SolarWinds Calls All Sysadmins to Save the Web With the Launch

SolarWinds Calls All Sysadmins to Save the Web With the Launch of
"SysMan Hero!" Online Game 
Turn Any Web Page Into an Instant Battlefield in a War Against
Web-Eating Bugs 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 12/04/12 --  SolarWinds(R) (NYSE: SWI),
a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software,
calls on all IT professionals to save the Web with the launch of its
new "SysMan Hero!" game. A Web-based gaming experience that can be
played in any browser, without downloading a plug-in, and on any
webpage, "SysMan Hero!" gives players the opportunity to fight,
defend and save the Web from an attack of virulent bugs.  
The game transforms any webpage into an epic battle where Web-eating
bugs swarm the screen in increasing numbers and attack the selected
site. Players start by selecting their own SysMan hero persona and a
spaceship. Bugs invaders will then execute an all-out attack on
whatever Web page the player happens to be browsing at the time,
"eating" content along the way and leaving a minefield of torn-up
code in its wake. The SysMan Hero must defend the Web using overhead
2D shooters with rotation, thrusters, shields and a blaster to zap
space bugs before it's too late. 
SysMan Hero! can be played for free by going to
and bookmarking the launch button, or installing the "SysMan
Activator" button in the browser's toolbar. From there, players can
compete with themselves or one another by following top scores on the
Leader Board.  
Sysadmins choose from one of three "SysMan Hero" personas, each of
which represents the heroic qualities of a systems administrator,
such as tactical prowess and the power to troubleshoot and respond.
But in the end, they have only one mission: to restore order and
productivity to the Internet. These personas are: 

--  Snap, whose superpowers are logic and effectiveness
--  Simplo, who always seeks the simplest solutions to every problem; and
--  Reeeboot, who prides himself in making life easier for the user.

In addition, some bugs will follow the player and attempt to attack
him, decreasing his lifespan. If the player successfully destroys all
the bugs, a new round will begin. When all five rounds have been
successfully played, the player has won. 
"Systems administrators work behind the scenes to provide a vital
service to their companies -- they are the unsung heroes. More than
that, they have to deal with an ever-increasing volume and complexity
of work, often with diminishing resources," said Kevin Thompson,
SolarWinds' President and CEO. "We wanted to give IT pros a way to
blow off some steam through a free, engaging and easy-to-play game,
featuring everyday IT challenges that they can relate to instantly."  
Check out other recent SysMan developments on: 
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About SolarWinds
 SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and
affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune
500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our
approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to
eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from
traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this
commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy
to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address
any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in
our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online
community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best
practices, and directly participate in our product development
process. Learn more today at 
SolarWinds, and thwack are registered trademarks of
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only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies. 
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