Lawrence Popa, Sales Engineer at Auvik

Lawrence Popa

Lawrence Popa is a seasoned Sales Engineer with a passion for technology that stretches beyond the boundaries of his profession. With a keen interest in vintage computers, Lawrence spends his spare time connecting these relics of the past to the modern internet, bridging the gap between old and new. His expertise in both sales engineering and vintage computing came together in a remarkable achievement when he successfully got Auvik, a network management software, to run the iconic game DOOM on a vintage system. Beyond his technical prowess, Lawrence is known for his innovative approach to problem-solving and his ability to blend cutting-edge technology with nostalgic charm. Whether he’s closing deals in the boardroom or tinkering with retro hardware in his workshop, Lawrence brings a unique perspective and a contagious enthusiasm to everything he does.

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Tech Industry

Going Online Like it’s 1989: Using an Atari Portfolio as a Terminal Emulator

Oops! You messed up. Big time. You’re working on a network device, making some major configuration changes. As soon as you hit enter, you lose communi
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Network Management

Regex 101 for Network Admins

Regex—short for regular expressions—is a way to describe a search pattern. They can be used to find a text pattern or string (character sequence) with
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Network Management

From Baud to Awed: The History of the Modem

While not nearly as sexy as the handset of a rotary phone plugged into an acoustic coupler, it can be argued that there are actually more modems in th
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Network Management

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 their thoughts
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Network Management

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

Time for a primer on SD-WAN, why it matters, and where it’s heading now and into the future.
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Configuration & Troubleshooting

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 larger portion of
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Configuration & Troubleshooting

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. Here’s your backplane
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Tech Industry

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 another classic f
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Network Management

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 are dynamic and m
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Tech Industry

The Little Cable That Could: The Surprising History of the Serial Cable

The lowly serial cable. It’s been around forever, and despite what you might think, it might be around a for a long time to come. But why in an indust
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Configuration & Troubleshooting

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 that live in my ad
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The Auvik Guide to Basic Switch Configuration

Setting up a network switch on your own can seem like a daunting task. Use this handy guide to get your switch configuration up and running with ease.
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Tech Industry

Auvik is Doomed

If an Atari 800 is what got me into computers, then it was DOOM that got me into networking. Sounds strange right? But prior to DOOM (1993), I had no
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Network Management

What is Hierarchical Network Design?

Looking for a network with scale and the highest level of performance? Hierarchical network design might be the most effective option.
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Tech Industry

Going Online Like it’s 1979: The Atari 800

Classic gear, like the Atari 800, is going through a modern day renaissance. For our test, let’s see if it can connect to a modern day network!
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Network Management

The Top Networking Certifications Guide for 2021

There’s no denying that networking certifications can help you land the right job, or accelerate your career path. There’s a lot of specializations an
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Configuration & Troubleshooting

How to Find and Fix IP Address Conflicts

IP address conflict resolution 101 – /ipconfig release, /ipconfig renew. If that doesn’t work, here are some tips to find and fix IP address conflicts
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Configuration & Troubleshooting

Reducing Mean Time to Resolution with Auvik TrafficInsights and Syslog

You can streamline troubleshooting, shrink mean time to resolution & spare network users from prolonged downtime with Auvik. Here’s how.
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Network Management

3 Reasons to Use Auvik’s Remote Management Features

You can’t always be on site to troubleshoot every network issue that pops up. With Auvik’s remote management features, you don’t have to be.
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Network Management

How to Manage Your Client’s Network—Even When the Network Isn’t Available

Let’s say one of your techs is configuring a client’s firewall and makes a mistake that results in the firewall (and the rest of the network) no longe

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