LAS VEGAS: Splunk's annual .conf user event is in full swing and the firm has revealed a spate of new products and updates to its software portfolio.
V3 has a rundown on the top announcements coming out of the conference in the glitzy chaos of Las Vegas.
Splunk IT Service Intelligence
Alongside introducing the latest version of Splunk Enterprise, and a bolstered portfolio of security analytics software, the company revealed Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI), a reworking of its machine learning and operational analytics technology aimed at providing data-powered insights into IT services activity.
The introduction of ITSI will see Splunk enter an sector where specialists ServiceNow and ServiceMax hold sway.
The purpose of ITSI is to provide a centralised "single pane of glass" view of activity across a company's IT services rather than just its systems, in order to identify areas where there are anomalies in the delivery of a service and identify way to improve it.
ITSI can use its analytics core to map critical services against key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure the data it harvests and analyses is pertinent to critical areas of a business's IT services.
Johnathon Cervelli, field leader of data driven IT at Splunk, revealed ITSI in a .conf keynote speech, noting its ability to use machine learning to work with KPIs to better understand how IT services are performing.
"Most of the magic is how we make these KPIs; you give us a base search and can learn from your actual data what the right level should be for those KPIs, and use a variety of different types of machine learning algorithms to map exactly what's going on in your environments," he said.
Splunk's software platform for carrying out analytics on data stored in Hadoop clusters has gained two key features with its 6.3 update.
The first is the ability to connect real-time data stored in Splunk Enterprise with archived data kept in Hadoop clusters, allowing analytics to be put together on two different information sources without the need to set up separate big data analysis environments.
Along with new visualisation capabilities taken from Splunk Enterprise 6.3, the new version of Hunk also gains the ability to allow third-party open-source tools such as Hive and Pig to be used with Hunk.
Splunk's mobile app intelligence software, which allows users to monitor how well apps work, has been given the ability to use Stacktrace graphs and screen tracking to allow developers more insight into how people are using their apps in real-time.
More analytical parameters have also been added to the software, so that more useful feedback is provided to developers. Mint has also gained the support of mobile applications that support HTML5 web browsers as well as the likes of iOS and Android.
Released earlier this year in an on-premise guise, Splunk Light, the entry-level version of the main Splunk Enterprise platform, is now available as software-as-a-service via the cloud.
Effectively an evolution of the product, the cloud version of Splunk Light sits on top of the Amazon Web Services platform and gains from its global footprint, meaning the analysis of regulated operational data can be used within the cloud but kept within certain regions to be compliant with nation-specific data laws.
Splunk has also been showcasing some of its customers at .conf, including luxury smartphone maker Vertu, which has used Splunk Enterprise to overhaul its Android software testing.
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