Don’t Go Chasin’ Waterfalls (Part 1)

When using the waterfall methodology to manage projects, each phase (Planning, Analysis, Design, Development, Testing, Deployment) must be fully completed before the next can begin. Everyone can call these phases something different, but essentially it’s when progress is seen as flowing steadily downwards. This has worked for so long and continues to work for some, but why not try something new? Agile, perhaps? It’s been around for a while, but lately, it’s the methodology of choice and it's gaining momentum. Agile is a time-boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds...


Tips & Tricks: Splunk's Monitoring Console

Since Splunk enterprise released 6.5.x "The Distributed Management Console" app was renamed to "The Monitoring Console"; the app name change was not just a rename as the tool got bundled with a number of enhancements. The gist behind the monitoring console is its myriad of dashboards that provides a birds-eye-view health check of a multi-instance Splunk deployment. The dashboards behind the console rely on data collected from the different Splunk Enterprise deployments' internal logs located in both $SPLUNK_HOME/var/log/splunk/ as well as $SPLUNK_HOME/var/log/introspection/. But this blog...


Splunking Twitch

Twitch has transformed the live streaming industry by revolutionizing the process of user broadcasting and real-time audience interaction. At 15 Million daily visitors, Twitch has grown to one of the largest sources of internet traffic. With the massive amount of information being shared in Twitch, we asked ourselves the age-old question: Can it be Splunked?

The short answer is: yes. Using Twitch's API we are able to gain access to a plethora of information. To start, however, we look at a single API endpoint and see just how far can we...


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