Second Annual SolarWinds IT Pro Conference Returns October 8-11, 2013

Second Annual SolarWinds IT Pro Conference Returns October 8-11, 2013 
thwackCamp 2013 to Offer IT Professionals Four Days of Free Virtual
IT Management Education, SolarWinds Product Demonstrations and Expert
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 09/25/13 --   SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI),
a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software,
today announced its second annual thwackCamp, a free IT professional
virtual conference, which will feature four days of educational IT
presentations and interactive discussion hosted October 8-11 on
"thwackCamp gives new IT management insight in a fun and entertaining
way," said Kevin Small, Reliability Engineer for Regions Financial
Corporation and thwackCamp 2012 attendee. "SolarWinds has a creative
way of offering new perspective on the products I use every day, and
I'm excited to have four days of educational sessions dedicated to
topics that truly interest me."  
Given the inaugural success of thwackCamp in October 2012, SolarWinds
has extended the conference from one day to four and is hosting the
event on thwack, enabling attendees to participate in the scheduled
presentations or conveniently watch the sessions later if they have
conflicting work responsibilities.  
Each day will feature four or five presentations of 30 to 45 minutes
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT. The IT industry and SolarWinds product
experts will then participate in live Q&A with viewers. This new
schedule allows IT pros to focus on a single day's specialized topic
or to broaden their knowledge in other areas of IT management without
conflicting sessions: 

--  Tuesday, October 8: Network Complexity
    --  Learn how to manage network traffic, performance and
        configuration, see a deep dive into SolarWinds Network Performance
        Monitor (NPM), and view demonstrations of how to install and
        integrate SolarWinds software
--  Wednesday, October 9: Systems and Applications
    --  Discuss systems and applications management approaches including
        monitoring of servers, applications, and web performance, learn
        how to leverage the power of customer properties with Leon Adato,
        Monitoring Architect for Cardinal Health and SolarWinds user, and
        dive deep into SolarWinds Patch Manager and the new SolarWinds
        Server & Application Monitor (SAM)'s database monitoring
--  Thursday, October 10: Security and Compliance, Virtualization, and
    --  Learn network security strategies, focusing on Federal compliance
        needs and security information and event management (SIEM), take a
        deep dive into SolarWinds Log & Event Manager, learn about
        SolarWinds Virtualization Manager's integration with SolarWinds
        SAM and SolarWinds NPM, and discuss SolarWinds Storage Manager
        deployment and secure file sharing
--  Friday, October 11: Mobile IT and Tools
    --  Discuss resources and tools for remote IT management, learn best
        practices for optimizing IT alert management and help desk
        management, and get familiar with the SolarWinds API

"SolarWinds has always taken a unique approach to connecting with IT
pros and regularly engaging with our customers, and thwackCamp is no
exception," said Michael Torok, thwack community director. "We
listened to our customers' requests for a SolarWinds conference, and
we focused on how to create the most effective and informative
discussions among IT pros while keeping it fun, accessible, and free
for the attendees." 
The inaugural thwackCamp in October 2012 saw over 800 registered
attendees and led to over 1,500 unique views of the session
recordings since the camp, supporting thwack's reasoning for hosting
the event virtually by making it easier for IT pros to participate
and educate themselves according to their own schedules. 
thwack provides education and engagement for over 130,000* IT pros,
providing forums to ask questions directly to SolarWinds product
experts, talk about IT management trends, request features, and share
fun, geeky content. thwack has constantly evolved to offer new
support and engagement for users, and has had a 100-percent increase
in engaged users over the past two years. 
thwack Highlights:  

--  Ideation: Users can request new features to SolarWinds products. In
    fact, 87 features have been added to SolarWinds products with over
    12,000 votes on nearly 1,700 unique ideas.
--  Geek Speak: thwack's blog features posts about IT trends and new
    product features and was named this month as one of the "50 Must-Read
    IT Blogs 2013" by BizTech Magazine.
--  Monthly Missions: Each month, anywhere from 50 to 300 thwack users
    participate in missions to gain deeper knowledge into SolarWinds
    products, earning chances to win prizes.
--  Points & thwack Store: thwack members earn points for posting,
    commenting, sharing, or otherwise getting involved in the community.
    They can then use their points to earn fun SolarWinds gear from the
    thwack store -- there are over 20 products to choose from.

*Member count is based on the number of unique email addresses in the
thwack user database. 
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
SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used
only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies. 
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