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3 Posts authored by: DanielleH Administrator

Pop quiz: When was the first instance of an Internet of Things thing?


If you guessed 1982, you’re right! In 1982, a Coca-Cola machine at Carnegie Mellon University was modified to connect to the internet and report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold. Of course, this is up for debate as some might even claim the first internet-connected computer was an IoT thing.


These days, IoT things are decidedly more numerous, and overall, IoT is much more complex. In fact, according to Gartner, in just the last two years, the number of IoT devices has surged to 6.4 billion, and by 2020, device population will reach 20.8 billion. With these eye-popping figures, we’re very curious to know how your job has been affected by IoT.


Does your organization have an IoT strategy?


How many IoT devices do you manage?


How have these devices affected your network and the ability to monitor it and/or capacity plan?


What are the security challenges you face as a result of these devices?


Tell us about your “IoT reality” by answering these questions (and maybe provide an anecdote or two) by November 9 and we’ll give you 250 THWACK points—and maybe a Coke circa 1982 (just kidding)—in return. Please be sure to also let us know a little about your company: industry, size, location (country).


5 Deadly SysAdmin Sins

Posted by DanielleH Administrator Jul 30, 2015

If a bunch of SysAdmins all went out for a beer (or two) after work, there is a 99% chance they would swap user stories from their “hall-of-shame” collections. It’s hard to believe this day in age that they still receive the deer in the headlights look when they ask a user, “what version of Windows do you have?” At the end of the day, we’re all human and make mistakes or ask dumb questions (gallery of them here), and some might even call it job security for IT pros.


I personally enjoy hearing a SysAdmin’s worst moments, flops, and face palms in their career because there’s nothing like learning through failure. In honor of SysAdmin Day, I’m sharing 5 Deadly SysAdmin Sins some of us might be guilty of and hopefully you got away with it – some of us aren’t always so lucky! Feel free to add on.


5 SysAdmin Sins

1) Thinking the problem will just go away

2) Blaming the blue screen of death before it becomes a real issue

3) Rebooting the firewall during business hours

4) Upsetting the president/ceo's secretary (they wield a big stick)

5) When all else fails, blame the network (as long as you're not the network guy too)

The Top Ten IT Pro-Dictions

The SolarWinds High Council of Head Geeks has gathered their sage and eternally savvy wisdom. You would be wise to heed their words

~ Knowstradamus

SolarWinds 2015 Head Geek Predictions

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 begins, SolarWinds tapped its band of experts – the Head Geeks – to take a look inside their crystal balls and provide a glimpse into IT trends to watch for this year.

To complement the IT predictions from the Head Geeks, we’d like you to share your view of each (50 thwack points will be awarded for replies!). And don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and suggest a “paranoid perspective” for 2015 – Will networks become so complex that they are nearly impossible to manage? Security vulnerabilities so vast that all companies will experience at least one? Will the hybrid cloud transition create more headaches than benefits? Will business end users stage a revolt? Be sure to @mention each geek to continue the conversation with them about their predictions. Here are each of their thwack handles:

Kong Yang - @kong.yang

Lawrence Garvin – @LGarvin

Patrick Hubbard - @patrick.hubbard

Leon Adato - @adatole

Thomas LaRock - @sqlrockstar

Throughout the year, we plan to revisit these predictions and see how are becoming a reality, or instead, how many are turning out to be a completely paranoid fantasy.

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