Microsoft Ignite 2015 concluded its inaugural event with 20k+ attendees. The SolarWinds team united in the Windy City, Chicago, to provide the single point of truth in IT monitoring for the continuous delivery and integration era with Ignite attendees. SolarWinds also teamed up with Lifeboat Distribution and hosted a Partner Meet and Greet during Microsoft Ignite at Chicago's Smith & Wollensky covering steaks and application stack management. Ignite lit IT from start to finish.


Microsoft Announcements at Ignite

There were plenty of announcements made by Microsoft and they've been covered extensively especially on Microsoft's channel 9 program. The announcements involved SoCoMo - social, cloud and mobility with Office 365, Azure, and Windows OS taking the front and center roles. The Edge beat out the Project Spartan name by a brow...ser to become Internet Explorer's named successor. Other notable news included Windows 10 being the last version of Windows and showcase demos of some of the "software defined" roles of Windows Server 2016 aka Windows Server Technical Preview 2 especially Active Directory, Docker containers, RMS, and Hyper-V. And there was something about Office 365 and its E3 subscription, which includes the core Office application suite, plus cloud-based Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Exchange, SharePoint, and Unified Communications admins were put on notice and the consensus was that they had to broaden and deepen their skills in other areas especially cloud.


From the Expo Floor

SolarWinds booth was non-stop traffic throughout Ignite. The conversations ranged from the latest and greatest Microsoft announcements to solutions that were two or three generations behind. But regardless of the environment whether it be on-premises, colo, private/public cloud or hybrid, it was clear that the application was clearly on the minds of IT Ops AND it required monitoring along with database, security, log & patch management. Conversations also included a healthy dose of the Dev side of the DevOps equation. And yes, Devs need monitoring as well. Without baselines and trends, there can be no truth on what "good" should be.


Enjoy some of the moments from SolarWinds' Microsoft Ignite booth.


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Thank you Ignite

Thank you Ignite attendees for the conversations from those of us who attended and represented the SolarWinds family! Fantastic job SolarWinds team! See you next year.


Pictured: 1st row - Ryan Albert Donovan, Brian Flynn, Troy Lehman, Danielle Higgins, Aaron Searle, Wendy Abbott. 2nd row - Matthew Diotte, Kong Yang, Mario Gomez, Patrick Hubbard, Michael Thompson. 3rd row - Dan Balcauski, Karlo Zatylny, Cara Prystowsky, Ash Recksiedler. Not pictured (because of flight times): Thomas LaRock, Jennifer Kuvlesky, Jon Peters.