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THWACKcamp 2018

Something is happening in IT. OK, something is always happening in IT, but this year the challenge of IT is measurably different. 2018 IT Trends Index data suggests that there’s a little more disconnect than usual between the technologies CIOs are excited about and the tools we rely on as operations experts. And that means not only is this year’s SolarWinds THWACKcamp a bit different, but that you’ll want to be there more than ever. Save this date on your calendar- THWACKcamp 2018 registration opens August 1.

2018 is the seventh year for THWACKcamp, and once again we’ll be live October 17-18 with packed session tracks covering everything from network monitoring and management, to change control, application management, storage, cloud and DevOps, security, automation, virtualization, mapping, logging, and more. Once again, you’ll want to register early to join thousands of skilled admins who attend online every year. And this year at THWACKcamp, we’re talking about the increasingly blurred lines between data center, cloud, and applications.

The Sage Voice of Operations

For as long as I can remember in IT, we admins are called on from time to time to talk IT executives off the ledge of the Latest Shiny Thing. This year it’s AI, machine learning, and IoT/robotics that will “change the world” in 2018. But you and I know that as increasingly interesting as these tools are, we’re still spending most of our time with the mundane, like untangling Cisco Nexus ACLs on one of 2000 VPC interfaces. Many are still trapped by the help desk- generally in reactionary mode and not making proactive enhancements that help the business. Conversations with you, as well as survey responses and THWACK community thread data, tell us this year you want hands-on, how-to sessions more than ever.

For 2018 we’ll have SolarWinds experts across all sessions, live segments, and of course on chat, ready to answer your most challenging questions. This year at SWUGs and during SolarWinds Lab events, customers aren’t saying that they’re transforming into cloud and/or DevOps-centric organizations, but rather, IT in all its traditional, under-staffed, over-allocated glory, is adopting new technology that was expected to go to other specialist teams.

For example, in most companies, new tech like containers isn’t staying in DevOps as foretold. Instead, existing, dependable operations teams learn what they need to know, and tuck containers alongside everything else they manage. As admins, we’re becoming less siloed DevOps, on-premises IT, or managed service experts, and more overall, versatile technology professionals. We’re beginning to use shared tools that solve more than one problem. We’re app teams learning about distributed tracing, network teams learning about Kubernetes multiplexing, or security teams grappling with industrial IoT firewall rules, all while we keep our existing environments running. We believe 2018 will include some of the most interesting THWACK community conversations, ever.

I’m Just Here for the Giveaways

While of course the main reason you should attend THWACKcamp is to gain skills that make you a better professional, THWACKcamp wouldn’t be THWACKcamp without plenty of opportunities to pick up some great swag. We’ll have great geek giveaways, present community awards, and have plenty of other activities to making shopping the THWACK store even more fun. Once again, you’ll have an opportunity to earn up to 20,000 THWACK points just by registering early, attending sessions live, and completing session surveys. As always to attend sessions, win prizes, grab THWACK points, or chat, you will need to register for this unique, live event.

We look forward to seeing you again at THWACKcamp, so please check the THWACKcamp homepage beginning in August to register early (https://thwackcamp.com). And of course, while you’re there, feel free to watch sessions from previous years- the catalog has really grown. THWACK and SolarWinds are driven by you, and it’s always an honor to share the energy of so many of you all in one place online. THWACKcamp 2018 is going to be the best one yet.

45 Comments

Can't wait to see what's in store for this year's content!

Level 12

On a scale of 1 to Love, I'm "Brain-a-splode!"

This should be even more epicer than last year.   Can't wait

Although i know epicer is not a word as IT Pro's it's our job to identify new creative ways to do the same thing done year over year in a better more efficient way, so now I say epicer..

Level 12

Who is bringing the marshmallows this year?

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oh yeah!!

Looking forward to it. 

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Awesome sauce!

Already booked on my calendar and have scheduled time to be locked up in the Man Cave for it.

Level 11

Time to make the donuts awesome videos!! 

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The countdown begins!

Am fascination to see what SolarWinds thinks of the AI space.

All Your Thwackcamp Are Mine

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Level 14

Last year was my first (OK not actually present, just watching on-line) but learned loads so have this one marked down as busy in my calendar.

Level 10

I have already let my boss know and my out of office is scheduled. Lets do it!

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Is this covered?

Aside from status, are there other perks of being a THWACK MVP?

(https://thwack.solarwinds.com/docs/DOC-194206)

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1 free trip to a SolarWinds User Group of their choosing per year

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Level 20

I finally got the money for SRM!  I'm getting 600 spindles worth... woohoo!!!  Coming down the Thwack Camp at Texas might be fun to do.  I had great time talking to Patrick, Bill Fitzpatrick, and everyone at Orlando Cisco Live SWUG!  Good times and I agree about the disconnect Patrick.  Sometimes I think management types get too hung up on the stupid magic quadrant BS... those people don't even test the software themselves!

Level 20

We're also (many) about delve into DNA Center and ACI everywhere on our networks.  This with the new Cisco API's is opening up DevOps like stuff for all network engineers.  We've got neat new tech like Stealthwatch and ETA - Encrypted Traffic Analytics!!!

Level 13

Off to camp we go!!!!!!!!

I wish Thwack Camp weren't during Minnesota's all-to-brief warm weather.  It would be easier to justify driving down (for the points, of course!) if it were cold up here and warm down there.

I could (probably) persuade my wife to join me if I could guarantee she'd get excellent view of Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers (I've got them on my life list, she doesn't--HA!).

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d09h​ some of us went last year, it was fun but also insane. I kinda want to do it again but not the way we had the conference room set up.

Level 20

Hey Rick we've got like 20 varieties of hummingbirds here in AZ... in the east you've only got one!  The ruby throated hummingbird.

This is Costas hummingbird in AZ.  https://www.beautyofbirds.com/hummingbirdsarizona.html

Oh, yes, I'm WELL aware of AZ's abundance of birds that are NOT on my Life List.   Some of those hummers are spectacular (I'm thinking of Lucifer and Broad-billed and Anna's and Costa's in particular).

When I retire, I'll be spending some time in Arizone searching for Hummingbirds, Owls, Five-striped Sparrows, Gilded Flickers, Jacana's, Plovers, Lovebirds, Gnatcatchers, Nightjars, Warblers, Thrashers, Woodpeckers, and Wrens, and more species that are not found in my travels (and that are ESPECIALLY not found in Minnesota!).

Level 11

Marked on the calendar for sure!

Gett'n ready to learn new stuff!

"Man Cave", "Lady Lair", "She Shed"...there must be something to describe a nerd's/geek's retreat.

Level 12

Geek Grotto.

I would say come to Baltimore and see the Oriole... but they are absolutely terrible this year.  😞Orioles.jpg

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Awesome! Wished I could be there for it again! Last year was a blast.

Level 20

The Gila Woodpeckers here are relentless!  I've had to get creative to keep them from drinking all the hummingbird food.  On trick I use is to use feeders that attach to glass... I put on large 8'x4' window in the middle.  Then I have a suction cup that holds some copper wires that stick out facing up above where the hummingbird feeds... The Gila woodpeckers can't get hold onto anything and they don't want to crash into those wires... the Hummingbirds don't mind it all and just come in for their drink.

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The Gila will drain the feeder dry in hours.  After years of living in southern Ohio and feeding the Ruby Throated... I was amazing at the gorget colors on the males here in desert.  The first time I saw light blue and purple it was amazing.

How about "Nerd Nest"!?

Level 12

Recommending this to my vendor support team overseas. These Camps have all been very worthwhile.

Level 14

Love Thwack Camp!  Learn, collaberate, geek out.

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Gorgets are wonderful when the males flash them your way in the sunlight!

Level 16

Baltimore?  We need a SWUG in this area.  

But it I’ll take Thwack Camp fur sure!!!

Level 13

whoop! almost that time of year again!

I get woodpeckers here that hang like that off my birdfeeders and keep the finches away

I'm am ready.....are you?

lets get ready to rumble GIF

Level 20

Yep those woodpeckers are relentless!!!

When woodpeckers (inappropriately) take over your hummingbird feeders:

How to Keep Unwanted Birds Away from Hummingbird Feeders

I have submitted multiple applications for me to host a Baltimore SWUG. I am awaiting a response.

Looking forward to this; hoping to fly down!    

Level 10

cannot wait