What can you get for $10.74 / hour ?

Why $10.74 you may ask? Well, that’s the minimum hourly wage in San Francisco (at least as of this writing Nov 2014) …

With that out of the way let’s see what else you could get for $10.74/hour …

  • you could rent a “deluxe” bicycle and tour SF for ~$9/hour, but don’t forget to add the tax ;)
  • you could rent a car from one of the car sharing companies in SF and tour the entire Bay Area …
  • you also have enough dough to pay for Hunk on a 14 node EMR cluster

Let me expand on that last item a bit: you can get over 10 years of Splunk’s experience in working with machine data, packaged up, configured and …

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My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part II. Leaving Las Vegas

Bye_Bye_VegasI hope you all had a suitably spooky Halloween. In Part I of my round up of .conf2014 I went through the keynote speakers on the first day (GE, Red Hat, Coca Cola and NASDAQ) and how they used Splunk for a wide range of operational intelligence use cases. Day two and three of .conf were a huge selection of customer presenters, technical workshops and best practice sessions. We also had SiliconAngle’s “The Cube” at the event interviewing Splunk users, customers, analysts and employees. There was some great press coverage too, following the interviews earlier in the week. In part II, I wanted to highlight some of the stories from Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, BskyB, Dominos Pizza, FINRA and …

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Announcing availability of the latest version of the Splunk ODBC driver!

We are happy to announce general availability of the latest version of the Splunk ODBC driver. With the latest release we have added exciting new capabilities:

  • Microstrategy Analytics Desktop users can now directly connect to and access data in Splunk Enterprise
  • Business users can directly access Data Models and Saved Searches defined in Splunk Enterprise
  • Users benefit from performance optimizations that deliver a faster, iterative and interactive analytics experience

Since its launch earlier this year, the Splunk ODBC driver has seen rapid adoption across our customer base. With Splunk’s growing success with our customers beyond traditional IT, Operations and Security use cases, business users are increasingly requesting access to machine data in Splunk Enterprise for new business insights. The Splunk …

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My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part I – What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas

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(Note – no monkeys, tigers, Mike Tyson or Mr Chow were harmed in the writing of this blog or at .conf2014).

They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

That clearly didn’t happen with Splunk’s .conf 2014 where the theme was “Your Data Adventure”.

The news from the event, customer stories, press coverage, analyst commentary, social media buzz and the GA of new products have spread globally and certainly haven’t stayed in Vegas.

If there was one thing that summarised what I saw during the week, it was the growth of operational intelligence inside companies – across new use cases and deeper within existing uses of Splunk, but most interestingly combining different use cases together. There were customers presenting …

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Getting value from your data just got really fast. Introducing Splunk Enterprise & Hunk 6.2

SW_SpeedOne of the reported challenges of data management and especially big data is the ease of getting value from the data quickly (less than 12 parsecs).

Traditionally, a lot of time has been spent collecting and preparing data. Eventually you get to ask the questions of the data, start to create the right analytics and get the insight you need from it. This can take a lot of time.

 

 

My colleague, Nima, came up with a great diagram to show this:
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Where we really need to get to, is the ability to get to the “asking” stage and to get the value from the data as quickly as possible:

Prep2

 

With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce …

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Splunk MINT—A fresh approach to mobile analytics

We’re at .conf2014 and it’s been a blast so far. We’ve had great attendance and lots of positive interactions! In our keynote this morning, we announced our first mobile intelligence offerings since our acquisition of BugSense last yearSplunk MINT. MINT, short for “mobile intelligence,” gives insight into what users are experiencing and doing with your mobile apps. Clint Sharp, our Senior Director of Product Management spared no dramatics in letting the audience know how important mobile intelligence is to Splunk and our 7,900 customers.

Panos Papadopoulos and I will walk through these products in our breakouts on Tuesday (2-3p.m.) and Thursday (2:15-3:15p.m.). You’ll also get to see Splunk MINT in action. The conference app is enabled …

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Mainframe machine data in Splunk – Made way easier!

In the past, IT professionals have had to maintain specialized and expensive tools to monitor their mainframes. Mainframe operational insights are important but even more so in the context of the rest of the infrastructure and application performance and operational data. Now getting these insights is only a few steps away – I am very excited to announce Syncsort’s Ironstream, the latest addition to our Splunk apps.

Ironstream enables our and Syncsort’s joint customers to collect, visualize and report on mainframe log data in Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. This rich source of mainframe machine data includes z/OS log files such as syslog, various SMF records, WebSphere Log4j and more.

There are many benefits of analyzing mainframe data …

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Splunk Answers migration coming up on Sept 12th!

Update

9/13 12:30pm Pacific: Still working out final issues with userID mappings. Sorry for the delay!

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Home to more than 35,000 questions and more than 43,000 answers as well as a thriving community of your fellow Splunk users, Splunk Answers will be getting an update soon! Here’s what to expect:

What will happen during the migration?

During the migration process, we will put the existing production site into a read-only mode so we can get the most up-to-date copy of the Answers database to use on the new site. This will start at around 8pm Pacific, which our own Splunk instance tells us is when usage of the site begins to taper off significantly for the weekend. During this time, you will be able to …

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Big data just got its Tricorder

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In Star Trek a Tricorder is described as:

“A Tricorder is a multifunction hand-held device useful for data sensing, analysis, and recording data, with many specialized abilities which make it an asset to crews aboard starships and space stations as well as on away missions”.

I’m happy to announce the launch of the Splunk Mobile App, which unofficially I’m calling the “Big Data Tricorder”. You can download it from here (iTunes).

The Splunk Mobile App allows you to take the Splunk (Starship) Enterprise platform and allows you to explore strange new insights, to seek out new data and new visualizations, to boldly go where no machine data has gone before.

You can find more in the official press release here

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Splunk Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM…again!

This week Splunk was named a leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) for the second year in a row. For the MQ, Gartner evaluated Splunk® Enterprise and the  Splunk App for Enterprise Security and also spoke to multiple Splunk customers as part of the process. To read the Gartner report, please register here.

We are very proud of this award, as it reflects the success that you, the security and compliance customers of Splunk, have had with our product. We now have thousands of security and compliance customers across the world using Splunk for a wide range of use cases including log management, incident investigations, forensics, real-time correlations and alerting, advanced …

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