SolarWinds' Galactic Throwdown Claims Its First Fallen; Champions to Take Up Arms for Fleet 16

SolarWinds' Galactic Throwdown Claims Its First Fallen; Champions to Take Up 
Arms for Fleet 16 
SolarWinds' Sci-Fi Bracket Battle Continues With Fleet 16 Second
Round Match-Ups at 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 --  The Multiverse --
Stardate: -309791.7808 -- The dust has settled and the initial round
of the SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) Sci-Fi Bracket Battle has come to a
close, with each match-up crowning a clear victor. More than 3,800
votes were cast as galvanized fanbases rabidly defended their chosen
icons... but the battle is only beginning, as Fleet 16 voting is now
open in SolarWinds' thwack community! 
Before moving onto a fresh slate of brawls, let us remember some of
the fallen from Sector I: 

--  Captain James Tiberius, defeated at the hands of Captain Jean-Luc
--  Sarah Conner, smacked down by Firefly's River Tam
--  Darth Vader, erased from the space-time continuum by the fickle will
    of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Q

Though jettisoned into geosynchronous orbit around Planet Fail, their
brave sacrifices should not be forgotten... though they probably will
be, as blood-hungry fans look ahead to some of the titillating
match-ups set for Fleet 16. But the rules have changed for the second
round, as the surviving icons will each be allowed one of their
(in)famous items, be it a tool, weapon, vehicle or skill. 
One step closer to the crowning of the Bracket Battle's Intergalactic
Champion, Fleet 16 features several key bouts between illustrious,
now armed-and-dangerous, combatants, including: 

--  Jean-Luc Picard with his faithful Number 1 (Riker) by his side versus
    Han Solo and his blaster
--  Ellen Ripley, encased in a Weyland-Yutani Power Loader exoskeleton,
    versus Number Six and her copies
--  The unfeeling Borg Collective with their cube versus Firefly's Mal and
    his ship, Serenity
--  Ford Prefect, equipped with the "most important item a hitchhiker can
    have," against the focused fury of the T-1000's sword hands

So who will take the next step towards the crown and whose
corpse/carcass/corrupted data will fuel the ever-hungry engines of
the SolarWinds battlefleet? 
As always, you decide -- read, debate and vote on thwack, with the
polls open now until 12 PM Central Daylight Time on March 20, 2013.
Back your champion on thwack and take the debate to Twitter and
Facebook with #SWISciFiBattle -- let the world know that your
champion will reign supreme! 
The Details: 

--  Fleet 16 voting starts now on thwack
--  Voting will remain open until 12 PM Central Daylight Time on March 20,
--  Fleet 16 results will be announced and Super-8 voting will kick off on
    12 AM Central Daylight Time on March 21, 2013

About SolarWinds
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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 
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