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Microsoft Honors SolarWinds Head Geek Thomas LaRock With Seventh Microsoft MVP Award
SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT performance management software, today announced that Microsoft has named SolarWinds Head Geek Thomas LaRock a seven-time Microsoft(R) Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for demonstrating his deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology and voluntarily sharing his passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community.

Each year about 4,000 MVPs are honored from the more than 100 million social and technical Microsoft community members through nominations submitted by Microsoft and other community individuals. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions in the previous years. Microsoft MVPs come from more than 90 countries, speak over 40 different languages, are awarded in more than 90 Microsoft technologies, and answer more than 10 million questions each year.

LaRock received his first Microsoft MVP award in 2009 and has received one each consecutive year for his continued contributions to and enthusiasm for the Microsoft community. LaRock was named a Microsoft MVP for his technical expertise with SQL Server and his interest in system center cloud and datacenter management and Microsoft Azure. LaRock is currently President of the Professional Association for SQL Server and shares his insights and expertise on his blog.

"Thomas brings over 15 years of experience to the SolarWinds Head Geek team and is passionate about constantly staying at the forefront of changes in database performance tuning and virtualization technology to ensure that he can always be a trusted advisor and educator to the IT Pros that look to him for guidance," said Suaad Sait, executive vice president, products and markets, SolarWinds. "Receiving his seventh Microsoft MVP award is a strong testament to Thomas' amazing first year as a Head Geek at SolarWinds where he has continued his commitment to interacting and sharing his insights with the larger IT Pro community."

What IS a Head Geek? SolarWinds Head Geeks bring 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 myITForum.com, Windows-Noob.com, StackOverflow, and Spiceworks.

Published Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:03 AM by David Marshall
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