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Last month we celebrated IT Pro Day, a holiday designed to recognize tech pros and the work they do. As everyone was challenged with navigating 2020’s evolving landscape, IT pros kept users and teams afloat. Much like the changes evidenced this year, we also added a new twist to IT Pro Day’s festivities – awards! Beyond the well-deserved nomination…
 
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Although this adage holds much truth, it’s important to understand how it applies to the digital transformation we’ve witnessed this year. We’re in what’s truly a new normal. In this episode, SolarWinds Vice President of Security, Tim Brown—joined by Christopher Kissel, research director, Securit…
 
Every year, on the third Tuesday of September, we celebrate IT Pro Day – a day set aside to recognize all tech pros and the work they do. For some obvious reasons, this year we ran a survey to find out how IT folks are holding up. The answers we got back were by turns insightful, funny, and touching. In this episode of SolarWinds® TechPod, Head Gee…
 
For campus IT, “back to school” holds an entirely different meaning for the Fall 2020 semester. On this episode of SolarWinds® TechPod™, Head Geek™ Liz Beavers is joined by Jenny Reeves, operations program manager for a K-12 school in Atlanta. They’ll recount the Spring journey as schools pivoted mid-semester to virtual classrooms, applying lessons…
 
Security operations and IT operations have a lot of differences, but more similarities than you may think, especially as their worlds are merging more quickly than ever before. This presentation will delve into research driven by in-depth conversations with professionals from both groups, examining some of the biggest challenges they see separately…
 
What do IT managers and managed service providers (MSPs) have in common? They both manage a sea of desktop devices. Join the SolarWinds MSP™ Head Nerds while they discuss the challenges and successes of deploying, managing and securing the multitude of desktop devices in various environments. This episode of SolarWinds TechPod is brought to you by …
 
For many people, February 2020 marked the point when everything changed: When schools, stores, religious institutions, and businesses began to shutter their physical locations and we all began grappling with ways to turn our homes into multi-purpose office, gym, schoolhouse, and pet centers. But that was then, and the challenge businesses now face …
 
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 like AI and edge and more focus on cloud computing, hybrid IT, and security. Tech pros also report increased responsibilities but decrease…
 
As COVID-19 forces employees out of the office in masses, many IT departments have been tasked with keeping productivity high and entire organizations operational. How are IT leaders preparing, both long-term and short-term? What challenges are popping up in supporting employees as they work from home? And how can the IT service desk smooth the tra…
 
The SolarWinds® Cloud Confessions 2020 survey explores how extensively technology professionals are using APM tools, whether on-premises or for SaaS-based application management, and how they monitor these environments. One of the things the survey revealed this year was the introspection our colleagues in tech are doing about the changing nature o…
 
The SolarWinds® Cloud Confessions 2020 survey explores how extensively technology professionals are using APM tools, whether on-premises or for SaaS-based application management, and how they monitor these environments. This year’s survey shows most tech pros are using APM tools in a troubleshooting capacity and not as part of proactive APM strateg…
 
When it comes to IT security, it can feel overwhelming. What needs securing and at what level? How do you prioritize? But when considering risk, this is very different conversation. Changing the conversation from security to risk helps shape an informed and balanced approach. Tim Brown discusses how to apply a risk-based model for security success …
 
What is employee engagement and what does it have to do with IT? Andrew Eardley-Day, ITSM system administrator for Betfred and Joey Brown, product manager for SolarWinds ITSM join episode host Chris McManus to discuss the importance of versatile service desk engagement methods for employees, including how IT can offer omni-channel engagement, ways …
 
On this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, our host Patrick Hubbard, SolarWinds Head Geek, is joined by Mike Pfeiffer, a twenty-year tech industry veteran who’s worked for some of the largest technology companies in the world, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS). We'll help you make sense of cloud and application performance management (A…
 
Phishing and malware are scary enough, but the number one tactic used by bad actors to get access to and take over accounts is something different: using compromised credentials. Why? Because it’s so easy! Data breaches happen almost constantly, and credentials get leaked. At the same time, people are prone to reuse the same few passwords across al…
 
With the introduction of vSphere encryption in 6.5 and vSAN 6.6, it has become much easier - and cost-effective - for businesses to encrypt private data. By deploying encryption to protect sensitive workloads in VMware, using the advanced cryptographic permissions in vCenter Server organizations can protect their sensitive information in their inte…
 
Futureproofing. It’s a buzzword you hear a lot these days, but it can mean quite a few things if you’re an IT professional. Forecasting your next round of hardware upgrades? Sure. Migrating to the cloud, adopting the next whatever as a service, building out long-range budgets? Yup. Or maybe your current role now necessitates leveling-up IT skills f…
 
Future-proofing. It’s a buzzword you hear a lot these days, but it can mean quite a few things if you’re an IT professional. Forecasting your next round of hardware upgrades? Sure. Migrating to the cloud, adopting the next whatever as a service, building out long-range budgets? Yup. Or maybe your current role now necessitates leveling-up IT skills …
 
This episode of SolarWinds® TechPod™ is brought to you by SolarWinds Service Desk, an ITSM solution built for more than just tickets. Try SolarWinds Discovery to manage and identify all your IT assets and bring that data into your service management strategy. Learn more at SolarWinds.com/service-desk. Related Links: ITSM Free Trial SolarWinds MSP S…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds® TechPod™, Destiny Bertucci and Eric Hodeen discuss SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and the benefits of automated compliance. Related Links SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Getting Started with Network Configuration Manager – Video THWACKcamp 2019 More SolarWinds TechPod Episodes Comments about this ep…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, Tech Talks, Alex Navarro sits down with SolarWinds® Head Geek™ Sascha Giese to discuss how network monitoring as a strategy can take any organization to the next level by saving both time and money. Links: SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor SolarWinds NetPath Network Path Analysis NetPath: Every Node. Ever…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, host Alex Navarro discusses how to survive and thrive before, during, and after an acquisition with the organizer in chief of Gestalt IT’s Tech Field Day, Stephen Foskett and SolarWinds Head Geek, Patrick Hubbard. Links: Gestalt IT Gestalt IT on YouTube SolarWinds More SolarWinds TechPod Episodes Comments abou…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, Phoummala Schmitt opens up to host Alex Navarro about the unconventional career path that led her to becoming a Microsoft advocate. Listen in as they discuss taking control of your career path, training courses, and even a little cloud strategy. Comments about this episode? Have ideas for future topics? Tweet …
 
It’s time for MSPs to have better security conversations with their customers—and SolarWinds VP of security Tim Brown and SolarWinds MSP senior channel sales specialist Stefanie Hammond know just how you can broach these terse topics. Listen in as they give you the security scoop. Related Links: SolarWinds Backup SolarWinds MSP Security Resource Ce…
 
Old backup technologies never really die. In fact, they tend to grow, patching on new products and types of media until a company’s backup solution becomes a cobbled together “frankenbackup” (neck bolts not included). So how can tech and IT pros navigate this backup landscape and help their users? Join Carrie Reber, SolarWinds Backup Senior Product…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, host Alex Navarro is joined by two VP’s of product strategy—Mav Turner and Brandon Shopp—to discuss which security issues, solutions, and strategies are trending topics of conversation at this year’s SolarWinds Government Partner Summit and User Group.  Comments about this episode? Have ideas for future topics…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, host Alex Navarro discusses what skills tech pros can develop now to position themselves, and the organizations they serve, for future success with Head Geek Leon Adato and Cal Smith of SolarWinds. Comments about this episode? Have ideas for future topics? Tweet us @solarwinds using #TechPod. This podcast is p…
 
For managed services providers (MSPs) first came reactive services. Then came device management. And, now, it's time to talk about managing people. Join David Weeks, SolarWinds MSP Director of Sales, and Chris Reid, Sr. Product Manager for SolarWinds® N-central®, as they talk about how to make the switch from devices to people—and why it makes sens…
 
Ready to implement or expand a successful cybersecurity program for your customers? In this episode of The Brown Report, SolarWinds VP of security Tim Brown and senior channel sales specialist Stefanie Hammond discuss the steps you can take. Related Links: 10 Steps To Proactive Security White Paper [Free Download] SolarWinds MSP Security Resource C…
 
In this episode of SolarWinds TechPod, host Alex Navarro discusses security threats, the importance of practicing good cyber hygiene, and best practices for managing users and their devices with Mav Turner, Denny LeCompte, and Jim Hansen of SolarWinds. Related Links: SolarWinds Access Rights Manager Comments about this episode? Have an idea for fut…
 
Host Alex Navarro visits with Phoummala Schmitt; Microsoft advocate, engineer, messaging and collaboration specialist, and “mom.” Listen in while @ExchangeGoddess has a frank and candid conversation covering origin stories, the IT journey, and what changes she hopes to see in the IT industry. Comments about this episode? Have an idea for future top…
 
Listen in on a candid conversation with Stephen Foskett, a fixture in the world of enterprise information technology, longtime voice in the storage industry, and organizer in chief of Gestalt IT's Tech Field Day. He divulges some of his best tech-related travel tips, secret passions, and what the future has in store for Tech Field Day with host Ale…
 
Join host Alex Navarro as she visits with Stephen Foskett on the next episode of SolarWinds TechPod, Tech Talks. Foskett discusses his takeaways from Gestalt IT's Tech Field Day Austin event, including behind-the-scenes insight into what it takes to be selected as a Tech Field Day delegate, themes that have emerged from Tech Field Day events, and h…
 
It can be a struggle to find the right mix of services for applications and any technology professional with portions of their workloads in someone else’s data center is going to need a game plan. Join Microsoft advocate Phoummala Schmitt and host Alex Navarro as they discuss best practices when migrating to the cloud. Learn more: https://aka.ms/se…
 
Over the last several years, encryption key management has attained “essential infrastructure” status. When done properly, key management can protect encrypted data - and in the event of a data breach, can even provide a company with an exemption for a breach notification. Download this podcast to learn about: What enterprises should look for in an…
 
VMware virtualization has been a game-changing technology for IT, providing efficiencies and capabilities that have previously been impossible for organizations constrained within a traditional IT data center world. With vSphere version 6.5 and vSAN version 6.6 VMware customers now have the ability to encrypt VMware managed virtual machines and vir…
 
The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is radically transforming the information technology space. Organizations of all sizes and types, and cloud service providers large and small, must adjust to the notion that people now fully own information about themselves. Join Patrick Townsend, Founder and CEO of Townsend Security, as he tal…
 
PCI DSS requiress two factor authentication (also known as multifactor authentication) - something you know and something you have. For IBM i users, this usually means a password and an authentication code provided to a token or mobile device. However, tokens are expensive and are frequently lost - and SMS messages to mobile devices have become a d…
 
It is difficult to say big data without instantly thinking about MongoDB. As enterprises adopt MongoDB, they also bring security concerns with them. Depending on their business, they may have multiple government (HIPAA, GDPR, FFIEC, etc.) or business (PCI DSS, etc) security regulatory standards with which they need to comply. Join Patrick Townsend,…
 
While the IBM i (AS/400) is considered by many to be a secure platform, it is not immune to data breaches. For this special podcast, Clayton Weise of KeyInfo joins us to discuss running the IBM i in the cloud, maintaining a strong security posture, and common questions about cloud/on-prem hybrid networks. Download this podcast to learn about: IBM i…
 
Cyber criminals attempt to escalate their level of privilege by stealing and using administrative credentials. Because IBM i servers are accessed from user PCs across internal and external networks, credential stealing from these exposed PCs and networks is the preferred mechanism for compromising an IBM i server. Download this podcast to learn abo…
 
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