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  • Head-to-Head: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager vs. VMware vCenter Operations Manager

    At SolarWinds, we’ve always known that our Virtualization Manager solution is an excellent alternative to VMware vCenter Operations Manager. Last Friday, Scott D. Lowe published a  competitive matrix for th...
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  • POwerful SHortcut to Automating Operations

    A few years back I was working at a SaaS provider when we had an internal hackathon. The guidelines were simple: As part of your project you had to learn something, and you had to choose a framework/methodology benefi...
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  • Thoughts on the VividCortex Acquisition

    I visited the Austin office this past week, my last trip to SolarWinds HQ for 2019. It’s always fun to visit Austin and eat my weight in pork products, but this week was better than most. I took part in deep con...
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  • How to Check the Compatibility of Your Orion Products Before Upgrading

    FEATURED EPISODE: How to Check the Compatibility of Your Orion Products Before Upgrading January 14, 2020 Let’s be honest: upgrading software can sometimes be painful. Between scheduling the work, getting appr...
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  • The Actuator - January 15th

    In Austin this week for our annual meeting of Head Geeks. The first order of business is to decide what to call our group. I prefer a "gigabyte of Geeks," but I continue to be outvoted. Your suggestions are welcome. &...
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  • The Actuator - January 8th

    Welcome back! I hope y'all had a happy and healthy holiday break. I'm back in the saddle after hosting a wonderful Christmas dinner for 20 friends and family. I had some time off as well, which I used to work a bit on...
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  • [Survey] Windows 7 Support is Ending, give us your thoughts

    This survey is for MSPs and IT Pros. We would love to gather your thoughts on the decision Microsoft made to end Windows 7 support on the 14th of January, 2020 and how you think it will impact business and security. &...
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  • ITSM: The Tie That Binds

    Few relationships sail along without ever having to cross stormy seas. Even the best marriages need to batten down the hatches occasionally. A combination of genuine involvement, good communication, and various tools ...
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  • ITSM: The Four Wins of Lean

    Part 1 of this series introduced IT Service Management (ITSM) and a few of the adaptable frameworks available to fit the needs of an organization. This post focuses on the benefits of using a couple of the principles ...
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  • Day 29: Anomaly Detection

    Anomaly detection is a fancy phrase for noticing when something is different than usual. We use it mostly for technology, like a tablet or computer. We rely on this stuff because it’s important to know why thing...
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  • 2020 Vision - What Does The Future Hold For DevOps?

    2019 was busy year for DevOps as measured by the events held on the topic. Whether it be DevOps days around the globe, DockerCon, DevOps Enterprise Summits, KubeCon, or CloudNativeCon, events are springing up to suppo...
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  • Modernizing Security to Protect Next-Generation Federal Networks

    Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp with ideas about modernizing security along with agency infrastructure to reduc...
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  • You Too Can Stink at Information Security!

    “Security? We don’t need no stinking security!” I’ve actually heard a CTO utter words this effect. If you subscribe to a similar mindset, here are five ways you too can stink at information se...
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  • A New Home for the Head Geek at SolarWinds - /geek

    In case you've been locked in a cave somewhere for the last couple of years and haven't noticed, here at SolarWinds we've been creating some great, free learning material for network engineers, network admin...
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  • New & Enhanced Application Templates for SAM - Part 1 - Exchange, SQL & HANA Edition

    Content is key as new applications get released to the market, as well as new versions of products that have been out there for some time. Application templates are a critical component of what makes Server & Appl...
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  • THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2020

      You ever heard the saying “the future is now?” If you haven’t before, let me be the first to introduce you to it. We’re the front line of preparing you for the future. We’re the li...
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  • How AI is Transforming the Data Center

    There have been so many changes in data center technology in the past 10 years, it’s hard to keep up at times. We’ve gone from a traditional server/storage/networking stack with individual components, to a...
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  • SolarWinds User Groups 2020: Pre-registration Available Now!

    What's a SWUG™?  The short answer is it's an extension of this online community, delivering over 14 hours  of technical, hands-on education for free.  We started this program in 2015 and in 2020, ...
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  • The Many Faces Using SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer at SolarWinds

    Background   This blog initially started out as an examination of how SolarWinds uses Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) within our own production environment. It now includes not only how our DBA uses DPA, but...
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  • 5 Ansible Playbook Steps to Success

    There are many configuration management, deployment, and orchestration tools available, ranging from open-source tools to automation engines. Ansible is one such software stack available to cover all the bases, and se...
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