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Last week I traveled to the Bay Area to present at the Gestalt IT Net Tech Field Day. I was going to write about how awesome it was - meeting many of the folks that I have followed online for years and collaborating with them about network management and general network engineering - but Brandon did such a great job of it that I feel that anything I write here will feel a little elementary.

So, instead, I will simply suggest that you go A little bit of new and old to read what Brandon wrote about the experience. I really can't say it any better.

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p.s. I can't end this post without at least saying a little bit...

  • This event was freaking awesome.
  • I wish it was monthly. I'm ready to go back tomorrow...
  • These folks rock. It was great hanging out with them!!!

Today I'm finalizing content and flying out to San Jose California to present at the Gestalt IT Net Tech Field Day. You can find some background on the event here, but in short it's a small conference where a dozen or so industry experts and bloggers get together to collaborate on what they're seeing in the industry and to hear from a small group of vendors about their technology. I haven't been to one Gestalt IT's events before but I'm super excited about this one. It's a great concept. I've attended some structured collaboration type events before and I found them to be super productive.

Honestly, I think I'd feel more comfortable attending as a blogger/expert and sitting in the audience but my role this time around will be representing SolarWinds as one of the 4 vendors chosen to be present. I'm really excited to meet in person some of the bloggers that I follow - many of which I've cohosted podcasts and webcasts with.

So, if you were attending this event as a senior technologist and hearing from me about SolarWinds - what would you wan to hear about?


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It might strike you as odd that I'm labeling "log management" as a technology, but that's how I think of it. Yes, technically speaking there are several different technologies that fall underneath the log management umbrella but comprehensive products and strategies in this area cover them all.

What is log management? It's the art of creating, capturing, consolidating, reporting, and alerting on events and log messages. If you're a Windows system administrator you'll most likely focus on Windows event log analysis, analysis of the IIS logs, and any relevant application logs. If you're a Unix system administrator you're probably leveraging syslog and well ad tailing several local log files and if you're a network engineer you're probably capturing syslog messages and SNMP traps. Regardless of which infrastructure type you're focused on chances are that the systems you're responsible for are capable of creating some sort of logs. VM Ware virtual servers, Storage Area Networks (SAN) devices, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), firewalls and VPN concentrators, WAN accelerators - all of them create and send logs.

In their native state, few of these logs are really all that useful from an operations point of view; however, if you combine these logs with an intelligent log management SIEM tool that is capable of consolidating the logs, interpreting their content, and triggering alerts when necessary - then you've added a critical component to your management strategy.

If you'd like to learn more about log management strategies visit this page and browse down to the "Black Art of Log Management Webcast".


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This Thursday, September 9th from 10:00 to 10:30 CDT, we're going to be hosting a streamlive "Geek2Geek" session and video chat with David Davis from VMWareVideos.com. Our Geek2Geek sessions are a new series where we'll be chatting with other senior technologists from around the world on what they're seeing in the industry and picking their brains for best practices.

As I mentioned, this week we're chatting with David Davis from VMWareVideos.com. David is a noted expert in the fields of virtualization, systems engineering, administration, and management, and infrastructure. We'll be doing a recap of what we each learned last week at VM World in San Francisco and discussing trends within the virtualization space. Some of what we'll cover will include:

  • How organizations are managing virtual infrastructure capacity planning & forecasting
  • Tools for managing VMWare environments and how they're evolving
  • Best practices and recommended learning for managing virtual environments

This will be a live video broadcast and discussion so don't miss it. You can sign up here. As a side note, we're testing out a new platform - Ustream.tv  Let us know how you like it!

Thanks and I look forward to chatting with you and hearing your questions.


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