Splunk App for AWS: Making the invisible, visible

Avengers_age_of_ultron_thor-artI imagine most of you have seen the 2013 Marvel movie, Thor. If not, I highly recommend it, where the Asgardian god of thunder saves the Earth using an enchanted, magical hammer. The movie has a very obvious storyline – triumph of good over evil – but what caught my attention was a reference to a quote by the British science-fiction writer, Sir Arthur Charles Clarke – “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

This quote really got me thinking. I am a product marketing manager for Splunk Cloud, which is hosted on AWS. As part of my job, I work very closely with various AWS technologies and customer requirements around cloud adoption. For instance, in the AWS …

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We proudly announce: the 2015-2016 SplunkTrust Membership!

Whew! Now that we’re back from .conf and the dust from Megacup’s hooves has settled, I’m proud and pleased to announce the inaugural membership of the SplunkTrust!

We created the SplunkTrust Community MVP program to recognize our community’s top contributors, and to involve them in planning and policy decisions as our community grows. These community members have shown the very highest level of commitment to helping others succeed with Splunk, and are the first year’s SplunkTrust member roster:



  • Aleem Cummins
  • Bernardo Macias
  • Camille Balli
  • Charlie Huggard
  • Chris Kurtz
  • David Shpritz
  • Duane Waddle
  • George Starcher
  • Gregg Woodcock
  • Jacob Wilkins
  • Kate Lawrence-Gupta
  • Kyle Smith
  • Martin Müller
  • Mason Morales
  • Michael Uschmann
  • Mark Runals
  • Mike Langhorst
  • Nick Mealy
  • Rich Mahlerwein
  • Sherman Smith
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Try Splunk Enterprise Security for Free

It’s no secret that the security landscape is continuously evolving and growing in complexity. Today’s attackers are highly skilled and employ a wide range of advanced techniques to evade legacy security. To succeed in this dynamic environment, security teams need scalable security intelligence for constant visibility across the organization.

Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) is a premium security solution that helps solve these complex security challenges. It employs analytics-driven security that connects people to the data and one another to help security teams to be faster, smarter, and more effective in their ability to detect and respond to modern day threats. But switching to a new security solution without trying it out first simply isn’t an option for most organizations.

That’s …

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My New Baby is a Hunk!


Before I introduce the star of the show, I thought I should introduce myself. I have two children under the age of two, one aged 18 months and the other 3 months old. Despite my wife saying she doesn’t want a third, it was born today and it was a hunk, named Hunk 6.3! This is my first release as the Product Manager for Big Data at Splunk and I really do think I have been given the best job at Splunk – the Product Manager for Big Data! My job is to look at ways frameworks such as Hadoop can augment the experience of one of the leading Big Data platforms in the world – Splunk Enterprise. What better …

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What’s new with Splunk MINT?

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If mobile apps are part of your business, having real-time insight into app performance, crashes, usage and transactions is critical. With Splunk MINT, developers, operations and business all gain insight into the mobile end user experience  and can answer questions like: Is the app working or is it crashing on users? Are transactions fast or slow? Where are my mobile users, and what are they clicking and swiping on my mobile app. In March, we introduced Splunk MINT – including an app that connects directly on top of Splunk Enterprise.

We haven’t stopped there. This week at ..conf2015, we are announcing a number of cool enhancements to the offering.MINT - Affected Users 09-02

  • More developer insight with Stacktrace graphs and screen
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Splunk Enterprise 6.3 – Shaking It Up!


Today at the Splunk .conf2015 User Conference we literally shook thinks up with the announcement of Splunk Enterprise and Cloud Release 6.3.

The crowd shook their cell phones while the new HTTP Event Collector sent the data from every device to a central console that tracked the motion, mapped the results, and eventually fired a cannon using the new Custom Alert Action feature integrated into a Citrix Octoblu device controller.

It was a fun way to highlight several cool new features of 6.3:

The HTTP Event Collector directly onboards data from applications, DevOps and IoT devices in real-time, scaling to millions of events per second. Developers can use a standard HTTP/JSON API or logging libraries. Those that are using …

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Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) Brings New Levels of Visibility into the Entire IT Environment

BNR-LI-Social-conf2015-ITSIOn behalf of everyone at Splunk, I’m thrilled to announce Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI), a next-generation monitoring and analytics solution built on top of the Splunk Platform.

The goal of modern IT is to deliver technology-based services to business users and customers. These IT services are more than just a single server, application, or client; they represent end-to-end business capabilities, such as an insurance claims process, a content delivery pipeline, or a store locator on a website. Such services are often complex, distributed, and interconnected, using multiple internal and external IT components, from back-end servers to mobile devices, across cloud, hybrid and on-premises deployments.

Splunk ITSI is a revolutionary approach to monitoring IT services to deliver true “Service Intelligence” …

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docs.splunk.com – Redesigned and better than ever!

Here in the Splunk documentation team, our ties to the Splunk community motivate and energize us. You keep us honest and accurate, and your ongoing feedback helps make Splunk documentation great. We couldn’t do it without you, and more important, we wouldn’t want to!

A year ago, I came to .conf with some preliminary mockups of a redesigned docs.splunk.com. I talked with dozens of you, gathered your feedback, and we refined our plans so we could deliver as much of what you asked for as was humanly possible.

I am very pleased to announce that the new docs.splunk.com launches today. It incorporates both a new visual design and improved navigation. Let’s take a look.


Overall, the look and feel …

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Splunk Light as a Cloud Service: Get Splunk for Less Than a Cup of Coffee

LGO-Splunk-Light-CMYK-K I am very excited to announce the availability of the cloud service (SaaS) version of Splunk Light. This new Splunk Light deployment option – previously only available as downloadable software makes it easier, both financially and operationally, for small IT environments to benefit from the power of Splunk. Now you can get a jolt of cloud-based operational intelligence with Splunk for less than you can from your daily coffee.

No really – according to Forbes magazine, the average consumer spends $143 per month for that daily jolt of caffeine, but you can get amped up about gaining incredible Operational Intelligence for just $90 per month. Believe it or not, for $53 LESS per month (on annual plans) you …

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Follow the Roadmap to IT Operational Intelligence

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At Splunk, we’re committed to helping customers make their way down the path to Operational Intelligence (OI), from troubleshooting to proactive monitoring to end-to-end service-level visibility. While every journey may be unique, we’ve created an interactive video to help customer’s plot their way through the levels of OI.

While watching the video, you can click into it to view a complimentary white paper to learn more about how Splunk collects, indexes and correlates the machine data needed to let you quickly troubleshoot issues and outages, monitor end-to-end service levels and detect anomalies.

Learn how Splunk customers have gone on their OI journey to reduce mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR), lower monitoring costs, improve system uptime and support strategic initiatives like datacenter optimization and …

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