Masters of Machines 2015 Part 2: IT Complexity on the Rise

WiresIn part 1, I spoke about the key findings from the recently published research by Quocirca. In part 2, I’ll focus on how the research shows that Operational Intelligence helps manage IT infrastructure complexity. The adoption of cloud services (IaaS, Paas and SaaS) has a lot of well documented benefits but does add to IT infrastructure complexity making it more difficult to get insight into a technology landscape that is increasingly hybrid.


There were three big concerns with IT infrastructure:

  • Downtime and disruption to mission critical (often hybrid) services
  • Keeping up with innovation (e.g. cloud, big data, the internet-of-things (IoT), DevOps (software development and operations) and mobility
  • Data chaos from all the information generated by a modern
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The Power of Logs in DevOps — Learn how to Splunk your Apps in AWS Cloud

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If you’re in the Bay Area next week, we’d love to have you join us for a special event at San Francisco’s AWS Pop-up Loft.

It will be a great opportunity to network with fellow developers, “Ask the Experts” from AWS and Splunk, participate in labs and hear from product manager for Splunk’s developer experience and hardcore coder, Glenn Block. Panagiotis “PJ” Papadomitsos, head of Mobile Intelligence Infrastructure at Splunk, will also present how Splunk’s MINT product engineering team leverages AWS to power one of the most advanced Mobile Operational Intelligence platforms in the world, processing more than 3 billion events per day.

If you stay into the evening, you can participate in an exclusive fireside chat with Amazon …

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A Bank, the Cloud, and Real-time Data Insight

OrrstownWhat really inspires me about this business is being entrenched in the ingenuity and innovation – witnessing the amazing human propensity to create a better, safer world with technology. Take cyber security for example. For years, security software companies have been focused on developing preventative measures to defend businesses and consumers from online threats. It didn’t take long, however, for the bad guys to find ways around these defenses and into the network – making organizations question whether it was simply a matter of when (no longer if) they would be breached. But, as always, there was a solution: the concept of integrating more sophisticated upfront detection.

Today, organizations recognize that the best cybersecurity boils down to a combination of …

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Top Five Insights about Splunk Cloud


One of the things I really like about attending industry events and conferences around the world is the opportunity to speak with certain members of the press face to face in small group settings.  We get to share some really good information and I get valuable insight into their world.  Recently, I met with a few reporters just prior to the international launch of Splunk Cloud and to share a bit more about what we are doing to help accelerate the adoption of cloud-based solutions and how Splunk is tapping into the growing market need. Here’s an inside look at what many reporters and analysts were interested in learning:


  1. Splunk Cloud recently launched internationally through its partnership with Amazon
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Splunk Cloud Journey Continues with International Launch at AWS Summit

One of the things I always try to remember in our über fast-moving world is that the journey is often so much more valuable than the destination.  Whether it’s a road trip, raising kids, or launching a new product, I try to remind myself to soak in all the goodness along the way.  At Splunk, we have a destination:  To make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone—no matter where it comes from.  But, there’s a lot that takes place between here and there – and I’m thrilled to be on the ride.

Customer adoption is a key part of us getting to our destination, which is why I’m so excited that we reached another milestone on the cloud …

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Splunk MINT: Security & Privacy

Last year, Splunk introduced Splunk MINT, which provides real-time operational intelligence for your mobile apps. In March, we announced a major update, where Splunk MINT delivers operational intelligence directly to your instance of Splunk Enterprise. From time to time, we get asked about the security implications of delivering operational intelligence from mobile apps to your enterprise, and we wanted to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

How do mobile apps get uniquely identified?

Customers need to sign up at Splunk MINT Management Console at   The customers get SDKs and API keys. The organization’s mobile developers will need to incorporate the SDKs into their mobile apps and initialize them with the API keys.  The APIs …

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International Cloud Cover. Splunk Cloud now available in EMEA & APAC.

AWSCloudToday I’m at the AWS Summit London and I’m delighted to announce the international availability of Splunk Cloud. We’ve just had Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS, announce that Splunk is “all in” with AWS and that Splunk Cloud is now available in all of Amazon’s international availability zones.


Splunk Cloud is GA internationally and this follows on from Splunk’s CEO, Godfrey Sullivan, being one of the keynote speakers at the AWS re:Invent event late last year:

Splunk and AWS have been working closely together for quite a while now. It started with organisations (such as Adobe, Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Intuit and FINRA) moving their workloads to the cloud, followed by enterprise customers using our hourly pricing of Hunk on EMR

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The Journey to the Cloud is a Two-Way Street

On my flight to the Splunk Partner Summit in DC, I helped a fellow traveler struggling to push their carry-on bag into the overhead compartment and was reminded of a story a customer told at our company-wide Sales Kickoff. The story was about how the customer was certain he had found the right partner (now his wife) when they were on a date and she was willing to get out of his stalled car, in the middle of a rainstorm, to help him push. At Splunk, we were honored that this was really a parable about our mutual business relationship.

2-waystreetOn stage at the Partner Summit, I kept this story in mind as I presented to a room filled with …

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90 Seconds to Cloud Confidence

splunk_LogoIf you’re responsible for your organization’s cloud strategy, or if you are responsible for managing applications and resources across a hybrid of on-premise and cloud environments, give me 90 seconds to show how you can gain the visibility and assurance you need to leverage the cloud with confidence.

We are in the beginning phase of a seminal shift towards the cloud. The benefits are undeniable – increased business agility, lower costs, and faster time to value. More and more, we’re seeing customers starting to move production workloads into the cloud – no longer just using it for development and testing. As such, these workloads need security, assurance and compliance. And, because the move towards cloud doesn’t happen overnight, these workloads …

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Splunk, AWS and Autodesk

aws-webcast-splunk-and-autodesk-1-638This past November, I had the privilege to attend AWS re:Invent, the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community – attracting existing cloud customers, vendors and curious prospects. Also a privilege for me was seeing and hearing Splunk CEO, Godfrey Sullivan, present his keynote at the event. Godfrey is a natural storyteller and business evangelist, and I’m always so inspired and energized after I hear him speak.

His presentation at AWS re:Invent was no exception. On the main stage, Godfrey was both on-point and passionate about the partnership between Splunk and AWS. He made it clear that through the AWS ecosystem, customers receive the services and support necessary to improve business agility, increase application performance and security, …

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