Storytelling: The Heart of Splunk Beats at .conf2015

I love a good story. It’s when you hear an amazing story that the lines blur between what you were told and what you actually feel. I also believe there is great power in a well-told story – the power to motivate, teach, inspire, and entertain.  In business, we often use our podium time to help teach or report out, but when I hear people share ideas through emotionally-charged storytelling, I find that I’m more apt to relate to and then recall what was said.

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Our Splunk customers are some of the best storytellers I know. When they present, I often feel like I’m listening to ancient explorers or modern-day detectives who are using Splunk software to make rare discoveries …

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Collecting docker logs and stats with Splunk

I’m working at Splunk, but this is my personal thoughts. I have some knowledge about Splunk obviously, but you should not consider this as an official Splunk manual. Everything I did here – I did only for my personal needs and my free time.

You cannot really feel safe for the services you run if you don’t monitor them. There are plenty of great tools which allow you to monitor your docker environments, like cadvisor and some other cloud solutions. I did not want to use cloud solutions, because they can also upload some sensitive information, like environment variables, where I could keep passwords for AWS backups. So I wanted to use something like cadvisor, but with historical information and …

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Earning a Seat at the Table: Why Containers Matter

Docker-logo Container technologies like Docker matter to the enterprise for three key reasons:

1. Density
2. Portability
3. DevOps

Density is about extracting as much value from your infrastructure as possible. Private clouds deployed using traditional VM’s are memory-bound, which is why most private clouds still run with single or low double digit CPU utilization. I was able to run my private cloud at roughly 2 VM’s per core, where each VM hosted an application server instance. Using containers, I was able to get roughly 10 containers per core, where each container hosted an application server instance with an identical configuration.

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Similar to virtual machines, containers are inherently portable – they abstract the underlying hardware from the app, enabling the app …

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Smart AnSwerS #34

Hey there community and welcome to the 34th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

An exciting announcement just went out earlier this week, and that was the launch of the Community MVP Program, the SplunkTrust. The Splunk community is full of amazing leaders that are passionate about our various products and actively share their knowledge with other users to grow and learn, whether that be through active participation on Splunk Answers, Splunk User Groups, writing blogs, and many more avenues. These helpful leaders are what being a SplunkTrust member is all about. Read through the SplunkTrust blog announcement by Rachel Perkins, the Sr. Director of Community, to learn more about the program, the awesome perks of being a …

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Cyber Crime in Finance – Splunk attended the Banking Lounge Event at Bloomberg in Frankfurt

Hello,

Recently Splunk and Finanz Informatik Technology Service, a provider of IT outsourcing and a finance cloud service, attended a Banking Lounge event, and also had the honor of speaking.

This post is a copy from the review of the event at FI-TS.

FI-TS organized the Banking Lounge on Cybercrime in Frankfurt together with BANKINGCLUB and Splunk. Around 50 interested banking experts came to Bloomberg LP, to listen to talks from Splunk and FI-TS and network.

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Welcome to Bloomberg

Before the presentation started, almost all participants took part in the guided tour through the rooms of Bloomberg LP. Werner Kolb, Sales Manager at Bloomberg for 15 years, welcomed us and showed us the offices on the 18th floor. Bloomberg is well …

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Tea and Biscuits and Operational Intelligence

KettleWherever in the world you are reading this, there’s always time for a cup of tea. Whether it is English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peppermint or Roobois, in the 4-5 minutes it takes you to make “a cuppa” (British slang) you can also get your Operational Intelligence Benchmark score based on EMEA wide research conducted by industry analyst Quocirca and Splunk. I’m going to guide you through the steps whilst making my own cup of tea:

  1. Fill the kettle up and switch it on. Your water should boil in about 2 minutes.
  2. Whilst it is boiling, open your web browser and visit OIBenchmark.com (English), OIBenchmark.de (German) or OIBenchmark.fr (French) and click “start”

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  3. Select your industry, answer the twelve quick questions and
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Splunk Cloud and AWS GovCloud (US): A Happy Union

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsMore and more government agencies and U.S. companies are turning to the flexible, scalable and cost-effective option of cloud computing. While some are still taking a cautious approach with the cloud, we’re hearing more often than not, that IT managers recognize the value cloud has to offer. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Splunk Cloud, our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based operational intelligence platform, is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US). Now, government agencies and U.S. customers can securely harness the power of Operational Intelligence from machine-generated data through Splunk Cloud available on AWS GovCloud (US).

What is AWS GovCloud (US)?
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As described in more detail in the AWS FAQs, AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated …

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Announcing the SplunkTrust Community MVP Program!

The meaning of the Splunk fez we know and love is about to come into sharper focus–splunktrust
–as the symbol for our new Community MVP program, the SplunkTrust.

The Splunk user community is one of the strongest, best communities in the world. We’re excited to be able to recognize our community leaders formally, thank them for their passion and service to other users, and to give them opportunities to learn about our roadmap and share product and process feedback with us.

What makes someone a SplunkTrust member?

SplunkTrust membership is open to Splunk customers and partners, and is renewed yearly. You can apply yourself, or nominate someone else. You do not have to be a ‘paying’ customer–your community contributions are what matter here. If you are nominated, …

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Smart AnSwerS #33

Hey there community and welcome to the 33rd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Yesterday, two teams of Splunk interns presented their Splunk4Good Hack projects in a contest where they had to create an app using public open source data in a way that could highlight issues affecting different communities, build awareness, and spark constructive conversations. I had the opportunity to help judge the contest and see what awesome work some of the Splunkterns put together throughout their time at Splunk for the Summer. BIG congratulations to the winners Brooke Wenig and Aamir Goriawala for their app using public San Francisco crime data to find trends for certain types of criminal activity throughout different districts in San Francisco. They made …

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Earning a Seat at the Table: Hybrid Cloud with Continuous Delivery & Insights (Part 2)

As discussed in my last post, after setting the vision to “responsibly move at market speed” and defining the KPI’s, you can break the technical organization into three focused, empowered teams:

Team 1: hybrid cloud

Team 2: continuous delivery

Team 3: continuous insights

I addressed hybrid cloud in my previous post. Today I’m going to focus on continuous delivery and insights.

Continuous Delivery

I like to think of the following guiding principle when approaching continuous delivery…

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I’ve been involved with previous projects that attempted to rollout Agile and DevOps across the organization that have failed because of philosophical debates. Those passionate about Agile methodologies would argue with those that believed Waterfall was best. Similarly, those that …

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