Introducing the Splunk App for Stream 6.3 Release!

We just improved our popular and free Splunk App for Stream! In the new Splunk App for Stream 6.3 release we’ve introduced Distributed Forwarder Management (DFM), a functionality that simplifies configuration while increasing administration flexibility. The new 6.3 release is available now on Splunkbase.

As a flexible software solution, you can deploy the Splunk App for Stream anywhere in the network—on-prem or cloud environments. Your implementation can be simple—collecting data from only a handful of SPAN ports, or very complex—with hundreds of different globally distributed Stream forwarders gathering data from endpoints. If your monitoring needs are more complex, you can target and customize how and where to deploy Stream to collect wire data to meet those needs more precisely.…

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Master of Machines 2015 Part 1: Operational Intelligence helps conquer complexity

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We’ve been very busy the last few months working on a piece of research with industry analyst Quocirca and I’m very pleased to announce 2015’s Masters of Machines report and a new Operational Intelligence benchmarking tool. We conducted this research last year and it gave the market some great insight into the value machine data can deliver and the maturity of Operational Intelligence in Europe, so we’ve repeated it for 2015 and the findings are fascinating. The research analysed around 400 senior business and IT decision makers from the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands to look again at the maturity of Operational Intelligence. The key findings from the research are that the fastest growing concerns for IT …

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Independence Day and the Cloud

SelfServiceOrdering[1]As I’m standing in line waiting to pick up my lunch from Speciality’s Café and Bakery – the one I’ve ordered and customized exactly to my liking using the tablets stationed at the entrance – I’m reminded about how far we’ve come as a self-service society. I love that fact that I can take control over my buying experience, from the toppings on my sandwich, to the movies I watch when and where, to the pre-check security line and check-in kiosks at the airport.

We’ve become very independent as buyers. I watch the other customers easily and quickly ordering their lunches as I wait to pay for mine, and I think about the three main drivers I believe are at …

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A Bank, the Cloud, and Real-time Data Insight

OrrstownWhat really inspires me about this business is being entrenched in the ingenuity and innovation – witnessing the amazing human propensity to create a better, safer world with technology. Take cyber security for example. For years, security software companies have been focused on developing preventative measures to defend businesses and consumers from online threats. It didn’t take long, however, for the bad guys to find ways around these defenses and into the network – making organizations question whether it was simply a matter of when (no longer if) they would be breached. But, as always, there was a solution: the concept of integrating more sophisticated upfront detection.

Today, organizations recognize that the best cybersecurity boils down to a combination of …

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All aboard with Infrastructure 4.0 — Splunk wins Deutsche Bahn Internet of Things Hackathon

Deutsche Bahn (DB) describes itself as the second largest transport company in the world and is the largest railway and infrastructure operator in Europe. With the popularity of Industry 4.0 and IoT in Germany, DB recently ran a “Deutsche Bahn goes 4.0” Hackathon over the weekend of May 8-9 2015. The concept was “We provide the data, you innovate with it”. Splunk participated with a crack team of two people, a copy of Splunk Enterprise running on a laptop and got their hands dirty digging into a labyrinth of infrastructure data. The challenge was tough: starting at 5pm we had 24 hours straight to analyze the data and demonstrate the value from it. After the final presentation of …

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Surf, Sun and Splunk Fun!!

ocean_beach_5_bg_062301San Diego, California, is one of my favorite cities in the world. With stunning beaches, everlasting sun, the amazing Coronado Bridge, restaurants, fantastic desert… it has so much to offer. And this year one more really BIG reason to visit – it is the home of Cisco Live! this week. Splunk will be there with tons of excitement. Ah…where to even begin? Let me start with a few questions.

  • Do you want to make your network and IT infrastructure more secure, better performing while minimizing troubleshooting times?
  • Do you know how your mobile apps are performing relative to your wireless networks?
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Sssh…Splunk’s Partner Program is Changing

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Can I let you in on a secret? A quiet evolution of Splunk’s partner program is happening.

Recently tweeted at SplunkLive! Toronto:


Maybe it’s not a secret, but in case you haven’t heard, Splunk has some big things happening for partners of all shapes and sizes. In my 10 months at Splunk, our partner team has grown with several industry leaders joining the team, we’ve launched new commercial distribution relationships with Arrow Electronics, we’ve released a new partner marketing automation platform, Splunk Partner Hub, and transformed our annual Partner …

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SplunkLive! London: What did you miss?

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Full disclosure: I work for Splunk in the Sales Engineering team and have done so for the last 11 months.

This week I attended my very first SplunkLive! in London and it completely vindicated my decision to join this fantastic company.

Since I joined last June Splunk has grown, matured and expanded its cloud offering, providing the industry’s first and only 100% uptime availability for our managed machine data analytics platform and now we’ve rolled it out across the globe.

We’ve also launched Splunk MINT our mobile analytics platform that can provide deep insights for mobile app development teams as well as correlating a mobile app user’s experience with the performance and availability of the backend infrastructure.

We’ve added

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Virtual Gov Day: What Did You Miss?

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsLast Wednesday marked our first Virtual Gov Day webinar, hosted by Carahsoft, where Splunk experts and customers showed attendees how valuable machine data can be in addressing daily IT challenges. Together, we learned how hundreds of government agencies use Splunk software to mitigate cybersecurity risk, optimize service delivery, maintain uptime of critical applications and reduce costs. For those who were unable to participate, I thought a brief summary of the discussion would be helpful.

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Alan Webber, Research Director for IDC Government Insights, kicked off the web event highlighting how government agencies can use Splunk to reestablish their foundation and cultivate innovation. From Alan’s perspective, “there is a new focus in government agencies, and …

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Wednesday May 13th. London gets its Splunk on (and so does Carlton from The Fresh Prince)

CrazyForget the UK’s general election and the new Avengers movie, SplunkLive! London 2015 is the most interesting thing happening in London in May (OK maybe not, but it is going to be pretty great). After the success of last year with 450 attendees, Credit Suisse, John Lewis and Cognia, we’ve at least matched it this year with Paddy Power, Ticketmaster and Cert-EU as customer speakers. We’ve also got most of the Splunk executive team in London to take SplunkLive! up a gear. Not only that, but we’re also mixing the agenda up a bit to include a second day of Splunk University for the first time in EMEA. Finally, we’re also going to be running a Splunk London

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