Not Just a Buzz Word for CIOs
Four wonderful years at Splunk as CIO. Splunk? Splunk is a rapidly growing company that makes a platform aiming to make machine data available, usable and valuable for everyone. While there, I built the IT and Real Estate/Facilities teams and solidified an “all cloud” business applications portfolio. This advanced my knowledge of all things cloud, this time including the appropriate use of Amazon’s EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud*) for compute and storage needs. At Splunk everything but Engineering applications were delivered via cloud subscriptions, and half of the compute and storage needed for Engineering, from EC2. More on that in future posts.
The most impactful thing I learned at Splunk is the tremendous opportunity CIO’s have to harness what the market is calling “Big Data” and which Splunk refers to as “machine data.” In this context, “machine data” can be thought of as system logs, sensor readings, results of polling and measuring machine behavior. Every computer system, storage, device, web, app, and database spews forth machine data – much of it delivered via a constant, real-time stream from the machine – and almost all of it in text format. The original application of Splunk was for data center management. What was built worked equally as well for application management, security, business and web analytics, and more recently, to monitor and analyze devices connected as “the internet of things.” Results come from searching through the data and formulating analytics from its content – ranging from things like “are the machines up? Are there signs of imminent failure? Are there attempts to infiltrate and hack the system? …..to “Has Joe taken his heart monitor off?” Uses are limited only by the imagination. What can you do with you data? Learn more in my next post. Or, visit me at StrataFusion.
*Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides scalable computing capacity in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.