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Splunk Introduces Splunk Enterprise 6.1

New Version Delivers Mission-critical Operational Intelligence to the Global Enterprise

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the general availability of Splunk® Enterprise 6.1, the latest version of the award-winning platform for machine data available as software or as a cloud service. Splunk Enterprise 6.1 delivers enhanced interactive analytics, continuous availability of mission-critical machine data and extends operational intelligence to every user in the organization. Watch the Splunk Enterprise video to learn more about what’s new and download Splunk Enterprise 6.1 today.

“Splunk Enterprise 6.1 adds important new capabilities for supporting high availability of mission-critical machine data analytics, embedding operational insights into other business applications and enabling powerful interactive data visualization and exploration,” said Guido Schroeder, senior vice president of products, Splunk. “Splunk’s clustering supports deployments that span multiple sites, an important requirement for globally operating enterprises, and we have further expanded our interactive visualization and information delivery features to provide machine data insights to broader audiences.”

“Delivering world class IT services and responding to the needs of the business requires putting the right data in the right hands at the right time. Whether it’s serving as an IT first responder or the CIO, Splunk Enterprise 6.1 looks to accomplish this feat with a wide variety of new capabilities,” said Michael Coté, research director of Infrastructure Software, 451 Research. “Splunk is aiming high with the new release delivering resiliency with multi-site clustering, enabling access to mainframe data, more contextual alerting mechanisms and embeddable reports into business apps like Salesforce and Microsoft® SharePoint.”

Key features and updates in Splunk Enterprise 6.1 include:

Enabling the Mission-critical Enterprise

Multi-site Clustering: Delivers continuous availability for Splunk Enterprise deployments that span multiple sites, countries or continents by replicating raw and indexed data in a clustered configuration.

Search Affinity: Provides a performance increase when using multi-site clustering by routing search and analytics requests to the nearest cluster, increasing performance and decreasing network usage.

zLinux Forwarder: Allows for application and platform data from IBM mainframes to be easily collected and indexed by Splunk Enterprise.

Data Preview with Structured Inputs: Enables previewing of massive data files to verify alignment of fields and headers before indexing to improve data quality and the time it takes to discover critical insights.

Embedding Operational Intelligence

Embedded Reports: Enable any Splunk report or table to be embedded in third-party business applications such as salesforce.com, WordPress, Wiki, Microsoft® SharePoint and more.

Custom Alerts: Deliver alerts with embedded machine data context, thereby reducing mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) and providing the ability to customize alert templates.

Delivering Enhanced Interactive Analytics

Enhanced Dashboard Editor: Build advanced dashboards through the UI and without requiring advanced XML coding.

Chart Overlay: Improves data analysis by providing the ability to overlay one chart on top of another.

Contextual Drilldown: Enables more detailed insights when clicking on a dashboard panel without leaving the context of the dashboard itself.

Pan-and-Zoom Controls: Enables more focused analytics by enabling a range of interest on a chart and zoom in for deeper analysis.

Customers Depend on Splunk Enterprise

Splunk customers praise multi-site clustering, custom alerts and the enhanced analytics features as key developments in Splunk Enterprise 6.1:

“Splunk once again delivered meaningful updates to the platform we rely upon for the data analytics and operational intelligence of our business,” said Nick Hills, vice president of technology, Cognia, provider of communications capture, storage and analytics solutions for global enterprises and services providers. “We generate a lot of alerts and often direct them outside of our environment to partners such as mobile operators. Being able to add better explanation and detail delivers a huge benefit to our business and customers. Multisite clustering is also a game changer for us. We not only gain a stronger compliance posture through replicated data copies but also can now make analytics run in any geography through secondary sites.”

“Splunk Enterprise 6.1, through multi-site clustering, provides a way for us to meet one of the most important objectives at Middlesex Hospital. It helps us protect and meet the needs of our patients by keeping the hospital’s critical systems running even in the event of a single-site outage,” said Ant Lefebvre, senior systems engineer, Middlesex Hospital, one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. “Additionally, the new enhanced productivity features provide access to a greater number of hospital users that benefit from critical insights found in machine data. With the new, targeted email alerts, for instance, we can filter out unnecessary or misdirected system-generated emails. This filters out the ‘email noise’ and only generates alerts that should be acted upon.”

Violin Launches Windows All-Flash Array

Violin Memory and Microsoft Jointly Develop an All-Flash Array Solution to Deliver Unparalleled Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Benefits

Violin Memory®, Inc., a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, announced today general availability of the Windows Flash Array (WFA). Jointly developed with Microsoft® Corp., the WFA is the first all-flash high-performance storage array powered by Windows® Storage Server 2012 R2 to deliver a rich set of storage features and data services for the enterprise. The unmatched speed and efficiency of the Windows Flash Array transforms the datacenter by dramatically reducing server overhead and application response times through improved storage performance, fundamentally altering the cost structure of enterprise applications. The Windows Flash Array enables enterprise and cloud workloads, such as SQL® Server, Microsoft SharePoint® and Windows® Server with Hyper-V virtualized applications, to meet the needs of global enterprises, while satisfying IT operational demands for maximized agility, automation, and orchestration between network, storage and compute resources.

Violin Memory Windows Flash Array

“Microsoft technologies, such as Windows Server, SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint, are already adopted by enterprises worldwide and growing dramatically,” said Bill Laing, Corporate Vice- President of Microsoft. “By jointly developing this highly integrated solution with Violin Memory, we are working together to provide enterprise and cloud customers with dramatically improved performance, scalability, and economics for their Windows applications — virtualized, physical and cloud.”

The WFA is a tightly integrated combination of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and Violin’s award winning hardware and software into a single solution that delivers high performance all-flash array storage for enterprise and cloud customers. Customers benefit from the proven storage features of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 embedded into the Windows All Flash Array, including thin provisioning, data deduplication, scalability and encryption along with space efficient snapshots and continuous availability, through Windows failover clustering.

“The WFA solution with Microsoft’s vast suite of server applications is critical for enterprises trying to revolutionize the performance, scale and cost of data center and cloud deployments,” said Kevin DeNuccio, CEO of Violin Memory. “This collaboration with Microsoft produces the necessary integration of compute, network, applications, and storage for customers designing the next generation of cloud and virtualized solutions.”

Microsoft has significantly improved the efficiency and feature set of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 but, most importantly, it provides a new way to connect external storage and make it perform like fast local storage. The Server Message Block (SMB) Direct protocol enabled by remote direct memory access (RDMA) makes possible a compelling enterprise-class storage alternative to traditional SANs. Testing by Microsoft reveals that SMB Direct can reduce CPU overhead by up to 30 percent, while delivering higher performance storage that is less expensive and easier to administer through native Windows Server management tools.

SQL Server is an enterprise-class database that enables customers to build mission-critical applications across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads. These enterprise applications are essential workloads that benefit from the WFA. Customers beta testing the Windows Flash Array with 2012 SQL Server reported that the WFA delivered up to two times the write performance and up to 50 percent higher read performance, compared to an industry standard all-flash array connected via Fibre Channel.

Windows Server with Hyper-V is one of the leading virtualization platforms helping customers achieve a higher utilization and ROI from their server assets. The high level of random I/O requests from virtualized workloads make the WFA a natural fit. In Hyper-V environments, WFA achieved up to 40 percent higher write performance in customer beta tests. Increased storage performance means enterprises can increase host server virtual machine density, bolstering their virtualization ROI while reducing CAPEX.

The net effect for customers is a significant reduction in compute and storage expense, while meeting the most demanding application SLAs with orders of magnitude improvement in response times. WFA is the first end-to-end continuously available, high performance All-Flash Windows Storage Server Array for the enterprise market.

Violin Memory Validated for Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Program

Violin 6000 All Flash Array Addresses the Storage Needs of Customers Implementing VDI Using Citrix XenDesktop

Violin Memory®, Inc., a leading provider of flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, today announced that its Violin® 6000 All Flash Array has been validated as part of the Citrix Ready® VDI Capacity Program Verified for Citrix XenDesktop®. The Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program is designed specifically to address the storage needs of customers who already have or are thinking about implementing VDI using XenDesktop.

The Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program helps guide customers with their VDI storage needs. The program enables Citrix storage partners to test their solutions against a turnkey “VDI Capacity” test environment that contains the necessary compute resources to generate an 800-user reference XenDesktop deployment, and thus demonstrating the appropriate amount of storage performance and capacity with a cost-efficient design. Partners whose technology satisfies the test criteria validated as part of the Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Program Verified for 800 users.

“Violin Memory has satisfactorily completed the testing requirements to join the Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program,” said Greg Fox, director, Citrix Ready program at Citrix. “Through this program, we are working with our storage partners to help provide our joint customers with guidance in choosing storage solutions for their XenDesktop VDI deployments. By taking part in the program, Violin is helping customers make informed product purchasing decisions.”

“As a member of the Citrix Ready Program, we are able to offer customers extremely high performance solutions that combine our Violin 6000 All-Flash Array with Citrix XenDesktop products at a low total cost of ownership,” said Erik Randles, vice president at Violin Memory. “Our test results and all-flash array storage solutions demonstrate our ability to work closely with industry leading partners, provide market leading virtualization and cloud solutions, and through the Citrix Ready partner ecosystem, provide the highest quality experience for our customers.”

CASE STUDY: LUMO Energy uses Splunk for SCADA Environment

LUMO Energy

With the assistance of Splunk’s reporting system, we have been able to gather greater details on the efficiency and health of each power station.

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LUMO Energy

LUMO Energy uses a customized supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system in order to monitor and control its machinery and equipment. LUMO Energy wanted to extend the capacity of its SCADA system in order to enhance the company’s ability to react to price fluctuations in real time and to maximize revenue. In addition, with the goal of increasing cost savings and operational efficiency, LUMO Energy was looking for a solution that would give real-time visibility into the infrastructure of its many power stations.

Download the Case Study – Splunk at LUMO Energy

Splunk Announces New Version of Splunk App for Microsoft® Exchange

Helps to Ensure Uptime for Critical Enterprise Email Services; New Dashboards Correlate Data from Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and Windows Operating Systems

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced version 3.0 of the Splunk® App for Microsoft Exchange. The latest version, combined with Splunk Enterprise, provides real-time visibility into the health of the Microsoft Exchange environment, including message delivery components and the supporting IT infrastructure. New out-of-the-box dashboards and reports in the app correlate Exchange, Active Directory® and Windows® operating systems data to enable proactive monitoring of the email service and provide deep visibility into usage and behavior to better inform capacity planning and maximize uptime. Splunk will demo the new app at booth #805 at the Microsoft Exchange Conference in Austin, TX, from March 31 – April 2, 2014. Version 3.0 of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange will be generally available on April 15, 2014.

“The messaging infrastructure is critical to organizations of all sizes. A disruption in email can damage the reputation of an IT department or the entire organization through lost orders, broken customer communications and chaotic internal communications,” said Leena Joshi, senior director of infrastructure operations marketing, Splunk. “The new version of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange includes pre-built correlations between Microsoft Exchange data and data from supporting infrastructure, specifically Windows OS and Microsoft Active Directory. This delivers the most accurate picture of email service health, performance, security and user experience across the messaging infrastructure.”

“The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is bar none the best app we’ve seen on the market for maintaining optimal Exchange network health. Easy to deploy, it provides extraordinary value to dozens of our customers across industries,” said Sean Wilkerson, senior security consultant and co-founder, Aplura, LLC, an IT Security consulting firm. “Our Exchange administrators and cybersecurity customers appreciate the instant visibility the app provides into their entire enterprise messaging infrastructure, and the ability to correlate information about service health with infrastructure performance. These insights enable customers to proactively resolve issues, avoid service degradation and downtime, and save big on storage costs.”

“It’s easy to dismiss email as a ‘keeping the lights on’ concern managed in the backwaters of IT but the fact is it’s a mission-critical service for almost every business,” said Michael Coté, research director, infrastructure software, 451 Research. “Companies need tools to monitor and diagnose problems in their email systems, often down to the smallest minutia. Splunk typically excels at deep dive analysis and broad-ranging reporting so their move to provide visibility into the Microsoft Infrastructure, and more specifically, Microsoft Exchange will likely be helpful for teams beset with keeping email services up and planning future infrastructure investments.”

Features of version 3.0 of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange include:

Packaged Correlation and Operations Dashboards – Easily identify relationships among performance, health and security events using prebuilt dashboards and reports that span the email service.

Dashboard Builder – Quickly and easily create, save and share custom reports of related services and components by simple querying on contextual information, such as “log outs”, “performance”, “health”, et cetera.

Messaging Tracking – Provide breakdown of message flow, with dashboard views that provide administrators with important segmentation and load information about message flow, enabling message tracking from the desktop to the gateway.

Client Behavior Monitoring and Capacity Planning – Provide in-depth visibility into how the messaging service is being utilized and display information about messaging volume and number of users the system is handling over time to help plan for growth.

End-to-End Visibility – Correlate data across Exchange and non-Exchange message delivery components such as proxy servers and firewalls to uncover anomalies that can impact performance and security.

Arista Networks files for IPO

Arista Networks Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of cloud networking solutions, has filed for a $200 million IPO. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol ANET, with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup leading a 17-bank underwriter group. The company reports $42 million of net income on $361 million in revenue for 2013, compared to $21 million in net income on $193 million in revenue for 2012. Shareholders include Andy Bechtolsheim.

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Splunk Doubles License Capacity for Entry-level Customers

Encourages New Users to Analyze Additional Valuable Data Sources

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that it is doubling license capacity at entry levels for Splunk® Enterprise. Doubling capacity enables Splunk customers to take more advantage of the hidden value in their machine data. They can more easily address their security, IT operations and application management use cases and correlate additional disparate data sources. Splunk customers can now leverage the award winning power of Splunk Enterprise more broadly across their organizations and drive further adoption of Splunk as their platform for machine data.

“From the start, we have believed in offering a free download so anyone can explore and analyze machine data at no cost. Now, we are doubling capacity for entry level customers, to further increase their ability to adopt Splunk software, explore new use cases and realize rapid return on investment,” said Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman and CEO, Splunk. “By enabling Splunk customers to analyze more data, we are further delivering on our mission to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone.”

The increased capacity applies to all new licenses up to 20 GB of daily indexing capacity. Splunk Enterprise U.S. licensing now starts at $4,500 for a 1 gigabyte (GB)/day perpetual license and $1,800 for a 1 GB/day annual term license. Splunk is also offering recent customers of Splunk Enterprise who purchased licenses up to 20 GB/day a special limited-time promotion to capitalize on the new license capacity levels.

Splunk customers can deploy Splunk Enterprise on-premises, in private or public clouds and in virtualized environments. A free version of Splunk Enterprise is available as a download for anyone indexing up to 500 MB/day and also as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) through the AWS Marketplace, where organizations can use Splunk software without the hassle of building and maintaining a physical infrastructure. Click here to download Splunk Enterprise.

Splunk does not charge for data sources, data types, number of users, number of searches or alerts, or total data stored – instead maintaining the simple, straightforward pricing based on daily indexing volume that fosters adoption across organizations. For more details, please visit the pricing page on the Splunk website or contact Splunk Sales. Pricing varies by region.

New Release: Splunk App for Enterprise Security 3.0

New Visualizations Significantly Reduce Time to Incident Detection and Response

SAN FRANCISCO – January 21, 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced version 3.0 of the Splunk® App for Enterprise Security, which empowers security professionals to stalk cyberattackers. New visualizations enable advanced threat detection, resulting in a significant reduction in the time to incident discovery and response. The Splunk App for Enterprise Security also includes a new threat intelligence framework, support for new data types, data models and pivot interface.


The Splunk App for Enterprise Security takes full advantage of the features available in Splunk Enterprise 6. New features include:

New Visualizations: Security professionals can visually correlate data to identify anomalous behavior, providing a starting point for security investigations. Once an unusual data pattern for a person, application or system is identified, the analyst is never more than three clicks away from the raw data and can create a notable event for investigation and analysis workflows.

Threat Intelligence Framework: Organizations subscribing to threat intelligence feeds can organize and de-duplicate the data to make it more useful to security teams, instead of just viewing the data like most SIEM products.

Data Models and Pivot Interface: Anyone can create, save or export new, custom visualizations or reports without being an advanced Splunk user or having any knowledge of Splunk’s search processing language (SPL). Splunk Enterprise 6 and the Splunk App for Enterprise Security includes a large catalog of visualizations as a starting point and developers can create custom visualizations using the programming language of their choice with the powerful web framework.

Support for New Data Types and Threat Feeds: All data is security-relevant, and the Splunk App for Enterprise Security supports making decisions quickly with the context of business activity by supporting traditional log data, flow data, packet capture data, industrial control system data, external threat intelligence feeds and other business data that may be in databases.

For more details and to watch a demo of the new asset investigator see the Splunk website.

Splunk Enterprise Named Best Big Data Analytics Solution

Government Security News 2013 Homeland Security Awards Recognize Critical Impact of Machine Data on Security Posture for Public Sector Organizations

SAN FRANCISCO – January 6, 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that Splunk® Enterprise has been named the Best Big Data Analytics Solution in the GSN: Government Security News 2013 Homeland Security Awards.

For more details see the Splunk website…

Splunk App for VMware Wins Top Honors for Server Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO – January 6, 2014 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that Splunk® App for Vmware has won the Editor’s Choice award for the Server Virtualization category in Virtualization Review’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Customers rely on the Splunk App for VMware for proactive health monitoring, operational insights such as performance, capacity and security analytics, and to correlate VMware data with data from all other technology tiers for true end-to-end visibility.

For more details see the Splunk website…