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THWACKcamp2018 Preview – “Observability”: Just a Fancy Word for “Monitoring”? A Journey from What to Why

THWACKcamp2018 Preview – “Observability”: Just a Fancy Word for “Monitoring”? A Journey from What to Why

Have you registered for THWACKcamp 2018? What are you waiting for? This year’s event offers multiple sessions from both industry experts and SolarWinds Head Geekson topics important to you, including mapping, logging, security, and more.

I’m lucky to join SolarWinds director of engineering Dan Kuebrich in a session titled “‘Observability’: Just a Fancy Word for ‘Monitoring’? A Journey from What to Why.” With his years of experience and my wisdom, we’ll be parsing through the hype surrounding observability to bring you a useful set of approaches to combine your metrics, logs, and even traces to make your operations life easier. You’ll learn about metrics abstraction, how to use logs as evidence in root cause investigation, and ways to observe transactions end to end as they travel through all elements of your infrastructure.

We’re excited to make this our best THWACKcamp yet. Don’t miss this premier, two-day online IT learning event, where thousands of attendees network with each other on the hottest topics in IT today. It’s our seventh year, and we can’t wait to (virtually) see you October 17th and 18th!


Patrick Hubbard is a Head Geek and technical product marketing director at SolarWinds. With over 20 years of IT experience spanning network management, data center, storage networks, VoIP, virtualization, and more, Hubbard's broad knowledge and hands-on expertise affirm his IT generalist authority. Hubbard’s initial interest in technology began with a grade school dive into Assembly on the Apple II, and eventually to a half-decade of technogenesis in skunkworks IT at American Airlines. Since then, Hubbard’s career has involved product management and strategy, technical evangelism, sales engineering and software development, all with a focus on application and service delivery for startups and Fortune 500 companies alike that span high tech, transportation, financial services and telecom industries. Since joining SolarWinds in 2007, Hubbard has combined his technical expertise with his IT customer perspective to develop SolarWinds’ online demo platform, launch the Head Geek program and create helpful content that speaks to fellow networking and systems professionals. He runs SolarWinds’ customer education and training program to empower IT Pros to resolve their IT management problems quickly and easily with SolarWinds software. Hubbard is also a Cisco® NetVet and a regular speaker at technology conferences for Ethernet, IPv6 and SDN.