Searching Inward: Newest Splunk Version Indexes Log Data From Multiple Servers - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Searching Inward: Newest Splunk Version Indexes Log Data From Multiple Servers

Other improvements include command-line APIs and needing 40% less storage capacity for indexing and storing original log and IT data.

Think of Splunk as a Google for systems administrators, a search tool that looks inward, hunting for problems found in logging data culled and indexed from a company's IT systems. The latest iteration of the 9-month-old tool, Splunk 2.1, was released Monday and adds features that mimic another Google practice: furnishing command-line APIs to the search engine so third parties can write independent applications that exploit its search technology.

Software writers can use Splunk's APIs to create a Flash application that, for instance, monitors real-time security threats and visually displays where attacks originate.

Another example, envisioned by Splunk CEO Michael Baum, is a visual business tool for marketers that depicts major sites blocking e-mail as indexed in a company's internal IT systems logs.

Other advancements of Splunk 2.1 include the ability to run on multiple servers, with search results merged and presented in an interactive Ajax Web user interface. The new version requires 40% less storage capacity for indexing and storing original log and IT data. Baum contends Splunk is up to five times faster than other log technologies and log appliances, with the potential of achieving unlimited indexing speeds by clustering multiple servers. Indexing speeds range from 20,000 to 120,000 events a second on a single server.

Since introducing the product in January, Splunk has recorded some 60,000 downloads of its free version. Splunk claims 70 paying customers--including Apple, BEA, Comcast, FedEx, Sony, Sybase, Vodafone, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. departments of Energy and State--and expects to exceed 100 paid customers by year's end.

Pricing is based on the peak daily volume, starting at $2,500 a year for 512 Mbytes of raw uncompressed data indexed. It can scale up to 1,000 Gbytes for $300,000 a year.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Remote Work Tops SF, NYC for Most High-Paying Job Openings
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/20/2021
Blockchain Gets Real Across Industries
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  7/22/2021
Seeking a Competitive Edge vs. Chasing Savings in the Cloud
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/19/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
This new report from InformationWeek explores what we've learned over the past year, critical trends around ITOps and SecOps, and where leaders are focusing their time and efforts to support a growing digital economy. Download it today!
Current Issue
Monitoring Critical Cloud Workloads Report
In this report, our experts will discuss how to advance your ability to monitor critical workloads as they move about the various cloud platforms in your company.
Flash Poll