This week I spent a few hours at the Splunk user conference, and many more hours speaking to customers in San Francisco. it was interesting to see people using such an open ended indexing and visualization platform to solve many business issues from operations, security, business reporting, customer facing reporting at SaaS providers, and other interesting use cases. The scale and scope of some of these projects is impressive ranging up to indexing over 20TB of log data per day.
The open nature of the platform allows for some interesting implementation and use cases, but also removes its focus towards a single particular market segment. The creativity and excitement of this user community is impressive and fascinating. One of the demos that I saw showed how splunk could be used for transaction tracing (similar to an APM use case), web analytics, advertising conversion, and realtime monitoring use cases. At Gartner alone we include them in the SIEM Magic Quadrant, as well as in an Operational Logfile Management (OLM) research. I look forward to tracking them, and working with them in the future.
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