Splunk wins “Big Data Innovation” at Computing’s Vendor Excellence Awards

ExcellenceIt is always nice to end a working week on a high and last Friday gave the Splunk EMEA team a great start to the weekend. We were nominated and won Computing’s Vendor Excellence Award for “Big Data Innovation”. The judges commented specifically on Splunk’s ability to democratize big data so that everyone can use it.


It was a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon and there was a lot of nervous anticipation over lunch as to who was going to win the various awards.


The ceremony started with something I’d never seen before. The pre-award entertainment was 25 year old rapper comedian, Chris Turner (@ChrisPJTurner). Dressed in a very dapper suit he explained how he was going …

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Evaluating the Government’s Approach to Investing in Cyber

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsAs you’ve probably noticed, there has been significant media coverage lately about federal agency breaches and the importance of improving cybersecurity practices. The most recent breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has put a spotlight back on the security practices of federal agencies and has created questions for government leaders around how they can better secure their data. In fact, the incident prompted U.S. Federal CIO Tony Scott to issue a 30-day cybersecurity sprint calling on agencies to evaluate current practices and begin addressing any security gaps or vulnerabilities. But what else can agencies be doing to improve their security posture?

One of the best ways agencies can start doing a better job of securing their networks is …

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Is the secret to (big) data success collect once and use many?

swiss_army_knife_512373Many moons ago, I used to write code, badly. I learnt to program in COBOL, PL1 and JCL (Job Control Language). I then moved on to programming Java which promised portability, reuse and “write once, run many”. I’ve spent the last few weeks talking to a lot of Splunk customers and it struck me that the companies having the most success and making the best case for value of big data are the ones who are using the same data for multiple purposes. It got me thinking if there is something in that promise of Java many years ago that we can learn from with big data. Is the secret for big data success “collect once and use many”?


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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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Caching Hadoop Data with Splunk and Hunk

Although Hadoop is good at processing a large amount of data, it is not the fastest platform. Below are a list of options that Splunk and Hunk can offer to speed up the retrieval of results and lower the processing overhead of Hadoop.

Each option has its own advantages:

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1) Hunk Report Acceleration

This option caches the results in HDFS and keeps it fresh and current.  By default, Hunk will check for new Hadoop data every 10 minutes.

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2) Hunk Scheduled Searches

This option caches the results on the Hunk node and is available on the Search head for double the frequency of the schedule.  For example, if you schedule the search to run every 4 hours, the results …

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Survey Results: Big Opportunity for Big Data in Cybersecurity

GoBigSecurityLast week, MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, released a survey in collaboration with Splunk to explore how big data analytics play a key role in preventing cyber threats on government networks. With high-profile breaches garnering more public attention, we decided to do a deeper dive on how government cybersecurity professionals are currently monitoring threats on their network and areas in which they can improve. We surveyed 302 Federal, State and Local IT leaders to reveal current cybersecurity strategies and next steps organizations can take to improve security. The outcome? Government agencies understand there is value in using big data to support security, but very few agencies are taking full advantage of this …

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Accelerate the Detection of Advanced Threats and Malicious Insiders

Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, employing multiple attack vectors and utilizing legitimate ports to exfiltrate sensitive company information. These threats often sit undetected on infected systems for months while modifying, viewing, and stealing your data. And unfortunately, finding them is only part of the battle. To effectively remediate them can require days or weeks of investigation from the security team to trace back through the kill chain to determine the source of the infection, the path it employed, and the actions it took. Of course, this is of concern on multiple fronts; not only does the infection remain for a longer period of time, but the cost of remediation can become significant in its own right.

Similarly, malicious insiders …

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Big Data and Insider Threats: Industry Conversations

B_GSiiLXIAAU1ws On any given day, you will hear numerous buzzwords within the government IT marketplace. Recent conversations surrounding big data, cybersecurity and insider threats are top of mind for government organizations. These discussions are imperative for exploring the challenges, needs and viable solutions that are necessary to achieve a stable security infrastructure. However, it is essential that these conversations involve both sides of the table – government agencies and technology providers.

At Splunk, we work to achieve greater Operational Intelligence through collaboration with our industry peers. Just last week we participated in an Insider Threat Detection and Mitigation conference where Adam Cohn, the director of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Splunk, discussed how agencies can manage insider threat risks in …

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Splunk at Yahoo!: Big Data at Scale

Big Data is a term that’s thrown around a lot by vendors, thought leaders and the press—so much so that it’s nearly lost all meaning. In fact, most people skip “big” and immediately discuss how it’s about more than just the amount of data (and it is). That said, we should take a moment to recognize what true big data scale means.

Today we announced that Yahoo is using Hunk to analyze 600 petabytes (yes, that’s a “p”) of data in Hadoop and is analyzing over 150 terabytes per day with Splunk Enterprise. That’s real scale, and Yahoo is using the Splunk platform to get there. But while the amount is interesting, what’s really compelling is how the company …

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Splunk named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Big Data for 2015

It’s an exciting day for Splunk as we’ve been named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Big Data for the third year in a row!

Once again, this recognition is a testament to the brilliant work of Splunkers around the world and the amazing ingenuity of our customers. Last year we delivered even more ways to use Splunk with the launch of Splunk Cloud, Splunk MINT, the Splunk App for Stream and the Splunk Mobile App, not to mention new features for Splunk Enterprise and Hunk, and new integrations with AWS.

Meanwhile, our customers continue to amaze us with the fascinating insights and incredible feats they achieve with our technology. Coca-Cola used Splunk

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