Splunk's New Edition Can Run Analytics on iPads

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-24

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.

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