Splunking (the log file variety)

Terry Slattery
Principal Architect

We just announced an agreement with Splunk, the IT search company (http://splunk.com), where the Splunk log file collection and analysis engine will be incorporated into NetMRI. This is the first OEM partnership we’ve done and it is an exciting one. Splunk is well known for their ability to search through enormous quantities of log files in a way that can’t be matched with basic tools like grep. David Carrasso, Senior Datamining Engineer at Splunk has a good blog entry on why Splunk is better than some of the other tools for mining log files at http://blogs.splunk.com/david/2005/09/30/one-geeks-reasons-for-splunk/.

NetMRI will take important log events from the Splunk system and correlate them with operational and configuration data that NetMRI has collected to improve its analysis. For example, knowing that an event is from a core router is likely to be more important than the same event from a small branch router. Automatically making this determination and properly prioritizing the events reduces the volume of busy-work that network engineers must perform and allows them to be more productive and to enjoy their jobs more (I don’t know of any network engineers who love repetitive tasks like digging through hundreds or thousands of similar log messages for the few important ones).



Re-posted with Permission 

NetCraftsmen would like to acknowledge Infoblox for their permission to re-post this article which originally appeared in the Applied Infrastructure blog under http://www.infoblox.com/en/communities/blogs.html


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Nick Kelly

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Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


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Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


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John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.