Overview of the New Charting Enhancements in Splunk 7.0

Charts are highly configurable in Splunk and in Splunk 7.0 they have added more charting options to use in your dashboards. These charting enhancements improve metrics and multi-series monitoring use cases while elevating user experience.

In this blog post, I will provide an overview of the new charting options available with Splunk 7.0 and give you examples you can use for reference. 


The first charting option allows you to change the line width of your charts in pixels.   

In the the XML example below, I've taken it...

Splunk 7 Event Annotations and You!

If you're anything our team at Function1, you can't wait to experiment with all of Splunk 7's dynamic new features. One of these features is “Event Annotations,” a powerful tool to highlight charts. At the moment, Event Annotations can be used in time-series charts. They are relatively simple to use; all you need is a separate search on your dashboard of type=annotation, with the annotation_label defined as the field you want to show as an annotation, and the annotation_category defined as the field to group your annotations by type. There is a simple but comprehensive example in the...

New in Splunk 7.0 – Metrics!

Like most avid Splunk users and admins, our team at Function1 was excited to hear about the release of Splunk 7.0 and all of its powerful new features and enhancements. One of the bigger announcements was Splunk 7.0's debut of a new data type called Metrics.

Splunk’s goal in introducing Metrics is to provide organizations with a highly efficient and scalable method of ingesting, utilizing, and extracting business value out of metrics from critical IT systems.

What are Metrics … and why are they important?

In short, Metrics are numerical values that...

Luna Wins Splunk's 2017 Innovation Award

From the Search Party, to the keynotes, to the captivating technical sessions, Splunk .conf17 was definitely one for the books (not to mention the record books, with more than 7,000 Splunkers in attendance)! One of our favorite moments of the week was when our CEO, Ashish, was presented with Splunk's 2017 Revolution Innovation Award for Luna, our Operational Intelligence app that integrates Slack and...

Splunk .conf 2017: Key Takeaways (Part 2)

In case you missed it, I recently caught up with Splunk .conf pro, Neena Bhutiani, to see how .conf2017 measured up to years past. But what about a different perspective: someone who's never been to Splunk .conf?

For that point of view, I spoke with two first-time .conf attendees: Karthik Subramanian and Somen De (who, spoiler alert: both also happened to be presenters, as...

Using Splunk to Predict the Weather

Planning a camping trip can take a lot of time. You have to figure out how many tents you need, what kind of tents, how much food to pack, what tools you need to bring, what clothes you need to wear, etc. A lot of the plans can be based off of one thing, the weather. Going to a rain forest? Pack a heavy rain jacket, a couple of tarps, and waterproof everything. Going to the desert? Pack a sun hat, shorts, and containers for water. Unfortunately, unless you know you’re going to a place with extreme weather, you might not be able to perfectly predict the weather.

This is where Splunk...

Using GIT to Manage Splunk

Does your Splunk team struggle with managing and coordinating configuration changes to your Splunk Enterprise deployment? Do all of your Splunk administrators use a single system account to modify files? Have you had to merge changes from a swap file into your serverclass.conf file?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have some tips for you regarding how to leverage version control system (VCS) software on Splunk configurations - making life easier for your team. Note that using version control is not meant as a backup storage for Splunk configurations; but rather...

Don't Miss These Two Sessions at Splunk .conf2017

This week, our team (along with 6,000 of our closest friends / Operational Intelligence enthusiasts) is descending on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., for the 8th Annual Splunk Conference (aka Splunk .conf). From Monday, September 25th through Thursday, September 28th, attendees will be deciding between more than 200 technical sessions that promise to expand skillsets while...

Splunk Setup Tutorial Using Twitter Data

New to Splunk? Looking to get data in there quickly so that you can learn what the software can do? 

In this blog, I'll walk through a fun tutorial that uses social media to get you up-and-running with Splunk. We'll be using App for Twitter Data, a free app available on Splunkbase that streams live sample tweets into Splunk. 

Splunk is pretty powerful out-of-the-box and has a lot of great features to harness your machine data. Splunk apps extend the software's power, allowing you to do more with your data. For example, the...

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