Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 5: Maps!
“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.” ― Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Welcome to Episode 5 of the Dashboard Digest series!
Maps play a critical role in visualizing machine data in almost any industry for thousands of use cases. We’ve been continuously adding more mapping functionality to Splunk and with the recent addition of Custom Visualizations in Splunk 6.4 you (the community) have too! This is exciting news as I’ve noticed many times the first panel on a dashboard that draws attention is a map. The best part is that each of these displays …
Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 4 – NFL Predictions
In Episode 4 we will take a look at the four downs of football. We used the Machine Learning Toolkit and more than a decade of NFL data to build models to make predictions during NFL games.
In order to make it quick and easy to plug in a scenario and visualize the most likely outcomes, we made a simple dashboard so editors at Sports Illustrated could try it out during a game. You may have seen the dashboard if you were watching CNN before the Super Bowl earlier this year:
The data contains a lot of fields…
Event Calendar Custom Visualization
Splunk Custom Visualizations
Splunk 6.4 introduced reusable custom visualizations which allows a developer to package up a visualization and integrate it into Splunk just like the native visualizations. This also addresses the limitation mentioned above – meaning any end user can use the visualization without mucking around with the Simple XML.
So, revisiting the older escape hatch calendar technique, I thought it would be a good …
Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 3
Welcome to Episode 3 of the Dashboard Digest series! At Splunk we love to eat our own dogfood so in this episode we will see a dashboard showing energy and water usage at Splunk headquarters in San Francisco! Additionally you’ll see a few new custom visualizations that became available for use in Splunk 6.4 as well as use of the Machine Learning Toolkit.
Purpose: Display and analyze building energy and water usage. Use machine learning to forecast energy usage, detect outliers and look for anomalies.
Splunk Version: Splunk 6.4 and above
Data Sources: Sensor data in JSON format coming from Aquicore devices.
Apps: Machine Learning Toolkit, Water Gauge Visualization, Calendar Heatmap Visualization
Summary of tips/tricks used:…
Splunk takes a flexible approach to license enforcement with Splunk Enterprise 6.5
I can’t believe that Splunk .conf2016 is already behind us. If you joined us in-person in Orlando or watched the keynote on Splunk.com, you know an important theme for Doug Merritt, Splunk President and CEO, is making it easier to do business with Splunk. In his keynote, Doug announced an important change to Splunk Enterprise – the removal of metered license enforcement.
We know that Splunk plays a mission-critical role for your business. With metered enforcement, unanticipated data growth or bursts of new data during an incident investigation could cause disruption in your Splunk operations. So starting with version 6.5, Splunk Enterprise no longer disables searches when you exceed your licensed data ingestion quota.
This will be standard for any …
Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 2: Part Deux
Before moving on to the next episode 3 I decided to do a part two of Episode 2 – Waves! The reason being is two-fold. 1) Splunk Enterprise 6.5 was recently released and 2) Hurricane Matthew had quite the effect on some of these buoys/stations. See the original blog post here: Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 2
Purpose: Display meaningful statistics on NDBC buoy information in historical and real-time. Easily drilldown, aggregate and visualize data from 1000s of buoys transmitting information.
Splunk Version: Splunk 6.5 and above for table coloring
Data Sources: Polling NDBC RSS feed that produces JSON payload
Apps: Add-on for NDBC, Custom Cluster Map Visualization, Clustered Single Value Map Visualization, …
Introducing Splunkbase Curated Experience
There are about 1,200 apps in Splunkbase today. Up until now, the typical ways to look for an app on Splunkbase have been to either search for the app, or filter through multiple apps based on several filter criteria. We have not recommended apps to our user community in the past. With the launch of curated experience at Splunk .conf2016 we are changing this by bringing the notion of “curation” to Splunkbase.
We believe this will improve the app browsing and discovery experience for our users by highlighting apps that provide the most value. The main emphasis here is on “curation of content” by a team at Splunk – sifting through all the apps on Splunkbase, and highlighting these …
Using HTML5 Input Types on Splunk Forms
Text inputs on Splunk forms allows for free-form user input. However, there are times when you need to control the type of this data input. HTML5 has several input types that control what can be entered in text boxes and how the text box behaves during user input. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could apply these HTML5 input types to Splunk text boxes? Hint: the answer is “yes”. Read on to find out how.
What we will be creating
This is basically a 2 step process:
- Create a Simple XML form
Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 2
Welcome to the second episode of the Dashboard Digest Series! So what do we have for Episode 2? Waves!
The use case here was to display real-time and historical parameters and statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations National Data Buoy Center or NOAA NDBC for short. Thanks to an add-on created by Julien Ruaux on Splunkbase, I was able to easily collect data from the NDBC’s data feed and start creating dashboards right away. While the NOAA NDBC site has it’s own dashboard (pictured right) I figured it might be useful to access and visualize the data in different ways through Splunk. That and eventually correlate the buoy data with other data sources.
Purpose: Display meaningful statistics …
Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 1
Welcome to the Dashboard Digest Series! Starting today you can look forward to a different dashboard (and sometimes a collection of dashboards) that was created to solve one of many hundreds of use cases in just about any industry in hopes of getting your creative juices flowing and show you the art of possible of what you can create with Splunk. Some upcoming examples you can expect in this series are depicted in the collage below.
Each post will contain information about the dashboard such as data sources involved, Splunk version, Apps used, and general purpose. This is a great way to see new features and learn about tips and tricks on how to create these dashboards!
So let’s get started!
The first …