Leon Adato is a Principal Technical Evangelist at Kentik, and has held multiple industry
certifications over his 33 years in IT including Cisco, Microsoft, A+, and more. His experience spans
financial, healthcare, food and beverage, and other industries.
Before coming to Kentik, he was a speaker and blogger in the monitoring and observability space
for over at decade. His IT career began in 1989 and has led him through roles in classroom
training, desktop support, sysadmin, and network engineering.
In his sordid career, Leon Adato has worked as an actor, bug exterminator, wild-animal remover,
electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school
Oh, and he works with computers, starting back in 1989 (when you could get a free copy of Windows 286 on twelve 5¼” floppies when you bought a copy of Excel 1.0). In IT, he’s had jobs as a classroom instructor, course ware designer, desktop support tech, sysadmin, and network engineer.
Then, about 25 years ago, he got involved with monitoring, working with a wide range of tools: Tivoli,
Nagios, Patrol, ZenOss, janky perl scripts, OpenView, SiteScope, SolarWinds, Grafana, Zabbix, New Relic, and (of course) Kentik. In the course of that work, he’s designed solutions for companies that ranged in size from modest (~10 systems); to significant (1,000 – 5,000 systems); to ludicrous (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations).