Splunk's New Edition Can Run Analytics on iPads

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-24 Print this article Print

Splunk enables organizations to monitor, search, analyze, visualize and act on massive streams of real-time and historical machine data.

Machine-data collector and indexer Splunk, which owns one of the more original company names in IT, has launched a non-Adobe Flash version of its enterprise platform that can be used on mobile devices--specifically, the iOS-powered iPad.

Open-source Splunk Enterprise 4.3, available for download since Jan. 10, collects, indexes and harnesses the large amounts of machine data continuously generated by business Websites, applications, servers, networks and mobile devices. The software enables organizations to monitor, search, analyze, visualize and act on massive streams of real-time and historical machine data.

And now IT and business people alike can access all that big-data information on iPads.

New features include the non-Flash user interface; the ability to connect up to 10 times more concurrent users; the ability to access real-time and historical analysis in a single step; and an easier-to-use interface, with dashboards now editable by business users and executives. Users no longer have to edit XML to access dashboards, the company said.

Use-case example: Travel Website Expedia has more than 2,700 users of Splunk, and "being able to provide dashboards on iPads means we can get more data to more people when they want it," said Eddie Satterly, Expedia's senior director of architecture and  engineering.

Splunk 4.3 community edition is available now as a free download. You can watch a video on Splunk 4.3 here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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