• The Actuator - October 30th

    Home this week and getting ready for Microsoft Ignite next week in Orlando. If you're at Ignite, please stop by the booth and say hello. I love talking data with anyone.   As always, here's a bunch of links I fo...
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  • I Feel the Need for Speed—Evolving From a Loris to a Peregrine. How to Get Started With DevOps

    In the IT industry, you’ll hear “I’ll sell you a DevOps; how much is it worth?” But the joke’s on you because you can’t sell (or buy) DevOps, as it is, in fact, an intangible entity...
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  • Dominating and Protecting the Connected Battlefield

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp with ideas for protecting IT assets in battlefield situations.   “D...
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  • Maximize Your Microsoft Ecosystem Performance

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp about improving systems management for Microsoft environments. He explores a ra...
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  • Alternate Actuator:  The Bacon Edition

    With humble admiration and praise for sqlrockstar and his weekly Actuator, I wonder if it might be time for an alternate Actuator. August, aka the "silly season," is just around the corner. The silly season's heat and...
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  • The Actuator – June 19th

    Home from San Diego and Cisco Live! for a few days, just enough time to spend Father's Day with friends and family. Now I'm back on the road, heading to Lingen, Germany, for Data Grillen. That's right, an event dedica...
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  • The Actuator - September 25th

    Hi there! It's Suzanne again. You might remember me from The Actuator April 10th, where I stepped in for Tom because he was busy "doing things." He's on his way to yet another conference and asked me to help out, as i...
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  • Better Visibility Can Help Improve Your FITARA Scores

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Mav Turner with suggestions on improving your agency’s FITARA score. FITARA rolls up s...
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  • Virtualization’s Future

    During this series, we’ve looked at virtualization’s past, the challenges it has created, and how its evolution will allow it to continue to play a part in infrastructure delivery in the future. In this fi...
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  • Don’t Shut Your Pi-Hole, Monitor It! (part 1 of 2)

    If you’ve read my posts for any length of time, you know I sometimes get caught up in side projects. Whether it’s writing an eBook, creating a series of blog posts about custom SolarWinds reports, or figur...
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  • The Actuator - October 2nd

    Back from Austin and THWACKcamp filming. Can you believe the event is only two weeks away? I'm excited for what we have in store for you this year. It's a lot of work to pull TC together, but the finished product alwa...
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  • AMD Ryzen and EPYC Processors a Threat?

    So, I wanted to at least touch base with everyone on the “scandal” of the week. Is it fake news? New ways for stock gouging? New ransom type embankments? Corporate espionage?   I waited until at leas...
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  • The Actuator - October 16th

    In Austin this week for THWACKcamp. I hope you're watching the event and reading this post later in the day. We tried a new format this year--I hope you enjoy what we built.   As always, here are some links I fou...
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  • Getting to Know vSphere

    vSphere, which many consider to be the flagship product of VMware, is virtualization software with the vCenter management software and its ESXi hypervisor. vSphere is available in three different licenses: vSphere Sta...
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  • Troubleshooting: A Forcing Function on the IT Career Path

    Troubleshooting efficiency and effectiveness are core to uncovering the root cause of incidents and bad events in any data center environment. In my previous post about the troubleshooting radius and the IT seagull, t...
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  • The Troubleshooting Radius

    Most of the time, IT pros gain troubleshooting experience via operational pains. In other words, something bad happens and we, as IT professionals, have to clean it up. Therefore, it is important for you to have a tro...
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  • The Best Way to Prepare for Emerging Technologies

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp about emerging technology adoption in fed. It’s easy to get caught up wi...
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  • The Actuator - October 9th

    Can you believe THWACKcamp is only a week away?! Behind the scenes, we start working on THWACKcamp in March, maybe even earlier. I really hope you like what we have in store for you this year!   As always, here ...
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  • Why aren’t we using Containers, and other questions CIOs ask when coming back from a tech conference

    Sitting back at the office getting work done, keeping the ship afloat, living the Ops life of the perception of DevOps, only to have your IT Director, VP or CxO come and demand, “Why aren’t we using Contai...
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  • Finding the Right Balance Between Modernization and Security

    By Paul Parker, SolarWinds Federal & National Government Chief Technologist   With 2018 two-thirds over, federal agencies should be well into checking off the various cloud migration activities outlined in t...
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