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The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More
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The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less, Streamline Systems, Patching, VoIP, IP Management, and More

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There’s always more to do, but never enough time or resources to do it. Join us for some time saving tips and learn how you can optimize your existing SolarWinds infrastructure and future spends to …

There’s always more to do, but never enough time or resources to do it. Join us for some time saving tips and learn how you can optimize your existing SolarWinds infrastructure and future spends to get the most done with limited headcount and hours in the day.

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  • 1. The Network Engineer’s Guide to Doing More with Less FIVE TIPS FOR ADDING EXTRA HANDS WITHOUT HIRING AN EXTRA BODY © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • 2. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2 2 SMBs Aren’t Hiring, so More is Expected from YOU The Bad News: Only 26% of SMBs responding to a recent survey planned to add IT head count* The Good News: SMB IT budgets were going up The Result: You probably won’t get to delegate your workload… but you may have some extra budget When you need to do more with less, there are ways… * Spiceworks® The State of SMB IT, November 2012 !
  • 3. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 3 3 Spend Less Time on the Phone – Fix Problems Before They Impact Users 1 Tired of getting “My email is down!” support calls? Monitor your infrastructure and make proactive adjustments before you hear from end-users. Use the right monitoring tools to stay ahead of the game. Are you in charge of servers? The virtual infrastructure? Time to expand your views?
  • 4. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 4 4 Monitor the Phones Get the Right Tools to Monitor Key Systems Since the phone system has become yet another IT responsibility, it’s time to get a VoIP-specific monitoring tool. Don’t leave it to the NMS, be sure you have the right tools to proactively identify issues before users come calling (remember slide 1?) 2
  • 5. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 5 5 Consolidate Your Inventory How many different devices & platforms do you support? Simplify your workload by consolidating hardware, OS, and applications. Streamline your inventory now to save yourself tons of time later when troubleshooting, applying upgrades, and managing patches. 3
  • 6. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 6 6 Automate Patching of 3rd-Party Apps 46% of respondents said it takes 3+ hours to research, script, and test 3rd-party patches* Use your time more wisely! Centralize your patch management process without complicated scripting. Use an automated patch management tool to boost productivity and save yourself hours of work. * SolarWinds survey, SysAdmin Revealed!, November 2012 4
  • 7. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 7 7 Automate: Stop The Manual Processes Manually handling IP address management takes time you simply don’t have and can lead to mistakes you can’t afford to make. 52% of IT infrastructure pros said that IT provisioning was second only to networking as their most time consuming task.* Automate IP address management and get back that time and those orphaned IPs! * ROI for IPAM Solutions in Small-Mid Sized Enterprise Environments EMA , June 2013 5
  • 8. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 8 8 Demo VNQM, IPAM, SAM SolarWinds® software helps you do more with less, saves you valuable time, and makes your job easier. *
  • 9. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 9 9 What People Are Saying About SolarWinds Time-Saving Applications “VNQM is one of the best tools since VoIP was introduced! I am able to track down VoIP issues, jitter, MOS, latency, etc in 0 seconds flat!” --bspencer63, thwack “VNQM allows us to monitor our VoIP links and resolve issues before the customer can report it.” Webbster, thwack Patch Manager seemed to have the lowest barrier to entry and learning curve for the functionality we desired. We refer to the reporting constantly, entire plants that didn't have any update system now do, 3rd party programs are up to date resulting in NO malware infections on 600+ computers since implementation. We currently update/deploy 23 non- Microsoft ®programs through Patch Manager. dougr, thwack
  • 10. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 10 10 What People Are Saying About SolarWinds Time-Saving Applications “When asked if we took away the SolarWinds IP Address Manager and had the team go back to doing everything manually in spreadsheets, there was a long pause, followed by the response, ‘There would be mutiny.’”* Healthcare Company, EMA Whitepaper IPAM: “While improved operational efficiency is the most apparent benefit, the unexpected advantage in aiding to troubleshoot a DHCP problem was extremely valuable. Also, the complete and accurate count of each and every IP device touching the network provided a level of detail that was missing previously. With this additional knowledge, the provider is able to resolve issues more quickly when they do occur.”* Healthcare Company, EMA Whitepaper We have been using Solarwinds Orion® SAM for URL monitoring only and that URL monitoring was mostly just up/down checking. But we recently had a Linux server that we couldn't install a monitoring agent on but needed to be monitored (mostly log file type monitoring), so we put the server in both NPM and SAM, NPM handled the server stats such as CPU, HDD, and MEM while SAM monitors the log files using the Keyword/Phrase Monitor. What was once a "Dang it! How are we going to monitor this server the way they want!" turned into "SW Orion SAM is awesome!“ th3cap3, thwack * ROI for IPAM Solutions in Small-Mid Sized Enterprise Environments EMA , June 2013
  • 11. THANK YOU!!! © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • 12. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 12 12 © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The SOLARWINDS and SOLARWINDS & Design marks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks, registered or pending registration in the United States or in other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be or are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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