Welcome to the Auvik family, MetaGeek!

We got to know the MetaGeek team well over the past months and I can’t extend a warm enough welcome to their team. What resonated with me was their mission: “Your Wi-Fi should be Awesome”. The team developed a comprehensive set of products,…

Alex HoffApr 11, 2022

The San Francisco Giants IT Team Knocks IT… to the Cloud (On-Demand)

How they scored complete network visibility and control Watch on-demand the San Francisco Giants IT Team joins our Auvik co-founder Alex…

Teresa WilliamsOct 26, 2021
NVDR Report

Top SysAdmin Tools (That Aren’t Software!)

This might not be quite as fun as making things run DOOM, but it’s probably just as important. Here’s my list of non-software tools…

Lawrence PopaOct 19, 2021

Updates Paused: How are MSPs Navigating Today’s Supply Chain Issues?

In a perfect world, a hardware network would probably look pretty boring. If you’re looking to take advantage of scale for the price,…

Ryan LaFlammeMay 10, 2022
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The MSP Provider’s Guide to Getting Hired

In the years that I’ve worked with large technology vendors and an MSP provider, there were a few common denominators between the ones…

Erin AlbertsonMay 3, 2022
O’Reilly Report

Introducing OID Monitor History

Despite everyone’s best efforts, network failures happen. And when downtime means lost productivity, fast troubleshooting becomes an…

Lemna ManoharanApr 26, 2022

Filling in the Gaps: Manufacturing and MSPs

Of course, a shift from a primarily analog and mechanical world to one where digital is at the forefront means increased bandwidth…

Erin AlbertsonApr 19, 2022

Network Nickels and Dimes: Government IT on a Budget

So what can IT teams at state and local governments do? Is begging for increases to the government IT budget the only solution? Of…

Lemna ManoharanApr 12, 2022

What Else But SNMP?

Most network engineers have a love/hate relationship with the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Ok, maybe it’s more like…

Destiny BertucciApr 7, 2022
Command Center (N-Able)

Data Sovereignty: Everything You Need to Know

“What’s data sovereignty? Is it the same thing as data privacy? What about data sovereignty vs data residency?” These are questions…

Destiny BertucciApr 5, 2022

The Springboard Video Series

Welcome to The Springboard, where we take ideas to the deep end! In this video series, subject matter experts from the Auvik team share…

Ryan LaFlammeApr 1, 2022

What’s next for the Internet of Things?

IoT devices seem to be ubiquitous, but the truth is we’re not nearly there yet. In fact, IoT Analytics continues to predict steady…

Ryan LaFlammeMar 29, 2022

Finding & Fixing Asymmetric Routing Issues

The workstation at the bottom sends a packet to the server along the green path, and it goes through the firewall on the left. But,…

Kevin DooleyMar 22, 2022

Passing Grade: Top 3 Recommendations for School Network Administrators

Peace of mind. There is nothing else like it. And when you’ve planned well, taken decisive action to document, close gaps, review…

Erin AlbertsonMar 15, 2022
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What Does it Take to Run a Smart City?

From smart lighting, to waste management, to air quality, IoT devices and other “smart city technologies” are rapidly changing life…

Ryan LaFlammeMar 8, 2022

Insider Risk: The Call is Coming from Inside the House

[BONUS POINTS IF YOU CAN NAME THE MOVIES THESE GIFS COME FROM IN THE COMMENTS] In IT, we tend to think of threats as external. Hackers,…

Ryan LaFlammeMar 3, 2022

Trends in Education Networking

The EdTech space is evolving at a rapid pace. In addition to a drastic increase in remote learning, a wide range of new technologies and…

Rebecca GrassingMar 1, 2022

Live Auvik Demo

Fast-track your evaluation of Auvik’s network monitoring and management software at our next live group demo. 30 mins or less | Hosted…

Ryan LaFlammeFeb 22, 2022

Moving in Concert: What is SD-WAN, and Where is it Going?

SD-WAN evolved quickly throughout the last decade, and we expect more evolutions through the 2020s. Conditions around the modern work…

Lawrence PopaFeb 22, 2022

Layer 2 vs Layer 3 Network Switches: What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switches and how critical are they to a properly functioning network?

Steve PetryschukFeb 18, 2022
Secure IT Ops

Defending Your Network Infrastructure Against Attack

Since perfect network security is impossible, your goal is to cover as many of the risk areas as you can with the budget you have. In…

Kevin DooleyFeb 17, 2022

4 Common VPN Types (And When to Use Them)

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are a straightforward idea. The trick comes in knowing the different VPN types and when to use which.…

Ethan BanksFeb 16, 2022

Cover Your DRaaS: Everything you need to know about Disaster Recovery

Unplanned downtime carries a hefty price tag for enterprises. In 2020, critical server outages cost enterprises on average at least…

Destiny BertucciFeb 15, 2022

What is a Supply Chain Attack (and What Can You Do About It)?

Any cybersecurity breach is damaging to individual companies. But when it becomes a supply chain attack, the results can be chaotic and…

Ryan LaFlammeFeb 8, 2022

What is Network-as-a-Service (NaaS)?

The flexible consumption model (FCM)—or as we know it—the everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) model, has steadily, but modestly, taken a…

Lawrence PopaFeb 3, 2022

3 MSP Trends on the Rise in 2022

For a lot of modern business, MSPs play a valuable role. Supporting IT environments—whether that’s through physical devices for end…

Ryan LaFlammeFeb 1, 2022

The No Sweat Guide to Effective Switch Management

Switches are a critical network link & switch management is an important job. Learn how to choose a good location, design an uplink, &…

Ethan BanksJan 28, 2022

Will Layer 3 Switches Give Routers the Boot?

A Layer 3 switch combines the capabilities of a Layer 2 switch and a router in one device. Does this mean the death of the router is…

Steve PetryschukJan 28, 2022

Network Discovery Tools: Pros & Cons for 2022

You can’t manage what you can’t see—when it comes to the network, you need full visibility & awareness. But you don’t need to…

Steve PetryschukJan 27, 2022

What is a Backplane? A Network Backplane Throughput Primer

Understanding what backplane throughput is, and it’s related concepts, can help you better design and troubleshoot your network.…

Lawrence PopaJan 26, 2022

Does Your MSP Have a Single Point of Failure?

If you don’t document your business, you’ll inevitably find your business is prone to an SPF—a single point of failure.

Richard TubbJan 25, 2022
Vendor Diversity Report 2020

Preventing Network Configuration Drift

A cynical network engineer might say, “configuration drift happens when you take the day off.” Someone changed something they…

Steve PetryschukJan 25, 2022

What is Wi-Fi 6, and What Does it Mean for MSPs?

Wi-Fi 6 is taking tech world by storm. But should MSPs buy into the hype? We talked with Lee Badman, a wireless network architect and…

Annette HynesJan 24, 2022

10 Best Network Monitoring Tools, Compared (2022)

There are plenty of options for network monitoring tools today, and that can make it hard to pick the right one for you. Here, we’ll…

Destiny BertucciJan 21, 2022

Network Management in a Nutshell

Network management for MSPs is the process of monitoring and controlling a computer network to ensure all of its resources—both…

Ryan LaFlammeJan 19, 2022
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Distributed Healthcare Network Monitoring is Possible (with the Right System)

A single healthcare network monitoring system is one of the most effective solutions for improving the management of distributed and…

Steve PetryschukJan 18, 2022

Free Remote Work Software for Teams During COVID-19

By now you’ve likely been flooded with dozens of requests to set up employees up to work remotely. While it sounds like a simple…

Annette HynesJan 15, 2022

What is an Access Control List (ACL)?

Learn common uses for access control lists (ACLs), the different kinds of lists, and how to implement ACLs effectively.

Ethan BanksJan 13, 2022

Cloud-Native Applications: The Risks and Rewards for MSPs (Webinar)

Your clients want the freedom of cloud-based collaboration and productivity tools. As an MSP, you want a business-grade solution to…

Jamie AndersonJan 13, 2022

Grow Your MSP Revenue with Asset Lifecycle Management (Webinar)

You can expand your current service offerings and generate more revenue by managing your clients’ network gear. But how do you protect…

Jamie AndersonJan 13, 2022

To Protect and Secure: Selling Cybersecurity as a Service (Webinar)

A new year brings new threats, new exploits—and new MSP opportunities in cybersecurity. Understanding global technology trends and…

Ryan LaFlammeJan 13, 2022

Network Troubleshooting Tips for MSPs (Webinar)

Host Steve Petryschuk, director of systems engineering at Auvik, will walk through the most common MSP client networking issues, and how…

Jamie AndersonJan 13, 2022
Tackle 2021

How to Build a More Effective Service Desk (Webinar)

Patrick Albert, AVP of product management at Auvik, hosts business coach Rex Frank, CEO of Sea-Level Operations, to show you how to…

Jamie AndersonJan 13, 2022

3 Ways to Use Auvik APIs for External Reporting

With Auvik, there are several ways you can use our APIs for external reporting. We’ve listed them here in order from the easiest to…

Johan FeitoJan 13, 2022

MSP Business Models: When Bigger Isn’t Always Better – FMSP 014

David Pence, CEO of Acumen IT, shares his personal insights on MSP growth—and why he decided to downsize his business. Richard Tubb &…

Ryan LaFlammeJan 13, 2022

Do These Things in Your First 30 Days as an MSP Service Desk Manager

A new year means an opportunity to start fresh. Whether you’re determined to succeed in a new service desk manager job or you’re…

Sarah Cunningham-ScharfJan 12, 2022

Network Basics: Configuring Interfaces on Ethernet Switches

As a network administrator, you'll likely configure interfaces more than any other thing. Learn how to do it right and stay in control of…

Ethan BanksJan 11, 2022
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Sustainable competitive advantage: 10 Ways a Small MSP Can Punch Above Its Weight

Being a small MSP doesn’t mean you can’t compete—you just need to be smarter and more efficient than the other guys. Here are 10…

Alex HoffJan 11, 2022

Beyond Zero Trust: What is Continuous Security Validation?

Your continuous control validation efforts can force you to improve your security controls. In turn, your continuous control validation…

Destiny BertucciJan 11, 2022
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Supporting Remote Workers with Auvik During (and after) COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, network performance needs to be rock solid so users can access the resources they need, when they need…

Steve PetryschukJan 6, 2022

Network Automation: What It Is, Where It’s Heading, and How to Start Planning

In our recent report for O’Reilly, authored by Auvik’s Director of Product Strategy Steve Petryshuck, we dig into network automation…

Rebecca GrassingJan 6, 2022

Auvik’s Top Ten Blog Posts of 2021

We published a finger-aching 73 articles this year, with topics ranging from Networking 101,to Navigating to IT career, to how to play…

Ryan LaFlammeDec 28, 2021

Auvik’s Network Vendor Diversity 2021: Who Reigns the Network?

At the end of November 2021, Auvik released our annual Network Vendor Diversity Report, and the data we collected had some interesting…

Rebecca GrassingDec 21, 2021
Triple-A Webinar

Going Online like it’s 1979, Part 2: The TI-99/4a

I’m excited to get to continue the experiments we started in the first article. Today, we’re moving on from the beloved Atari 800 to…

Lawrence PopaDec 7, 2021

The Kids are Connected: Ensuring Connectivity in Education Networks

Connectivity is more important than ever to support our education system. BYOD, remote classes, Wi-Fi, and a variety of digital learning…

Steve PetryschukNov 30, 2021

Does My MSP Need a Network Infrastructure Tool?

As a new or growing MSP, discovering tools and processes that will let you do more with less is a prime focus. But do you really need a…

Alex HoffNov 30, 2021

The 2021 Auvik Holiday Gift Guide for IT Pros!

It's that time of year. We’ve scoured the internet, and plumbed the depths of our company Slack channels, to bring you a round-up of…

Ryan LaFlammeNov 23, 2021

How Not to Break Your Network With Updates

Given the risks, you can’t blame the paranoid network engineer that doesn’t want to change or update anything. The problem is that…

Steve PetryschukNov 18, 2021

Government IT Modernization Must Be More than Skin-Deep

The fact of the matter is that modernizing government technology has become a necessity. The COVID-19 pandemic proved just how…

Destiny BertucciNov 16, 2021

Auvik Roadmap Update—Nov 2021 (On Demand)

Patrick Albert, VP Product Management, and Julie Forsythe, VP Engineering discuss the latest Auvik developments and handy new features in…

Meaghan HillerNov 15, 2021

What Is IoMT (And How Is It Shaping Healthcare)?

Smart devices are everywhere nowadays, from refrigerators and coffee makers to security cameras and thermostats. A significant percentage…

Rebecca GrassingNov 15, 2021

Managing the Complex Networks of Financial Services

It’s possible to perform network mapping, device discovery, and asset management manually, but it’s not sustainable. Modern networks…

Lawrence PopaNov 15, 2021

The Future of Private Addresses: Goodbye NAT, Hello IPv6

So how do we get from IPv4 to IPv6—which we all agree has to happen—when there’s still a raging debate about one of the biggest…

Steve PetryschukNov 9, 2021