• You Want Me to Do What? Getting Ready for Your Certification Journey

    Some folks find a profession early in their life and that’s what they do until they’re old and gray and ready to retire. Other folks find themselves switching careers mid-way. Me? I’m on the third ca...
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  • Details on DISA’s Infrastructure “Hardening” Rules

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by Brandon Shopp about DoD’s not-so-secret weapon against cyberthreats. DISA has created technical guid...
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  • The Actuator - February 12th

    This week's Actuator comes to you from Austin, as I'm in town to host SolarWinds Lab live. We'll be talking about Database Performance Monitor (nee VividCortex). I hope you find time to watch and bring questions! ...
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  • Becoming Hybrid - The Importance of Requirements

    Introduction Much of the dialog surrounding cloud these days seems centered on multi-cloud. Multi-cloud this, multi-cloud that—have we so soon forgotten about the approach that addresses the broadest set of need...
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  • Database 102 - Why Is My Query Slow?

    As a database administrator (aka DBA, or Default Blame Acceptor) throughout my career, I’ve worked with a myriad of developers, system administrators, and business users who have all had the same question—...
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  • Government Hyperconverged Infrastructures Require Continuous Monitoring

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Mav Turner with ideas about how the government could monitor and automate their hyperconverge...
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  • Careless and Malicious Insider Threats Are on the Rise Despite Better Detection

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Jim Hansen reviewing data from our cybersecurity survey, including details on how agencies ar...
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  • The Actuator - February 5th

    This week's Actuator comes to you from New England where it has been 367 days since our team last appeared in a Super Bowl. I'm still not ready to talk about it, though.   As always, here's a bunch of links I ho...
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  • Knowing vs Understanding

    In IT, we search the Web constantly. Everything we need is literally at our fingertips, just an Internet query away.   This is interesting because IT professionals tend to make a big deal of knowing things by hea...
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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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  • 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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  • Converting Physical Database Servers to Virtual Machines

    I’m in the middle of tough project right now, a large client is trying to convert a large number of physical SQL Servers to virtual machines. They’ve done most of the right things—the underlying infr...
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  • The Actuator - January 29th

    This week's Actuator comes to you from the suddenly mild January here in the Northeast. I'm taking advantage of the warm and dry days up here, spending time walking outdoors. Being outdoors is far better than the trea...
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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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  • 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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  • Announcing the THWACK 2019 December Writing Challenge!

    Not too long ago, a copy of Randall Munroe’s “Thing Explainer” made its way around the SolarWinds office—passing from engineering to marketing to development to the Head Geeks, and even to mana...
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  • Know Your IT Department Frenemies (aka Why Can’t We Be Friends?)

    If you’re in tune with the various tech communities, you’ve probably noticed a big push for professional development in the technical ranks. I love the recognition that IT pros need more than just technica...
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  • The Actuator - August 14th

    Had a wonderful time at Black Hat last week. Next up for me is VMworld in two weeks. If you're reading this and attending VMworld, stop by the booth and say hello.   As always, here are some links I hope you find...
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  • Examining Digital Transformation

    In this blog series, we’ve been looking at various methods of utilisation with cloud infrastructure. While cloud adoption can be beneficial to almost any organisation, change for change’s sake can be costl...
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  • Don't Shut Your Pi-Hole, Monitor It! (The Sequel)

    Back in October, 2019, I shared my love of both Raspberry Pi (https://www.raspberrypi.org/) devices and the Pi-Hole (https://pi-hole.net/) software; and showed how—with a little know-how about Application Progra...
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