Improve your DevOps-driven App Delivery with Ansible Data in Splunk

AnsibleI am happy to announce the latest addition to our DevOps ecosystem – the Ansible Tower App for Splunk, developed by our technology partner Ansible by Red Hat. Ansible Tower by Red Hat, a framework for complete automation, app deployment, orchestration, configuration management, and provisioning, is becoming very popular. In fact, a recent survey rated Ansible among the top container orchestration systems right along Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker Swarm.

With today’s rapid adoption of containers and microservices, as application updates are released continuously, and your deployments are constantly changing, you need current and up-to-date insight into the state of your jobs and apps at all times. This visibility is essential for large scale enterprises where manual analysis of changes …

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Smart AnSwerS #78

Hey there community and welcome to the 78th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Things have been ramping up around Splunk HQ with conf2016 just around the corner! The Splunk education team is starting off strong with Splunk University beginning tomorrow and running through Monday, while the rest of the conference staff are working hard to make the final touches to ensure a smooth and awesome experience for all attendees. I’m looking forward to running into familiar faces and coming across new ones! I’ll be hanging out at the Splunk Answers booth at least half of the time during the conference, so if you happen to be exploring the source=*Pavillion, feel free to stop by to say hello. :) Safe travels …

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Detect IoT anomalies and geospatial patterns for logistics insights

In part 1 of this blog series we spoke about how to turn sensor data into logistics insights. In this part we outline one approach for anomaly detection and enrich our sensor data with location information to discover geospatial patterns.

Anomalies? Find them with a few lines of SPL.

Anomaly detection can be tricky and implementations vary from simple thresholding and baselining to highly sophisticated approaches based on machine learning. In this example we leveraged the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit to detect numeric outliers using a sliding window approach to check against multiples of the standard deviation in this time series to spot anomalies.

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And that’s how the SPL looks like:

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Smart AnSwerS #77

Hey there community and welcome to the 77th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Applications for the 2016 – 2017 SplunkTrust cohort were submitted a month ago, and the current membership reviewed and ranked all of them individually within the past several weeks. The rankings have been gathered to finalize who will be a SplunkTrustee and inducted at .conf2016. The Splunk community has greatly benefited from the contributions of all the applicants through various means, and we can’t thank them enough for sharing their Splunk clue with other users to learn and grow. Best of luck to everyone!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Ever wonder which dashboards are being used and what users are using them?

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#splunkconf16 preview: Cisco Likes Big Data (& .conf2016) and They Cannot Lie

The following is a guest blog post by Robert Novak, Big Data Partner Consulting SE & Certified Cisco Big Data Hat Wearer…

Cisco and Splunk-Better Together

There’s never been a better time to check out the partnership between Cisco and Splunk!

You would be forgiven for thinking that line is a nod to Cisco’s marketing team and their catch phrase for this year. But sometimes even a catch phrase is valid, and there’s a lot going on in the relationship between Splunk and Cisco (and between Cisco and Splunk) that you can learn more about in person very soon.

EVERYBODY NEAT

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Turn IoT sensor data into Operational Intelligence for logistics

The Internet of Things (IoT) wave may impact businesses and industry verticals differently but with the same potential: IoT opens new doors to interesting use cases that have immediate business impact and value. Splunk has delivered Operational Intelligence and Analytics in IT and Security for years, so why not apply Operational Intelligence and Analytics to IoT?

IoT_logistics_overviewReferring to the general definition of IoT we consider an object that is connected to the internet, in our case data coming from a sensor which measures acceleration. One use case I want to walk through here is not new to logistics, but a great example to show the value in IoT. As the diagram above depicts the globalized delivery of goods takes place …

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#splunkconf16 preview: IT Operations Track – Choose your own adventure!

Does anyone else remember the ‘choose your own adventure books’ from the 90s? I do, and this year’s #splunkconf16 has me almost as excited as getting a brand spankin’ new pile of books. Just kidding, 2016 user conference is going to be much, much better!

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(No, this is not an ITSI Glass Table)

 

Splunk .conf2016 is coming up fast, and everyone on the Splunk team is excited to head down to the happiest place on earth for this year’s user conference. Check out some key details below about the great sessions that will be featured in the Splunk IT Operations track this year at .conf 2016. This year, we’ve made it easy for you by parsing the sessions into …

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Smart AnSwerS #76

Hey there community and welcome to the 76th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

SplunkTrust member rich7177 graced us with his presence at HQ earlier this week, and was awarded an awesome trophy from the Splunk documentation team for always providing constructive feedback. Not only has he been helpful with improving the docs, but he’s an all-star on Answers too! Five of his many contributions have been featured in this Smart AnSwers blog series to date, with more to come I’m sure :) Congratulations Rich!

It’s a shame he couldn’t stick around until next week to join us for our monthly San Francisco Bay Area user group meeting next Wednesday, September 7th @ 6:30PM. If you happen to be in the area, …

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#splunkconf16 preview: DevOps sessions you don’t want to miss

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220DevOps is hot and at our 7th Annual Splunk Users’ Conference .conf2016! in Orlando it will be sizzling! We have an entire sub-track dedicated just to DevOps. Our customers, technology partners, and Splunkers will be presenting a plethora of DevOps use cases suitable for newbies as well as DevOps ninjas. Below are some of the highlighted sessions.

Tuesday, September 27:

Building the Pipeline Presented by CSAA: Featuring DevOps and Splunk (12:40pm -1:25pm)
In this session, Doug Erkkila from CSAA Insurance Group and Domnick Eger, Splunk SE with prior developer experience will describe how CSAA uses Splunk software to manage their automated build pipeline. Spoiler alert! Star Wars fans will really love this session.

Splunk of War: Creating a Better

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Introducing the “Welcome Page Creator”

“Hey Ninja! My manager just got me access to this ‘Splunk’ thing and I was able to log in and all but all I see is this screen with a search bar. What the heck is this and where are all the answers? What do I do here?”

After way too many situations teaching newbies about Splunk, I finally took a step back and asked myself: What if when they logged in to Splunk, they were presented with all the materials needed to get Splunking? Not only would they get answers more rapidly, but I’d get a heck of a lot more work done with less distractions.

Attempting to solve this, I created dashboards that “Welcomed” users to the Splunk environment by providing …

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