suites. But don’t take my word for it—check out some of our customer reviews on Gartner Peer Insights: 

 

“Great monitoring solution (AppOptics) that works out of the box and doesn't need a lot of time.” - CTO in Services Industry

 

“Overall the upgrade process is working great, AppOptics uses the same agent we already install and the data has allowed us to better tune our applications and servers.” - Senior Network Security Engineer in Finance Industry

 

“A great product (SAM) that allows me to get on with other work knowing that should anything start to go wrong I will be alerted usually with enough notice to prevent downtime or serious systems degradation.”- ICT Infrastructure Senior Systems Engine in Education

 

“SolarWinds Server and Application monitor (SAM) has helped up maximize our performance, ROI, and allows for proper information knowledge transfer to happen in a timely manner.”- IT Director in Services Industry

 

At SolarWinds, continuing to develop our product roadmap through feedback from our user community and customers is our priority. We take pride in knowing the products we make available to our customers are practical, easy to use, and precisely what our technology professionals are asking for. Simply put, we understand our user community and their needs, and make products that work and solve their IT infrastructure problems. As we kick off 2019, I want to take a moment to reflect on our success in 2018 and highlight the unwavering support we continue to receive from our user community.

 

#SolarWinds

 

Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.

We’re bringing deeper visibility and smarter scalability to your network with new features and solutions you need to see at Cisco Live! Barcelona 2019.

 

Join us at booth #S20A to learn how SolarWinds continues to improve our hybrid IT management solution built on the Orion® Platform.  SolarWinds is recognized as a worldwide leader in network management software by industry analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

 

COME LEARN ABOUT:

 

Network Insight for Cisco Nexus:

 

Network Insight is designed to simplify the management of complex network devices by providing the right information for each device's unique role in the network. Network Insight™ for Cisco Nexus joins Cisco ASA and F5 BIG-IP to help you troubleshoot your switches, firewalls, and load balancers like an expert. Now in Network Performance Monitor and Network Configuration Manager.

 

Smarter Scalability:

 

Whether you are scaling up as your network grows, or scaling out to support remote locations, SolarWinds is ready to grow with you. With quadrupled monitoring capacity per instance and our same easy-to-use interface, SolarWinds® solutions are more simple, powerful, and affordable than ever.

 

Intelligent Maps:

 

You need to understand the relationships between devices and applications on your network, but don’t have time to maintain maps. Introducing Intelligent Maps, for people who love beautiful maps, but hate to maintain them. Get back to managing your network, not your network monitoring.

 

Stop by our booth to see demos of our full suite of powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use IT management software solutions. In addition to our core IT products, you can learn more about MSP and cloud-native products as well.

Let’s begin with a personal invitation to each and everyone one of you to join us in 2019 for one of our SolarWinds User Groups (SWUG). This year, we’re traveling to Atlanta, Seattle, New York, and Chicago. For 2019, like years past, it’s all about building bridges, tearing down walls, expanding communications, and fostering the best community in IT. The 2019 SWUGs will feature two days of sessions, including keynotes from SolarWinds executives, Head Geeks, and others, open spaces for attendee-led meetings, community-requested sessions, multiple topic-centric tracks, interactive sessions, and much, much more.

 

You may ask yourself why SolarWinds has made these changes. Well, it’s largely in result to our previous attendees’ feedback. You asked for more technical deep-dive sessions, more interactive sessions, more how-to sessions, and more interaction with the attendees in the room – and we heard you. If you’re taking time out of your busy schedule to be a part of an event, then it’s our job to make this event as informative and educational as possible.

 

If you’ve attended a SWUG in the past, you know that we have always packed the day with content, but it just wasn’t enough. Therefore, we’ve gone to two days. We also realize that not every session resonates with every person. With that in mind, we’re relying on you, the community, to tell us more about the sessions you want. You get to direct our track-based content. Our concentration is to make the sessions and content more diverse and community-driven.

 

Why Attend a SWUG?

The short answer is that it’s over 16 hours of educational content provided by SolarWinds professionals for free. That’s what you see on paper, but what you get by attending this in-person event is so much more. What we’re offering in a SWUG is opportunity: opportunity to speak with SolarWinds staff about the software, opportunity to interact with other IT professionals in your area of expertise, opportunity to influence the future direction of solutions in your environment, and opportunity to customize your experience and the content to your needs.

 

The thing that I’ve enjoyed the most about being part of the SWUG journey over the last few years is meeting the community. Although I’ve been with SolarWinds for a few years now, I haven’t forgotten my roots—as part of the community of users who utilized SolarWinds solutions to do my job better. My favorite interaction was always someone who brought up their manager or their co-worker and, together, we helped show them how we could help fix that one problem that’s been a pain point for some time. The power of SWUG is in a room full of other professionals to answer your questions. Although each environment is different, many of the problems we encounter have some level of commonality. At a SWUG, you are surrounded by hundreds of people whose role is like yours—in essence, a community.

 

The Evolution of SWUG

The super power of the THWACK® community is – and always has been – the diversity of its members. That diversity, coupled with everyone’s different IT specialties, makes for an engaging and, frequently, entertaining place to spend your time. In 2015, we began with an experiment: what would happen if we brought some THWACK members and some SolarWinds staff into a room and got them to interact with each other in real life? It seemed like a success. Like all scientists, we expanded on our hypothesis and tested it again.

 

This little experiment became the SolarWinds User Group, or SWUG. In 2016, we traveled to nine locations around these United States doing the same experiment. For a period of a half a day, we got everyone together and spoke with them about monitoring things better with SolarWinds. And what’s the purpose of having excellent monitoring? Finding the root cause quickly, helping you diagnose issues rapidly, which is key to giving you your weekends back.

 

Dallas, TX - 2016

 

Taking our cue from the scientific method, we took our results, analyzed what we found, and determined the next steps for our experimentation. In 2017, we moved from half-days to full days and extended the reach—both in scope and in locations. We traveled all over the world, meeting people who ranged in title from monitoring professionals, to network engineers, to systems administrators, to security professionals, and more. Building relationships among the community has been my favorite part of being with SolarWinds. Meeting more people and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my career.

 

In 2018, we scaled up once again and visited eleven cities around the world, hosting SWUGs to get to know the community better. One thing that we realized in our whirlwind tour over the last four years was that high technology people actually like talking to other high technology people. The THWACK community is more than just an online community, it is a community in the truest sense—made up of individuals, each with their own experiences, skills, and knowledge.

 

London, England - 2018London, England - 2018

 

In previous years, we’ve heard that we weren’t talking enough about this or we skipped that other thing entirely. Much of that was because we didn’t have the time. The next logical step was to get more of the community together and tailor the content to your requests.

 

It’s now 2019, and it’s time to take the results of the last four years, refine our hypothesis, and test it again. This year, we will be moving to two days of content with more people, more sessions, more interaction, and more—basically—everything.

 

SWUG 2019 by the numbers:

  • 0 conference badges required
  • 4 cities
  • 2 days
  • 3 tracks per day
  • 16+ hours of community-driven, educational content
  • 100+ IT professionals
  • and you

Register now to join me and other SolarWinds professionals in a city near you for a great 2019.

We are excited to announce that once again, SolarWinds® Log & Event Manager™ is being considered for a Gartner Peer Insights Annual Customers’ Choice Award! Gartner will recognize 7 software vendors who have more than 50 total reviews in the last 12 months with an average review rating higher than 4.2 stars.

 

We need your help!

 

If you’re a user of Log & Event Manager now and or in the past, and would like to help us win, please consider writing a review today - it won’t take more than 2 minutes! The deadline is quickly approaching so reviews must be submitted by March 31, 2019.

 

The process is simple. Here’s what we need you to do:

  1. Click on this link to leave your review
  2. Post a screenshot of your submitted review below

 

That’s it! As a thank you, we will deposit 750 THWACK points into your account.

 

Thank you for being a LEM customer!

The Log & Event Manager Team

Navigating the CLOUD CONTINUUM

 

You are here, in a vast and ever-changing IT universe. Good thing you have your trusty data map, because finding an integrated monitoring solution and navigating the evolving need for observability could get tricky. Will a nebulous, hybrid situation take you ever further into the cloud? Or, are you already out there pushing the limits of cloud-native technologies? Either way, the future is coming for you.

 

Explore which technologies you’ll move forward with, and discover where you need to land in the cloud continuum to come out the other side in an advanced state. This voyage is about navigating through complexity at warp speed, while minimizing MTTR. So, grab your dynamic field explorer and let’s start this mission.



JANUARY MONTHLY 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.

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.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
January 14th 2019: Vacation Guide to the Solar System

January 21st 2019: Hubot Figurine

January 28th 2019: Planet Defenders Board Game

February 4th 2019: James Webb Space Telescope Courier Bag

Grand Prize:
February 4th 2019: Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K w/ High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver



 

MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 7th, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUTS

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a GlobeTrotter Etched Globe Spirits Decanter, Galilea Moon Phase Calendar & Clock, LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V Building Kit, and/or a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope

 

There are four shortcuts within this shortcut...So a little bit of shortcut-ception. Each one you participate in gives you a chance to win one of four different prizes. Here are the instructions for each product screenshot needed:

Pingdom:
Step 1 - Log in, click on Experience monitoring, then Page Speed
Step 2 - Click on Add Check at the top, fill in the box and take the screenshot before you save it
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

AppOptics:

Step 1 - Install an agent.

Step 2 - Depending on which agent you installed-

  • Infrastructure: Click on the Infrastructure icon, then click on integrations at the top and take the screenshot.
  • APM: Click the APM icon in the left nav and then double click on a service, take the screenshot.

Step 3 - Submit screenshot

SIGN UP TODAY  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Loggly:

Step 1 - When you log in and you’ve added at least one log, go to the magnifying glass at the top and click on it
Step 2 - Type is a search, hit enter and take the screenshot
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START YOUR TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Papertrail

Step 1 - After you have added at least one log, click on the “Events” tab, go to the bottom and type in a search
Step 2 - Hit the save button and while the pop-up for the save is showing, take the screenshot
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START LOGGING  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 13th 2019 to be entered to win: Vacation Guide to the Solar System
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by January 20th 2019 to be entered to win: Hubot Figurine
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by January 27th 2019 to be entered to win: Planet Defenders Board Game
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by February 3rd 2019 to be entered to win: James Webb Space Telescope Courier Bag

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 3rd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K w/ High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver



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

Mission Shortcut #1 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #2 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #3 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #4 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

 

MISSION STATUS: COMPLETED

 

Couldn't ask for better allies, THWACKsters!

 

What a good way to end the year! Uniting our products to help bolster your strength in the IT world.

 

You learned which products made for the best alliances and conquered this mission with ease! We here at the THWACK Community wish you a very Happy New Year and hope you're ready for the next mission.

 

Mission Recap & Survey Questions:

MISSION WINNERS

 

While all of you handled this mission with amazing precision, a few of you managed to pull away with some amazing prizes. We'd like to recognize those who won this month's amazing giveaways.

 

Week 1: philtreid

 

Week 2: sleavitt

 

Week 3: ghenry

 

Week 4: zehrina

 

Grand Prize: bluthru

 

Shortcut: pcollins07

 

HOUSES UNITED

Use your allies to strengthen your position. Download our free trials to find which products synergize to give you the best experience.

DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL/DEMO

 

* The newest Monthly Mission goes live January 7th, 2019

We’re trying to understand what's important to you in terms of cloud monitoring, especially around the network side of your cloud instances.

 

This survey should take about five to ten minutes to finish. You’ll get 250 thwack points for the taking the survey. The points will be added to your account once the survey has ended.

 

Take the survey

ipMonitor® is featured on Capterra®, a business software review site. If you’re an ipMonitor user, please consider writing us a review to help others evaluate if our software is the right IT monitoring tool for their organization.

 

Writing a review will only take about five minutes, and to thank you for your time, the first forty reviewers will receive a $20 Amazon® gift card, while supplies last.


It just takes two easy steps:


1.
Click HERE to leave your review
2. Email a screenshot to
kathleen.walker@solarwinds.com or leave in a reply to this post.

Thank you for your help!

**Offer expires on 12/31/18. Valid for United States and Canada only**

 

Terms & Conditions Apply

We are looking for some expert feedback from IT professionals responsible for storage in their organization. This feedback can help us develop functionality that’s important to you. Some things we’d like to hear about are:

 

  • What storage arrays you use
  • What your biggest storage concerns and pains are
  • What your forward looking plans for storage are

 

Click here to launch the storage survey. Completed surveys qualify you for a chance to win one of our $20 gift cards from Amazon®!

 

Terms & Conditions

Anyone who has worked in IT for more than 15 minutes – especially in decent-sized environments where there's a level of rigor and control – can tell you that upgrades are a pain in the TCP socket. Even when the upgrades themselves are easy, the process of getting them approved and completed in production is not. There's the testing (which must be done to satisfy the change control committee), the publishing of results, as well as crafting the deployment plan, validation plan, and backout plan should things go wrong. Then there’s the change control request meeting where you have to justify the upgrade to all stakeholders. And finally, the upgrade itself, often performed at a time window that would make vampires happy: 2 a.m. on a Sunday, with all work required to complete before 8 a.m. It's no wonder folks aren't eager to keep their software up to date.

 

The reality is that when I’m out at user groups (SWUGs) and working at conventions, I encounter customers who haven’t upgraded all the time. These folks are (somehow) living without the latest and greatest performance improvements, security updates, and let's not forget new features in our current stable of products. It's enough to make this old Geek weep in both pity and regret for those lost souls. And what's worse is that upgrading doesn’t cost a thing! That's right, moving to the latest version is 100%, true-blue, legal-even-let-me-say-this-eff-arr-ee-ee FREE.

 

As I was pondering this injustice, it occurred to me that, outside the gilded walls of SolarWinds HQ, it may not be as clear just how many updates we release each year, or what is contained in them. The fact is that our developers are some of the best in the world, and on top of it, our entire team keeps our fingers on the pulse of customer needs as we attend conventions, user groups (SWUGs), participate in UX sessions (you can join in here), and of course, via the "feature request" forum for each product on THWACK®. With all of that input, SolarWinds updates are rarely just a collection of bug fixes and security patches. Of course, every update DOES have those things, but there's almost always an extra nugget (or two, or more) of goodness to make it worth your while.

 

For example, on November 20, SolarWinds released new versions of Network Performance Monitor (NPM) , NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), Network Configuration Manager (NCM), and IP Address Manager (IPAM). Along with performance improvements, security updates, and bug fixes, those versions also included:

  • Network Performance Monitor (NPM 12.4) – Support for monitoring Cisco ACI devices, as well as SAML 2.0 support.
  • NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA 4.5) – Expanded alerting on a variety of NetFlow-specific conditions such as traffic increases, decreases, or disappearances.
  • Network Configuration Manager (NCM 7.9) – Compare one device’s configuration to other devices, as well as point-in-time configurations.
  • IP Address Manager (IPAM 4.8) – Integrated management of Infoblox devices for both DHCP and DNS.
  • AppMap: Context-aware automated mapping, which shows device relationships based on the data flowing across your network Support for monitoring Kubernetes, Docker, Docker Swarm, and Mesos containers
  • Virtualization Manager (VMAN 8.3)
  • Support for VMware vSANs
  • Support for monitoring Docker, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and Mesos containers
  • Support for custom properties applied to VMs, hosts, datastores, and clusters
  • Storage Resource Monitor (SRM 6.7)
  • Support for Huawei storage devices
  • Support for GPT disks
  • Hardware health information collected from EMC Isilon v8 and NetApp devices
  • Application Performance Monitor (APM 1.0), which can provide deeper insight through integration with Server & Application Monitor into your custom .NET applications on Microsoft IIS.

 

But those are just a few samples of what has come out recently. The truth is that SolarWinds updated 28 different products on 13 separate days.

 

Now maybe you might argue that this update or that feature isn't compelling for you. That's fair. But hopefully you can see how these updates would be important to more than a few folks. And if you look closely not just at what these updates contain, but at the progression of improvements over the years, you'll see a pattern emerge: a pattern of SolarWinds taking releasing a new technology or technique (such as NetPath network path analysis or PerfStack performance analysis dashboard) and then incrementally improving it over the course of subsequent months, and integrating it into other tools and modules (such as when NetPath was integrated into Pingdom® website performance monitoring; or the inclusion of database, container, and log data in PerfStack,).

 

This picture becomes even more clear if you take a moment to look at the "what we're working on now" section of each product forum on THWACK.com. This is where you can see the road ahead. When combined with the historic view I just offered, it becomes a powerful testimony to the SolarWinds commitment to continued improvement and excellence for every product we produce.

 

What's my point? Hopefully by now you can see the real value that these releases have for your company, or team, and your monitoring. Value that should make the relatively small discomfort of upgrading pale by comparison.

 

If you'd like to see a comprehensive list of exactly which features and improvements were released for each product, check out this document. You can also check out the detailed release notes for each product by visiting this page in our Customer Success Center.


 

Share your most interesting IT struggles, pet peeves, day-to-day annoyances, exasperations, troubleshooting tribulations, or any other work-related stuff you’d rather not carry into the New Year, and we’ll joyfully toss the best ones into our festive, flickering holiday hearth of happiness.

 

Suggestions will be accepted through December 10th.

 

Check back on December 17th to watch our heart-warming holiday video—certain to set your IT spirit aglow.

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