Splunk App for AWS: Making the invisible, visible

Avengers_age_of_ultron_thor-artI imagine most of you have seen the 2013 Marvel movie, Thor. If not, I highly recommend it, where the Asgardian god of thunder saves the Earth using an enchanted, magical hammer. The movie has a very obvious storyline – triumph of good over evil – but what caught my attention was a reference to a quote by the British science-fiction writer, Sir Arthur Charles Clarke – “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

This quote really got me thinking. I am a product marketing manager for Splunk Cloud, which is hosted on AWS. As part of my job, I work very closely with various AWS technologies and customer requirements around cloud adoption. For instance, in the AWS …

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Smart AnSwerS #39

Hey there community and welcome to the 39th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Playing catch up with work after .conf2015 last week in Las Vegas has been hard, but well worth it. It was great getting to meet many Splunk users for the first time in person, and I have to say, you’re pretty awesome ;D The folks I had the chance to speak to were excited to see old faces, network with other users passionate about our various products, and learn everything and anything possible. Even just overhearing conversations over meals at the same table or in passing, I could feel good vibes all around as the community of users got value not only from the content of …

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Splunk .conf 2015 Stream Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss!


Planning my agenda for the .conf2015 next week is really exciting this year. I am sure you feel the same – like a
kid in a candy store! If you are interested in learning about all the benefits Splunk App for Stream can bring you such as better applications visibility or improved security, then mark your calendars for the three sessions you don’t want to miss.

  1. The Splunk team will present “Splunk App for Stream Deployments in the Real World: Enhance Operational Intelligence Across Application Delivery, IT Ops, Security and More” on Wednesday, September 23, 2:15 PM. Here is a sneak peek into our session. First, we will go over how Stream can help you quickly achieve real-time applications intelligence and cloud visibility
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Smart AnSwerS #38

Hey there community and welcome to the 38th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It’s almost time for .conf2015, Splunk’s worldwide user conference in Las Vegas in t-minus 4 days! Unless, of course, you’re going to Splunk University to level up your Splunk skills, then the action starts for you in less than 48 hours :) This will be my very first year attending, so it’ll be great to finally put faces to usernames I see on Splunk Answers all the time. If you happen to be around the Answers booth, gamer lounge, or other community spaces where I’ll be hanging out with support folks, don’t be a stranger!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How can I assign

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Got mobile apps? Check out these .conf sessions!

LGO-conf2015-RGBGot mobile apps? Chances are, if your organization is not responsible for developing or supporting mobile apps for the enterprise, you will soon! Last year at .conf, we introduced Splunk MINT, and this year, there are three sessions that will help you get started with Splunk MINT.

Tuesday, 9/22 – 5:15pm
If you’re wondering what Splunk MINT is and how it works, check out Kostas Polychronis’ session titled “Supercharge Your Mobile App Delivery with Splunk MINT”.

Wednesday, 9/23 – 10:00am
If you’re ready to dive into Splunk MINT, check out Panos Papadopoulos’ session titled “Getting Started with Splunk MINT”. Panos will give you an overview of what you can do, walk you through the steps to get …

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A Cloud Service for Every Purse and Purpose

Have you ever noticed that the diversity of the cars on the road is an extension of the diversity of our society, with a brand and style that represents just about any driver? There are always outliers, of course, but cars often match the outward persona of their drivers – whether it’s the top-of-the-line Corvette, the mini-van that appears to be bursting at the seams, or the vintage VW Bug. It’s economics in action – revealing just how instinctively the auto industry understands human preferences and market demands. We can attribute much of this to Alfred Sloan, one of GM’s most notable CEOs, because he introduced the concept of product segmentation in 1923 which has impacted consumer purchasing ever …

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Smart AnSwerS #37

Hey there community and welcome to the 37th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

martin_mueller asked me if I ever Splunk the Smart AnSwerS blog posts for a score board, and I knew exactly where this was headed. Both him and acharlieh made a fun afternoon of it, using wget to download the blog posts, and grep to search how many times certain users were featured for their awesome answers. acharlieh got the raw data to use for searching in Splunk to generate a list of how many times each user appeared among all blog posts, and another list showing mentions of users by post. This mini project of theirs is just one of the many reasons why I am …

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Smart AnSwerS #36

Hey there community and welcome to the 36th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

While searching and writing up content for this post, all I could hear behind me was “Jess, duck. Hey Jess, can you duck really quick? Jess? Cool.” Docteam rockstar Jess finally obliges. *nerf guns go pew pew pew galore* Just another late afternoon in the middle of the week. The nerf wars have gotten more intense lately. I’ve had to put up a temporary barricade behind me to avoid accidental head and neck shots from the crossfire. There was even plastic debris around piebob’s desk earlier this week from a lamp shade 2 desks away. The horror! However, I’ve emerged from this war a survivor …

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CanDeal Can Do with Splunk

I love listening to our customers talk about their passion for Splunk software. The stories they share about never-ending ways they can utilize our software are truly inspiring and there is typically a common thread: it usually starts with one use case in one department. As one customer put it: “Splunk spreads throughout the organization like wildfire.” The recent CanDeal success story we recently published is yet another confirmation of the phenomenal success our customers are having with Splunk software throughout the entire enterprise.


It all started with security…

At CanDeal, a Canadian financial services company, they take their security seriously—especially with tighter and rising financial regulatory requirements. CanDeal wanted to proactively tackle and alleviate advanced persistent threats, and thus …

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Smart AnSwerS #35

Hey there community and welcome to the 35th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

For all the hard work put into making all things Splunk as awesome as possible, a group of Splunkers were taken on a day trip to Sausalito, CA for some kayaking and paddleboarding action in the bay. The morning was chilly, cloudy, and windy, so most folks avoided falling into the water like the plague, but of course the overcast gloom cleared up to show off some sun and blue skies AFTER we were done. It’s just good ole San Francisco Bay Area weather teasing us in its true, unpredictable form. Nonetheless, folks had a great, and well deserved, time :) Great job and big thanks to …

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