Doing More with Less: Product Features, Strategies, and Ideas to Weather


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Your agency or department is probably facing the tightest budget ever and while budgets are decreasing, demands only continue to increase. The only solution? Do more with less. In this webinar we will cover ideas, strategies, and product features designed to help you get the most from your IT investment.

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Doing More with Less: Product Features, Strategies, and Ideas to Weather

  1. 2. <ul><li>A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds </li></ul><ul><li>based in Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Josh Stephens, Head Geek, Blogger, and Tweeter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Guest – Jeppie Sumpter, Lead Network Engineer, Western Kentucky University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today’s Topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doing More with Less – Product Features, Strategies, and Ideas to Weather Tight Budgets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who is SolarWinds? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What we do… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are our customers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The SolarWinds community… </li></ul></ul>Introduction
  2. 3. Housekeeping <ul><li>Can you hear me now? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If not, use the Go-to-Webinar Q&A panel to contact the moderator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you win the free stuff? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you ask questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Will this thing be recorded? </li></ul>
  3. 4. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Western Kentucky University </li></ul><ul><li>Key issues at WKU </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the most value out of IT investments </li></ul><ul><li>Trivia questions </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Summary and Q&A </li></ul>
  4. 5. About Western Kentucky University
  5. 6. Key Issues for University Environments <ul><li>Budgets tight </li></ul><ul><li>Growth is pressuring all departments to do more with less </li></ul><ul><li>Need to maximize productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Newer employees must ramp up quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Campuses are expected to provide network services 24 x 7 x 365 </li></ul><ul><li>Large wireless community </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Adopt IT products with highest ROI and lowest TCO </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the existing infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and manage TCO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Control project scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep rollout times short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long projects delay ROI and invite scope creep </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right-size your solution to your requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability is key to productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow as needed </li></ul></ul>Getting the Most Value Out of IT Investments
  7. 8. <ul><li>Long projects lengthen time to ROI </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of the project, needs may have changed </li></ul><ul><li>You need a solution now </li></ul>Manage time to ROI
  8. 9. <ul><li>Customization and Consultants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing your systems in house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly customized applications reduce flexibility and adaptability (that’s the making of a legacy app) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complexity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source is free like a puppy… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge transfer can be an issue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Think carefully about upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>Paying for features you will never use? </li></ul>Manage TCO: Buy What You Need
  9. 10. <ul><li>Goal is to provide optimal network services to end users. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streamlined monitoring solutions ensures you can rely on the product and keep an eye on the network while you focus on the other (more strategic) things you need to do. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring shouldn’t be a huge time investment. It should happen almost behind the scenes, but it is vital. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting demonstrates value and progress. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alerting allows you to get to the problem and fix it before users are impacted. </li></ul></ul>Network Monitoring Philosophy
  10. 11. Matching Solutions to Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Need for Efficiency - SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Centralizes and automates config backup and config changes – Last known good rollback </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adds consistency and automated policy enforcement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One place to look for a config issues, not thousands of individual devices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time change detection </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Network Configuration Manager
  12. 13. Matching Solutions to Initiatives <ul><ul><li>SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and Application Performance Monitor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to understand and use – spin up new staff quickly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does not require dedicated staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We don’t want to have to focus on managing our management tools! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting and Alerting </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Matching Solutions to Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Optimize Existing Infrastructure- SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Already in the IOS! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quickly identify the source of network bottlenecks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides insight to end user needs and the impact on the network – We can’t manage the network without understanding what it delivers and where </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 15. NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
  15. 16. Matching Solutions to Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Optimize Existing Infrastructure- SolarWinds Storage Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unmanaged storage = Waste! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces duplicated space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Isolates issues quickly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manage and plan overall capacity needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to do more now with what you have and avoid unnecessary purchases </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Matching Solutions to Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Optimize Existing Infrastructure - SolarWinds Virtualization Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Single point of entry for a distributed virtual environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One place to look </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locates over provisioned and orphaned VMs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates wasted resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to recover resources and delay purchases </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Controls VM sprawl </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Matching Solutions to Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Automate Wherever Possible - SolarWinds IP Address Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduled scans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DHCP monitoring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates errors and duplicates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates manual management of spreadsheets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IPv4 and IPv6 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Matching Solutions to Initiatives
  19. 20. <ul><li>Did you say there was a special offer??? </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of </li></ul><ul><li>SolarWinds products visit: </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Josh Stephens, Head Geek </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>twitter: sw_headgeek </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>p.s. Remember to renew your maintenance!!! </li></ul>Summary and Q&A