Splunk and Cisco Umbrella: See what you’ve been missing…

The following is a guest post by Rachel Ackerly, product marketing manager, Cisco Umbrella.

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Do you have eyes in the back of your head? (Unless you’re my mother, there is a good chance you don’t.) Many security products claim to provide visibility into what’s happening on your network, but how many actually deliver on that promise?

So how do you see what’s happening on the internet, beyond your perimeter? Isn’t that the question security professionals have been struggling with as the world becomes more mobile? Your employees connect to the internet from many different locations and devices. VPN is no longer necessary to get work done, they use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps. But that leaves users more vulnerable to threats, …

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2016 Reflections and 2017 Resolutions: The Partner Perspective

Partner +The past year has been an exciting one for the Splunk partner ecosystem, and in 2017 we have even more in store. So, let’s get started with looking back at 2016.

Throughout the past year, we’ve focused on maturing our partner ecosystem by enhancing our Partner+ Program, which included launching our Technology Alliance Partner Program (TAP) and much more. Each component of our partner business – programs, operations, marketing and sales – is honing in on their offerings to benefit partners of all types. With a focus on our partners’ end-to-end experience coupled with innovative technology to enhance our program, our ecosystem will be unstoppable in 2017!

What have we done differently?

We’ve continued to prioritize our partners, by …

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How advances in technology are enabling data-driven decision making in retail

I spoke at a retail trends briefing yesterday organized by Cisco, where technology and innovation were very much the focus of all presentations.

It was clear that technological advances are moving extremely quickly. We learnt about: wireless networks that pinpoint customers’ precise location in store1; footfall tracking sensors that can be configured to track the customer journey around the store2; and apps that allow you to pay for any item and leave the shop without visiting a till3. These advances will deliver new and increasingly rich data sources that can be used to power analytics and deliver insights to retail businesses, especially when combined together.

As a result, the range of data sources that …

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Splunk Recognized as Cisco Global ISV Partner of the Year

Last night at Cisco’s annual Global Partner Summit in San Francisco Splunk was honored to receive three prestigious awards. Splunk was recognized as Cisco Global ISV Partner of the Year, as well as US (West) Outstanding Solutions Partner and US Public Sector ISV and Consultant Partner of the Year.

For the second year in a row, it is a tremendous honor to earn Cisco’s global recognition of Splunk’s value as the market-leading Operational Intelligence platform and how it impacts Cisco customers and partner ecosystem.

Pictured from left to right: Splunk AVP Global Strategic Alliances Dave Schwartz, Cisco SVP Americas Partner Organization Rick Snyder, Cisco SVP Americas Sales Allison Gleason, Splunk CEO Doug Merritt, Splunk Cisco Alliance lead Friea Berg, Splunk VP Worldwide Partners Cheryln Chin and Cisco VP Ecosystem Acceleration Denny Trevett

Pictured from left to right: Splunk AVP Global Strategic Alliances Dave Schwartz, Cisco SVP Americas Partner Organization Rick Snyder, Cisco SVP Americas Sales Allison Gleason, Splunk CEO Doug Merritt, Splunk Cisco Alliance lead Friea

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Realizing the Full Potential of Digital Transformation with Splunk and Cisco

Cisco and Splunk-Better TogetherDigital transformation is changing the world in virtually every industry, opening up new opportunities, but also introducing unprecedented risk in the areas of IT, security and business operations. Recognizing these evolving needs, Splunk CEO Doug Merritt recently introduced the concept of an Enterprise Machine Data Fabric.

The Enterprise Machine Data Fabric, which is enabled by the Splunk platform, effectively integrates with and leverages all of the data across an organization’s heterogeneous technical landscape.

Splunk is at the core of a tectonic shift in how organizations collect, correlate and gain insights across massive volumes of real-time data. This shift is driving a constant need for bigger, faster and flexible data storage. At the same time, organizations must retain historical data …

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Splunk & Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) – BFF: „Dear IT-Admin: My Internet is so slow“


I recently met with Tobias Mayer, an engineer from EMEA with Cisco. He has a particular expertise in Websecurity Technology.  The Cisco Munich Data Center has a great Splunk deployment and Tobias works closely with organizations in EMEA to solve their daily problems.

One common claim from End-Users in IT is „Our internet is slow“….and then the troubleshooting begins…  wsa

There are various components within enterprise IT that could be the reason why: „the internet is slow“.

It could be:

  • The Proxy Server is running on max load (CPU, Memory, Concurrent Connections)
  • The network connection from the client to the proxy within the internal network is slow
  • The Active Directory / Authentication Service for the proxy response is slow
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#splunkconf16 preview: Cisco Likes Big Data (& .conf2016) and They Cannot Lie

The following is a guest blog post by Robert Novak, Big Data Partner Consulting SE & Certified Cisco Big Data Hat Wearer…

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There’s never been a better time to check out the partnership between Cisco and Splunk!

You would be forgiven for thinking that line is a nod to Cisco’s marketing team and their catch phrase for this year. But sometimes even a catch phrase is valid, and there’s a lot going on in the relationship between Splunk and Cisco (and between Cisco and Splunk) that you can learn more about in person very soon.


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#splunkconf16 preview: Splunk in the WWT ATC

The following is a guest blog post by Christian Gunther, Consulting Solutions Architect, World Wide Technology.

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220World Wide Technology (WWT) is a global systems integrator headquartered in St. Louis, MO. WWT’s CEO and Co-Founder had the idea that thought leadership and technology integration could be planned, created, built, and tested in a lab environment. This idea launched WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC). The ATC is where all the magic happens. Technology integrations, testing and evaluation, proof of concepts, demonstrations, and labs.  All are possible because of the ATC and our CEO’s forward thinking.

WWT and Cisco have been partners from the very beginning, growing the relationship into #1 partner status for WWT. Cisco has benefited from the ATC and the …

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#splunkconf16 preview: Cisco + Splunk Drive Informed Decisions Across the Business

Cisco and Spunk’s 8-year relationship reached a new peak this spring when Cisco recognized Splunk as it’s Global ISV Partner of the Year. Cisco Vice President Todd Meister recently shared his view on the breadth and power of our strategic relationship in this 3 minute video:

Together, Splunk and Cisco are delivering significant value for thousands of organizations around the globe including Cisco’s own IT, CSIRT, and other internal teams.


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“Together, Cisco and Splunk are far more relevant to our customers than we are individually … I strongly believe the Splunk and Cisco alliance is one of the most exciting collaborations happening today.”
– Todd Meister, Vice President, US Partner Organization, Americas Partner Organization, Cisco


But wait …

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Splunk Took the Sh out of IT at CiscoLive!

CiscoLive! 2016 was Splunk-tastic to say the least! Over the past 5 years I’ve attended Cisco’s epic event the show has evolved considerably (not to mention more than doubled in size!). This year in particular I was struck by the deep interconnection between Cisco’s major focus areas of security, data center, networking, collaboration, wireless and IoT. Today’s incredibly complex challenges don’t fit neatly within a single category – it truly takes a village to help organizations effectively and efficiently transform their businesses. In the words of our awesome partner, our solutions are simply #BetterTogether.

It’s probably no surprise that this year more than any other Splunk truly was everywhere at Cisco Live. Splunk was showcased in almost a dozen speaking sessions

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