Updating the iplocation db

When Splunk added the new version of the iplocation command in v6.0, it added the ability to add location info without the need for internet concenttivity. We did this by shipping a custom version of the MaxMind DB in the 6.0.x release. However, because we used a Splunk specific version of the DB, you still had to wait for a new version of Splunk to get a new copy of the DB.

In 6.1 we added support for using the native MaxMind DB (.mmdb), allowing you to update the DB yourself at anytime! It looks like some of you have already figured this out (Go George go!), but I figured I would add some additional info about this …

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Splunking Social Media: Tracking Tweets

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So you use Twitter and have heard Splunk can do “Big Data”. By tapping into Twitter’s API you can use Splunk to investigate the stream of tweets being generated across the globe.

The great thing about using Splunk to do this is that you have complete control of the data meaning it’s incredibly flexible as to what you can build. A few basic ideas I’ve had include tracking hashtags, following specific influencers, or tracking tweets by location in real-time.

What’s more, it takes a matter of minutes before you can start analysing the wealth of data being generated. This post will show you how.…

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Test-drive our new Splunk App for NetApp Bundle!

Do you like solving user and applications problems and helping your customers, but lack adequate resources? We have made it super easy for you to accelerate your journey deep into storage space! Take our new Splunk App for NetApp Bundle for a spin and we will get you there. Download it for free here.

So what is it and where will it take you?

You are getting our free version of Splunk Enterprise packaged together with our free Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP. With this powerful combo you get an at-a-glance view of your entire NetApp Data ONTAP storage space. Quickly explore logs, storage performance and the system configuration of your NetApp environment. You also get both Cluster-Mode and …

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Splunk Alerts: Using Gmail, Twitter, iOS, and Much More

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With no programming required!

One of the great features about Splunk is its built in alerting functionality. You can configure Splunk alerts to do just about anything, from sending an SMS to integrating them with another app, like ServiceNow for example.

Most Splunk users will probably want to configure alerts via email at some point. If you don’t have your own mail server you can use web based mail services like Gmail to do this. In this post we’ll explore how you can set this up and some neat ways in which you can extend upon native Splunk alerts.…

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Can Big Data Predict and Prevent Your Next Outage or Breach? Discover the answer at Splunk Booth, CIsco Live San Francisco!

Can you guess what Internet of Things, big data, SDN, virtualization, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and FlexPod have in common? No, it’s not that they’re all the latest industry buzzwords. Find the solution at our Splunk booth (#2011) at Cisco Live World of Solutions in San Francisco from May 19th through the 22nd. That’s four days, packed with brand new sessions and demos. Check out our theater sessions schedule here.

Yes, we are also known for our cool Splunk t-shirts. Come by and grab one, but also have fun learning all the new ways of getting Operational Intelligence from your machine data. Not to mention a chance to travel home peacefully with a new pair of Bose headphones. Or …

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Introducing the Hunk App for AWS Elastic Load Balancing

Today we’re excited to announce the addition of a new member in the class of apps that integrate with the Amazon Web Services ecosystem: Hunk App for AWS Elastic Load Balancing. Other apps in the class include the Splunk App for AWS that collects, reports and visualizes data from AWS CloudTrail and the AWS Billing App that helps you gain greater visibility and assurance in managing your AWS-hosted infrastructure.

What is AWS Elastic Load Balancing? In Amazon’s own words,

ELB is an AWS product that automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. It detects unhealthy instances and reroutes traffic to healthy instances until the unhealthy instances have been restored. Elastic Load Balancing automatically scales its request

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Announcing Splunk and Tableau strategic technology alliance

We’re very excited to announce the alliance between Splunk and Tableau Software that extends machine data insights to Tableau users. As part of a joint technology investment, the latest version of Tableau software (8.1.4) includes Splunk Enterprise as a native data source using Splunk’s recently launched ODBC driver. The integration provides Tableau users direct access to saved searches within Splunk Enterprise 6 from Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server, using Splunk’s new ODBC driver, for further data exploration and visualization.

The joint investment supports the following needs:
• Makes it easier for Tableau users to gain machine data insights – Business users who are more familiar with Tableau can now explore machine data from Splunk Enterprise, enabling new business insights from …

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Using Splunk Enterprise to Gain Visibility into Your NetApp Storage

How? Just download a new version of our Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP for free. We have updated our App with many new and exciting features. Now, you can centrally observe the health of your entire NetApp Data ONTAP environment in both Cluster-Mode and 7-Mode. We’ve made it easy for you to monitor the most important performance metrics such as latency or IOPS as well as log data from your NetApp storage systems.

Important Volume Performance Metrics

Combine our App’s storage log monitoring with Splunk software’s alerting capability to get notified of an issue the moment it arises.  Now, if you have a failed disk, you can immediately identify and remedy this critical impairment.

The fun does not stop there! We have added …

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SplunkLive Experience

sl_orlandoAs a CIO in a high tech company, its always great to get the chance to either speak on behalf of the company or hear from customers who are excited about your products. Last week I had both experiences at SplunkLive Orlando. Best was to hear three customers Satcom Direct, Century Link, and PSCU.  Between these, we had a database architect, security architect and VP Technology & Development all share how much of a difference Splunk had made in solving problems they could not have addressed in the past.

Favorite quotes: David from PSCU noted that for security use cases they were able to laser focus on what interested them and eliminate background noise.  Khalid from Century Link noted …

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My experience of building Splunk application

I joined Splunk a couple weeks ago and my first challenge was to learn everything I could about how to build Splunk applications. The best way of doing that is just to write your own application – and this is exactly what I did.

Application which I wrote contains two parts. The first part of application is a very simple scripted input for Firebase, the second part of application is built with the Splunk Web Framework that shows you objects and their routes on Google Maps using both real-time or playback historic information.

I hope that my experience can give you some thoughts about how you can extend Splunk for your needs.…

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