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Convention, Interrupted

Level 17

In two weeks I'm going to be attending and speaking at Ethernet Technology Summit 2015 and I have to get something off my chest: I'm a little rusty at the convention thing.

The last convention I attended was a COMDEX in Vegas. I didn't gamble a dime, didn't drink myself silly, and didn't take in many of the sites (well, except for spending an inordinate amount of time in the Star Trek Experience attraction). That’s not why I was there. For me, the trip was all about the tech.

I walked every aisle, spoke to as many vendors as I could, tried to soak it all in. COMDEX was a true Vegas buffet, and I walked myself to the point of exhaustion stuffing my brain with new ideas and technologies. But that was a few years ago, and I haven't attended anything of significance since then.

My absence from conventions hasn't been due to lack of interest. My jobs have simply not afforded me the luxury. But as Head Geek, I’m thrilled to get back into the game.

To be sure, Ethernet Technology Summit is a far more focused event than COMDEX (and that’s a good thing). But I don't expect it to be any less engaging or worthwhile.

In addition to exhibitors, there’s a smorgasbord of information I’ll be taking in and bringing back with me about SDN, IoT, high speed data, and more. And then there are the keynotes.

Finally, I expect that I'll need to be on my toes to take part in a panel discussion on monitoring ethernet networks.

Even though it’s been a few years, I've solicited the help of a couple of incredible advisors: Kong Yang and Thomas LaRock are convention veterans. They are sharing their hard-won knowledge with me so I won't be hitting the floor (or the podium) completely green.

So if you are going to be at Ethernet Summit, let me know so I can find you and say ‘hi’. If you aren't, make sure you are following @LeonAdato, @SolarWinds‌, and @EthernetTech on Twitter, and join the #ethernetsummit conversation so you can share what I'm learning.

Level 16

Leon, your a HUGE geek going to a HUGE geek convention...  You'll be awesome just like you are as a Head Geek at Solarwinds....

Level 17

This will be awesome adatole‌ ; the top 3 alone started me drooling Tom, Beth & Ahmet - App Rule, Meeting App Demands & More Bandwidth at less cost..   sounds like I need to share this with our DC guys

Level 17

And you'll be fine!!!! just wear comfy shoes

Level 13

Sounds awesome. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

Level 15

Relax, breathe, and be in awe of the mass of wonderful knowledge you will obtain.  Then, come tell us all about what you picked up!

Level 17

Indeed, don't forget to share!

Level 14

I also like to walk around and hear about new technologies, even from other areas/specialities. Even though I tell the product reps at the start that I was just curious, I still feel a little bad after the rep has gone through their spiel.

Missed you guys at Cisco Live Australia this year!

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.