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Nginx Announces nginScript, a JavaScript-based Configuration Language

by David Iffland on  Sep 24, 2015

At this year's nginx.conf, Nginx has announced a preview of nginScript, a JavaScript-based server configuration language. Meant to accompany existing scripting offerings like Lua, nginScript will give technologists with experience in JavaScript a lower barrier to entry to create more advanced configuration and delivery options.

Optimizing Distributed Queries in Splunk

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

Optimizing queries in Splunk’s Search Processing Language is similar to optimizing queries in SQL. The two core tenants are the same: Change the physics and reduce the amount of work done. Added to that are two precepts that apply to any distributed query.

Big Data Architecture: Push, Pull, or Search in Place?

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

A surprisingly common theme at the Splunk Conference is the architectural question, “Should I push, pull, or search in place?”

Architecture, Tuning, and Troubleshooting a Splunk Indexer Cluster

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

If you could handle all of the data you need to work with on one machine, then there is no reason to use big data techniques. So clustering is pretty much assumed for any installation larger than a basic proof of concept. In Splunk Enterprise, the most common type of cluster you’ll be dealing with is the Indexer Cluster.

Hunk/Hadoop: Performance Best Practices

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

When working with Hadoop, with or without Hunk, there are a number of ways you can accidentally kill performance. While some of the fixes require more hardware, sometimes the problems can be solved simply by changing the way you name your files.

Introducing Splunk IT Service Intelligence

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 22, 2015

Splunk is jumping into the service-monitoring sector with a new visualization called IT Service Intelligence.

Using Hunk+Hadoop as a Backend for Splunk

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 22, 2015

Splunk can now store archived indexes on Hadoop. At the cost of performance, this offers a 75% reduction in storage costs without losing the ability to search the data. And with the new adapters, Hadoop tools such as Hive and Pig can process the Splunk-formatted data.

Splunk .conf 2015 Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 22, 2015

Splunk opened their big data conference with an emphasis on “making machine data accessible, usable, and valuable to everyone”. This is a shift from their original focus: indexing arbitrary big data sources. Reasonably happy with their ability to process data, they want to ensure that developers, IT staff, and normal people have a way to actually use all of the data their company is collecting.

Symantec Accidentally Leaks Multiple Google SSL Certificates

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 21, 2015

Symantec’s Thawte unit admits that flawed internal practices allowed multiple Google SSL certificates to be released in an unauthorized manner.

Google's Cloud Dataflow Enters General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Sep 17, 2015

On August 12, Google announced that its big data processing service has reached general availability. This managed service allows customers to build pipelines that manipulate data prior to being processed by big data solutions. Cloud Dataflow supports both streaming and batch programming in a unified model.

New Linux-Only Mainframes Support Chef

by Guillermo Beltri on  Sep 16, 2015

IBM has announced LinuxONE, a Linux-only hardware portfolio which runs SUSE, Red Hat or Ubuntu distributions and adds support for different open-source tools such as Docker and Chef. This offering is targeted to both large enterprises and mid-size businesses.

Bazel Enters Beta, Supports Groovy, Rust and Scala

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2015

Bazel, the build system that Google open sourced six months ago, has reached the first beta milestone as planned, adding support for several languages and technologies.

Storing Secrets at Scale with HashiCorp's Vault: Q&A with Armon Dadgar

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 09, 2015

After an informative presentation by Armon Dadgar at QCon New York that explored security requirements within modern production systems, InfoQ sat down with Dadgar and asked questions about HashiCorp’s Vault, an open source tool for managing secrets at scale.

Oracle Cutting Java Evangelist Staff

by Victor Grazi on  Sep 09, 2015 4

Oracle shocked the Java world this week by announcing the dismissal of some of their top Java evangelists including Cameron Purdy and Simon Ritter.

Data Workflow Management Using Airbnb's Airflow

by Alex Giamas on  Sep 08, 2015

Airbnb recently opensourced Airflow, its own data workflow management framework. Airflow is being used internally at Airbnb to build, monitor and adjust data pipelines. Airflow’s creator, Maxime Beauchemin and Agari’s Data Architect and one of the framework’s early adopters Siddharth Anand discuss about Airflow, where it can be of use and future plans.

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