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John Floren

John's been writing Go since before it was cool and developing distributed systems for almost as long.
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Introducing Gravwell Macros

Nov 27, 2019 9:24:55 AM / by John Floren posted in Software Updates

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One of the exciting new features in Gravwell 3.3.0 is search macros. Anyone who's experimented much with Gravwell knows you may often end up crafting a long and complex regular expression which you'll want to use over and over, but such a long regex makes the query hard to work with. Macros let you turn that long regular expression (or any other part of a search query) into a much shorter name you can use again and again.

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Fellow Go Devs, Here's Our Experience Moving to Go Modules From Dep

Oct 17, 2019 2:14:57 PM / by John Floren posted in developer, golang

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When we started Gravwell years ago, we knew it was going to be a significant undertaking requiring some serious tooling under the hood. Building a custom data lake and analytics platform from scratch that can scale to hundreds of TB/day ain't easy. We chose Go for a lot of reasons and that choice has paid dividends in terms of what we've been able to accomplish in so short a time.

This post is about our tooling, and some of the lessons we have learned along the way in managing a large Go codebase. A few weeks ago Gravwell made the switch to Go modules on both our open source github repositories and our internal repo. Let's talk about about our planned workflow going forward and a few caveats we've run into.

 

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Introducing the Key-Value Search Module

Oct 1, 2019 2:35:15 PM / by John Floren posted in Gravwell Story, Software Updates, Logging

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With Gravwell 3.2.4 we've introduced a new search module: kv, short for 'key-value'. This module is designed to help you extract key-value data from text entries without having to hand-craft regular expressions. It also interfaces with the fulltext indexer automatically, so you can analyze your indexed data more quickly.

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Announcing Gravwell Version 3.2

Jul 31, 2019 9:26:42 AM / by John Floren posted in Software Updates, DevOps Analytics

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We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Gravwell version 3.2.0!

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Fighting social media propaganda

Feb 19, 2019 9:55:00 AM / by John Floren posted in Software Updates, ingester, reddit

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We're continuing to work with investigative reporters to research unscrupulous activity on social media. Most recently, Engadget published a piece on nefarious political influencers on Reddit. We’ve written in the past about analyzing social media comments, but didn’t make the ingesters publicly available. With an increasing need for research in this area, we decided that releasing our Reddit and Hacker News ingesters could help new users get started with Gravwell even faster, so we open-sourced them. Read on to learn how to get the ingesters, how to run them, and how to get started with the data.

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Announcing the new Gravwell HTTP Ingester

Feb 7, 2019 11:22:19 AM / by John Floren posted in Gravwell Story, ingester, Community Edition

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Gravwell recently introduced a new ingester which accepts entries via HTTP POST requests. Now it's easy to send arbitrary data to Gravwell via scripts using only the curl command. In this blog post, we'll use the HTTP ingester to build a weather-monitoring dashboard!

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Gravwell 2.2.1 Released!

Aug 1, 2018 3:48:22 PM / by John Floren posted in Software Updates, ingester, docker, Community Edition

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We’re pleased to announce the release of Gravwell 2.2.1! For a point release, it’s got some very cool new features; read on to learn what we’ve added.

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Monitoring Netflow with Gravwell Community Edition

Jul 18, 2018 1:21:59 PM / by John Floren posted in Network Analytics, Community Edition, Home Operations Center

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Gravwell Community Edition is perfect for monitoring your home network. With a generous 2GB/day ingest quota, you can capture netflow records, DNS requests, WiFi hotspot associations, and more. In this blog post, we’ll show how to ingest and analyze netflow records. We’ll assume you’ve already set up a Gravwell instance as described in the quickstart (https://dev.gravwell.io/docs/#!quickstart/community-edition.md); for this post, we’ll assume the Gravwell instance is at 192.168.1.52. Your instance will almost certainly be different, so be sure to substitute your own information.

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Ingesting Google Cloud Platform PubSub

Apr 24, 2018 10:05:25 AM / by John Floren posted in ingester, Integrations

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Thanks to Gravwell's Google PubSub ingester, it's easy to collect logs and other data from services deployed in the Google Cloud Platform. In this blog post, we'll show how to set up Gravwell in GCP and ingest system logs from your virtual machines.

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Distributed Webserver Frontends in Gravwell

Apr 19, 2018 8:06:36 AM / by John Floren posted in Software Updates, docker, cluster

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With the release of Gravwell 2.0, Gravwell customers can now deploy multiple webservers tied to a central storage system. This means you can deploy multiple webservers behind a load balancer for better search performance; the webservers synchronize resources, user accounts, dashboards, and search history behind the scenes so users don’t need to worry about which server they’re actually using.

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