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Cloudy with a Chance of Shawarma... and SolarWinds

Level 17

As I type this, I find myself somewhat unexpectedly winging my way back to Israel. For those who recall, I was here last December for DevOpsDays Tel Aviv (described here and here) with the specific goals to:

  • Continue my conversations about the intersection between DevOps and traditional monitoring
  • Increase my knowledge of cloud technologies and the causes behind the push to cloud
  • Eat my body weight in kosher shawarma

Very recently, an opportunity to speak at Bynet Expo fell into my lap, where we had a chance to articulate SolarWinds' approach to cloud and hybrid IT monitoring and management. The shawarma was calling me back, so I had to go.

This is where I'll be for the next week, soaking up some bright Israeli sunshine, meeting with over 3,000 IT pros in the booth, and offering my thoughts on how Sympathetic Innovation is the key to managing hybrid IT.

I can't wait to share the experience with everyone when I get back.

Oh, and there may be some food pictures. And even a video or two.

Level 18

Wow ! 

Have a great trip and We are all looking forward to hearing your stories...

Level 13

:-( I have to say, one thing I do miss about living in southern ontario is all the ethnic food restaurants...
Level 16

Nice have a great time

Level 21

A simple chicken shawarma recipe with tender, smokey and flavorful chicken and a salty, garlic and lemon yogurt sauce served over crisp veggies and warm pita bread. Recipe includes nutritional information plus recipe for two, make-ahead, and freezer instructions. From

Level 19

You're really getting around these days it seems like.  Looking forward to seeing some people in Arizona this month too!

Level 14

That clip (and the post credits clip-ette) are all I know about shawarma

Level 21

Sadly, the post-credit clip was a serious anti-climax for me; quite disappointing.  Even boring.  And that's not something I expect from Marvel movies.

The Avengers - Complete Shawarma Post Credits Scene *HD* - YouTube

Level 18

That one scene caused me to check it out...while probably not the greatest version to sample, I picked up a package at the local Costco.

Wasn't bad, my wife didn't care for it. 

Level 15

adatole​ is your job all fun and games or is that just our perception?

Have fun!

Level 17

There are some definite perks to the job, and as I wrote waaaaaaay back at the beginning ( ), being Head Geek is something that suits my particular personality and preferences very well.

Not everyone is going to be happy when they get a last-minute call for 800 - 1200 words on <new XYZ tech idea>, due by EOB. Which has to be juggled with the 2,000 word monthly writing piece; and never mind the 10,000 word long form ebook.

Not everyone is thrilled with being on camera (period!), let alone being on camera presenting challenging technical concepts in a way that is engaging and informative.

And of course, it takes a "special kind of special" to willingly dress up in a tutu,


...or a loud suit next to a giant in a bee costume,


...or an open-back patient gown to promote... well, for ANY reason, really.


And traveling 1-2 times a month means I get status level on my preferred airline. But on the other hand getting status on my preferred airline means I travel 1-2 times a month.

So *YES*, this job is mostly fun and games, for me, because I consider a lot of what the job entails to be fun and games. It's not for everyone, but it's a job I'm going to hang onto for dear life for as long as they'll let me keep it.

Level 17

Best wishes for the trip! Look forward to reading about it.
Level 16

Level 14

Enjoy.. Can't wait to hear about it on Thwack!

Level 16

Noooooo! Make your own!

Level 16

I always look forward to your contributions. lol

Level 16

I had my first shawarma at the SAP Sapphire conference this week. At least it said it was shawarma. And it was good.

Follow-his question: These professionals that you are visiting, do they have access to the pictures on this thread? Or have we identified some blackmail opportunities? lol

Level 9


Thanks for a great time yesterday, enjoyed every minute of our meeting yesterday at Prologic.

Hope to see you again soon .
Level 16

Waiting ...........
Level 16

Sorry, eagerly waiting for cool updates from Leon

Level 21

What's the next "shawarma" for September of 2017?

About the Author
In my sordid career, I have been an actor, bug exterminator and wild-animal remover (nothing crazy like pumas or wildebeasts. Just skunks and raccoons.), electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school teacher. Oh, and I work with computers. Since 1989 (when you got a free copy of Windows 286 on twelve 5¼” floppies when you bought a copy of Excel 1.0) I have worked as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. Then about 14 years ago I got involved with systems monitoring. I've worked with a wide range of tools: Tivoli, Nagios, Patrol, ZenOss, OpenView, SiteScope, and of course SolarWinds. I've designed solutions for companies that were extremely modest (~10 systems) to those that were mind-bogglingly large (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations). During that time, I've had to chance to learn about monitoring all types of systems – routers, switches, load-balancers, and SAN fabric as well as windows, linux, and unix servers running on physical and virtual platforms.