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Continuous Data Availability in Splunk Enterprise with SmartStore and SwiftStack

Splunk Enterprise protects mission-critical applications, and in doing so, it has become a mission-critical application that must be protected and factored into every disaster recovery (DR) plan. Since SwiftStack is a storage provider, this article will focus on protecting the data sets within Splunk. With Splunk’s SmartStore feature – first introduced in Splunk Enterprise 7.2 […]

An Architecture Blueprint for Splunk Enterprise with SmartStore

Based on the availability of SmartStore, Splunk’s optimized data management model in Splunk Enterprise 7.2 and Splunk Enterprise 7.3, Cisco and SwiftStack embarked on an effort to create a reference stack for the compute, storage, and networking infrastructure required to run Splunk at scale. The resulting document, a Cisco Validated Design (or “CVD”), is a […]

Cisco Live 2019: Maximizing the Value of Data for Cisco Customers

While Marc Andreessen’s famous declaration from 2011, “software is eating the world”, certainly holds true today, a further enhancement is necessary: “yes, but it’s data that is changing the world”. This is evident in every aspect of our business and personal lives as data reshapes industries from medicine to retail to transportation to public safety. […]

Splunk Enterprise 7.3 takes SmartStore to a new level

With the release of Splunk Enterprise 7.3, Splunk’s data optimization feature, SmartStore, can now deliver infrastructure efficiencies and cost savings to Splunk environments which utilize Splunk Premium Solutions, most notably, Splunk Enterprise Security (ES). SwiftStack participated in the early testing program for Splunk Enterprise 7.3 and found the release to be both robust and high-performing. […]

The Math is Undeniable: Splunk SmartStore Savings Add Up

Splunk’s recent blog describing Splunk Enterprise 7.2 with Smart Store states that the new data management model “makes it incredibly cost efficient to achieve longer data retention at scale”. As a provider of storage which is compatible with Splunk SmartStore, SwiftStack is being asked by Splunk users to help quantify these cost savings. What does […]

Building a Storage Foundation for the Next Wave of Splunk Data Growth

SwiftStack integrates with Splunk Enterprise SwiftStack’s largest customers, spanning many industries, use our storage technology in a highly similar fashion. They have applications and devices that generate reams of data which lands on SwiftStack and is run through multiple sets of analyses to produce a meaningful business result. Pharmaceutical companies use SwiftStack to create more […]

Examining Data Management Practices in Health Care – A Three Part Series – Part Three: Consulting with a Medical Imaging Expert – an Interview

I’m most excited about the 3rd and final part of SwiftStack’s blog series on IT strategies for Medical Imaging, as we’ll be summarizing a conversation with someone who manages imaging systems for a living. I recently spoke with Dharmesh Patel of Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI), a radiology clinic with a dozen offices in New Jersey […]

Examining Data Management Practices in Health Care – A Three Part Series – Part Two: Prescribing a Data Management Plan for the “2020 Hospital”

In part 1 of this series, we covered the factors that are driving the need for hospitals to adopt an enterprise-wide patient imaging strategy, ie, the “why?”. The focus of part 2 is the “how?”, where we’ll lay out the technology components of a Clinical Data Repository solution. The software application that enables a hospital […]

Cisco Live 2018: Top 3 Market Developments Since Last Year’s Conference

As Cisco Live 2018 approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s happened in the scale-out storage market (and with the Cisco UCS & SwiftStack solution)over the past 12 months. To do so, it’s helpful to note some of the broader industry context: major business publications are covering how data intelligence is reshaping many industries, […]

Examining Data Management Practices in Health Care – A Three Part Series – Part One: Data is the Lifeblood of every Health Care Provider

When you think about organizations that are responsible for managing massive volumes of critical data, which ones come to mind? Many people’s initial response is “a hospital”, due to the way patient care has been revolutionized by technology and the multitude of data sets this technology creates. Being treated for an illness or seeing a […]

Playing Offense and Defense with Data

No topic in technology is hotter right now than the related fields of analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning – pick your favorite buzzword to describe “how to do more with data”. While there’s always a bit of hype during such Silicon Valley heat waves, this one has staying power. The reason is simple: the […]

Where do “Cloud” and “Software-Defined” intersect? In the Channel, of course

SwiftStack recently received two accolades from CRN (Computer Reseller News), both of which highlight what we hear from IT architects and managers every day as they make infrastructure decisions to support legacy and modern applications. The first of these designations is 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors (2017). From the start, SwiftStack has been a Private Cloud […]