• Assessing Your Agency’s Cloud Readiness

    By Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp about the government’s renewed interest in cloud. He offers considerat...
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  • 2 Key Assets in the Government’s Cybersecurity Battle (Part I)

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Jim Hansen about the always interesting topic of cybersecurity. He says it comes down to peop...
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  • Maintaining a Secure Environment: Understanding its Components

    In the previous blog, we discussed how defining use cases mapped to important security and business- related objectives are the first step in building and maintaining a secure environment. We’ve all heard the ph...
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  • Why Choose HCI Over Other Virtualization Approaches?

    This is the second of a series of five posts on the market space for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).   To be clear, as the previous blog post outlined, there are many options in this space. Evaluation of yo...
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  • 2 Key Assets in the Government’s Cybersecurity Battle (Part II)

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s the second part of the article from my colleague Jim Hansen about two key assets the government can use to help with cybersecurity. ...
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  • What’s Up With Virtualization? Virtualization Basics 101

    In part one of this series, I tried to apply context to the virtualization market—its history, how it’s changed the way we deploy infrastructure, and how it’s developed into the de facto standard for...
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  • VMware Certifications

    Obtaining a VMware certification requires effort, dedication, and a willingness to learn independently with a commitment to the subject matter.   To fulfill the requirements made by VMware, you must attend a tra...
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  • Cloud Smart’s Success Relies on Smart Network Monitoring

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Mav Turner with tips on monitoring and troubleshooting distributed cloud networks in governme...
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  • How to Choose a Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution

    Running a traditional data center infrastructure for years can put your company in a rut, especially when it’s time to pick a new solution. When electing to trade out your traditional infrastructure for a sleek ...
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  • Varying Approaches to Hyperconverged Infrastructure, or Why This Over That?

    In this third post on the subject, I’ll discuss hyperconverged architectural approaches. I want to share some of my experiences in how and why my customers have taken different choices, not to promote one soluti...
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  • Maintaining a Secure Environment: Use Cases Build a Security Policy

    Security is a key operational consideration for organizations today because a breach can lead to significant losses of revenue, reputation, and legal standing. An entity’s environment is an ecosystem comprised o...
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  • The Soft Skills Gap Is Real; Nontechnical Skills Needed By Every Federal IT Pro

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Mav Turner about the need for federal employees to develop soft skills like communication and...
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  • December Writing Challenge Week 4 Recap

    One of the things I like most about the writing challenge is we’ve set it at a time when many of us are either “off” (because how many of us in tech are ever REALLY “off”) or at least fin...
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  • Understanding IP Multicast Monitoring

    What is IP Multicasting? While traditional IP communication allows a host to send packets to a single host (unicast transmission) or to all hosts (broadcast transmission), IP multicast is new a bandwidth-conserving t...
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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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  • GITEX 2019: Desert Teachings About the THWACK Community

    It’s hot in Dubai. I mean for-real hot, and I’m a native Texan. It’s blistering, cloudless, equatorial sun Northern Hemispher-ians can’t imagine, plus the four-nines humidity of the Mississippi...
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  • Hardware Monitoring- The Backbone of Network Monitoring!

    Monitoring your network performance remains a significant factor for organizations as IT departments grapple with increasing network problems. Further, you also need to keep a tab on the performance of the hardware as...
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  • Don’t Shut Your Pi-Hole, Monitor It! (part 2 of 2)

    In my last post I gave some background on one of my recent side projects: setting up and then monitoring a Raspberry Pi running Pi-Hole. In this post, I’m going to dive into the details of how I set up the actua...
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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 - November 20th

    I am back in Orlando this week for Live 360, where I get to meet up with 1,100 of my close personal data friends. If you're attending this event, please find me--I'm the tall guy who smells like bacon.   As alway...
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