It's been a great few days here in London at Cisco Live. Cisco Networkers has always been one of my favorite shows to attend and to be invited to speak at the event again this year was a real honor. It's been wonderful connecting with customers and partners that I've known for many years and meeting new folks that are interested in learning more about SolarWinds. For those of you that I've had the pleasure of meeting these last few days, I hope to see you again soon - either at Cisco Live in the US or sometime at our home offices in Austin Texas.

The theme for SolarWinds this year was the expansion of our focus and our offerings from network management to include all areas of IT infrastructure management - network management, system and application management, storage resource management, and virtual infrastructure management. The theme fit well with what we heard from people at the show - that more and more the silos are dissolving and traditional roles like network engineer, system administrator, SAN manager, or virtualization administrator are being replaced by roles like infrastructure manager, infrastructure engineers, and infrastructure specialists. The days of only needing to understand one of these 4 core infrastructure areas are gone, along with the viability of management tools that fail to provide visibility into each of these areas.

Here at the show there was a lot of buzz around IP based video, Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), VCE, and of course with the recent news lots of talk about IPv6. Obviously, these are all areas of focus for SolarWinds as well. I was invited to speak at a VCE event a few weeks ago and it's just another great example of the need for IT practitioners to broaden their skillset. There's some fantastic new technology out there to be explored and leveraged and it's going to take a new breed of IT infrastructure specialist to effectively deploy and manage it. Step up, and the rewards will be plentiful. Don't, and well, this industry may just leave you behind...

Flame on...
Josh
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