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The Echo Chamber: Visibility and Mapping Webinar

August 6, 2018

(“The Echo Chamber” is a semi-regular series where I reflect back on a talk, video, or essay I’ve published. More than just a re-hashing of the same topic, I’ll add insights as to what has changed, or what I would say differently if I …


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SolarWinds Lab Episode 66: Using the Right Tool for the Job

August 1, 2018

In this episode, Senior Manager of Product Strategy Chris O’Brien is joined by Head Geeks™ Patrick Hubbard and Leon Adato to explore better tools you can use for sophisticated monitoring challenges – challenges like Cisco Nexus devices and automated mapping. The solution are techniques …


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Applications Systems

Monitoring Your Systems in the Cloud

July 25, 2018

What happens to our applications and infrastructure when we place them in the cloud?  Have you ever felt like you’ve lost insight into your infrastructure after migrating it to the cloud?  There seems to be a common complaint among organizations that at one point …



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Defining an SLO – Understanding Business Needs

June 20, 2018

Building a monitoring and alerting system should always be driven by your business needs. This is an ongoing debate between the IT organization–which tends to focus on granular measures–and the business users who would like to see more of an end to end picture …


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Database Systems

Choosing What to Monitor – Understanding Key Metrics

June 18, 2018

Monitoring has always been a loosely defined and somewhat controversial term in IT organizations. IT professionals have very strong opinions about the tools they use, because monitoring performance metrics and alerting is one of the key components of keeping systems online, performing, and delivering …


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Database

Be Responsive and Responsible

June 13, 2018

Over the years, I’ve read more than a few articles about the qualities that are found in the best administrators. These articles focus on soft skills, but sometimes will list hard skills as well. In all those years, and in all those articles, I …


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Systems

How DevOps Changes Monitoring

June 13, 2018

One of the most interesting changes that I have observed in my career is Microsoft shifting from just being a development organization to truly becoming a DevOps team, in the case of the SQL Server team. The product code developers are the operations support …


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Networks

The Burden of Monitoring Load Balancers

June 12, 2018

I was having one of “those” days, and someone asked me to describe what a load balancer did. My answer was something like this.   “Imagine your most critical application gained sentience, and had access to a genetics lab. There, it crossed a router …