Any company whose slogan is "Take the sh out of IT" isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers. My colleague Art Wittmann calls Splunk, whose software monitors, reports and analyzes live streaming IT data as well as historical data, the "poor man's security event management" tool, leaving the likes of ArcSight to the high end. Says another colleague, NWC.com editor Mike Fratto: "These guys put the cool into logging by making searching easy and fast. All the other log management vendors followed suit, building or rebuilding their search systems."
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