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Splunk offers deeper operational intelligence

Splunk offers deeper operational intelligence

Big data analysis specialist Splunk has released a cloud version of its enterprise suite allowing organisations to access and analyse operational and machine generated big data in the cloud. The company has also launched a free version of Splunk Storm, a slimmed-down application monitoring system, with the hope of getting more IT and  non-IT business users onto the service.

Machine generated data is a catchall term for any data generated by websites, applications, servers, storage, network, mobile and other devices – including system sensors, and Splunk’s pitch is that it allows IT outfits to monitor, and analyse these often disparate sources of data, which is generally quite a challenging task because of the level of integration this requires.

The service allows users to run queries on the data, but instead of using SQL or similar technical query languages  the company uses a proprietary search processing language (SPL) that vaguely resembles natural language, making it much easier for non-IT personnel to use the service. In the latest release of Splunk Enterprise the company has also included a drag-and-drop pane, further simplifying the process of comparing these data sources. In a nutshell, it’s a powerful search engine for machine generated data.

“Splunk, like AWS, is an innovative and disruptive technology,” said Terry Wise, director, worldwide partner ecosystem at Amazon Web Services. “As the cloud provider of choice for the Splunk Cloud service, AWS is excited to offer our enterprise customers the ability to gain deeper operational intelligence from their AWS-based applications.”

“We are expanding our offering because we heard our customers loud and clear – they want Splunk Enterprise as a cloud service,” said Dejan Deklich, vice president of cloud engineering, Splunk. “Delivering the enterprise-class Splunk Cloud, based on award-winning, patented technology, enabled us to also make Splunk Storm free. This is exciting because we are now giving a free service to developers who have to pay for the same results from other vendors.”

While the freely available Splunk Storm will be capped at 20GB of machine generated data per month Splunk Enterprise Cloud will be offered on subscription plans available from 50 GB per day through one terabyte per day. The company says that it is planning to deploy its cloud-based enterprise services suite on other private and public clouds, and is in the process of building in support for data stored in Hadoop clusters.