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Network Products Guide Honors SolarWinds' Head Geek, Josh Stephens, With Technology Industry's 2008 Most Valuable Performers Award

AUSTIN, Texas – December 9, 2008 – SolarWinds Inc., a leading provider of downloadable network management software, announced today that Network Products Guide, a world leading publication on technologies and solutions, has honored SolarWinds' Head Geek and Vice President Josh Stephens, with the information technology industry's 2008 Most Valuable Performers (MVP) recognition. This prestigious industry award recognizes senior executives from around the world with the essential characteristics of leaders that are the most valuable performers.

Network Products Guide's 2008 MVP leaders have a clear vision and mission, have set measureable goals and objectives for themselves, are selfless and are mentors to others, and most importantly demonstrate respect and trust for their staff, employees and the high-technology industry. Senior executives were honored from companies around the world, including Ingres Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQGS: CSCO), IBM (NYSE: IBM), AppGate Network Security, Crossroads Systems, Lumeta Corporation, SECNAP Network Security Corp., Dyadem International Ltd., Permabit Technology Corporation, M-CAT Enterprises, Google, Inc., BLADE Network Technologies, CaseCentral, ONStor, SolarWinds, BlueCat Networks, Inc., Rohati Systems, Inc., Virtual PBX, IBRIX, LogMeIn, Inc., GTB Technologies, Inc., Kazeon, Riverbed Technology (NasdaqGS: RVBD), Protegrity, and Xiotech Corporation.

Stephens is best known as SolarWinds' "Head Geek" and as an active moderator on the company's online community Thwack. He regularly blogs at Geek Speak and presents webcasts on a variety of networking-related topics, such as "Reducing Network Firefighting" and "How to Achieve a 4-hour IT Work Week." These outlets serve as a medium for Stephens to share best practices, tips and tricks, and information about new technology with the IT professional community. He has amassed over 15 years of experience in the design, deployment and management of advanced networks for both the military and private sector, including companies like Sprint, MCI/UUNET and Wal-Mart.
"This award is recognition of something we have known for a long time – Josh is a big asset to SolarWinds and the larger IT professional community," said Kenny Van Zant, chief product strategist, SolarWinds. "He is driven by a commitment to helping the networking community better understand a new generation of tools and processes so that network engineers and administrators can do their jobs better and make a more meaningful contribution to their own companies."

"The new economy leaders are essentially those that are adapting best in the current economic environment and will emerge with higher standards," said Rake Narang, editor in chief, Network Products Guide. "We are proud to honor Josh Stephens with this year's 2008 Most Valuable Performers award and to acknowledge his positive contribution to the industry."

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About SolarWinds

SolarWinds provides downloadable, enterprise-class network management software that is affordable, easy to use, and guided by a large and growing user community. Focused on the real-world needs of network professionals, SolarWinds products are simple to try, simple to use, and simple to maintain, while providing the power, scale, and flexibility needed by companies of all sizes. More than 60,000 customers from small businesses to the largest enterprises rely on SolarWinds products to take the complexity out of managing their networks. Learn more today at

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