Splunk wins “Cloud Management Product of the Year” and I meet a Dragon
I was lucky enough to spend last week in San Francisco for the Splunk Annual Sales Kickoff – always nice to spend some time “Sitting by the dock of the bay” (or at least the Union Square Westin Hotel). Having watched Pacific Rim on the plane I was expecting something to come out of the fog and take out the Golden Gate Bridge…
While I was there, we had the great news that Splunk had been nominated for “Cloud management product of the year” at the UK Cloud Awards. The basis for the award was the work we’d done at UCAS and Cognia and how they manage their AWS, Azure and cloud based applications in Splunk.
The great news was …
A sneak preview of TM Forum Big Data 2014
I’m lucky enough to be going to the TM Forum Big Data event in Amsterdam next week. It should be an interesting set of speakers and reference point for what telcos are doing with big data and also a great place to share best practice and practical experience.
I’m particularly interested to see the use cases for telco big data, looking at what data is being collected (from the network, handset, customer data) but also how that data is being used (customer experience, fraud, DevOps, marketing etc.)
We hear a lot about how big data allows better analysis, more informed decisions and identification of trends but in particular I’m keen to hear the presentation on how telcos are monetizing big …
Cloudy with a chance of Splunk!
Along with a brand new shiny version of Splunk Enterprise, we took the wrapper off a brand new shiny cloud service, Splunk Cloud just last week at Splunk’s annual user conference, .conf2013.
Splunk Cloud, available on an annual subscription basis, provides access to all the features of Splunk enterprise, and can connect with your existing Splunk Enterprise deployments to provide views and dashboards that span all your applications and infrastructure.
This exciting news almost overshadowed the second sub-announcement we made around our developer-focused cloud service Splunk Storm – we have made Splunk Storm completely free, for up to 20GB of total storage and 30 days of data retention!
Both announcements outline just how important cloud is to Splunk – not …
Splunk Meets Cloud and Virtualization
Less than a week left for .conf and so many exciting sessions to write about. I hope you had the chance to read my other posts about how one of our customers will be discussing their usage of Splunk to think beyond application monitoring and also about the varoius tracks and sessions on Cloud, Virtualization. We have breakout sessions on our new and recently launched VMware App that discuss installation, configuration, usage, best practices and case studies. There is one more session I believe you just shouldn’t miss out on while you’re attending .conf.
Rick Yetter (@superdadaz), from Apollo Group, a leading provider in higher education programs, is presenting on automation of Splunk alerting within the Cloud. He discusses …
Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas: It’s SplunkLive Dallas
SplunkLive Dallas was the perfect mix of up-and-coming Splunk users and veterans showing off some deep technical know-how.
A few highlights from the day:
Rachel Neal, Client Manager for Connectivity Services from DerbySoft kicked off the customer stories for the day. DerbySoft provides electronic distribution, reservation, financial, and marketing services for hotels and travel distributors. She supports 4 globally distributed data centers, with developers and customers all over the globe–needless to say it’s a challenging environment to manage. She was candid, funny and told a great story. (I happened to be at JCPenney to check out their holiday readiness war room the following day and they told me she was their favorite!) A few stories from Rachel:
- Developers used to pick and choose from the error
The Winds Are Gathering For A Storm!
An emerging generation of developers and cloud consumers don’t want delayed gratification. They expect everything they need available as a service. They want easy turn-on/turn-off. They want to pay based on usage. To meet the needs of this new class of customers, we re-worked our familiar classic Splunk into a brand-spanking-new cloud service called Splunk Storm!
Evaluating Cloud ERP
Will be speaking Thursday, July 21, at a Netsuite panel as part of the webinar titled “Keys to Evaluating Cloud ERP.” At Splunk we graduated from our initial accounting package to Netsuite a couple of years ago, and are now expanding our implementation to establish legal entities globally, after completing a second study this year to determine that we are on the right platform for the company. ERP to us encompasses Financial business applications including core accounting modules, plus order entry. For these applications our primary concern was to select and implement comprehensive, secure, flexible, solid software that would last us 3-5 years and beyond as we grow rapidly, worldwide. Netsuite fit that profile and was the clear …
Car Town, A Leading Facebook Game, Uses Splunk to Drive Business Intelligence
I was in town for SplunkLive Orange County this week, so I stopped by the offices of Cie Games to chat with Monetization Analyst Matt Winkler.
Developers of Car Town, currently ranked #12 among social games by monthly active users or MAUs, they’ve got hip offices featuring airplane fuselage, with Splunk dashboards projected on monitors above invoking images of a modern-day bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
Indeed Splunk does act as the bridge or command center for many of their operations.
“It’s important to us to know everything about the game,” said Winkler. “What our users are doing, what they’re buying, how they’re interacting with the game…Every decision we make is supported by data we see in Splunk.”
Splunk gives …
Splunk and EC2
NOTE: There is a new and updated post on this topic located here.
Over the past year, Splunk has increased it’s footprint for installations on Amazon EC2. Along with this, come questions about best practices and recommendations for deploying in a cloud environment. In this post, I’ll provide some guidance around deploying Splunk on EC2. It is important to note that the search and indexing load will dictate the hardware requirement. The following link contains the appropriate guidelines for sizing: HERE
Let us first review our ‘reference’ server configuration for a deployment that indexes 10-100 GB per day:
- 8 cores (2 quad core, > 2.5 GHz)
- 8+ GB RAM
- RAID 1+0 Disk Configuration, disk speed >
Greetings> Am so happy and proud to be the new CIO at Splunk. I knew this was the right company during the interview cycle between the point when we went thorough an awesome product demo, and a point near the close, when I was informed of the need to move kegs and surf boards from my new desk area. Not only was this going to be a fun place, but it was also apparent that Splunk had adopted a cloud and open source based approach to sourcing IT solutions, which is very much in line with my philosophy.
In this space I plan to discuss the world according to me, as our CIO, and focus remarks towards the new realities …