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 …

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Instasplunk

Splunk Instagram

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Actually it’s far more than that.

Take an Instagram image, there is tons of useful metadata behind the image – not just that tasty picture of what you had for dinner last night.

But how do you start to look at this data? I think you already know the answer to that! This post is just a quick guide showing you how to ingest and visualise Instagram data in Splunk.…

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.conf2014 Highlight Series: Getting Deeper Insights into your Virtualization and Storage with Splunk

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.conf2015 registration is open!
.conf2015 call for papers and speakers ends tomorrow – May 8!

As we get closer to .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas in September, we’re excited to continue our series of .conf2014 #TBT highlights. This week we revisit Stela Udovicic and Michael Donnelly’s presentation focused on Splunk insights into virtualization and storage.

Skill Level:
Good for all skill levels

Solution Area:
IT Operations, Application Management

Splunk:
Splunk App for VMware
Splunk App for NetApp
Splunk Enterprise

Presentation overview:
Virtualization and storage technologies go hand-in-hand. If performing poorly, they can have a serious impact on your applications’ performance and users’ experience. This presentation shows how Splunk can help you get unified visibility …

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Results and Feedback from Splunk Apptitude Round 1

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Back in November, we launched a contest called “Apptitude”. This was a competition designed to energize and challenge Splunk’s developer community. We offered prizes—big prizes—for the best app submissions in two categories: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and a general “Innovation” topic. It worked. Over 120 people participated, and 23 entries were submitted! The response was so strong that we have announced a second round of the contest.

The contest ended on January 20th, and here is a summary of the results:

Untitled2First place in the SCCM category went to Christopher Summer. Second place went to Rich Acosta & Erica Feldman. Due to the complexity of gathering the data from SCCM, we provided …

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Splunk MINT – Enhance Operational Intelligence with Mobile Data

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I’m thrilled to announce a major update to Splunk MINT. Splunk MINT allows you to collect and analyze operational information from your mobile apps. Now, you can get the same insight on mobile app performance, problem, and usage as you do with applications and infrastructure that you’re probably already using Splunk for today.

MINT Analytics 3-13Real Time Insight:
Track sessions, unique users, application crashes, crash rates per user, and user engagement in real time. Drill down on items to explore in more detail.

Network Monitoring:
Measure the volume, latency and status of all HTTP connections. This enables you to understand the network’s contribution to transaction response times or query response times from API calls and other web services.

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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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Integrating Active Directory into Splunk with SA-ldapsearch

On Tuesday, I introduced one of the first presentations at .conf2014 – a major update to the SA-ldapsearch app. This new app has now launched and you can download it at http://apps.splunk.com/app/1151/. The app consists of four specific commands: ldapsearch, ldapfetch, ldapfilter and ldapgroup.

Improvements include:

  • We dropped the requirement for Java on your search head
  • We added support for Search Head Pooling
  • We added a GUI configuration page and connection testing
  • We provided full UTF-8 support

The ldapsearch command is a generating command and is used in a similar way to other generating commands like inputlookup. You run it like this:

| ldapsearch domain=SPL search="(objectClass=user)" attrs="sAMAccountName,cn"

We have added some new features in this release. Firstly, the output …

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Tracking calls and SMS with Splunk

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Telecommunication systems are vital to all of us around the world, though rarely do we look deeply into the vast amounts of valuable data being generated.

Comparing call length against sales success. Looking at call costs vs customer value. Or examining the most effective time to call prospects. Just a few examples that I’ve seen Splunk customers implement in tele-sales environments. The use-case for this telecommunication data reaches much further than just call centers though.

In this post we’ll examine data generated by Twilio, a service that allows you to bake voice and SMS capabilities into your apps.

But remember, Splunk is a machine data platform. If you’re not using Twilio,  this data could be taken from any other voice or SMS management tool.…

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Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 2

Why should you develop ?

In “Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 1″ I shared some of my experiences of developing and supporting Splunk Community Apps and Add-ons over the years.

But WHY did I choose to develop and WHY should you choose to develop and start your foray the Splunk developer ecosystem?

Well the reasons for developing are going to be different for everyone depending on your motives. You might be a business or you might just be an individual community collaborator.

The reasons I started developing were because I discovered Splunkbase (now Apps / Answers) and realized that it was a great forum for collaborating and getting involved with the “Big Data” community to use …

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Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 1

It seems like only yesterday

…that I was writing my first Splunk App. It was the openness and extensibility of the Splunk platform that attracted me to this pursuit in the first place, and when I discovered the thriving community on Splunkbase (now called Splunk Apps / Answers), I just had to contribute. 12,000+ downloads across 9 different freely available community offerings later, I am feeling somewhat reflective. So in this 2 part blog series I want to share with you some of my lessons learned from developing and supporting Splunk community Apps/Add-ons (part 1) and then some musings on why you should consider developing Splunk Apps/Add-ons yourself and contribute to the Splunk developer ecosystem (part 2).

Some lessons learned

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