My SolarWinds journey began back in 2013, when I have joined Catalyst Housing Limited as an Infrastructure Engineer to help with day-to-day engineering activities as well as with focus to get monitoring to the next level.
At the time I didn't have much experience with SolarWinds. I recall sitting at my desk, looking at the screen with that Monitoring Beast on it and being totally overwhelmed by the amount of settings, modules, features, views, data and million other things that all popped out from the out-of-the-box package. None of it made sense at first.
Fast forward one year, SolarWinds at Catalyst has been transformed from being on a sidelines into a highly respected and trusted monitoring platform by all technology teams. It was a huge success and a giant first step for me into that new world of monitoring.
I got inspired, I was thrilled, I fell in love with the product and I got back to work, with passion. Since then I have always maintained that laser-sharp focus by building the best monitoring solutions for many other clients based on SolarWinds products. With every client and every iteration the final result and my level of expertise was progressively getting better and better. It was a win-win for both myself and my clients.
Learning curve was steep and fast. I expanded my knowledge and deepen my understanding into how SolarWinds works behind the scene, learned SQL, reversed engineered database to produced hundreds of custom reports to accompany implementation, learned VBScript, REST APIs, Perl and other scripting languages to build more custom checks, custom integrations, advanced reporting, automation and other highly valuable elements that are now all part of my usual routine during deployments.
Over the years and through many iterations of deploying monitoring solutions I have maintained a very high level of standards with regards to quality, efficiency, scalability and fun. All my custom-built implementations directly reflect these core values.
Ultimately, it is support engineers and IT operations who benefit the most from having monitoring tool they love, trust and can have a degree of fun with. These people are my number one customers and I strives to help them first to fulfill their mission of keeping IT systems highly stable and healthy.
It has been an amazing journey so far and I am now entering a new chapter of it. I am fully committed to keep moving forward and build upon this success by focusing on consulting and training. I am now on a mission to help technology teams to setup and scale enterprise monitoring systems using SolarWinds products with my unique custom-made framework and workflow design.
For that very reason, back in 2016, I founded AceWinds Ltd. with the vision to provide consultancy services that can be used as a launchpad for any organisation, big or small, to build their own enterprise level monitoring systems, fast, cheap and get it right from the first time.
I do this by providing 1:1 consultancy, ongoing live support, training and all required resources, such as step-by-step guides, video tutorial, source-code, templates, custom reports, scripts and much more to help operations to build monitoring they can be proud of.
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