• Our Cloud Bill Is WHAT?! - Battle of the Clouds Series

    Submitted for your approval; a story of cloud horrors. One of performance issues impacting production. Where monthly cloud billing began spiraling out of control.   The following story is true. The names have ...
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  • The Actuator - January 22nd

    Back from Austin and home for a few weeks before I head...back to Austin for a live episode of SolarWinds Lab. Last week was the annual Head Geeks Summit, and it was good to be sequestered for a few days with just our...
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  • Old Tech, New Name?

    The marketing machines of today often paint new technologies to suggest they’re the best thing since sliced bread. Sometimes though, the new products are just a rehash of an existing technology. In this blog pos...
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  • “Logfile Monitoring” – I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

    This is a conversation I have A LOT with clients. They say we want "logfile monitoring" and I am not sure what they mean. So I end up having to unwind all the different things it COULD be, so we can get to what it is ...
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  • December Writing Challenge Week 3 Recap

    We’re more than halfway through the challenge now, and I’m simply blown away by the quality of the responses. While I’ve excerpted a few for each day, you really need to walk through the comments to ...
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  • December Writing Challenge Week 5 Recap and Challenge Wrap-Up

    December Writing Challenge Week 5 Recap   And with these last four words, the 2019 writing challenge comes to a close. I know I’ve said it a couple of times, but even so, I cannot express enough my gratitu...
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  • Foresight is 2020: My Predictions For the Coming Year

    The year is winding down, and—while it’s not something I do every year—I thought I’d take a moment to look ahead and make a few educated guesses about what the coming months have in store for u...
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  • Unplanned Obsolescence

    As we head into the new year, people will once again start quoting a popular list describing the things kids starting college in 2020 will never personally experience. Examples of these are things like “TheyR...
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  • ITSM: The Tie That Binds

    Few relationships sail along without ever having to cross stormy seas. Even the best marriages need to batten down the hatches occasionally. A combination of genuine involvement, good communication, and various tools ...
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  • Head-to-Head: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager vs. VMware vCenter Operations Manager

    At SolarWinds, we’ve always known that our Virtualization Manager solution is an excellent alternative to VMware vCenter Operations Manager. Last Friday, Scott D. Lowe published a  competitive matrix for th...
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  • Battle of the Clouds: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both -Robert Frost   At this point in our “Battle of the Clouds” journey, we’ve seen what the landscape of the various clouds...
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  • 5 Ansible Playbook Steps to Success

    There are many configuration management, deployment, and orchestration tools available, ranging from open-source tools to automation engines. Ansible is one such software stack available to cover all the bases, and se...
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  • How AI is Transforming the Data Center

    There have been so many changes in data center technology in the past 10 years, it’s hard to keep up at times. We’ve gone from a traditional server/storage/networking stack with individual components, to a...
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  • Why Machine Learning Matters

    While there are many silly depictions of machine learning and artificial intelligence throughout Hollywood, its reality delivers significant benefits. Administrators today oversee so many tasks, like system monitoring...
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  • Three Ways the Department of Defense Can Plug Security Holes

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp with ideas for improving security at the DoD by finding vulnerabilities and con...
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  • Thoughts on the VividCortex Acquisition

    I visited the Austin office this past week, my last trip to SolarWinds HQ for 2019. It’s always fun to visit Austin and eat my weight in pork products, but this week was better than most. I took part in deep con...
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  • The Actuator - January 15th

    In Austin this week for our annual meeting of Head Geeks. The first order of business is to decide what to call our group. I prefer a "gigabyte of Geeks," but I continue to be outvoted. Your suggestions are welcome. &...
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  • POwerful SHortcut to Automating Operations

    A few years back I was working at a SaaS provider when we had an internal hackathon. The guidelines were simple: As part of your project you had to learn something, and you had to choose a framework/methodology benefi...
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  • The Actuator - January 8th

    Welcome back! I hope y'all had a happy and healthy holiday break. I'm back in the saddle after hosting a wonderful Christmas dinner for 20 friends and family. I had some time off as well, which I used to work a bit on...
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  • ITSM: The Four Wins of Lean

    Part 1 of this series introduced IT Service Management (ITSM) and a few of the adaptable frameworks available to fit the needs of an organization. This post focuses on the benefits of using a couple of the principles ...
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