.conf2014 Highlight Series: Getting Deeper Insights into your Virtualization and Storage with Splunk

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As we get closer to .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas in September, we’re excited to continue our series of .conf2014 #TBT highlights. This week we revisit Stela Udovicic and Michael Donnelly’s presentation focused on Splunk insights into virtualization and storage.

Skill Level:
Good for all skill levels

Solution Area:
IT Operations, Application Management

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Presentation overview:
Virtualization and storage technologies go hand-in-hand. If performing poorly, they can have a serious impact on your applications’ performance and users’ experience. This presentation shows how Splunk can help you get unified visibility …

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Splunk at Ubisoft: Play on, player!

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One of my all-time favorite Seinfeld episodes is the one where George will do anything to maintain his top score status on Frogger. But power supply and traffic get in the way – literally. Fast forward to today, and you have the same roadblocks, with different names — downtime and latency.

ubisoft-PR-img-06The Online Technology Group at Ubisoft (which makes popular games like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry) uses Splunk Enterprise to help them monitor how Ubisoft game developers use their API to call various services, so they can identify the applications that are running slowly. The visibility that Splunk provides enables the Online Technology Group to identify and fix issues more quickly, enabling the game developers to deliver a better …

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Splunk at TiVo: Watch your favorite shows when you want to

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 9.01.01 AMThis is a familiar refrain in my home: “What’s on TV? Nothing? Ok, what about Netflix? Or Hulu? Have you seen the latest on Amazon Prime?” If you’re like me, you’d go to each service and search through each programming guide until you found a program you like. Or, you could use TiVo and search across all of the programming guides at once, saving yourself lots of time and trouble switching from one service to another.

For TiVo, this search capability – as well as other TiVo features — is critical to providing a seamless user experience for their 5M+ customers worldwide. Not just on TVs, but on tablets and smartphones too!
TiVo uses Splunk to monitor the uptime …

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Indexing Video “Playlists” in Splunk

In my last blog post entry, I talked about indexing radio stations’ playlists and described my reference implementation. This brings up a question whether the same approach can be used for indexing playlists for videos, not just songs. The answer is yes. One thing to keep in mind is that most people don’t spend time wondering what was the last video played on a certain web site or cable channel so that they can purchase it. In other words, discovering new videos on TV channels is not as popular an activity as discovering new songs on the radio. Nevertheless, it is a popular activity on the web. To try this out, I created two reference implementations that you can …

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All My Regex’s Live in Texas

Put down that O’Reilly book about RegEx, quit googling, and saddle up!  Ninja’s going Texas style today with a new video on Regular Expressions, or REGEX.   Since Splunk is the ultimate swiss army knife for IT, or rather the “belt” in “blackbelt”, I wanted to share with you how I learned about Regex and some powerful ways to use it in your Splunk server.

I did have an O’Reilly book on Regex, and I have spent a great deal of time on the web looking up how to do regex. Still, I like the easy way, and since i’m a visual guy–to no surprise–I have found some great tools that help me.  RegexBuddy by JGSoft and Reggy (free

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Splunkin at Amazon Start-Up

Today, http://splunk.tv is live at Amazon Start-Up at the Austin Music Hall. Tune in, the SplunkNinja will be talking about what we’ve been doing with Amazon’s Web Services in a number of capacities. This will be recorded, so if you can’t make it–tune in later. 3:10 PM CST.

Update: The recorded video from yesterday’s presentation at Amazon Startup is here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/704929

Note: There’s about 13 minutes of delay… sorry, so fast forward to about 13:30 and you’re good

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Return of the Ninja and his darn A.D.D.

Recently, I’ve been thinking long and hard about blogging. People get on my case because “the ninja hasn’t blogged lately”. They’re right. I do understand that when you have go so far as to actually establish some sort of audience–in my case–Splunk related content consumers, you owe it to them to keep the content up. In fact I do cherish the one thing any reader does give (which is the best possible gift)–your attention. You have my word I shall publish much more.

What I’d ultimately like to do is use something like Twitter to create microblog feeds that pipe directly in to WordPress, and are delivered to the blog as posts, or whatever. Technically Twitter competes–in a small way–with …

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Splunk Ninja – So You’re Interested in Video now?

This episode gives our faithful and inquisitive viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Splunk Ninja’s ghetto-tech operation. Some viewers have been wondering, how I put all of these videos together, what equipment to use and what software or websites to get started with.  Covered in this no-holds-barred, blockbuster epic, multi-dollar budgeted, long form tutorial are:

  • My experiences in getting to this point.
  • Things for you to consider and many options.
  • Tools I use in my “anti-studio”.
  • Production, hosting, viewing and all that nonsense.

Its the longest video I’ve ever done. I really try to put content in front of the viewers that has substance, some level of staying power, relevance and most of all value for your attention–which I do …

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Mac Productivity with Quicksilver

Check out my sweet demo on productive you can be on your mac.

Update: Julius Eckert’s “SilverFlow, BezelHUD, and Showcase” Quicksilver UI plugins can now be found on his website.

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Splunk Ninja – Inside the Cloud

In the last episode of the Splunk Ninja series, Cloud Power, I gave a quick overview of Amazon’s EC2 Cloud Computing services and what they can be used for. In this episode I go in to a functional tour of where I’m at with EC2 today. As many know, I use EC2 for quick, flexible, full-control demos–a bit different of an approach and purpose than the demo’s we have on our website.

In response to the “Cloud Power” episode, Jeff Barr at the Amazon Web Services blog liked my demo video and pointed out how I made a comment the “there’s no pretty GUI” and I should check out the Elasticfox browser plugin. To Jeff@AWS, “thanks for the note, I …

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