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Jan 19, 2022   |  By Paul S. Randal
One of the most fundamental concepts in any relational database management system (RDBMS), such as SQL Server, is the transaction. During my consulting career, I've seen many performance problems caused by developers not understanding how transactions work in SQL Server. In this tutorial, I'll explain what transactions are, why they're necessary, and how they work in SQL Server.
Jan 19, 2022   |  By Thomas LaRock
The term DevOps has taken the IT world by storm. Though every business incorporates DevOps practices differently—and even defines the term differently—doing so can offer businesses several benefits. In this article, we’ll talk about the advantages DevOps practices offer, the different parts of the organization they can help, and the future of DevOps.
Jan 17, 2022   |  By Brandon Shopp
Government IT administrators manage several different types of operations. There’s DevOps, which led to the creation of DevSecOps. Now, data-driven agencies are being introduced to a new operational concept: DataOps, the bridge connecting IT operations and data sciences and accelerating the use of data analytics.
Jan 11, 2022   |  By Thomas LaRock
Data is the lifeblood of businesses, and protecting it is incredibly important. One of the ways DBAs help ensure the continuous availability of data is through database backups, a process involving copying the data and schema from a database and saving them elsewhere for retrieval later. But like any other process in IT, database backups have costs, benefits, and risks associated with them.
Jan 10, 2022   |  By Allen White
How do you know your SQL Server system is running well? Is it the simple method of noting no one is complaining? (Sadly, in many businesses, this is exactly how it's done.) The fact is, if you're not monitoring SQL Server performance, you don't know.
Jan 6, 2022   |  By Peter Di Stefano
Recently, I wrote an article titled Life Cycle Monitoring: Why an Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of a Cure. The great Benjamin Franklin coined the term. In the article, I highlighted the value, efficiency, and logic of putting more time into a proper capacity planning and optimization process for all types of IT environments. Most IT professionals would tell you the first thing that comes to their mind when asked how they use log management tools is troubleshooting.
Jan 5, 2022   |  By David Klee
Consider this scenario. Pull up your bank’s website and find the screen showing how much money is in your bank account. It takes 30 seconds to return the balance. You’re a bit annoyed at not having your balance immediately, and upon reflection, you think it might be a bit low, and hit refresh in case you misread the number. It comes back 45 seconds later with a different number. You know you haven’t had any transactions in the last minute. Uh oh. Something’s not right.
Jan 3, 2022   |  By Brandon Shopp
For many federal employees, the workplace has shifted from a traditional office setting to being at home—in a kitchen, bedroom, basement, or any spare desk in the house. With a physical workplace transformation of this nature, cybersecurity concerns come to the forefront. While most agencies have been diligent in addressing these concerns, how has your agency planned to secure its physical inventory?
Dec 30, 2021   |  By David Klee
Silos in IT should be a construct of the past. Tight, rigid, and insulated IT silos were an unintentional design flaw of many IT organizations worldwide over the last few decades. Corporate teams would work on their respective piece of the puzzle in isolation, actively completing their tasks, but having little to no input or conversation on how their output contributed to the greater good. When you lay out the flow, it looks something like Figure 1.
Dec 22, 2021   |  By Pingdom
Do you find yourself asking, “What should our first service-level objective (SLO)be?” The simplest way to get started if you have a website is to measure uptime SLOs. The SLO will measure your uptime and how your site compares to your reliability goals. By following the steps outlined here, you can get up and running with your first SLO in minutes. To get started, you’ll need to set up an account on SolarWinds® Pingdom®.
Jan 18, 2022   |  By SolarWinds
The reporting engine on the SolarWinds Orion Platform products is nothing if not flexible. Countless customers and community members have shared reports. We'll show you how to import reports from THWACK and export reports to share with the SolarWinds community.
Jan 18, 2022   |  By SolarWinds
Using the PerfStack feature in the Orion Platform, we will show you how to create the ultimate database dashboard that allows you to correlate performance across your entire IT stack. Quickly see if the problem truly is a database problem or resides somewhere else, such as the networking or system layers.
Jan 18, 2022   |  By SolarWinds
The Out of the Box alerts on the Orion Platform are good, but alerts for specific needs are better. The flexibility of the alerting engine in the Orion Platform is one of the best ways to tune the platform to your needs. We'll show you how to import alerts from THWACK and how to share any of your excellent alerts with the SolarWinds community. Working with real-world examples is just another way to have your Orion Platform performing properly for your organization.
Dec 21, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
See how easy it is to connect DPA to SAM and other Orion console products. Explore database troubleshooting using the Orion Platform.
Dec 20, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
There isn’t a magical solution to the challenges that DBAs face on a daily basis. Instead, you need to become proficient in the use of a number of different tools to achieve your aims. In this roundtable, SolarWinds Head Geek Kevin Kline is joined with Megan Longoria and Jon Moore to discuss the evolution of tools for the accidental and seasoned DBA alike. The panel will discuss tools of the past, their favorite new tools, and overall, why you need database monitoring and operation tools.
Dec 13, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
Continuing the discussion from the previous THWACK Livecast about letting the Orion® Platform products automate your work, we’ll be stepping away from the web console and start digging into the SolarWinds Orion Application Programming Interface (API). The power of the Orion API is in its flexibility. If you want to unmanage or mute devices to coincide with your change management windows, or do bulk actions on devices, or even add devices to monitoring from nothing more than an IP address, it can be done with the API.
Nov 16, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
Whether you know it or not, the Orion® Platform has some easy-to-use automation built right in. Automatically adding discovered devices, assigning custom properties, taking the toil out of building groups, and a plethora of other ways you can save precious time and reduce errors.
Oct 12, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
The full stack isn't just cloud-based, microservices apps, but includes on-premises and hybrid private cloud infrastructure and packaged applications. The challenges associated with aggregating, analyzing, reporting, and alerting intelligently on logs have become more complex than ever due to the acceleration of packaged and customized application deployment in support of business transformation, alongside the growing requirements needed to ensure security and compliance. This webinar will explore multiple methods to ensure compliance, identify threats, and optimize MTTR by monitoring, analyzing, and managing logs across all types of application and infrastructure architectures.
Oct 12, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
With soaring demand on digital infrastructures, increasing deployment of B2B and B2C custom applications, and ever-tightening budget constraints, it’s more important than ever to ensure service delivery in a cost-effective manner. Delays experienced by your business partners and customers mean higher costs, lost revenue, and lost market share at a time when you can least afford it. In effect, slow is the new down.
Oct 8, 2021   |  By SolarWinds
When troubleshooting application performance issues, have you found the issue residing in the database or not at all? In this webcast, we'll show you the one-two punch to complete database performance management and optimization.
Oct 5, 2018   |  By SolarWinds
Monitor complex network gear like an expert. See all the ways SolarWinds Network Insight features can give you better visibility into your environment.
Apr 20, 2018   |  By SolarWinds
Function, feature and cost advantages of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) over Micro Focus Network Management Solution.
Jan 6, 2018   |  By SolarWinds
Our new eBook, Thou Shalt Not Pass… I Think?!, can help you overcome the challenges of monitoring and managing Cisco ASA firewalls.
Oct 23, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
In this eBook, we will share some approaches to monitoring your IT environment and how they impact troubleshooting. We will present how the SolarWinds Orion® platform provides an optimal integrated platform and how PerfStack simplifies data correlation for efficient problem-solving.
Oct 18, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
After reading this eBook, “Compliance is Not Enough: Planning a Complete Security Strategy,” you will know what tools you can use to apply defense in-depth strategies.
Oct 18, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
Our new eBook, Thou Shalt Not Pass… I Think?!, can help you overcome the challenges of monitoring and managing Cisco ASA firewalls.
Oct 1, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
We recently reached out to IT professionals to find out what they thought about monitoring and managing their environment. From the survey, we learned that automation was at the top of everyone’s wish list.
Oct 1, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
Monitoring 201 was written to provide an overview of monitoring techniques and concepts that help the reader get beyond the out-of-the-box options that are often generic, simplistic, and less useful than they want, need, or appear to be.
Oct 1, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
Some aspects of your infrastructure remain in a traditional infrastructure while another part runs on cloud infrastructure. Or, you are proactive and want to help ensure that your organization prepares for digital transformation. The result? You must embrace hybrid IT. What does that mean for the network, storage, compute, monitoring, and staff? This eBook tackles each of these areas.
Sep 1, 2017   |  By SolarWinds
A primer to the philosophy, theory, and fundamental concepts involved in systems monitoring

SolarWinds is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software. Our products give organizations worldwide, regardless of type, size or IT infrastructure complexity, the power to monitor and manage the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid models.

We continuously engage with all types of technology professionals – IT operations professionals, DevOps professionals and managed service providers (MSPs) – to understand the challenges they face maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures. The insights we gain from engaging with them, in places like our THWACK online community, allow us to build products that solve well-understood IT management challenges in ways that technology professionals want them solved.

This focus on the user and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT performance management has established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in network management software and MSP solutions.