(UPDATE: This event has now concluded. Catch up on all the news as it happened below)
Splunk's fourth annual Worldwide Users' Conference, known as .conf2013, is getting under way over in Las Vegas and ITProPortal is pleased to be along for the ride.
We'll be bringing you live updates from throughout the leading big data event, which runs from 30 September to 3 October and features 130-plus sessions including a number of intriguing keynotes.
Things get rolling in earnest on 1 October, when Splunk chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan kicks off this year's event, which is running under the banner of "Your data. No limits."
The exact content of the opening keynote is obviously closely under wraps, but it seems likely that Splunk has something fairly significant to reveal - and possibly demo - over the coming days.
Another major talking point at .conf2013 is likely to be the security keynote, set to be delivered by ex-NSA boss Prescott Winter, entitled: "Building a security program to withstand today's high stakes threat landscape."
Elsewhere, Splunk .conf2013 will feature a hackathon, apps showcase, and numerous networking opportunities and, as well as taking in all of the main moving and shaking, we've also got exclusive briefings lined up with the likes of John Lewis and Cloudera, as well as looking forward to a presentation by Yahoo.
In other words, stay tuned! Whether you're attending Splunk's Worldwide Users' Conference in the flesh or observing from afar, this your one-stop shop for everything .conf2013 - we'll see you under the bright lights!
- 03 October
In fact, that may well be all from here, for a bit at least - we're heading back to McCarran International shortly to start our return to London. We'll try to keep you posted during the layovers, but in the meantime, be sure to catch up on all the news from Vegas this week below
As .conf2013 enters its third day and starts to wind down, another noteworthy piece of news is that Splunk has revealed a new Splunk Apps website featuring more than 400 native and third-party programmes intended to help users maximise their investment and "extend the power" of its machine data analytics platform.
More news as the day starts to wind down - INETCO Systems has announced beta availability of NetStream, a new streaming transaction event data application that will sit on top of Splunk Enterprise 6 and provide real-time insight into UX and business performance.
- 02 October
In addition to unveiling its latest flagship big data platform, Enterprise 6, Splunk has also launched Splunk Cloud at .conf2013. The firm's first cloud-based offering is an AaaS product powered by Amazon Web Services that will give users the ability to harness sophisticated analytics off-premise, a significant move that potentially opens up a whole new customer base to Splunk.
The first order of business - Israeli startup Fortscale has unveiled its eponymous cyber security product, Fortscale 1.0, at Splunk .conf2013. The security analytics "toolbox" is intended to help enterprise IT identify vulnerabilities quickly, using machine-learning to mimic the way that malicious attackers think and act
It's still sweltering in Las Vegas and, yes, right on queue we're live again. Stay tuned as we've got some breaking news to deliver as well as some briefings to report on
- 01 October
The big news today is that Splunk has opened .conf2013 by launching Enterprise 6, its latest machine data analytics platform
Patchy Wi-Fi or no patchy Wi-Fi, don't miss a beat from today's happenings by making for our guide to live streaming Splunk .conf2013
Good morning from sunny Las Vegas! We're feverishly ankling over to this morning's keynote, but the Wi-Fi has been a bit patchy thus far - we'll keep you informed to the best of our ability
- 30 September
The countdown is well and truly on - see you in a few hours and a handful of timezones. In the meantime, the uninitiated and familiar alike might want to check out our countdown to Splunk .conf2013, which will help get you in the mood for the coming week and beyond
So I can categorically state, with the eternal bias that I am originally from Boston and not New York, that the Wi-Fi at Logan smacks the tater tots off of the wireless at JFK.
One thing I'm personally intrigued to see this week is how Splunk may be starting to integrate new acquisition and mobile analytics special BugSense. The deal was announced ahead of .conf2013 so it's early days still, but given the mobile focus of a number of the sessions at this year's Splunk Worldwide Users' Conference, it's no inconceivable that there may be some early news on the horizon.
Good morning, data troopers! We're currently in the US (sunny Boston, MA, to be precise) en route to Las Vegas for Splunk .conf2013. We've got a long day of travel ahead of us, but many thanks if you've joined us a bit early and we'll try to keep this as fresh as possible when we're not up in the skies