Smart AnSwerS #19

Hey Splunk Community! Welcome to the 19th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

With Splunk HQ just 2 blocks away from the San Francisco Giants stadium, the bustle of game day foot traffic can be pretty disruptive–today some random jerk banged pretty hard on the street-level windows. There has been a home game every day this week and it’s always an interesting commute to and from the office through waves of black and orange and accompanying traffic car-mageddon. Luckily, facilities keeps us informed and forewarned on game day madness, about things like $50-$60 flat parking rates *jaw drops ensue* Tis the season!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Is there a way to separate the hot and warm bucket

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SplunkLive! DC: What Did You Miss?

SplunkLiveDCLast week more than 750 Splunk experts and newbies alike came together for SplunkLive! in Washington DC. They heard firsthand from our customers and participated in sessions that explored ways to use Splunk software to mitigate cyber risks, prevent fraud, improve performance and reduce costs. At the event there were breakout sessions highlighting different technology offerings, including a cyber-attack simulation. There were also a number of Splunk customers that shared their experiences such as Bob Nicholson, director of the Office of Information Security at the Social Security Administration (SSA), who talked about how Splunk is helping to support SSA operations and security. Gary Mikula from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) also presented on the benefits his organization has seen …

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The Journey to the Cloud is a Two-Way Street

On my flight to the Splunk Partner Summit in DC, I helped a fellow traveler struggling to push their carry-on bag into the overhead compartment and was reminded of a story a customer told at our company-wide Sales Kickoff. The story was about how the customer was certain he had found the right partner (now his wife) when they were on a date and she was willing to get out of his stalled car, in the middle of a rainstorm, to help him push. At Splunk, we were honored that this was really a parable about our mutual business relationship.

2-waystreetOn stage at the Partner Summit, I kept this story in mind as I presented to a room filled with …

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Smart AnSwerS #18

Hey Splunk community and welcome to the 18th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Earlier this week, piebob got a shipment with numerous bags of Hershey’s chocolates and candies from one of our amazing customers (thanks alacercogitatus!). It has all been laid out on a table 15 feet behind me, staring into my very soul every day. I look over my shoulder occasionally to see the progress made, semi-hoping it’ll be gone for the greater good of my temptations…but who am I kidding *grabs some chocolate* – Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Is it possible to create a dashboard where you must manually select a panel before a search is run to improve performance?

therockhead was tasked with …

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Smart AnSwerS #17

Hey Splunk community and welcome to the 17th installment of Smart AnSwerS!

Since our Splunk FY’16 Sales Kickoff fell on Presidents’ Day and was a mandatory work event, the holiday was moved to another date that, of course, I didn’t think to keep track of. Good thing I found out accidentally through conversation with another Splunker earlier this week before it was too late! Let it be known that tomorrow, April 3rd, 2015 is officially “Spring Day” for Splunk in America. I would have made my commute to a dark and lonely office, and it wouldn’t have been the first time. Hah!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Why is my sourcetype configuration for JSON events with

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90 Seconds to Cloud Confidence

splunk_LogoIf you’re responsible for your organization’s cloud strategy, or if you are responsible for managing applications and resources across a hybrid of on-premise and cloud environments, give me 90 seconds to show how you can gain the visibility and assurance you need to leverage the cloud with confidence.

We are in the beginning phase of a seminal shift towards the cloud. The benefits are undeniable – increased business agility, lower costs, and faster time to value. More and more, we’re seeing customers starting to move production workloads into the cloud – no longer just using it for development and testing. As such, these workloads need security, assurance and compliance. And, because the move towards cloud doesn’t happen overnight, these workloads …

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Smart AnSwerS #16

Hey Splunk community and welcome to the 16th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It seems like there’s a national holiday for almost everything now, and corn dogs fortunately made the cut! National Corn Dog Day was this past Saturday, March 21st, but we celebrated at Splunk HQ last Thursday. Boiling hot oil was at the ready for frying up corn dogs and tater tots all afternoon? I’m sold!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How does indexer acknowledgement work with indexer clustering replication to guarantee that no data is lost?

Glenn wanted to fully understand how indexer acknowledgement worked from start to finish in an indexer cluster. He was concerned about possible data loss if the …

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Splunk, AWS and Autodesk

aws-webcast-splunk-and-autodesk-1-638This past November, I had the privilege to attend AWS re:Invent, the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community – attracting existing cloud customers, vendors and curious prospects. Also a privilege for me was seeing and hearing Splunk CEO, Godfrey Sullivan, present his keynote at the event. Godfrey is a natural storyteller and business evangelist, and I’m always so inspired and energized after I hear him speak.

His presentation at AWS re:Invent was no exception. On the main stage, Godfrey was both on-point and passionate about the partnership between Splunk and AWS. He made it clear that through the AWS ecosystem, customers receive the services and support necessary to improve business agility, increase application performance and security, …

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We’re All Part of a Winning Team

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.12.34 PMI think we all love the feeling of winning something – even if it’s simply the $5 lottery scratch ticket or the March Madness office pool. For me, those can be really fun moments of over-exaggerated boasting. But I always have mixed emotions around sharing bigger wins or awards. I guess it’s because no one likes to be on the losing side of the win. The good news is that today the awards I’d like to share are wins that were made possible by teams of people demonstrating massive effort, innovation, and commitment to the development and evolution of Splunk software.

It’s not often we can say that we’re all part of a winning team. Thanks to Splunk employees, Splunk …

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Recycling and Re-tooling by building with RAFT

By Stephanie Han

 

Splunk’s own Revenue and OM team spent a warm March morning working at RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) in San Jose, assembling activity kits for teachers and students throughout the Bay area. The team constructed more than one hundred Breadboard Circuit kits, used to teach 1,500 students about electricity and creating basic circuits, and 41 Motorized Shake Table kits, which will be used to teach 1,640 students about earthquakes and structures.

 

But we were doing much more than building educational tools for Bay Area students. Each of these learning kits was comprised of recycled materials donated by companies throughout the Bay Area.

We weren’t only helping to build important resource kits for Bay Area students, …

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