Update on Splunk Live DC: 15 May 2012

Splunk Live DC will be held Tuesday 15 May 2012 at the Ronald Reagan center in downtown DC. This will be a great event to exchange lessons learned on the use of Splunk capabilities for Big Data analysis. Lessons learned and use cases on government related topics will be a key feature.

The agenda includes some great updates on Splunk’s powerful capabilities– Splunk is the engine for machine data and this is a great way to learn more about what it can do. The agenda also includes some fantastic sessions led by world class enterprise grade customers of Splunk, which is a great way to learn how to make maximum use of Splunk. Splunk is able to collect all your machine-generated data in real-time, whether physical, virtual or in the cloud. Splunk indexes everything for deep visibility, forensics and troubleshooting.

Here is more on the event from the Splunk Live registration page:

Washington DC, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

May 15, 2012

Splunk takes your machine data and makes sense of it. Business sense. IT sense. Security sense. Common sense. Only Splunk delivers real-time visibility and operational insights for IT and the business.

Please join us at SplunkLive! Washington DC – and learn how more than 3,700 enterprises, service providers and government organizations in 75 countries use Splunk to manage massive streams of machine data to improve service levels, reduce IT operations costs, mitigate security risks, FISMA compliance and drive new levels of operational intelligence across IT and the business.

Agenda: Tuesday May 15, 2012

  • 7:30 am Registration
    *Please ensure you allow enough time to get through security at the Ronald Reagan Building and Trade Center
  • 8:30 am What is Splunk? From fixing IT to delivering real-time business insights, Godfrey Sullivan, CEO Splunk
  • 9:30 am Bob Gourley, CTOvision
  • 10:00 am Customer presentations: Cisco, FDA, Defpoint
  • 11:00 am VMWare Application Demo
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Technical break-out Sessions: Search Language (Beginner), Dynamic Lookups,Splunk Implementation Best Practices
  • 2:15 pm Break
  • 2:30 pm Technical break-out Sessions: Search Language (Intermediate), Sizing Your Splunk Deployment
  • 3:15 pm Happy Hour at Partner and Solutions Pavilion

Customer Presentations

Join Jeff Bollinger from Cisco and learn how he is gaining Operational Intelligence from his data.

Technical Workshops

1:30 pm Technical Break-out Sessions

  • Search Language (Beginner) – Darrin Slater

Did you know you can do crazy useful things with Splunk’s search search language? Sort, use fields, apply wildcards – but even better, it allows you to drill-down into the results using Splunk’s Search interface timeline. This session will show some concrete examples of how to use Splunk with web access and other types of commonly-used data so you can craft simple but powerful searches based on what’s interesting in your data. Learn the basics of the Splunk search language in this beginner class.

  • Dynamic Lookups – Dan Freda

Did you know you can augment the data in your Splunk index with external data? This session will first cover the elementary way to use static lookups to enrich your data. We’ll then cover how dynamic lookups can enrich your data at search time with more fields. This session will cover three examples: accessing a relational database, using an in-memory database, and accessing a remote web site to enrich your data via dynamic lookups. All dynamic lookup examples will be made available to attendees for download. The session will also discuss best practices when performing dynamic lookups.

  • Architecting and Sizing Your Splunk Deployment – Todd Johnston

Sure Splunk is a flexible product that can be deployed to meet almost any scale and redundancy requirement. But like any other high-performance application, you need to define your goals and requirements and then plan your architecture carefully. Number of users? Daily index? Hot, warm, cold storage? High availability? This session will walk through a checklist of items to consider before choosing hardware and deploying Splunk in a manner that best meets your goals.

2:30 pm Technical Break-out Sessions

  • Search Language (Intermediate) – Tim Young

Finding that needle in the haystack has never been easier. You ratcheted up your search language knowledge in the beginner session, now join us for the intermediate session to learn more about reporting commands, transactions, and adding knowledge to your events.

  • Splunk Implementation Best Practices – Sean Wilkerson, Aplura

Assess your IT search requirements, design a Splunk topology, perform capacity planning and decide on indexing, security, and data management strategies that best fit your environment and deployment goals. Splunk’s proserve team has seen it all in the field and they’re bringing that knowledge to SplunkLive! to help make your Splunk deployment be all that it can be.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

T: 202.312.1300

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