Dec2013

News: Splunk Acquires Cloudmeter

Splunk has acquired CloudMeter, giving Splunk the ability to add custom configured slices of network data to its data store. There are likely numerous use cases for Splunk that will be enhanced by this capability, which will solidify Splunk’s position as the leader in the new ecosystem based management software business.

Dec2013

Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put in place new ecosystem-based management stacks with the intent of eventually retiring your legacy management stacks. In this post, we detail how one could deploy one example of such an ecosystem of tools based upon Splunk and the vendors that comprise its ecosystem.

Nov2013

Beware of the Franken-Monitor

If you have a Franken-Monitor, you should get rid of it. If you do not have a Franken-Monitor, you should avoid buying or building one at all costs. The correct approach is to use a strategy and an architecture to procure a set of best of breed solutions that can be easily integrated into a common big data back end datastore.