SC16 Conference: Home of the The World’s Fastest Network

conferenceYou don’t think of High Performance Computing (HPC) everyday but its use in a diverse set of applications such as climate prediction, nuclear labs, oil and gas discovery, defense and aerospace work, financial forecasting and other computational intensive activities touch us in our daily lives.  And from November 13 – 18, 2016 Salt Lake City become the home for HPC enthusiasts at the SC16 conference.

What makes this conference different than any other? It happens to be the home for the world’s fastest network, SCinet. It is a high-performance, experimental network that is specifically built for the conference and connecting it to the broader internet. To give you a sense of its capacity, it provides more than 5 Tpbs(!) of internal …

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Govsummit 2016: Elevating Data for Mission Success

AudienceA welcoming Fall in Washington DC formed the backdrop for Splunk’s second annual Govsummit at the Renaissance downtown last month. Parading a who’s who list of headliners, the summit brought over 1,100 public sector, Education and Splunk partner attendees together for a day of education and networking.

Kevin Davis, VP of Public Sector kicked off the event with CTO Snehal Antani following him with the company keynote. Dr. Ron Ross, Fellow at NIST, Greg Touhill, CISO for the US Federal Government and Tony Scott, CIO for the US Federal Government were on hand to unveil the latest NIST Special Publication 800-160 that provides guidance on systems resiliency for cyber-physical systems. In the wake of recent incidents where IoT devices were harnessed to …

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George Mason University – Leading the way to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts

30663596996_b097f60748_oSplunk4Good recently sponsored a Youth Cybersecurity Conference on October 29 hosted by George Mason University at its Fairfax, VA conference. Since it was the first such event, we did not know what kind of reception we would have. It turned out to be a stellar success – 800 confirmed registrants with 300 on a waiting list!

Organized by Dr. Kammy Sanghera, Exec. Director, STEM Outreach for the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, the event had a high-profile billing – Dr. Angel Cabrera, President of GMU kicked off the event and was followed by Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion Office of Science & Technology Policy Executive Office of President, White House. Dr. Dietra Trent, Virginia …

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UNLV boosts student achievement and experience with Splunk

UNLV-186On the heels of the best Splunk .conf yet, I was excited to see the news we shared this week with the University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV). The story is very similar to the many we heard at .conf2016, where customers showcased how they started using Splunk for either IT Operations or Security and moved on to solve strategic business and mission critical challenges using the same data. This directly speaks to the versatility and the true nature of Splunk as an enterprise data fabric for educational institutions.

As Cam Johnson, Associate Director of the IT Operations Center there attests, UNLV started using Splunk largely to solve IT problems, bringing disparate logs together to troubleshoot network issues. One …

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Sacramento Sheriff’s Department – Reducing crime with Intelligence-led policing powered by machine data

Sac_SheriffEvery day we see how machine data is helping organizations – big and small, commercial and government – solve complex challenges and deliver key benefits such as IT system uptime, better application delivery, detect fraud, faster incident response, quicker IT troubleshooting, to name a few.  Out of the many benefits this data type extends is the ability to reuse it to resolve issues and apply it outside of traditional IT and security environments.  And that is exactly what the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office is doing.  They are harnessing machine data with Splunk and using the resulting Operational Intelligence to solve crime through intelligence-led policing, manage officer workload, enhance agency reputation and significantly improve IT resource efficiencies.

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible …

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#splunkconf16 preview: Public Sector & Education

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Splunk .conf2016 is just around the corner.  If you are still contemplating attendance or have never attended one before, I highly recommend you take a look at some highlights from .conf2015.  When our customers attend either our SplunkLive! or Discovery Day events held across the country, they walk away with a ton of information on the value Splunk can offer and how it extends their investments in it further.  Well, .conf is the super bowl of events for Splunk.

Between Sept 26 and 29, hosted at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resorts in Orlando, FL, the event will bring 4,500+ professionals from across the globe for non-stop education, networking, and fun.  It is an opportunity to see how …

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#splunkconf16 sessions: Public Sector

SplunkGov LogoHere is a breakdown of all sessions at Splunk .conf2016 pertaining to Public Sector. You can read my breakdown of all Education sessions here. I’ve separated them out by skill level.

Can’t wait to see you all in Orlando!

Best,
Ashok Sankar
Director, Solutions Strategy – Public Sector & Education
Splunk Inc.

Follow all the conversations coming out of #splunkconf16!

Good for all skill levels:

Best Practices & Better Practices for Admins
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 11:35 AM-12:20 PM
Products: Splunk Enterprise | Role: Administrator, Architect, Splunk Technical Champion | Track: Splunk Foundations | Session Focus: Managing Splunk | Other Topics: Best Practices

Monitoring and Troubleshooting Docker Across Cloud and

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#splunkconf16 sessions: Education

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220Here is a breakdown of all sessions at Splunk .conf2016 pertaining to education. You can read my breakdown of all Public Sector sessions here. I’ve separated them out by skill level.

Can’t wait to see you all in Orlando!

Best,
Ashok Sankar
Director, Solutions Strategy – Public Sector & Education
Splunk Inc.

Follow all the conversations coming out of #splunkconf16!

Good for all skill levels:

Best Practices & Better Practices for Admins
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 11:35 AM-12:20 PM
Products: Splunk Enterprise | Role: Administrator, Architect, Splunk Technical Champion | Track: Splunk Foundations | Session Focus: Managing Splunk | Other Topics: Best Practices

Monitoring and Troubleshooting Docker Across Cloud and

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Gartner Catalyst recap: City of San Diego Leading Innovation

San_Diego_City_SealA few perfectly pleasant and sunny days earlier this month formed an inviting setting for the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego.  I had the distinct honor of introducing and kicking off a session led by Mr. Gary Hayslip, the CISO for the City of San Diego, on how they use data analytics to fight cyber threats, manage application delivery, coordinate city-wide IT services and help San Diego continue to innovate as a smart city. Consider the following:

  • The City of San Diego, long considered one of the most innovative cities in the world and the 8th largest city in the US, employs 11,000 people to serve its 1.5 Million citizens and conducts $4 Billion in business
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Splunk GovSummit UK 2016: Refusing to Sleepwalk to Cyber Crisis

Last week, Splunk hosted two simultaneous events in London, England. You can learn more about SplunkLive! London in Matt Davies’ blog post: SplunkLive! London – A Full House. Analytics, IT Operations And Security. Below, Ashok Sankar shares his report from our first annual Splunk GovSummit UK.

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Security is all the talk nowadays and the first annual Splunk GovSummit UK 2016 was no exception. After introductions from host Nick Butler and Splunk’s VP of EMEA region Richard Cahill set the tone for the day. He pointed out how data around us is helping improve our lives while at the same time continues to be the target of adversaries. He reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Europe and extending solutions to …

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