My Splunk Origin Story
A World Without Splunk
In my pre-Splunk days, I spent significant time leading the vision for standards and automation in our company’s large distributed IBM WebSphere Network Deployment environment. Even though we used standard build tools and a mature change process, significant entropy and deviations were introduced into the environment as a product of requirements for tuning, business, infrastructure, security, and compliance.
As a result, we were unable to recognize the scope of impact when it came to security vulnerabilities or violations with 3rd party compliance. Even worse for us, we spent way too many staff-hours trying to replicate issues between production and quality assurance environments because we had no easy way to recognize the contributing configuration differences.
It’s a Bird, It’s a …
Splunk at Dynatrace PERFORM
This week, Splunk will be participating at Dynatrace PERFORM – the annual users event for Dynatrace APM users. Not only is Dynatrace the largest APM vendor by market share, we know that many people are getting value by connecting Dynatrace APM with Splunk. The Dynatrace APM App for Splunk has nearly 1,500 downloads!
We’ll be at Dynatrace PERFORM largely to share what exactly Splunk is with attendees and how it can complement the capabilities found in Dynatrace’s products.
In addition to the “lightning talks” we’ll be delivering throughout Wednesday and Thursday, I’m honored to be on a New Stack panel on Thursday October 15 at 4:30pm, along with representatives from AWS, NGINX, Ansible and NodeSource.
Splunk Apps and Add-ons: Do You Possess the Apptitude?
At Splunk, we’re committed to helping customers across industry and government ingest, organize and visualize their data to gain intelligent insights. Our platform is designed to help users maximize the use of machine data through powerful search and analysis capabilities. What many people don’t know is that we go beyond offering platform solutions to ensure our capabilities can be integrated at the application level. Did you know we also offer more than 700 apps that extend the power of Splunk?
Over the years Splunk has partnered with companies such as Microsoft and Cisco to develop customized apps to integrate with customers’ existing platforms and supplement Splunk’s Enterprise platform. Splunk Enterprise is our platform for Operational Intelligence, but apps and add-ons …
.conf2014 Highlight Series: Using Selenium and Splunk for Transaction Monitoring Insight
Planning continues here at HQ for .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas in September. In the meantime, we’re excited to share the latest in our .conf2014 highlight series. This week, we revisit Elias Haddad’s presentation detailing the capabilities and benefits of the Synthetic Monitoring App.
Good for all skill levels
The Synthetic Monitoring App enables you to monitor your Web application and measure critical KPIs such as application performance and availability. This session showcases how this app can simulate user interactions around the clock and set …
Splunk and Synthetic Monitoring
Monitoring your Web Application is not always an easy task. The challenge is even bigger when you want to be proactive about monitoring your application. How can you detect application performance problems before your users actually detect it? How about monitoring the availability of your Saas application knowing these environments are typically locked down: you can’t install an agent and you rarely have access to the instance log files thus limiting your visibility into the application.
A good solution for the above challenges would be to use synthetic monitoring. In a few words, synthetic monitoring is nothing more than a simulation of user interactions to your web application, which then allows you to measure the performance and availability of your application:
Happy SysAdmin day! I need to Splunk my brain – does your organization need to?
Hi. I’m having one of those weeks where I could do with Splunking my brain. Why? Because one thought keeps firing off another activity and adding to the unstructured list of things that I need to do. Essentially – it is working a bit like this:
What I really need, is it to work like this:
I’m sure we’ve all had times like this – lots of data coming at you that fits the mythical “three Vs”. There’s a high volume of data, it is moving quickly to give it velocity and there’s a lot of variety. What further adds to the need to Splunk my brain is the fact the data is at so many different …
Big data and financial services – an EMEA perspective
I was lucky enough to attend the first day of the “Big Data in Financial Services” event in London a few days ago. I know some people might not think of that as lucky but I say it on the back of a surprisingly varied agenda, entertaining speakers and a lot of good debate and content on what big data means to FS companies and how they are using it.
The key point that I took away was that right now, FS companies are using big data today to focus on operational issues – risk, efficiency, compliance, security and making better decisions. However, there is a growing trend in FS companies looking at how big data is going …
Splunk for Meaningful Use
I visited a Health Care customer recently to discuss their most important use cases for Splunk. They’ve taken a holistic approach to getting all of their application data into Splunk and it’s really paying off. A key use case for their many health care facilities helps them stay compliant to meet their meaningful use requirements.
Meaningful use of health information technology is an umbrella term for rules and regulations that hospitals and physicians must meet to qualify for federal incentive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). One of the overarching goals is to use Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. Bottom line, it’s important to all …
In the Cloud at .conf12
” How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
Cause even if there were forty more
I wouldn’t sleep a minute away”
I didn’t want .conf12 to end. Hearing our customers talk about their usage of Splunk, meeting some of you face-to-face and learning all that’s going on in Splunk put me in a high trance – one that I’ve not quite experienced in Vegas before.
Think Beyond Application Monitoring
Are you going to be at .conf? If not, you should be. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to Justin Hardeman from Availity, a leading health information network, where he discusses how his organization uses Splunk for proactive monitoring and business reporting. In this session, he illustrates how Splunk has helped his organization gain visibility, analytics and intelligence on their applications, infrastructure and business with proactive monitoring and rich analytics. Join Justin at his session “Think Beyond Application Monitoring”, speak to him (and the Splunk team if you want!) and learn about how he has been able to drive enterprise adoption of Splunk.
Where: The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Brera 2&3
Time 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm…