We had an awesome week in the SolarWinds booth at TechEd North America. It's great being able to meet and chat with our customers, and we were particularly surprised at the number of SolarWinds customers attending TechEd NA this year. We talked about all the products, but especially a lot about SAM and Patch Manager, and Virtualization Manager was a finalist for the Best of TechEd Awards. We even closed a couple of support tickets in the booth!

 

Perhaps the most notable announcement to come out of TechEd was the forthcoming release of Windows Server 2012 R2 (aka Windows 8.1) and System Center 2012 R2. Preview bits are expected to be available by the end of June, and you can register for notification from Microsoft when the bits are available.

 

But, no doubt, the high point of the week (well, at least for me, being the party animal that I am ... well, Used To Be!), was the closing party. Two things to catch your attention from this event, first a memorable performance of Proud Mary by Tina Turner and the [TechEd] Tinettes... here's a (not very good) photo I captured to commemorate the occasion. At the end, to a one, each of those dozen IT pros got/gave hugs from/to Tina. I'm not sure who was more excited... the guys being in the presence of music royalty, or Tina having a dozen men half her age (or more) huggin' on her. One thing's for sure ... the lady can still dance, sing, and rock a house.

 

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... and two hours of the hottest party music from a local New Orleans band, MoJeaux. Check them out, for sure. Here's a 40 second video clip from MoJeaux's Facebook.  IT Pros Rock!

 

I'm already getting warmed up for TechEd North America 2014... which will be held in my favorite city ... Houston! May 12-15, 2014.