LAS VEGAS: Splunk has announced the latest version of its operational intelligence platform, Splunk Enterprise 6.3, with a target set on collecting and analysing data from the Internet of Things (IoT).
Revealed at Splunk's annual .conf conference in Las Vegas, the company claimed Enterprise 6.3 can reduce the operational costs of deploying the platform by half when compared against the earlier 6.0 version.
Part of this cost reduction is centred on being able to archive data from Enterprise 6.3 into cheaper Hadoop storage clusters.
The addition of unified search functionality means data can be searched across both Enterprise 6.3 and Hadoop data streams.
One of the core features of the new version of Splunk Enterprise is the volume of data it can handle for analysis and its capacity for handling queries made against that data, according to the vendor.
This means the platform can now support high-volumes of data gleaned from IoT networks and developer operations activity.
Enhancements to the distributed mainframe console in Enterprise 6.3 give users a better view into their Splunk deployment and insight into how their data is stored and maturing, along with performance information on the deployment.
Nate McKervey, director of technical product marketing at Splunk, announced the general availability of Enterprise 6.3 in the .conf opening keynote and claimed the update doubles the speed of searching, reporting and on-boarding data using Enterprise 6.3, as well as aiding better detection of anomalies and rare events in large data sets.
"[Enterprise] 6.3 is way, way faster; this is because we can apply extra available CPU cores to your searches. What this means is that searches will run faster, and the syntax is exactly the same so there is no need to alter underlying searches," he explained.
The addition of a new HTTP event collector means a standard application programme interface (API) can be used to connect apps and devices to Enterprise 6.3 and the Splunk Cloud, and then send data to them for analysis.
Having the HTTP event collector means there is no need to put Splunk forwarders - a Splunk Enterprise instance that forwards data to another instance or to a third-party system - into devices to push data into Enterprise 6.3. This means data can be collected from IoT-enabled sensors and devices not able to support forwarder software.
This new capability lets Enterprise 6.3 directly link to popular developer services and tools, including AWS Lambda from Amazon Web Services, Docker and IoT services from Citrix's Octoblu.
Better data controls also enable improved compliance for data handling and better protection against data tampering.
The platform has been designed to be deployed on-premise or in the cloud using the Splunk Cloud, and also facilitates hybrid deployments of the two environments.
The ability to better tap into data sources will likely be a boon for retailers that need to embrace machine learning, the IoT and big data if they wish to thrive.
Also at .conf, luxury smartphone brand Vertu outlined how the firm is using Splunk's operational data analysis services to overhaul Android software testing for its premium handsets.
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