SOURCE: SolarWinds


August 08, 2012 07:30 ET

SolarWinds Launches to Help IT Pros Patch Microsoft and Third Party Applications

New Community Space Within SolarWinds' thwack Offers Latest Industry Insight, Tips and Information on All Things Patch Management

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) - SolarWinds® Inc. (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today introduced, a new resource for IT pros within its thwack® online community to gain and share information on the latest Microsoft® and third party updates, as well as valuable content to help improve their job performance and knowledge.

PatchZone serves as a comprehensive collection of information focused on Patch Management and serves as a destination for IT pros to come together with their peers and industry experts to share answers surrounding which applications are most vulnerable, which updates they need to apply and when, how to implement Patch Management on a tight budget, why patching third party applications is so important, lessons learned, and more.

"We've looked at the market and found that there was no one central place for IT pros to get the latest information on both Microsoft and third party patches," said Bertrand Hazard, senior director of business strategy, SolarWinds. "Now IT pros can avoid the tedious process of hunting for their patches and find everything in one place in a quick and easy-to-consume format."

In addition to the SolarWinds Patch Management team, a number of industry expert bloggers will offer their expertise and insight into important patching issues, supplying IT pros with direct, informed solutions.

"When first venturing into IT, I struggled because of the lack of reference material -- it was difficult and costly to learn anything new, so few people ventured out of their areas of expertise," said Robert Miller, PatchZone blogger and author of Armored Packets. "Today there is a wealth of knowledge available, but with the release of PatchZone, we can now bring focus to key areas vital to the continued growth of our field. I see thwack's PatchZone as an open-source community project, and with these types of projects, only the best ideas come to life."

Meet the PatchZone bloggers and experts:

Brien Posey, six-time Microsoft MVP, is a published author of over 4,000 technical articles and papers and three dozen book contributions. He has served as a CIO in the healthcare industry and a network administrator for the United States Department of Defense. See his website for more information.

Augusto Alvarez, Microsoft Student Partner since 2006, is now celebrating the publication of his second book, "Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide." He has served as a thwack ambassador and has his own blog.

Robert Miller, a security and operations manager for a privately held company, has over 14 years of experience with network, system, and telephony administration. By night, he is a respected security researcher and blogger.

Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MVP, MCITP, a long-term Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Software Update Services (SUS) pro, is a SolarWinds product manager. Lawrence has also shared his expertise as Principal/CTO of Onsite Technology Solutions to companies worldwide.

To receive regular updates, IT pros may sign up for the free PatchZone News & Tips newsletter on thwack.

thwack Continues to Expand, Offering a Wider Breadth of IT Blogger Expertise and New Spaces for Discussion

thwack aims to serve as the go-to resource for IT professionals, delivering unmatched value to more than 100,000 members of the IT management community, providing industry insight, camaraderie, questions and answers, and more.

After its recent relaunch, thwack now incorporates several improved user experience and user engagement elements, including:

  • Vendor SMI-S Reference - A new space for IT pros to get a consolidated view of Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) support and interface information for multiple SAN vendors in a single location
  • Gamification - Point system that recognizes members through participation and content sharing
  • Crowdsourcing - Help determine upcoming SolarWinds product features by voting up and down requests
  • Ambassador Program - Enlists top industry experts to engage with the community through timely and thought-provoking posts
  • Social Groups - Allows users to create new groups to gather and focus on a specific topic or area
  • @thwack - Follow the community on Twitter for real-time updates on the latest in thwack
  • Intuitive navigation and improved intelligent search functionality

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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