Metrics that Matter at DevOps Days London and Delivery Of Things World Berlin

There’s a crude assessment of opinions that you may recall from ‘The Dead Pool’, ‘Home for the Holidays’, or ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’:

“Opinions are like %#^&@*s: Everyone has one, and they all stink!”

I tend to lean toward a cleaner version, especially in polite company:

“In God We Trust. All Others Bring Data.”

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Or, as Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding said in Jerry Maguire:

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Read the opinions of commenters on almost any mainstream tech article on DevOps and you can see why DevOps is hitting ‘the peak of inflated expectations’ in the Gartner Hype Cycle. There is intense interest in DevOps, and lots of debate, but so many opinions, and …

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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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A Vertu-ous circle – a DevOps case study of smartphones, machine data and Splunk

VertuThere’s a lot of talk about DevOps at the moment. Splunk’s part in this story is to help make the most of the machine data across the DevOps ecosystem. We’re helping customers to use data to ensure quality of software, increase velocity of releases and maximize the impact they have. We’re delighted to publish the latest Splunk customer story from Vertu, a luxury mobile phone manufacturer in the UK, which is using Splunk to support quality, velocity and impact across their software development lifecycle.

Vertu (originally part of Nokia but now independent) phones are a thing of beauty. An individual craftsperson hand makes each phone from sapphire crystal, hand stitched leather (from one of the UK’s oldest tanneries) and …

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SplunkLive! London – A Full House. Analytics, IT Operations And Security.

pokerfullhouse2Last week I was lucky enough to be in London for our annual SplunkLive! where we had a full house in terms of standing room only and Splunk customer speakers covering each of our main use cases:

  • NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC) talking about IT operations and application delivery
  • John Lewis talking about cybersecurity and compliance in retail
  • Shazam talking about real-time analytics, music and sensor data
  • BBC Worldwide talking about their use of cloud for visibility into new digital service BBC Store

 

We had over 800 people at the event with a wide mix of expert Splunk ninjas through to first time attendees and complete newbies. A special think you to the largest partner ecosystem we’ve had a SplunkLive! …

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Zillow Finds Its Way Home With Splunk

ZillowGroup-square-e1435791828509With prices on the rise and more younger people than ever moving back home, jumping into the real estate market might seem like a daunting proposition. I’m speaking from first-hand experience here because my daughter has recently moved back in with me as she saves up to purchase her first home. She’s having to navigate the complex issues we’ve all had to deal with at some point, such as finding an agent, figuring out the true value of a home, calculating a mortgage payment or connecting with a lender. That’s where Zillow comes in. Zillow Group is the leading online real estate marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data-driven insights across the full lifecycle of owning and living in a …

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PostFinance banks on Splunk to improve fraud detection

When I’m thinking about Switzerland, I often think of the Swiss Alps, great chocolate and the famous Swiss army knife. The flexibility of the Swiss army knife reminds me how Swiss bank PostFinance is using the Splunk platform in multiple ways.

We say that Splunk is a SIEM and can fulfill all SIEM use cases but also Splunk is so much more – and PostFinance has proved it once again.

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Splunk as a Fraud Platform

PostFinance is using Splunk for compliance and regulation, but beyond those traditional SIEM use cases they also use Splunk as fraud platform, using the insights to protect their customers’ bank accounts and digital payments. In their online banking portal alone they have over 1.6 million customers they have to …

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High Performance syslogging for Splunk using syslog-ng – Part 2

As I mentioned in part one of this blog, I managed a sizable deployment of Splunk/Syslog servers (2.5TB/day). I had 8 syslog-ng engines in 3 geographically separate data centers. Hong Kong, London and St. Louis. Each group of syslog-ng servers was load balanced with F5. Each group was sending traffic to their own regional indexers. Some of the syslog servers processed upward of 40,000 EPS (bursts traffic). The recommendation that I am about to describe here is what worked for me; your mileage may vary of course. I tried optimizing the syslog-ng engines to get as much performance as possible out of them. If you feel, however, that it is over kill or if you don’t have the manpower to …

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High Performance syslogging for Splunk using syslog-ng – Part 1

Today I am going to discuss a subject that I consider to be extremely critical to any Splunk’s successful deployment. What is the best method of capturing syslog events into Splunk? As you probably already know there is no lack of articles on the topic of syslog on the Internet. Which is fantastic because it enriches the knowledge of our community. This blog is broken into two parts. In part one, I will cover three scenarios of implementing syslog with Splunk. In part two, I will share my own experience running a large Splunk/Syslog environment and what can you do to increase performance and ease management.

When given the choice between using syslog agent (ex: http://sflanders.net/2013/10/25/syslog-agents-windows/ ) or UF (Universal …

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Coca-Cola North America Named to InformationWeek Elite 100

elite-100-logoToday, we are pleased to announce that one of our valued customers, Coca-Cola North America Information Technology, has been selected as a Business Innovator in the Productivity category in this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100 ranking of the top business technology innovators in the United States. Honored for its marketing transformation initiative, Coca-Cola Information Technology is using Splunk solutions to tackle real business issues and increase efficiencies with data.

Today’s successful marketing campaigns are multi-faceted, spearheaded by creativity and supported by various technologies. The Coca-Cola North America Information Technology application of Splunk solutions is an exemplary showcase of talented IT and marketing professionals transforming the way marketing gets done in an increasingly digital world.

The company’s IT department is collaborating with …

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Splunk Light – Laguna College of Art and Design’s Log Masterpiece

LCAD_Logo_2008When I say “log masterpiece” I am not talking about totem poles although you might be surprised at how they factor into this story. Actually what I’m talking about is what you can do when you use the right tools to manage all of your logs, especially when you have a very small IT team. But humor me for a minute and let me to go back to totem poles to give a little relevant history. According to Wikipedia, “The word totem derives from the Algonquian (most likely Ojibwe) word odoodem , ‘his kinship group’.” In many respects an IT group, especially a small one, is a form of kinship (AKA, family or, more aptly, clan). The IT infrastructure support …

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