Countdown to AWS re:Invent – Security Requires Visibility

Learn all about Splunk at AWS re:Invent 2016.

I first heard the phrase ‘Security Requires Visibility’ during the Introduction to AWS Security session at the 2015 AWS SF Summit.  I must say, it immediately resonated.

Over the past 3 years at Splunk, I’ve spoken with customers such as Adobe, Autodesk, FamilySearch, FINRA and more about how they leverage Splunk visibility to help ensure security and compliance on AWS.  The reason is simple and was best said by AWS themselves – ‘Security Requires Visibility’.

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Given this simple axiom, I’m thrilled that at this year’s re:Invent, Adobe will be speaking on how they use Splunk to achieve AWS Security Monitoring and Compliance Validation on AWS.  The title of …

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Countdown to AWS re:Invent — Looking for Real-time AWS Cost Management?

Learn all about Splunk at AWS re:Invent 2016.

reinvent-logo-2x-centeredThe conclusion of .conf2016 means one thing for the cloud team here at Splunk –  time to prepare for AWS re:Invent. We’re just a month away, so let me welcome you to the first post of a re:Invent preview series about how AWS agility + Splunk visibility = customer success.

This week’s topic is a throwback to my presentation last year with Gary Mikula and Siddhartha Dadana of FINRA – talking about end-to-end visibility in a large-scale AWS environment – particularly with regard to cost management.

If you use AWS, you know the challenges with managing cost. Your developers spin up instances and forget to spin them down.  You leverage on-demand instances …

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AWS Agility + Splunk Visibility = Customer Success

If you’ve ever wondered how Splunk and AWS work together to drive customer success in the cloud, hear it directly from AWS CEO Andy Jassy and Splunk CEO Doug Merritt in this new 4-minute video:

What’s best is that this message is not just coming from Andy and Doug – so many of our joint customers have publicly shared the value they gain using Splunk and AWS together:

  • Autodesk has gained critical security and operational insights.
  • Coca-Cola North America engaged in a digital marketing transformation.
  • EnerNOC succeeded with DevOps on AWS.
  • FINRA gained security and operational insights, as well as real-time cost management where they are saving over 50% on select AWS workloads.

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.46.02 AMWhat’s our “secret sauce”?  It’s simple… customer

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Security requires visibility: Transform data into AWS security insights

As I speak with customers about their plans to leverage cloud, there is one question I hear more often than not – “How can I migrate to cloud without losing end-to-end visibility across my infrastructure?”

There’s good reason for this question. After all:

  • You can’t secure what you can’t see
  • You can’t operate what you can’t see
  • You can’t manage what you can’t see
  • You can’t optimize cost for what you can’t see

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking on a webinar together with AWS and our joint customer, EnerNOC, on how organizations can gain full visibility of their cloud or hybrid environment.

  • AWS spoke about their shared responsibility model, and the various services (CloudTrail, Config, VPC Flow Logs,
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Cheers to Customer Growth: MindTouch Receives $12 Million in Funding

mindtouchBack in 2014 I wrote a blog post about an innovative new Splunk Cloud customer, MindTouch, that was increasing its customer retention and had tripled its customer count with the help of our cloud platform for Operational Intelligence. When I first heard about MindTouch and then met some of the employees and executives, I knew they were onto something big. You see, MindTouch does something pretty cool. They’ve developed a cloud service that helps organizations better engage with their customers by delivering insights into how customers consume the organization’s self-service product and help content. Much like Splunk Cloud, MindTouch helps its clients use data in a way that can give them incredible insight into customer interests and behavior. Some …

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Building a Software/SaaS Business on AWS – 5 Steps to Success

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The following is an excerpt from a contributed blog post made to the AWS Partner Network blog:

As AWS increasingly becomes the preferred deployment model for enterprise applications and services, it’s never been more important for a software or AWS SaaS provider to effectively work with AWS. Splunk recognizes this, and has been building software that runs on AWS as well as a globally available AWS-based cloud service delivered through nine AWS worldwide regions.

We are thrilled with the success of our SaaS business on AWS, so we shared some of our learnings in the form of best practices!

Read our 5 steps to success in detail on the AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog.

Thanks,
Praveen

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P=MV. Splunk Cloud Momentum

In the cloud as well as in the physical environment, P=MV.

Momentum=Mass x Velocity

Today, Splunk announced major momentum for Splunk Cloud.  We announced the industry’s first 100% uptime SLA for machine data analytics AND a 33% price reduction for Splunk Cloud AND new plans up to 5TB/day AND bursting flexibility up to 10x licensed data volumes AND the free Splunk Online Sandbox.

How are we able to gain so much momentum?  You guessed it… by multiplying Mass x Velocity.

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At last count, we had over 7,400 organizations using Splunk in over 90 countries. Leading enterprises such as Intuit, Cisco, and Domino’s Pizza, relying on Splunk to fuel their success across IT and the business. Add to …

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Splunk Cloud at MindTouch: From the Corner Office to the Cafeteria

I’ve blogged previously about the value customers tell us they get from Splunk Cloud and I’m thrilled to be sharing more. In a freshly minted press release, customer case study, and video, MindTouch talks about all the different ways they use Splunk Cloud across their business.

Some amazing nuggets include, how they:

  • Exceeded all customer SLAs using Splunk Cloud for real-time monitoring
  • Tripled customer count without any additional DevOps headcount
  • Increased customer retention by using machine data insights to demonstrate Mindtouch value to their customers
  • Display Splunk Cloud dashboards in the company cafeteria, so the entire company has visibility into the health of the Mindtouch cloud-based software

Testimonials like this are amazing … customers relying on …

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Sharing the Splunk Cloud Love

                                                                   Exhibit A

                                                                   Exhibit B

 

Tough to beat a reference like that!

However, I’m pleased to say that for Splunk Cloud…we just came pretty close. :-)

First this blog post by Cesar-Lopez Nataren of Mindtouch, titled “Mindtouch’s Path to Splunk Cloud Enlightenment.”  Some nuggets:

  • “The user interface for tweaking the dashboards was so phenomenally
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