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Looking back at a recent Gartner Security & Risk Summit, a recurring theme was the SaaS Tsunami — the security and compliance issues that arise from the surprisingly large number of SaaS apps in use at companies — and how to address it.

To understand the SaaS Tsunami, ask yourself this question: How many SaaS apps is my organization using?

Do you think it’s 25? 100?

Turns out it’s a staggering 600 to 1000 SaaS apps in use at a typical company, based on Gartner research by analysts Neil MacDonald and Craig Lawson. …

Over the past few years, the IoT community has embraced InfluxDB as a cornerstone of the solutions they build. Whether modernizing or greenfield, InfluxDB has helped many in working with vast quantities of sensor and device data as we continue to deliver on our promise of time to awesome for IoT.

Today, let’s look at why you should consider InfluxDB for your IoT data architecture, how to plan your IoT architecture, and what we’ve built recently to make InfluxDB even better at handling IoT data.

So, let’s dive in!

Why use InfluxDB for IoT telemetry?

It boils down to a few things:

  • Proven. Every IoT device…

Here at InfluxData, we’ve been focusing recently on deepening our support for Microsoft Azure. First we turned on InfluxDB Cloud on Azure West Europe, in Amsterdam, back in July. Then we launched InfluxDB Cloud on Azure East US, in Virginia, in September. Today, we’re pleased to announce that InfluxDB Cloud joins InfluxDB Enterprise on Azure Marketplace.

How does InfluxDB work with Azure and other Microsoft technologies?

InfluxDB integrates with a broad range of technologies related to Azure and Microsoft more broadly; here’s a visual representation. Microsoft-related technologies are in gray, while InfluxDB components are in purple.

At InfluxData, we believe it makes sense to use a time series database for security monitoring. In summary, it’s because security investigations are inevitably time-oriented — you want to monitor and alert on who accessed what, from where, at which time — and time series databases like InfluxDB are very efficient at querying the data necessary to do this.

In this post, we’d like to show you the beginnings of how we’re using InfluxDB for security monitoring so that you can apply these patterns to your own organization.

Our inventory of security events at InfluxData

The first question: where to begin our security event monitoring? Since most…

At InfluxData, we focus on our customers’ productivity — time to awesome, as we call it. Usually this is about product capabilities — InfluxDB’s features, speed, scalability, etc.

But for some, your project will grow in size to the point where you need to purchase InfluxDB. And in some cases, you’ll need your compliance and/or security teams to sign off on the purchase. While that can be a slow process in the best of times, choosing a vendor with SOC 2 certification can help move things along faster, allowing you to go back to focusing on building apps and systems.

Recently one of my neighbors wrote:

We’re all familiar with the rampant garage break ins in our hood, but I felt compelled to post because there was an aspect of our break-in that I haven’t seen posted.

We got Ring cameras for the very purpose of deterring a break in like these and/ or getting footage if there was a perpetrator. Our garage was broken into last week and my bike stolen. …

Recently, Tomasz Tunguz published an essay on Rediscovering the power of the Command Line. One bit stuck out:

The learning curve is steep, and I mean precipitous. I had to learn vim first, and then I read piles of configuration examples to get things working properly. Most of the documentation isn’t great.

In other words, command line interfaces (or CLIs for short) are powerful but not user-friendly. This might seem like an arcane problem, but it’s not. For any developer-first company like Twilio, Stripe, Hashicorp, or AWS, terminal usage is crucial piece of the user experience. …

Rabbit starts are a handy way for setting up a sailboat racing start without much effort.

Why use rabbit starts to start sailing races?

In sailing, rabbit starts can be useful in the following situations:

In this post, I’ll focus on rabbit starts for the first…

A while back, we announced the general availability of InfluxDB on Google Cloud, as well as a rich set of integrations that allow you to use our time series data platform to monitor your Google Cloud services, store sensor data from Google IoT core, and send your time series data to Pub/Sub for analysis on Google AI Platform.

Since then, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in InfluxDB customers running on Google Cloud so that they can take advantage of all the services on that platform. Both InfluxDB Cloud and InfluxDB Enterprise are available on the Google Cloud Marketplace, along with…

With InfluxDB Cloud for Google Cloud GCP customers can use our leading time series data platform on Google infrastructure. This lets you address a wide range of use cases: observability, server monitoring, IoT sensor data tracking, real-time customer analytics, application performance metrics, network monitoring, security threat detection, and financial market analysis. Whatever data you might want to examine, monitor, and act on over time, InfluxDB Cloud provides you with a reliable foundation that requires minimal effort to set up.

What is InfluxDB Cloud for Google Cloud?

InfluxDB for Google Cloud 2.0 is a serverless cloud platform that’s purpose-built for time series data. That’s a lot of buzzwords…

Al Sargent

Occasional thoughts on tech, sailing, and San Francisco

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