Splunk .conf 2017: What the partners said

Machine data operational intelligence platform specialist Splunk has hosted its .conf 2017 conference and exhibition in Washington DC.

Many of the firm’s partners (Splunkners, perhaps?) also attended.

The Splunk global partner ecosystem is now said to be some 950 partners strong – it is a union of system integrators, distributors, value-added resellers, technology alliance partners, OEMs and managed service providers.

What the partners said

Speaking in relation to this event, CTO of xMatters Abbas Haider Ali told the Computer Weekly Developer Network that his firm works to integrate activity across the tools and people that build and run enterprise applications.

“Gleaning real time intelligence across all of these activities is a critical component of performance and secure applications and Splunk is the tool of choice for our customers to make that happen. The Splunkbase platform makes it easy to build and distribute integrations for the Splunk community and connect them to the full ecosystem of xMatters integrations. As a partner, we benefit from new use cases and applications of Splunkiness to hard operations problems and alerting people of notable events with xMatters,” said Haider Ali.

VP for business & corporate development at Digital Shadows is Alex Seton. A Splunk partner for some time now, Digital Shadows monitors & manages so-called digital risk across a range of data sources to protect a business.

“The app we have developed for Splunk Enterprise customers means they can now use Digital Shadows’ solution to help manage and mitigate their digital risks across the open, deep and dark web alongside Splunk’s real time operational intelligence. This will enable customers to manage their digital risk from cyber threats, data loss, brand exposure, VIP exposure, infrastructure exposure, physical threats and third-party risk, and create an up-to-the minute view of their organization’s digital risk with tailored threat intelligence.”

Qumulo comments

“Splunk users know that operational intelligence makes outsized demands on file storage infrastructure. These workloads have new requirements for scale that legacy storage appliances are unable to meet. It’s no longer just the storage capacity that matters; it’s also the number of files that can be stored and managed and here’s where legacy storage runs out of gas,” said Ben Gitenstein, senior director, product management at Qumulo.

At Qumulo, Gitenstein says they have taken a different approach for a completely different level of scale. They know that users of large-scale storage need control over (and insight into) file system usage and performance in real time. Gitenstein says he also knows that software developers and engineers need complete programmability of infrastructure.

Operational intelligence isn’t just storage as usual, he said.

V for VictorOps victory

VictorOps develops a full-stack DevOps incident management platform that ingests real-time operational intelligence from Splunk (and other monitoring tools) into a timeline of activity for people watching the systems.

“Whereas Splunk delivers intelligent insights throughout the delivery chain, VictorOps connects those insights to the people who have the expertise to take the right action. As more modern development organizations invest heavily in continuous deployment, microservices and agile practices, they use these rapid cycles to deliver value to customers faster. Splunk is an important partner in collecting data across that delivery chain. VictorOps takes that information from Splunk, disseminates it, and facilitates continuous learning so that teams retro on what went wrong and don’t make the same mistakes twice,” said Joni Klippert, VP of product, VictorOps.

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