THWACKcamp 2017 - Orion at Scale: Best Practices for the Big League

Anyone who is having issues with performance or considering expanding their deployment has had to wrestle with the question of how, exactly, to get the performance they need. This session will focus on maximizing performance, whether tuning equipment to optimize capabilities, tuning polling intervals to capture the data you need, or adding additional pollers for load balancing and better network visibility.

In the "Orion at Scale: Best Practices for the Big League" session, Kevin Sparenberg, product manager, SolarWinds, and Head Geek Patrick Hubbard will teach you best practices for scaling your monitoring environment and ways to confidently plan monitoring expansion. They will focus on maximizing the performance of your expanded deployment, and more!

THWACKcamp 2017 is a two-day, live, virtual learning event with eighteen sessions split into two tracks. This year, THWACKcamp has expanded to include topics from the breadth of the SolarWinds portfolio: there will be deep-dive presentations, thought leadership discussions, and panels that cover more than best practices, insider tips, and recommendations from the community about the SolarWinds Orion suite. This year we also introduce SolarWinds Monitoring Cloud product how-tos for cloud-native developers, as well as a peek into managed service providers’ approaches to assuring reliable service delivery to their subscribers.

Check out our promo video and register now for THWACKcamp 2017! And don't forget to catch our session!

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  • I know that no one in IT likes to hear it, but the answer is: It Depends.

    I'm sorry for being vague, but there are many reasons to scale this stuff out.  For the first, if you have "speed of light" issues, then you should use an Additional Polling Engine.  That's the "easy" answer.  Another great time to use one is when you have overloaded your Main Polling Engine (the first server you installed).  The last good reason is when you don't want to deal with obsessing over firewall ports.  Much polling (at least on Windows environments) uses WMI, and WMI uses a ton of ports.  If you use an Additional Polling Engine, you only need a few ports opened (1433 for SQL, 17777 for SWIS, maybe others - from memory).  Some of this has been alleviated with the optional agent, but that's not always practical.

    Regarding Additional Web Sites - my personal recommendation is to always use them.  Even if you don't have over 25 simultaneous web users, using the web engine to reduce the load on the Main Polling Engine is always beneficial.  I spoke about some of the scaling concerns in a talk at our SolarWinds User Group.

    Solving for Scalability - Kevin Sparenberg Chicago SWUG 2018 - YouTube

    Please feel free to ask me any questions directly.

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  • I know that no one in IT likes to hear it, but the answer is: It Depends.

    I'm sorry for being vague, but there are many reasons to scale this stuff out.  For the first, if you have "speed of light" issues, then you should use an Additional Polling Engine.  That's the "easy" answer.  Another great time to use one is when you have overloaded your Main Polling Engine (the first server you installed).  The last good reason is when you don't want to deal with obsessing over firewall ports.  Much polling (at least on Windows environments) uses WMI, and WMI uses a ton of ports.  If you use an Additional Polling Engine, you only need a few ports opened (1433 for SQL, 17777 for SWIS, maybe others - from memory).  Some of this has been alleviated with the optional agent, but that's not always practical.

    Regarding Additional Web Sites - my personal recommendation is to always use them.  Even if you don't have over 25 simultaneous web users, using the web engine to reduce the load on the Main Polling Engine is always beneficial.  I spoke about some of the scaling concerns in a talk at our SolarWinds User Group.

    Solving for Scalability - Kevin Sparenberg Chicago SWUG 2018 - YouTube

    Please feel free to ask me any questions directly.

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