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CASE STUDY: LUMO Energy uses Splunk for SCADA Environment

LUMO Energy

With the assistance of Splunk’s reporting system, we have been able to gather greater details on the efficiency and health of each power station.

Manager, Operations
LUMO Energy

LUMO Energy uses a customized supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system in order to monitor and control its machinery and equipment. LUMO Energy wanted to extend the capacity of its SCADA system in order to enhance the company’s ability to react to price fluctuations in real time and to maximize revenue. In addition, with the goal of increasing cost savings and operational efficiency, LUMO Energy was looking for a solution that would give real-time visibility into the infrastructure of its many power stations.

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Splunk Announces New Version of Splunk App for Microsoft® Exchange

Helps to Ensure Uptime for Critical Enterprise Email Services; New Dashboards Correlate Data from Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and Windows Operating Systems

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced version 3.0 of the Splunk® App for Microsoft Exchange. The latest version, combined with Splunk Enterprise, provides real-time visibility into the health of the Microsoft Exchange environment, including message delivery components and the supporting IT infrastructure. New out-of-the-box dashboards and reports in the app correlate Exchange, Active Directory® and Windows® operating systems data to enable proactive monitoring of the email service and provide deep visibility into usage and behavior to better inform capacity planning and maximize uptime. Splunk will demo the new app at booth #805 at the Microsoft Exchange Conference in Austin, TX, from March 31 – April 2, 2014. Version 3.0 of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange will be generally available on April 15, 2014.

“The messaging infrastructure is critical to organizations of all sizes. A disruption in email can damage the reputation of an IT department or the entire organization through lost orders, broken customer communications and chaotic internal communications,” said Leena Joshi, senior director of infrastructure operations marketing, Splunk. “The new version of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange includes pre-built correlations between Microsoft Exchange data and data from supporting infrastructure, specifically Windows OS and Microsoft Active Directory. This delivers the most accurate picture of email service health, performance, security and user experience across the messaging infrastructure.”

“The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is bar none the best app we’ve seen on the market for maintaining optimal Exchange network health. Easy to deploy, it provides extraordinary value to dozens of our customers across industries,” said Sean Wilkerson, senior security consultant and co-founder, Aplura, LLC, an IT Security consulting firm. “Our Exchange administrators and cybersecurity customers appreciate the instant visibility the app provides into their entire enterprise messaging infrastructure, and the ability to correlate information about service health with infrastructure performance. These insights enable customers to proactively resolve issues, avoid service degradation and downtime, and save big on storage costs.”

“It’s easy to dismiss email as a ‘keeping the lights on’ concern managed in the backwaters of IT but the fact is it’s a mission-critical service for almost every business,” said Michael Coté, research director, infrastructure software, 451 Research. “Companies need tools to monitor and diagnose problems in their email systems, often down to the smallest minutia. Splunk typically excels at deep dive analysis and broad-ranging reporting so their move to provide visibility into the Microsoft Infrastructure, and more specifically, Microsoft Exchange will likely be helpful for teams beset with keeping email services up and planning future infrastructure investments.”

Features of version 3.0 of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange include:

Packaged Correlation and Operations Dashboards – Easily identify relationships among performance, health and security events using prebuilt dashboards and reports that span the email service.

Dashboard Builder – Quickly and easily create, save and share custom reports of related services and components by simple querying on contextual information, such as “log outs”, “performance”, “health”, et cetera.

Messaging Tracking – Provide breakdown of message flow, with dashboard views that provide administrators with important segmentation and load information about message flow, enabling message tracking from the desktop to the gateway.

Client Behavior Monitoring and Capacity Planning – Provide in-depth visibility into how the messaging service is being utilized and display information about messaging volume and number of users the system is handling over time to help plan for growth.

End-to-End Visibility – Correlate data across Exchange and non-Exchange message delivery components such as proxy servers and firewalls to uncover anomalies that can impact performance and security.

Arista Networks files for IPO

Arista Networks Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of cloud networking solutions, has filed for a $200 million IPO. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol ANET, with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup leading a 17-bank underwriter group. The company reports $42 million of net income on $361 million in revenue for 2013, compared to $21 million in net income on $193 million in revenue for 2012. Shareholders include Andy Bechtolsheim.


Splunk Doubles License Capacity for Entry-level Customers

Encourages New Users to Analyze Additional Valuable Data Sources

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that it is doubling license capacity at entry levels for Splunk® Enterprise. Doubling capacity enables Splunk customers to take more advantage of the hidden value in their machine data. They can more easily address their security, IT operations and application management use cases and correlate additional disparate data sources. Splunk customers can now leverage the award winning power of Splunk Enterprise more broadly across their organizations and drive further adoption of Splunk as their platform for machine data.

“From the start, we have believed in offering a free download so anyone can explore and analyze machine data at no cost. Now, we are doubling capacity for entry level customers, to further increase their ability to adopt Splunk software, explore new use cases and realize rapid return on investment,” said Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman and CEO, Splunk. “By enabling Splunk customers to analyze more data, we are further delivering on our mission to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone.”

The increased capacity applies to all new licenses up to 20 GB of daily indexing capacity. Splunk Enterprise U.S. licensing now starts at $4,500 for a 1 gigabyte (GB)/day perpetual license and $1,800 for a 1 GB/day annual term license. Splunk is also offering recent customers of Splunk Enterprise who purchased licenses up to 20 GB/day a special limited-time promotion to capitalize on the new license capacity levels.

Splunk customers can deploy Splunk Enterprise on-premises, in private or public clouds and in virtualized environments. A free version of Splunk Enterprise is available as a download for anyone indexing up to 500 MB/day and also as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) through the AWS Marketplace, where organizations can use Splunk software without the hassle of building and maintaining a physical infrastructure. Click here to download Splunk Enterprise.

Splunk does not charge for data sources, data types, number of users, number of searches or alerts, or total data stored – instead maintaining the simple, straightforward pricing based on daily indexing volume that fosters adoption across organizations. For more details, please visit the pricing page on the Splunk website or contact Splunk Sales. Pricing varies by region.

New Release: Splunk App for Enterprise Security 3.0

New Visualizations Significantly Reduce Time to Incident Detection and Response

SAN FRANCISCO – January 21, 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced version 3.0 of the Splunk® App for Enterprise Security, which empowers security professionals to stalk cyberattackers. New visualizations enable advanced threat detection, resulting in a significant reduction in the time to incident discovery and response. The Splunk App for Enterprise Security also includes a new threat intelligence framework, support for new data types, data models and pivot interface.

The Splunk App for Enterprise Security takes full advantage of the features available in Splunk Enterprise 6. New features include:

New Visualizations: Security professionals can visually correlate data to identify anomalous behavior, providing a starting point for security investigations. Once an unusual data pattern for a person, application or system is identified, the analyst is never more than three clicks away from the raw data and can create a notable event for investigation and analysis workflows.

Threat Intelligence Framework: Organizations subscribing to threat intelligence feeds can organize and de-duplicate the data to make it more useful to security teams, instead of just viewing the data like most SIEM products.

Data Models and Pivot Interface: Anyone can create, save or export new, custom visualizations or reports without being an advanced Splunk user or having any knowledge of Splunk’s search processing language (SPL). Splunk Enterprise 6 and the Splunk App for Enterprise Security includes a large catalog of visualizations as a starting point and developers can create custom visualizations using the programming language of their choice with the powerful web framework.

Support for New Data Types and Threat Feeds: All data is security-relevant, and the Splunk App for Enterprise Security supports making decisions quickly with the context of business activity by supporting traditional log data, flow data, packet capture data, industrial control system data, external threat intelligence feeds and other business data that may be in databases.

For more details and to watch a demo of the new asset investigator see the Splunk website.

Splunk Enterprise Named Best Big Data Analytics Solution

Government Security News 2013 Homeland Security Awards Recognize Critical Impact of Machine Data on Security Posture for Public Sector Organizations

SAN FRANCISCO – January 6, 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that Splunk® Enterprise has been named the Best Big Data Analytics Solution in the GSN: Government Security News 2013 Homeland Security Awards.

For more details see the Splunk website…

Splunk App for VMware Wins Top Honors for Server Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO – January 6, 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that Splunk® App for Vmware has won the Editor’s Choice award for the Server Virtualization category in Virtualization Review’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Customers rely on the Splunk App for VMware for proactive health monitoring, operational insights such as performance, capacity and security analytics, and to correlate VMware data with data from all other technology tiers for true end-to-end visibility.

For more details see the Splunk website…

Splunk certifies Remora for PCI Compliance Services

Following on from Remora’s success with the Splunk Enterprise Security premium application, Splunk has now authorised Remora to deliver implementation services for the Splunk PCI compliance application.

The Splunk App for PCI Compliance is built on top of the Splunk Enterprise big data analytics and statistical analysis platform for machine generated data. Unlike most security and information event management (SIEM) products that supply their PCI solution as a stack of additional reports, the App is purpose-built to organise and visualise data from systems in-scope specifically for PCI. The PCI App is provided as a powerful yet simple to use solution with incident review workflow, asset prioritisation and requirement scorecards for businesses that may be using PCI as their security policy and need to be focused on PCI compliance.

Mr Robert Silver, CEO of Remora said that this is another good outcome for Splunk’s Australian customers. Remora has deployed a number of Splunk PCI implementations and we are pleased to report that one of our customers recently scored 100% at their recent PCI audit as a result, Mr Silver said.

Remora becomes a CommVault Authorised Partner

Remora, an end-to-end datacenter solutions provider, recently announced a partnership with CommVault, the number one provider of data and information management software. Remora’s partnership with CommVault increases the depth of the company’s data management solutions portfolio.

CommVault is a proven leader in the field of data management, winning numerous accolades for their products, which include being awarded the Disaster Recovery and Backup Product of the Year Award at the 2013 Storage Awards. Through a holistic view of backup and recovery, CommVault helps mid-size and enterprise-class organisations find a better approach to protecting, managing and accessing corporate data.

Designed to address current and future data management needs, CommVault’s Simpana 10 software features single-platform architecture designed to protect, recover, manage, and access corporate data. Featuring a unifying code base, Simpana software drives efficiency and empowers organisations to handle their data growth while simultaneously improving their operations via integrated reporting capabilities.

As a unified suite of applications, CommVault Simpana software eliminates the necessity for a multi-vendor approach to backup and recovery. CommVault Simpana software is vendor-agnostic, enabling users to commoditise IT assets to provide IT staff with flexibility without vendor lock-in.

Remora announces strategic partnership with Violin Memory

Remora, an award winning Melbourne based infrastructure consulting firm, has today announced it has expanded its infrastructure portfolio by partnering with Violin Memory to bring what enterprises truly desire, storage performance as well as cutting edge IT solutions. 

With Violin Memory’s industry leading Flash Memory Arrays and Remora’s skilled consulting organisation, it has never been easier and cost effective to meet the primary storage needs of performance databases and virtualised environments.

Violin Memory is the provider of one of the world’s fastest and most scalable flash Memory Arrays, and offers high performance and highly available primary storage solutions to its customers. When you have a product so efficient, the proper consulting and implementation can make a major impact on business results. 

Violin Memory is pioneering the future of Flash memory in the enterprise data centre with Memory Arrays that accelerate business critical applications and enable enterprises to virtualise and optimise their IT infrastructures. Specifically designed for sustained performance with high reliability, Violin’s Memory Arrays scale to hundreds of terabytes and millions of IOPS with low, spike-free latency.