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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.

Posts Featuring Patrick Hubbard

Confessions of an Upgrade Cheerleader

If you’re a SolarWinds customer, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a video of a Head Geek, passionately urging you to upgrade to the latest and greatest version Right Now.…

Cloud Native, You Keep Using Those Words

Ask a hundred IT pros and their managers what “cloud native” is, and you’ll get as many different definitions. In part it’s because public cloud providers (PCPs) seek to provide…

Hybrid Cloud Monitoring: Take It to Twitter

If you’ve run across other articles I’ve written about hybrid cloud, you’ll notice a familiar theme: it’s an artifact of other technology decisions nobody asked for. As such, it’s left…

Nominations for SolarWinds Inaugural IT Pro Day Awards Now Open

2020 has been a challenging, yet outstanding year for IT professionals. “Unique” doesn’t begin to describe the pressures and urgency of the many projects they’re addressing while playing pivotal roles…

Surviving IT in Snap Downturns

The global effect of and challenges to business in 2020 is the very definition of “unprecedented.” While large enterprises enjoy the advantage of scale to redistribute focus and sustain demand…

How Automation Benefits IT Operations: Good Automation Things Come in Threes

IT professionals talk about automation… sometimes ad nauseum. We generally understand its value, even if we’re tribally divided by the specifics of its application. For civilians, automation is a catch-all…

How Ops Teams Can Leverage APM to Meet Modern Requirements

Many components of cloud and SaaS technology are incredibly useful, but the hairball of hybrid IT is anything but. And the cross-hairs of complexity are firmly centered in one place:…

Work-From-Home Whiplash

Global pandemic is a helluva way to learn work from home. After 20+ years of working in an office, it’s been a far bigger change than I’d imagined. Especially if…

20 Years of Your Expertise

Sometimes it’s hard to believe SolarWinds turned 20 this year. That’s eons to survive as an independent software company, much less to have grown into an industry leader. But there’s…

IT Pro Day 2019: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Even after all these years in technology, I remain in awe of IT pros. Watching my kids’ classes, it seems everyone—including elementary school students and other civilians—is practicing truly geeky,…

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