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IT Pro Community thwack(R) MVP Joins SolarWinds(R) Head Geek Ranks

SolarWinds Welcomes Leon Adato to Its Head Geek Team as a Technology Evangelist, an Ambassador to the thwack IT Management Community and Network Management Expert

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 09/10/14 -- SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today introduced Leon Adato as the newest member to the Head Geek team specializing in network management. Adato brings over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and a passion for sharing his knowledge and expertise with the IT community to SolarWinds, where he will continue to support and evangelize the ever-changing challenges and needs of network engineers everywhere.

Meet Head Geek Leon Adato

  • IT expert with over 25 years of industry experience including roles as a systems engineer, infrastructure architect, and monitoring architect, including 14 years working with systems management, monitoring, and automation solutions in servers, networks, and Web spaces
  • Microsoft® Certified Systems Engineer, Cisco® Certified Network Associate, and SolarWinds Certified Professional
  • Eight-year trusted contributor to SolarWinds' thwack online community, earning the title of thwack MVP
  • Ten-year SolarWinds user with first-hand knowledge of how SolarWinds products work in varied IT environments

"We are excited to have Leon join our Head Geek team. His years of hands-on experience in the IT field and his enthusiasm for engaging with the IT community to share that knowledge is unparalleled," said Suaad Sait, executive vice president, products and markets, SolarWinds. "As part of the Head Geek team, Leon will help IT Pros solve problems and navigate the ever-changing technology offerings and serve as an ambassador for thwack members, a resource for our users and the greater IT community."

Adato joins the SolarWinds Head Geek team following his tenure at Cardinal Health as a Senior Monitoring Consultant and has a history of designing, deploying, and supporting monitoring-as-a-service to companies of all sizes.

What IS a Head Geek?
SolarWinds Head Geeks bring over 80 collective years of real-world expertise and renowned industry credentials to provide the IT Pro community with perspectives, advice, and discussion on the latest trends and challenges in technology. SolarWinds Head Geeks engage with IT Pros on SolarWinds' thwack community forums and Geek Speak blog and provide advanced technical training in monthly SolarWinds Lab sessions. The Head Geeks also participate regularly on various IT forums including®,, Stack Overflow®, and Spiceworks®.

Meet the Head Geeks

Patrick Hubbard boasts over 20 years' technical expertise and network management experience in areas including campus, datacenter, HA/DR networks, storage networks, VoIP/telepresence and VDI Fortune 500® and startups. He contributes regularly to TechTarget's SearchNetworking and SearchSDN.

Lawrence Garvin has 23 years of IT experience, is a nine-time Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and has been working with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Software Update Services (SUS) since the release of SUS SP1 in 2003, and update management, generally, since the availability of Windows Update in 1997. He contributes regularly to InformationWeek and Mission Critical.

Thomas LaRock has over 15 years of IT experience, holding various roles such as programmer, developer, and analyst and database administrator and is a Microsoft Certified Master and SQL Server® MVP. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server, is an avid blogger, and authored DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA, a book designed to help junior to mid-level DBAs thrive in their careers.

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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 thwack online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at

SolarWinds, SolarWinds & Design and thwack are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC or its affiliates. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be or are intellectual property of their respective companies.

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