The New and Improved Splunk App for AWS 5.0

reinvent-logo-2x-centeredOver the past few years, I have had the opportunity to talk to so many customers using Splunk to manage their AWS environment. I have always heard the same thing- give us more! I was at AWS re:Invent 2013, when we launched the first version of the Splunk app for AWS, and I was impressed with the excitement around the dashboards and insights we offered for AWS CloudTrail. Since then we have expanded to fourteen source types (AWS CloudTrail, ELB Accesslogs, S3 Accesslogs, Cloudfront, Billing, Cloudwatch, Cloudwatch logs, VPC Flowlogs, Inspector, Config, Config Rules, Description & Config Notifications) and three inputs to collect data (S3, SQS & Kinesis). In that same time, we have also grown from a few …

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Introducing Splunk App for Akamai v1.1

I am excited to announce the availability of Splunk App for Akamai v1.1. The updated app and associated add-on are available on Splunkbase.com and delivers new features and functionality to collect and analyze events from the Akamai Cloud Monitor Service.

Akamai’s Cloud Monitor service is a real-time, push API service that delivers critical transaction data from Akamai’s Intelligent Platform to your big data, analytics, or monitoring environments. Cloud Monitor provides real-time insight into a wide range of data captured as global users interact with your web properties – including basic transaction details, network and client performance metrics, security alerts, network stats, location data, and cookie information.

To enable data collection you have to subscribe to the cloud monitor service provided …

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Play Ball with the Splunk App for AWS 4.2!

MoneyballOn a recent business trip to an AWS Summit, I utilized a long flight to re-read one of my favorite books by Michael Lewis: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.  I was struck by the parallels between some of our most common customer’s concerns and the challenges faced by the 2002 Oakland Athletics.

Moneyball tells the story of how general manager Billy Beane was able to field one of the most competitive teams and exceed everyone’s expectations despite having one of the smallest budgets in major league baseball. His secret was leveraging the insights of Paul DePodesta, a Harvard alum with a background in economics and a knack for baseball statistics. Beane and DePodesta revolutionized baseball just by taking …

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