Red Hat Storage Server + Splunk Enterprise

For any business, understanding and increasing operational efficiency is a major concern for management. In recent years, as connectivity and computing power have grown, the amount of machine-generated data companies must contend with has ballooned as well. Businesses are turning to robust software solutions to analyze this data, determine patterns, and make important decisions; these solutions require a storage platform that can handle enormous amounts of throughput and provide easy- to-scale capacity while remaining affordable.

We configured two IBM System x3650 M4 BD servers with Red Hat Storage Server 2.1, operating as a storage back end to a Splunk Enterprise infrastructure. We then ran SplunkIt 2.0 indexing and search workloads, which target Splunk hot/warm data buckets requiring fast I/O capabilities.

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You Won’t Believe Where You’d Find Big Data at the Soccer World Cup

The vast range of possibilities and outcomes in sport makes it fertile ground for number crunchers. Analysts use sophisticated algorithms to factor in everything from temperature and humidity to the materials used in the manufacturing of tournament equipment in order to predict results.

Many of these factors are prone to volatility over the course of a sporting event, making real time analysis even more challenging. A case in point is the Goldman Sachs model built on regression analysis of all team results leading up to the tournament that had to be updated mid-tournament. They predict a 2-1 victory for Brazil over the Dutch in the finals (which of course we now know is impossible after Brazil’s stunning defeat against Germany in the semi-finals).

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Keeping the trains on time: Improved scalability, capacity, availability and zero downtime on 90% of critical systems for Metro de Madrid

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One of the on-going challenges of IT is managing the never-ending demands for more and more data processing and information storage. One organization facing this challenge was the Metro de Madrid. Their IT infrastructure managed 45-50TB (terabytes) of information, divided into two main blocks: high-speed storage via fiber optic channels and storage across networks. Responsible for the administration and maintenance of operational computer systems of the Metro de Madrid, such as train traffic, energy management, audio systems, traveller information systems, and more, they required:

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What Can a Paper Shredder Teach Us About Big Data?

by Irshad Raihan, Red Hat Storage – Big Data Product Marketing

The trusty paper shredder in my home office died last week. I’m in the market for a new one. Years ago, when I purchased “Shreddy” (of course, it had a name) after a brief conversation with a random store clerk, choices were few and information scarce. In fact, paper shredders weren’t really considered standard personal office equipment as they are today. Most good shredders were built for offices not homes. Back in the market more than a decade later, it’s clear that the search for a new shredder is going to be trickier than I had imagined.

A paper shredder is a lot like big data.

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Introducing Ceph Calamari

Red Hat recently open sourced Calamari, the management platform for Ceph. As a part of rolling this valuable tool out to the community we’re taking some time to walk through the current functionality in an upcoming webinar on June 24thwww.inktank.com/webinars/?commid=115487 

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Linux, Gluster and the FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER!!!

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What do open source software solutions like the Linux operating system and the Gluster distributed file system have in common w/ the Frankenstein Monster? Don’t know?!? Arrrgghhh!!!

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The Data Life Cycle Has Changed. Are You Ready?

by Irshad Raihan, Red Hat Storage – Big Data Product Marketing

Digital data has been around for centuries in one form or the other. Commercial tabulating machines have been available since the late 1800’s when they were used for accounting, inventory and population census. Why then do we label today as the Big Data age? What dramatically changed in the last 10-15 years that has the entire IT industry chomping at the bit?

More data? Certainly. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are two big drivers that have contributed to the classic V’s (Volume, Variety, Velocity) of Big Data. The first is the commoditization of computing hardware – servers, storage, sensors, cell phones – basically anything that runs on silicon. The second is the explosion in the number of data authors – both machines and humans.

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Red Hat at 2014 Hadoop Summit this week (June 3-5)

The Big Data community is converging on San Jose, CA this week (June 3-5) for 2014 Hadoop Summit. If you plan to attend, please be sure to stop by the Red Hat booth (#G18) to learn more about Red Hat’s Big Data solution. More details are available here: http://www.redhat.com/about/news/archive/2014/6/red-hat-at-hadoop-summit-san-Jose-gaining-bigger-advantage-from-all-enterprise-data%5B/

And to sign up for 2014 Hadoop Summit, register here: http://hadoopsummit.org/san-jose/

See you at the conference!

Join Red Hat in the fight against multiple sclerosis

Imagine that, one day, you find your body unwilling to co-operate with your demands. You may lose the ability to walk, or to speak clearly. It is a gradual process that may be only mildly concerning because the symptoms come and go, sometimes for months. Then, one day, multiple sclerosis sets in and the damage is done. There is no cure.

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Fight cybercrime with our combined solution

Cyber crime has really come a long way in the past few decades. It has evolved from “hackers”(the bad kind) merely taking advantage of software exploits and social engineering for personal gain to such James Bondsian exploits as:

  • Cross-site scripting, SQL injections, and cross-site request forgery are a top threat on the web
  • Redirecting traffic from legitimate web pages to identical copies meant to deliver software rendering attackers complete control of computers remotely
  • Zero-day exploits for web services (such as email) going on sale to the highest bidder

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Bridging the gap to Java: We chat with Louis Zuckerman about bringing GlusterFS to the platform

We met with a whole bunch of people at the recent DevNation Gluster hackathon, but Louis was the only one wearing a fedora. After awarding him bonus points, we sat down and talked about his project to bridge Gluster with Java.

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Louis Zuckerman at DevNation’s Gluster Hackathon

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