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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_monitoring

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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In the Cloud at .conf12

Attending .conf for the first time this year, I was reminded of the lyrics from Elvis’s song Viva Las Vegas

” 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.

Speaking specifically about virtualization – we had multiple sessions – for VMware, for Citrix solutions such as XenDesktop, XenApp, Server Virtualization and more. Here is quick …

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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

Date: 09.12.2012

Time 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm…

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APAC Partners “Splunk Apps of the Year” Competition

Use Cases, Use Cases and more Use Cases. During the APAC Partner Kick Off, we had recently crowned a few apps and named them as the “Splunk Apps of the Year”. Before that, we had a Call for Submissions back in December 2011, and had invited all our APAC partners to participate in this competition. The response was overwhelming, and we had received 15 best-of-the-breed apps that showcase just how Splunk can be used across the industries.

Bounded by a set of Judging Criteria, we began the arduous task of scoring the apps. There weren’t any firm conclusions as each and every one of the apps were stellar and we had to go thru 23 rounds of debates and discussions …

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Splunking your WebSphere Application Server environment

Given that we’ve made significant changes since our 1.0 and 2.0 beta releases of the Splunk solution for WebSphere Application Servers, we hosted a webinar earlier this week to demo our latest release. Over 65 of you joined the call and made it an enjoyable experience for us, so thank you! I personally loved all the questions we got – keep them coming! For the benefit of those who couldn’t make it, here’s a quick summary.

The Splunk solution for WebSphere Application Server automates the collection of event logs, configuration and performance metrics from across your WAS deployment in a scalable manner. Various dashboard views can be used out-of-the-box or can be customized to your needs. Our live …

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Webinar: How Splunk can help with important WebSphere Application Server data

Are you having trouble finding an easy way to collect logs, configuration and performance metrics from your WebSphere Application Server (WAS) deployment? Do you fear instrumenting your code or application servers to collect deep-dive metrics in production environments?

Get an inside look at the upcoming release of the Splunk solution for WebSphere Application Server. Learn how to easily extend your Splunk deployment to WAS for real-time feeds, flexible search queries and out-of-the-box views, without any instrumentation.

Event Information: Exclusive Preview: Splunk for WebSphere Application Server
Date and Time:           Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:00 am
                                                Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

Join us for a live demo. Register today!…

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Splunk Named An Application Performance Management (APM) Innovator

Recently, Gartner published a report on APM Innovators, to recognize vendors that are driving an evolution in Application Performance Management.  Splunk is included in this report, even though it is not your traditional Systems or Application Monitoring tool – primarily driven by our fantastic customers who have deployed Splunk extensively to monitor their complex application environments.

This recognition is an important milestone for APM overall and for Splunk. In the past, Gartner has categorized it into 5 sub-segments – End User Experience Monitoring, Runtime Application Discovery, Modeling and Display, User-defined transaction profiling, Application deep-dive component monitoring and Analytics. However, as customers need increasingly to understand end-user experience from end to end in complex application environments, their requirements …

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