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Splunk Wins Big Data and Cloud Awards

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Emilio Umeoka has been named to the list of the 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs while the company is recognized by CRN as one of The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors of 2015. In addition, Fast Company has ranked Splunk as one of the World’s Ten Most Innovative Companies in big data for the third straight year.

“We are excited to once again be named one of the Most Innovative Big Data Companies,” said Steve Sommer, chief marketing officer, Splunk. “We are amazed every day by the unique, innovative ways our customers continue to find to leverage Splunk software to generate valuable insights from their data.”

Each year, Fast Company ranks the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in a variety of categories, including Big Data. The list recognizes those organizations that are pioneering the world of data analytics through positive and original use cases.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a Channel Chief, but this award speaks more about Splunk’s entire channel team and all of our partners,” said Emilio Umeoka, vice president Asia Pacific and worldwide partners, Splunk. “There is an incredible opportunity to gain insight from machine data and today’s organizations require a thriving partner ecosystem with significant domain expertise and services to do just that.”

The annual CRN Channel Chiefs list honors influential executives who are among the most powerful leaders in the IT channel and who hold direct responsibility for driving growth and revenue through channel partners. Winners are selected based on their track record of channel accomplishments, standing in the industry, dedication to the partner community and plans for driving future business innovation and channel growth.

Splunk Introduces Pricing for Enterprise-wide Deployments

New License Model Accelerates Adoption and Value of Splunk Enterprise Across the Organization

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that customers of any size can now purchase unlimited licenses of Splunk® Enterprise and benefit from fixed, predictable costs as they expand their use of Splunk software. By offering unlimited enterprise adoption agreements (EAAs), Splunk is providing customers with an additional, new licensing option that is independent of data volumes and use cases, providing pricing predictability as organizations drive broad-based adoption across all of their machine data use cases. Unlimited EAAs increase the value organizations can gain from Splunk software by collecting, analyzing and acting on machine data generated across a wide variety of use cases – without license limits on the amount of data they are ingesting.

“Our customer base is experiencing explosive data growth and needs Splunk to help them tap into the value of all of their machine data,” said Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman and CEO, Splunk. “Splunk has always embraced simple pricing to help fuel our customers’ success, and we have been focused on continually driving down the cost of collecting, indexing and analyzing data in Splunk software. This new licensing model further removes barriers and encourages organizations to gain insights from all of their machine-generated big data by standardizing on Splunk Enterprise.”

An unlimited EAA enables organizations to deliver the most value from their machine data by utilizing Splunk Enterprise as a platform for machine data for the entire business and across diverse, high-value use cases such as IT operations, application delivery, security, business analytics and the Internet of Things. The unlimited EAAs also include support, education and professional services to help customers realize the maximum value from their Splunk investment. The unlimited EAA is Splunk’s latest move to make it easier for organizations to take advantage of their machine data. Last year, Splunk doubled license capacity at entry levels of Splunk Enterprise and also reduced the cost of Splunk Cloud by 33 percent.

Splunk Enterprise Voted Best Business Application

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk® Enterprise has been named Best Business Application at the fifth annual V3 Technology Awards. The awards recognize the best products, vendors and individuals in the U.K. technology industry. Splunk Enterprise was shortlisted in the Best Business Application category by the V3 editorial team and the winners were decided based on votes from V3 readers.

“This win means a great deal to us because it is decided by the readers – the people who understand how use of our technology enables new insights that drive the business,” said Matt Davies, senior director, EMEA marketing, Splunk. “Splunk Enterprise enables organizations to improve service levels, reduce operations costs, mitigate security risks, enhance DevOps collaboration, create new product and service offerings and obtain deeper insight into customer behavior. Being named Best Business Application underlines the value Operational Intelligence delivers to our customers.”

“Splunk was up against tough competition in the Best Business Application category at this year’s awards, against firms such as Oracle and Salesforce.com,” said Madeline Bennett, editor, V3. “The fact that Splunk Enterprise received the award is testament to the firm’s caliber in the data analysis space. And as the awards are voted for by the V3 readership, it shows that Splunk customers and IT professionals highly rate the firm’s products.”

V3.co.uk provides an online audience of over 500,000 technology professionals with up-to-the-minute news, reviews and analysis written by a team of expert IT journalists in the U.K. and Silicon Valley. V3.co.uk is published in the U.K. by Incisive Media, the trading name of Incisive Financial Publishing.

Splunk Wins Readers’ Choice Award for Best Big Data Solution

Splunk Wins NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Award for Best Big Data Solution

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk® Enterprise won the 2014 NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Award for Best Big Data Solution. The annual NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Awards recognizes leading vendors for innovative technologies, product excellence and solutions provided to Asia businesses. This is the fourth consecutive year NetworkWorld Asia has recognized Splunk Enterprise with a big data or analytics award.

“Splunk Enterprise is enabling organizations globally to gain valuable insights from machine-generated big data, giving them a competitive edge that is critical to winning in today’s marketplace,” said Robert Lau, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, Splunk. “Splunk Enterprise helps customers be more agile and realize rapid return on investment in use cases across security, IT operations, application development, application management, IoT, big data and business analytics. Winning the NetworkWorld Asia Readers’ Choice Award for big data reflects the incredible results our customers are realizing as they gain Operational Intelligence and discover new business insights across their organizations.”

“The volume, velocity and variety of data puts a strain on data center resources and hinders the uninterrupted availability and accessibility of business-critical information,” said Victor Ng, South-East Asia Bureau Chief of NetworkWorld Asia. “Virtualization, cloud computing and mobility also make the management and real-time analysis of data more challenging. But solution providers, such as Splunk, have once again proven their understanding of industry needs and market demands in the Asia Pacific region with their innovative solutions. We congratulate Splunk on winning the 2014 NWA Readers’ Choice Award for Big Data Solution.”

Splunk recently unveiled new versions of Splunk Enterprise and Hunk, along with new products including Splunk MINT™ Express and the Splunk App for Stream. Download Splunk Enterprise today or try the Free Online Sandbox on the Splunk website. Go to the Splunk website for more information on Hunk, Splunk MINT Express and the Splunk App for Stream.

New Versions of Splunk Enterprise and Hunk Now Generally Available

Splunk Enterprise 6.2 Offers Powerful, Intuitive Splunk Analytics to IT and Business Users; Hunk 6.2 Now Available at Hourly Rate through Amazon Web Services

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the general availability (GA) of Splunk Enterprise 6.2, the latest version of the award-winning platform for machine data, and version 6.2 of Hunk®: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL Data Stores. Splunk Enterprise 6.2 delivers simplified analysis and powerful pattern detection that enables more users across IT and the business to discover relationships in their data and build advanced analytics. Hunk is now also available directly from the Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) console and priced on an hourly basis.

“The latest versions of Splunk Enterprise and Hunk significantly advance the capability to deliver powerful analytics to a broad range of new users,” said Guido Schroeder, senior vice president of products, Splunk. “Splunk Enterprise 6.2 also reduces total cost of ownership through improved scalability; and Hunk 6.2 on AWS EMR drastically decreases time to value for anyone looking to gain value out of data they have been storing in Hadoop.”

Splunk Enterprise 6.2 puts powerful analytics in the hands of even more users. New features in Splunk Enterprise 6.2 include:

Easier Data Onboarding: New intuitive wizard makes it easier to onboard any machine data. New interface guides users through previewing, onboarding and preparation of machine data for downstream analysis.

Instant Pivot: Pivot directly on any machine data, enabling powerful analysis and rapid creation of dashboards without advanced knowledge of Splunk Search Processing Language.

Enhanced Event Pattern Detection: Speeds analysis by automatically grouping similar events to discover meaningful patterns in the underlying machine data.

Search Head Clustering: Reduce total cost of ownership by increasing concurrent user capacity and eliminating shared storage requirements.

Hunk 6.2 extends the power of exploratory analytics and enables all professionals to easily unlock the business value of data in Hadoop and NoSQL data stores. New features in Hunk 6.2 include:

Amazon EMR Console 1-Click® Purchase: For the first time ever, leverage automatically configured Hunk instances provisioned by AWS, priced hourly, for data in Amazon EMR.

Hunk Sandbox: Rapidly learn Hunk interactive search and analytics in a single download that runs on the leading operating systems, without having to set up a Hadoop cluster.

Hunk Apps: Search, analyze and visualize data in NoSQL and other data stores through prepackaged connections, including the Hunk App for MongoDB and Sqrrl App for Hunk (Apache Accumulo). Gain insight into the health of your AWS Elastic Load Balancing services with the Hunk App for AWS Elastic Load Balancing.

Splunk and Kepware Alliance Accelerates New Insights from Industrial Data

Breakthrough Integration Enables Organizations to Realize Greater Value from Industrial Systems Including SCADA Systems

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, and Kepware Technologies, developer of software solutions for Industrial Automation and Controls, today announced the availability of Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk. The forwarder, a plug-in for the widely deployed KEPServerEX® platform, enables customers to send industrial data from sensors, devices and control systems to Splunk® Enterprise and Splunk Cloud™.

Splunk users can easily collect, search and analyze industrial data to improve operations, accelerate troubleshooting, perform preventative maintenance, strengthen security posture and improve productivity. The integration between Splunk Enterprise and KEPServerEX breaks down the industrial data and IT data silos to deliver new real-time insights that were previously unavailable. The solution enables easily configured access to the data produced by devices including PLCs, RTUs, PACs, DAQs and legacy controllers, communicating via more than 150 proprietary industrial protocols.

“The combination of Splunk’s machine data platform and Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder opens up a new frontier in analyzing industrial data,” said Tapan Bhatt, vice president of business analytics, Splunk. “Industrial data holds great promise for a diverse range of industries including automotive, manufacturing and oil and gas. With Splunk and Kepware, these organizations have a new way to easily collect, correlate and explore industrial data at scale.”

“Kepware’s solutions represent the backbone of industrial data collection across a variety of industries,” said Brett Austin, president, Kepware Technologies. “As customers demand deeper insights from this data, our alliance with Splunk provides a unique and turnkey big data analytics solution to address their growing needs.”
“Given the diversity of devices and the variety of protocols in the Internet of Things market, getting insights from industrial systems has historically been a challenge to scale,” said Vernon Turner, senior vice president, IDC. “The combination of Splunk and Kepware creates an interesting alliance that ties industrial systems communications expertise together with a secure and scalable data collection, storage and analytics platform.”

To learn more about how to integrate Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud with industrial data and the Internet of Things, please visit http://www.splunk.com/iot. To download Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk Plug-In, please visit http://info.kepware.com/idf-for-splunk.

Splunk MINT Extends Operational Intelligence to Mobile Apps

Splunk MINT Express Enables High Performing and Reliable Mobile Apps, Splunk MINT Enterprise Now in Beta

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the general availability of Splunk® MINT Express and the beta of Splunk MINT Enterprise. The two new offerings empower Splunk customers to gain greater Operational Intelligence from mobile apps. Splunk MINT Express, a cloud service, gives mobile application developers a fast path to application intelligence with analytics on app quality, usage and performance. Splunk MINT Enterprise further extends this capability by integrating mobile application data with data in Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud so customers can gain end-to-end visibility and perform real-time, omni-channel application analytics. Watch the video to see Splunk MINT Express and Splunk MINT Enterprise in action, sign up for a 15-day free trial of Splunk MINT Express and join the Splunk MINT Enterprise beta program.

“Splunk MINT Enterprise and Splunk MINT Express, the first new products from our Bugsense acquisition, not only help our customers build more reliable, better performing mobile apps but also harness mobile app data for new, strategic IT and business insights,” said Guido Schroeder, senior vice president of products, Splunk. “In a mobile-first world, mobile app performance and quality are mission-critical. At the same time, data from mobile apps that provides insights into user behavior and usage characteristics becomes even more valuable when combined with data from other channels, including web and laptop applications, to provide full visibility of user interactions across multiple channels.”

“Mobile applications have become increasingly critical to business success, but approaches to monitoring performance, usage and effectiveness tend to focus on developers or IT,” said Julie Craig, research director, Application Management, Enterprise Management Associates. “Splunk, with its mobile intelligence offerings, offers a unique approach that can support the cross channel insights needed by developers, IT operations and the business.”

Splunk MINT Express

Splunk MINT Express offers developers a fast path to mobile application intelligence. Mobile app developers can quickly instrument mobile apps and view performance and usage information in an easy-to-use cloud-based console. MINT Express enables customers to:

-Instrument mobile apps with a single line of code.
-Gain real-time insight into the performance, quality and usage of mobile apps.
-Find and fix network and transaction performance issues.

“Splunk MINT Express will help ensure that our customers obtain the best performance from our mobile offerings including, CloudCompass by Cvent, CrowdTorch by Cvent and OnArrival mobile apps,” said Al Funk, director of mobile product development, Cvent. “Splunk MINT Express will help us identify unusual app performance issues before they impact our mobile users and gain new insights into user engagement, so we can continuously improve the customer experience.”

Splunk MINT Enterprise

Splunk MINT Enterprise (beta) combines mobile application data with other data in Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud to provide end-to-end visibility and correlation to enable customers to:

– Identify availability and performance issues across mobile apps, networks (LTE or Wi-Fi) and back-end systems.
– Gain additional insight into how, where and when mobile apps are being utilized.
– Compare and contrast app performance and usage with web or client-based performance and usage.
– Correlate application usage across mobile, web and other channels to identify business opportunities and patterns.
– Present new insights in real time to IT and business stakeholders using a single platform.

Splunk Introduces Splunk Enterprise 6.2

New Release Extends Powerful Splunk Analytics to a Broader Number of Users and Delivers Improved Scalability

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced Splunk® Enterprise 6.2, the latest version of the award-winning platform for machine data. Splunk Enterprise 6.2 delivers simplified analysis and powerful pattern detection that enables more users across IT and the business to discover relationships in their data and build advanced analytics. The new release also reduces total cost of ownership by improving scalability of concurrent searches and eliminating shared storage requirements. Splunk Enterprise 6.2 will be generally available as software for on premises, cloud or hybrid deployments, and as a cloud service through Splunk Cloud on Tuesday, October 28. Sign up for the Splunk Online Sandbox to get a free private workspace in the cloud.

“Splunk Enterprise 6.2 gives easier, more intuitive analysis to casual and less technical users, through enhanced automated discovery of valuable patterns in the machine data. It is the latest advancement in our focus to deliver stronger IT and business insights through powerful, yet easy-to-use, analytics that can be created and used across the organization,” said Guido Schroeder, senior vice president of products, Splunk. “With improved scalability, elimination of shared storage requirements, and a new Distributed Management Console, Splunk Enterprise 6.2 will also drive greater efficiency for the thousands of organizations that rely on Splunk to gain operational intelligence.”

“As the complexity of deploying and managing IT infrastructures continues to intensify, there is a growing demand for analytics platforms that enhance visibility and extend insights,” said Tim Grieser, program vice president, Enterprise System Management Software, IDC. “The latest Splunk Enterprise release, featuring analytics creation for non-specialist users and unique pattern detection capabilities, builds on past successes to focus on these requirements.”

Customers Expect to Add New Users with Improved Scalability

Customers say Splunk Enterprise 6.2 will enhance the return on investment they already experience with the Splunk platform by putting analytics in the hands of even more users, both Splunk power users and non-technical employees. New features including instant pivot, enhanced event pattern detection and improved scalability are key to driving more use across the enterprise:

“Splunk Enterprise 6.2 introduces blockbuster features that will enable us to achieve even deeper levels of operational intelligence across our entire global network for IT ops, security, compliance and business analytics,” said Abdallah Mohammed, data architect, Intuit. “The search head, multi-site clustering and instant pivot in Splunk Enterprise 6.2 will allow us to provide a broader set of users with the ability to perform machine data analytics.”

“Data-driven insights are critical to delivering the outstanding level of service that our customers expect, and the new features in Splunk Enterprise 6.2 will help us gain these insights faster and more easily,” said Mathias Herzog, system engineer, PostFinance. “Improved event pattern detection makes it even simpler for non-technical users to discover meaningful patterns in our data, while the enhancements to search head clustering will enable us to gain more from our investment in Splunk Enterprise by putting it in the hands of even more users.”

Key features in Splunk Enterprise 6.2 include:

Easier Data Onboarding and Preparation

– New intuitive wizard makes it easier to onboard any machine data. New interfaces guide users through previewing, onboarding and preparation of machine data for downstream analysis.
– Advanced Field Extractor delivers simplified identification, naming and tagging of fields in machine data for rapid analysis.

More Powerful Analytics for Everyone

-Instant Pivot allows anyone to pivot directly from any search, enabling powerful analysis and rapid creation of dashboards without knowledge of Splunk Search Processing Language.
-Enhanced event Pattern Detection speeds analysis by automatically discovering meaningful patterns in underlying machine data.
-Prebuilt Panels enable faster dashboard creation by providing the ability to create, package and share reusable dashboard building blocks.

Simplified Management at Scale

– Search head clustering advancement reduces total cost of ownership by increasing concurrent user capacity and eliminating shared storage requirements. Also improves redundancy and replication of search results.
– Distributed Management Console delivers a new interface to centrally monitor the health and performance of distributed Splunk Enterprise deployments.

Splunk Enterprise 6.2 can be downloaded starting at 5 a.m. PT, Tuesday, October 28 at the following link: http://www.splunk.com/download

New Release of Splunk App for Enterprise Security Drives the Analytics-Enabled Security Operations Center

Splunk Executive Showcases Latest Version during Keynote at RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan 2014

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the general availability of version 3.1 of the Splunk® App for Enterprise Security. Recently named a Leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management, Splunk introduces a new risk scoring framework in the Splunk App for Enterprise Security to enable easier, faster threat detection and containment by empowering users to assign risk scores to any data. The app also includes new features to help users connect and visualize data on the fly and introduces guided search to make security analytics more accessible to a broad range of users without requiring knowledge of programming languages or command syntax. Splunk customers who have purchased the app can download version 3.1 of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security on Splunk Apps. New users are encouraged to contact Splunk sales.

Haiyan Song, vice president of security markets, Splunk, will highlight the important role the Splunk App for Enterprise Security plays within analytics-driven security teams in her keynote at RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan 2014. Song’s keynote, “The Analytics-enabled Security Operations Center – Best Practices for Improving Incident Response and Breach Investigation,” begins at 9:50 a.m. SGT, Wednesday, July 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Splunk experts will also be at booth #P2 throughout RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan 2014 with hands-on demonstrations of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security, Splunk Enterprise and some of the 150+ security-relevant apps available on Splunk Apps.

“Adapting quickly to new attack techniques is the key for modern cybersecurity warriors, and the new version of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security was built specifically to help organizations remain agile in this dynamic landscape of zero-day and previously unknown attacks,” said Song. “Risk scoring provides prioritization beyond just event data to help security teams transform security analytics by identifying the most critical threats from the massive streams of data surrounding them. We believe the app will have a profound impact on the threat detection capabilities of organizations around the world.”

“Splunk’s Enterprise Security App Version 3.1 represents a great step forward in providing security analytics to more roles across the security team. The addition of risk-based analytics and more in-depth threat intelligence, combined with the ability to connect and visualize disparate data, are extremely valuable and well aligned with the requirements we are hearing from end users,” said David Monahan, security research director, Enterprise Management Associates. “The new Guided UI allows any user to build sophisticated queries without foreknowledge of the Splunk analytics language, advancing the capabilities of every level of user, improving effectiveness and accelerating the ROI gained from Splunk.”

New features in the Splunk App for Enterprise Security focus on delivering risk-based analytics, connecting and visualizing disparate data, and enriching security analysis with threat intelligence. Key features include:
Risk-based Analytics: Enhance decision-making by applying a risk score to any data through a new Risk Scoring Framework. Helps security and IT teams prioritize, triage and be alerted to threats based on risk score, while also exposing contributing factors of the risk score to all relevant teams.

Visual Investigation: Gain faster, deeper insights across all machine data by giving users the ability to visually discover relationships by creating event swim lanes that organize and correlate all data.

Guided Search Creation: Simplify complex correlation across disparate data sources by building advanced searches in a guided user interface with little or no knowledge of any programming language or command syntax.

Domain Name-based Threat Intelligence: Adding onto the integrated Threat Intelligence Framework, which deduplicates and assigns weights to threat intelligence feeds, security teams can now integrate high-fidelity and complex URLs and domain names.

Learn more about the Splunk App for Enterprise Security on the Splunk website. Version 3.1 of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security requires version 6.x of Splunk Enterprise.

Splunk Introduces the Splunk Mobile App

New App for iPhone and iPad Enables Anyone to Use Splunk Enterprise on the Go

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the release of the Splunk® Mobile App for iPhone and iPad. The Splunk Mobile App gives Splunk Enterprise users a powerful new way to view, interact with and share Splunk Enterprise dashboards and reports, receive real-time alerts and leverage operational intelligence on the go through a fully optimized mobile user experience. Download the Splunk Mobile App for free from the Apple App Store or go to the Splunk website.

“The Splunk Mobile App has been designed to provide our users with an incredible experience when accessing Splunk Enterprise from their iPhone or iPad,” said Sanjay Mehta, vice president of product marketing, Splunk. “Splunk deployments have become increasingly critical for our users, who now can benefit from the universal access and collaboration provided by the Splunk Mobile App. It seamlessly and securely puts operational intelligence at our customers’ fingertips, whenever and wherever they need it.”

“The Splunk Mobile App allows us to enhance the value of our Splunk Enterprise deployment by breaking down barriers to data access,” said Ant Lefebvre, senior systems engineer, Middlesex Hospital. “The ability to query Splunk dashboards and receive alerts from an iPad or iPhone gives our mobile users a very intuitive user experience with complex data.”

With the Splunk Mobile App users can:
– Conveniently access and query their machine data.
– Easily view, annotate and share dashboards and reports.
– Receive real-time alert notifications.
– Export dashboards and reports as PDF files for offline viewing.

The Splunk Mobile App is available for free on the iPhone and iPad from the Apple App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/splunk-mobile-app/id848652190?ls=1&mt=8.

The app requires Splunk Enterprise 5.x or above and the Splunk Enterprise Mobile Access Server.

To learn more about Splunk Enterprise, please visit http://www.splunk.com/6.