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Securing the Cloud through “Operational Intelligence” using Big Data

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Gannett / USA Today

7950 Jones Branch Drive · McLean, VA

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Cloud, BigData, Splunk, Google, Hadoop

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Google Dev Group ( with Cloud DC ( and Big Data DC ( is bringing up the great event combining Cloud, BigData and Security using Splunk (

Wed June 20th 6:30 PM

Location: USA Today, 7950 Westpark Dr, McLean, VA 22108

Learn how Big Data technology from Splunk harnesses machine data generated by your cloud applications, operating systems, HW, and virtualization software such as logs, events, metrics to provide unique insights about application performance, usage related analytics and end user behavior. Whether you're running Ruby, Django, Python, Java based applications and whether you're running in Amazon Web Services, Rackspace or VMware based clouds - Splunk can analyze large amounts of data to deliver:

1. Operational Intelligence and IT Analytics;
2. Aggregate data from various cloud components on key metrics including application response times, transaction completion times, error rates and more;
3. Get End to End Situational Awareness by using Splunk for forensics and root cause analysis from a security standpoint at the HW, Virtualization, and all other layers of the OSI Stack.

The Speakers:

Bill Hornish, Splunk Federal BD Manager, will provide a quick overview of Splunk, the company. Bill has been a network and system engineer for both commercial and federal customers. After mastering TCP/IP networking at NASA HQ, He was on the first White House web team, and responsible for EOP's internet security. In the late 1990's at UUNET, Bill managed the first commercial Security Operations Center (SOC) for UUNET's managed FW customers. Coming back to support Federal customers, Bill has managed many Microsoft Exchange and AD migration projects, and was the PM of the State Department's CIRT Team (Mantech) before joining Splunk 5 years ago.

Dan Freda will present a technical demonstration of Splunk. Dan's software development experience has been wide-ranging - from robotics and factory automation systems to nuclear medicine scanners. Dan extended this software experience when he joined Sun Microsystems in 2000, building an expertise in media delivery solutions for Sun. He evangelized the media solutions with content developers, providers and delivery channels throughout North America and AsiaPac. After Sun, Dan built on his knowledge of web-based architectures and solutions, concentrating on Application Performance Management with CA Wily and Precise.

Sponsors: Smartronix (, Splunk (, USA Today (, AddThis (

Parking Information: There are three entrances to the Gannett Building from Jones Branch Drive. Guests should enter through the Service / Employee Entrance.

Coming east on Jones Branch Drive, the parking entrance is the third on the right once you see the Gannett Building. Coming west on Jones Branch Drive, the parking entrance is the first on the left. There are signs posted for all events indicating Event/Visitor Parking entrance.

Once guests arrive at the garage entrance, they should indicate they attending an event onsite and a Security Guard will direct them to the designated parking locations.

Once guests enter the building, a set of stairs or elevator will bring them into the Lobby.

Guests must check in with Security desk in the lobby before proceeding to their event. Security or Signage will direct you to your event location.