It’s cold outside – A year’s worth of data from my pellet heating unit!


Over a year ago I shared a blog about my efforts to monitor the pellet unit I use for heating my home. I wanted to share a report on how it went with access to a year’s worth of data and what new tuning steps I have added as a result. Remember – I’m an IT guy – not a pellet home heating system expert – but as I spoke to the experts they got really excited about what I found and how I could fine tune everything – so I thought I would share it with you so that you too can mess up the configuration of your home heater as well ;-).

A year’s worth of data

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Kaufland DevSummit2016 – Splunk for DevOps – Faster Insights, better code

The first DevSummit event was recently hosted by Kaufland with 200 people attending for the day to hear presentations about the “World of API”, discuss the latest best practice developments and build ideas in a hackathon. One highlight was the keynote from Markus Andrezak on how technology, business and innovation play together.

Of course, a team of Splunkers (big thanks to my colleagues Mark and Henning) wouldn’t miss such an event and got involved with a booth as well as a presentation. It was amazing to have so many fruitful discussions about how to make data more easily accessible and useable for business, development and operation teams. In the morning Joern Wanke from the Kaufland Omnichannel team presented on how …

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Nick Bleech from Travis Perkins wins 2016 Ventana Research Leadership Award for his work with Splunk!

Hello Splunkers!

VentanaResearch_LeadershipAwards_Winner2016_lgIt’s always awesome to see our customers succeeding with Splunk. It’s even more pleasing when our customers are recognized for that success as Nick Bleech, CISO at UK builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has been. Nick has received the Ventana Research Technology Leadership Award for CyberSecurity as a result of the organization’s work with Splunk. Congratulations Nick!

These awards, organized by leading analyst firm Ventana Research: “identify business and IT leaders who are using technologies and applying best practices to create the best possible outcomes in productivity, performance and support of an organization’s goals and objectives.”


Nick Bleech presented the organization’s journey with Splunk at .conf2016, detailing how Travis Perkins has moved to a lean cloud based SOC model …

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Double whammy for Splunk at the Computing Security Excellence Awards 2016!

Hello all,


Yesterday we had the honour of participating in the Security Excellence Awards from

Computing is the leading information resource for UK technology decision makers, providing the latest market news and hard-hitting opinions.

Following the Enterprise Security and Risk and Management Summit held at the Hilton Tower Bridge, the award ceremony  revealed the industry’s leading companies, solutions, products and personalities.

Splunk was nominated in two categories – and was successful in both.

We won the award for Best SIEM for our Splunk Enterprise Security Solution as well as taking home the prize for Security Vendor of the Year.


What a great testament to the success customers achieve with our Enterprise Machine Data Fabric. We are always …

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Recap: Splunk @ Blackhat Europe 2016

Hello Splunk Ninjas!
blackhat-euEarly November the Splunk Team attended Blackhat Europe at the Business Design Centre in London. The European hacking and penetration testing community came together to meet, exchange, collaborate and share details on what the latest hacks and vulnerabilities are. It was also an opportunity to showcase potential risks and to discuss how to improve security for organizations and consumers.

Splunk’s schedule was full during the briefing days. In our booth we shared the latest technology about big data analytics in security, machine learning, threat intelligence gathering and how security team’s should prepare for the future with automation.


James Hanlon, Security Markets Specialist, presented in the Business Hall about how …

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Recap: Gitex 2016 – It’s an IoT World!

Some weeks ago the 36th GiTEX event was held in the United Arab Emirates, with this year’s specific theme being everything related to IoT, Smart Wearables, and Smart Cities.  We are entering an age where Smart Devices and Smart Cities are becoming part of our life and it’s interesting to see how each organization, whether it be private or public paving the way for a better and more automated tomorrow.


This year, the public sector was in the forefront of innovation when it came to anything Smart, and a prime example at the GiTEX event was Dubai Police. They stole the show with the development of a fully automated robot that is able to speak both English and Arabic …

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Cybersecurity Week in Germany – Splunk wins Best SIEM



This week saw lots of activity taking place at IT-SA, the biggest German security event held in Nürnberg.

IT-SA 2016 – The IT Security Expo and Congress

This year was a record year for the conference with over 10,000 visitors and over 490 companies exhibiting.

it-sa2016The Splunk team was there in full force to showcase how we can help organizations utilize the gold hidden in their machine data. While security use cases were top of mind – many visitors wanted to learn how they could re-use their security investment across the company. In the booth theatre Splunk technical experts demonstrated how this works. In addition, we had ForeScout presenting on how it integrates and works together with Splunk. …

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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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Cyber Defense Day at Deutsche Bahn

Hello Security Ninjas,

DB WelcomeRecently Deutsche Bahn joined forces with our Splunk Germany team and organized the first Cyber Defense Day at Deutsche Bahn. They had about 100 security people attending from within Deutsche Bahn, as well as from other companys in the Frankfurt area to encourage information sharing and networking between different organizations. Sven Grun from DB Systel (part of Deutsche Bahn) opened and moderated the event which was hosted in the Silvertower Skydeck in Frankfurt.


Samuel Ruppert from DB Systel showed in a demo how to hack a vulnerable web application – for example an Info Entertainment System on a train. His takeway for the audience was that security needs to be implemented in each step of the …

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Splunk at CyberSecurity IP Expo London – Securing the digital enterprise

This year you can find Splunkers at the Cyber Security Europe event, part of IP Expo, from 5th-6th October in London. Cyber Security and cyber resilliance is on top of mind for everyone at this conference.


The focus in IT security is no longer to just protect your perimeter or systems against malware attacks. As cyber criminals become better organized, the impact of a successful attack can seriously impact your company’s brand, your customers and your intellectual property. Together with the fact that it is now clear that it’s not possible to prevent 100% of breaches, it;s clear that organizations need to change their approach. By moving from pure prevention to add early detection and response capabilities, organizations can gain …

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