Remove Cultural Obstacles in DevOps Adoption

It’s widely recognized that adopting DevOps principles can lead to many business benefits, including more agile and higher quality releases, and better alignment with customer needs. Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges in DevOps adoption is the cultural divide between teams.

Also, container technology is gaining the attention of many in the dev community, due to the acceleration of continuous deployment and automation, and this doesn’t make the life of operations teams that much easier. I recently attended Container World Santa Clara, and the consensus is that in the next 5-10 years, containers will still be running in parallel or on top of virtualized infrastructures. So, the current or old systems are not retiring at the same pace as …

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Smart AnSwerS #61

Hey there community and welcome to the 61st installment of Smart AnSwerS.

I just had the pleasure of joining over 60 Splunk users for the April SplunkTrust Virtual .conf session on Best Practices for Splunk SSL by dwaddle and starcher. You can find the recording and slides for this and previous presentations on the Virtual .conf wiki page in case you missed out. For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area that want to continue getting your Splunk clue on, come out to the SFBA Splunk User Group meeting at Splunk HQ next Wednesday, May 4th @ 6:30PM PDT. Becky Burwell from Yahoo!/Flickr will give a talk on batch search parallelization, and Sasha Velednitsky

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DevOps, Analytics and Mental Health: Notes from DevOpsDays Vancouver

IMG_45431Going back to Canada is always a pleasant experience for me. And when you visit Vancouver in April, it is easy to be mesmerized by this city’s majestic beauty. It includes the snow-covered mountain peaks, cherry trees in full bloom and crisp, clean air. And it is in sponsoring DevOpsDays Vancouver that brought us to this beautiful place.

Mining Machine Data for App Delivery

In my Ignite talk, I shared how using analytics for real-time insights into app delivery could help organizations have a measurable business impact. Mining machine data can help DevOps practitioners improve the velocity and quality of their applications across the entire build pipeline.

Gender in Organizations

In her captivating …

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Smart AnSwerS #60

Hey there community and welcome to the 60th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Hot off the press! The next SplunkTrust Virtual .conf Session has been scheduled for next Thursday, April 28th, 2016 @ 9:00AM PST. Duane Waddle and George Starcher will be giving their popular talk “Avoid the SSLippery Slope of Default SSL”, which has been used and referenced far and wide among the Splunk community in the past couple years. See what the hype is all about by visiting the Meetup page to RSVP and find the WebEx link to join us next week!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to put an expiration date on a set of saved searches or alerts

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Smart AnSwerS #59

Hey there community and welcome to the 59th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

There’s a tradition at Splunk where “something” happens to or around your desk if you take PTO for at least 2-3 weeks. When piebob left for the UK late last year, she returned to Splunk HQ with a completely homemade replica of the cruise ship she took on her trip abroad which spanned the entire length of her desk. This week, support engineer DerekB just came back from paternity leave to find a hybrid Audi baby stroller made entirely out of cardboard with fully functional wheels. To top it off, it’s parked right behind me and Derek’s (pouty) face was printed out and tacked on to a …

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Increase Visibility of Your DevOps Environments With New Puppet App For Splunk

Puppet-Logo-Amber-smOur DevOps partner ecosystem is growing rapidly with new integrations from leading DevOps solutions. I am happy to announce that Puppet just released the Puppet Enterprise App for Splunk, now available on Splunkbase.

The new app collects and analyzes performance data from Puppet Enterprise. Customers get instant visibility into critical services, such as PuppetDB, the Puppet Serve, and console services. The app also helps to reduce troubleshooting times and proactively fix health issues in the Puppet environment, and includes the following insights:

  • Console services response times to benchmark and actively plan console resources
  • The number of request errors by Puppet clients to help recognize potential code or infrastructure issues
  • Role-based access control dashboards to monitor user activity, including authentication
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Smart AnSwerS #57

Hey there community and welcome to the 57th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Feels good to be back in action after a 3 week break, minus coming down with the flu, but that hasn’t completely stopped me from shifting my brain back into Splunk mode. Even though I’ve had to spend recovery time working from home, I was still able to join in on the SplunkTrust Virtual .conf March Session on “Grouping with stats: practical concerns and best practices” presented by Nick Mealy, aka sideview. You can visit the Meetup page to find the link to the recording in case you missed out and stay tuned for the next session.

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:


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Participate in the 2016 State of DevOps Survey

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 1.06.00 PMAs confirmed by leading research, the adoption of DevOps is helping IT organizations deploy applications faster, have fewer outages and recover from them quicker. We are excited to be a part of the latest DevOps research and sponsor this year’s State of DevOps survey. Our technology partner Puppet Labs, Inc., in cooperation with the DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) group, founded by IT and development experts Gene Kim, Jez Humble and Nicole Forsgren is conducting the 2016 State of DevOps survey.

This year’s survey explores the following areas:

  • The impact of quality and stability measures on the bottom line
  • The role of security and compliance in DevOps environments
  • The influence of DevOps practices on quality
  • The extent of containers’
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Smart AnSwerS #56

Hey there community and welcome to the 56th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

We just hosted the March SF Bay Area User Group meeting last night at Splunk HQ and had a great conversation about various real and hypothetical security scenarios in spirit of RSA. It was awesome to hear a mix of experiences and lessons from Splunkers, partners, and customers. If you want to learn about all the juicy details from the meeting, visit the #sfba channel in our Splunk User Group Slack Chat where smoir (thank you!) “liveslacked” all the key topics discussed. It will only be available to view for a limited time, so act fast! Otherwise, feel free to hang out in that channel during …

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Smart AnSwerS #55

Hey there community and welcome to the 55th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Next Wednesday, March 2nd @ 6:30PM, Splunk HQ will be hosting our monthly SF Bay Area User Group meeting. Since it’s during RSA, topics covered will be related to *drum roll*…SECURITY! If you happen to be local or visiting from out of town for the conference, come join fellow users over pizza and beer and listen to a talk from Monzy Merza, Chief Security Evangelist at Splunk. Be sure to visit the user group event page to RSVP and stay updated on the tentative agenda. Hopefully see you next Wednesday!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to combine my two searches to

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