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Chrystal Taylor

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Chrystal Taylor is a dedicated technologist with nearly a decade of experience and has built her career by leveraging curiosity to solve problems, no matter the size, industry, or client. Whether tinkering with the family computer, or inflicting general destruction in MS-DOS Tank Wars, Taylor has always been a geek. Taylor is a SolarWinds deployment veteran who’s built a successful IT career by translating client needs into optimized and performant systems. She loves customizing current deployments to ensure systems grow in tandem with user needs. She’s achieved several SolarWinds certifications. A THWACK® MVP since 2011, she understands the power of community and the SolarWinds commitment to its users. In her role as the Global Services Team Lead for Loop1 Systems, Taylor was the troubleshooting sniper, handling technical escalation for the engineering team, providing break/fix and augmentation support, and assisting clients as the subject matter expert for SolarWinds® Orion® Platform and Security Event Manager (SEM) (formerly Log & Event Manager) products. Her focus on capacity planning, server architecture, and troubleshooting allow her to attack any issue on multiple fronts.

Posts Featuring Chrystal Taylor

Hey, [Insert Family/Friend Name Here], Let’s Talk About Online Security

2020 keeps on proving the old adage, “It gets worse before it gets better.” We still seem to be in the “worse” stage. If you’ve been paying attention to the…

Gaming Groups in a Remote World

As we all come to terms with quarantine and shelter-in-place orders being extended for longer than most prepared for (both emotionally and in terms of our stash of snacks), and…

Avant-Garde vs. Current Tech

Let’s look at your phone for a second. Do you have the newest model? If not, you probably know someone who does or who’s waited in line overnight to get…

SolarWinds IT Trends Report Insights With Keith Townsend — SolarWinds TechPod 027

The SolarWinds® IT Trends Report 2020 explores the evolving role of technology in business and the tech pros in charge of driving business performance. This year shows there’s less focus on emerging technologies…

Rockstars in IT: They Can Do, But Can They Teach?

Rockstars are a vital asset to any company. In the technology world, they’re often the subject matter experts coworkers turn to when they have questions about a product or service.…

Geeking Out With Your Kids—Taking Advantage of Opportunity

In my last post, I talked about what I implemented at home to deal with WFH full-time while my son is also distance learning full-time. By being trapped together by…

This Single Mom’s Take on Kids Distance Learning While You WFH

Setting the scene: I’m a nine-year veteran full-time WFH employee, I have a 10-year-old boy, I have a great relationship with my son’s other parents, and a puppy (that we…

From Retail to Head Geek at SolarWinds

My Journey in IT <Memory fade in…> It’s 2010 and I’m at a furniture store doing office administration. I love the people I work with and I find satisfaction in…

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