Updated Traffic App
A few years ago, I created a publicly available traffic app for monitoring traffic incidents in major US cities configured by user. Since then, the provider of the feed has cut down on the number of cities they monitor and no longer provide incident counts per intersection. Nevertheless, they still provide a Jam Factor. A Jam Factor is a subjective number provided for a roadway that indicates how busy (or jammed) the roadway is.
For my reference implementation, I used this Jam factor field to visually allow you to to see your city’s (assuming the provider covers it) current Jam Factor for major highways. This updated traffic app that you can download has new dashboards that you can use to …
Monitor and reclaim valuable disk space on Microsoft Exchange Server
While disk spindles get cheaper, disk space on servers hosting mainstream services like Email or Messaging Service, still remains a big budget item. As organizations continue to grow and more people join hands (employees, contractors, service providers, developers, et al), it is important for organizations to monitor and make optimal usage of the critical disk space.
In the Infrastructure and IT Operations space, Microsoft Exchange continues to retain top-spot in the Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications report. Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange provides valuable insight regarding various aspect of Microsoft Exchange deployment landscape.
Splunk App for MS Exchange provides granular insight regarding the complete lifecycle of an email right from the time an email arrives within an org …
Use Splunk to detect and defeat fraud, theft, and abuse
In case you haven’t heard, an emerging and fast-growing use case for Splunk is using Splunk for anti-fraud, theft, and abuse (which I will just call “fraud”). Many Splunk customers across a wide range of industries Splunk their machine data and log files for a wide range of anti-fraud use cases, including fraud investigations, detection, and analytics/reporting. They also put the event data from other point anti-fraud tools into Splunk and use Splunk to: (1) break down the siloed nature of these point tools to present a more unified view on fraud, and (2) correlate fraud events with other data sources. Splunk’s flexibility enables it to be an anti-fraud solution and/or enhance existing fraud tools.
A few weeks ago, Splunk …
Is Big Data IT’s gift to the CEO?
At the beginning of June, I was at the Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit in Berlin. It was an interesting event to attend in terms of the advice given to the CIOs at the event, how to deal with the “digital industrial revolution” and how to support the CEO’s top business priorities.
From the Gartner survey, a CEO’s top five priorities for 2014/15 are growth, costs, profit, IT and the customer.
Growth was number one and to support the CEO’s top priorities, Gartner suggested that the CIO will need to deliver a digital technology architecture, an enterprise information architecture, a strong cybersecurity & risk program and an industrialized IT infrastructure.
After the keynote, I attended one of the presentations …
routr : App that Shares Splunk Alerts on Social Media
What is routr ?
routr is a simple if-this-then-that workflow app to share Splunk alerts on your Twitter or Tumblr. It is easy to install, configure and run. This app is bundled together with a sample Splunk saved search that searches on failed login events to post a tweet on Twitter or an article on Tumblr whenever the alert is triggered from your Splunk instance. The search is triggered every 1 minute and looks for matching events in the relative past 1 minute.
Requirements to run this app ?
- Splunk installed
- Twitter and/or Tumblr account
How To Obtain Twitter OAuth And Access Tokens ?
Atlanta Splunk User Group this Friday!
Just a reminder to folks that the monthly user group meeting is this Friday! If you haven’t already, please RSVP to the Meetup page so that we have an accurate count for food and building security.
• 11:30 – 12:00 Networking, lunch
• 12:00 ( 5-10 min) – Welcome, introductions
• 12:10 – 1:20 Presentations:
Michael Conner, Coke CCR – Automating Splunk app deployment in AWS
Hutch, Splunk – Advanced Visualizations
Hal, Splunk – Techniques for analyzing Splunk performance
• 1:20 – 1:30 Open discussion, next meeting logistics, close…
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 …
Atlanta Splunk User Group meets soon!
We’ve decided to postpone the meetup and pick back up in July. Please track the meetup event page for the latest details!
If you are in or around Atlanta, please join us
this Thursday for the June meeting which takes place in Marietta at 11:30 AM. You can find all the details at our meetup page. If you do plan to attend, please RSVP so that we can plan for food and site logistics.
Topics being discussed this time include:
- Michael Conner, Coke CCR – Automating Splunk app deployment in AWS
- Hutch Hutchinson, Splunk – Advanced Visualizations
- Hal Rottenberg, Splunk – Techniques for analyzing Splunk performance
If you can’t make it to this one, please click the join button at the …
Splunking World Cup 2014. The winner will be…
The football/soccer World Cup starts tonight and so here in the UK, the usual press and hype is building to fever “pitch” (apologies for the awful joke). The two questions everyone is asking are “can England get out of the group stage?” and “who’s going to win the World Cup?”.
English people already know how the World Cup will end, a disallowed goal probably followed by penalties which we’ll lose. Therefore, I thought I’d try and answer the second question of who is going to win the World Cup by analysing some data in Splunk.
World Cups 1930-2006
I started off looking at the historical data from the last 80 years or so of World Cup …
Digital Intelligence at .conf2013 – A Reflection
Last week, I had the opportunity to look at the proposed sessions for .conf2014 – Splunk’s annual user conference. I was very impressed by the variety of topics and the interesting use cases that many of the customers have proposed. Well I can’t share details about the topics, however I can promise that it is going to be simply amazing!
While we are on it, let’s talk about some of the sessions that were focused on digital intelligence at .conf2013. We had great use cases from ADP, Lincoln Financial Group, and in-depth discussion about data capture and tag management from the CTO of Tealium. Lincoln Financial Group shared how they are improving user experience by combining …