Welcome to SolarWinds inaugural IT Blog Spotlight column where we will share some of our favorite IT blogs and the geeks behind them.


Tom Hollingsworth is a network engineer based in Oklahoma City who has a lot of letters after his name (CISSP, CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, CCVP, CCSP, CQS: Unity Support & Design, CQS: Rich Media, CQS: UCCX, CDCNISS, MCSE 2000: Messaging & Security, Novell Master CNE, HP Procurve Master ASE: Convergence, A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Project+, and VMWare VCP). Tom started The Networking Nerd in 2010 because he was looking for an avenue to express his thoughts on all things IT in more than 140 characters.


Tom tries to balance his blog posts between his own opinions, while also helping train and educate those interested in the IT space by providing overviews and technology deep dives. His most popular post is When Is A Trunk Not A Trunk?


When asked what the top 5 tools a network engineer needs in their toolbox are, he came up with this list:

  • Network discovery tool such as an IP network browser to footprint a network
  • Notetaking software to document everything
  • Terminal client to make serial connections such as PuTTY, Tera Term, or ITerm2 and ZTerm for you Mac fans
  • Social Media – you can solve a lot of problems on Twitter
  • NetFlow monitor (of course we recommend SolarWinds Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer or NetFlow Traffic Analyzer)


We think this educational, opinionated, and humorous blog is worth checking out!

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Connect with Tom:

URL: networkingnerd.net

Twitter handle: @networkingnerd


If you've got an IT blog that you would like in the SolarWinds IT Blog Spotlight, send us the link and we'll check it out.