Splunk Enterprise 6.3 Features Advanced Analytics and Visualizations

Splunk, provider of real-time operational intelligence solutions, has announced a new version of the Splunk Enterprise platform and availability of a new solution that targets the complexity of IT intelligence.

Splunk Enterprise version 6.3 will feature advanced analytics and visualizations, and high-volume event collection for DevOps and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Additionally, the hardware cost of a deployment of Splunk Enterprise has been cut in half compared to Splunk Enterprise 6.0. Splunk Enterprise 6.3 can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, as the cloud service Splunk Cloud or in a hybrid model.

“We’re very proud to announce through a number of key advancements that we’ve doubled the performance and cut hardware cost of ownership by half compared to just two years ago,” said Shay Mowlem, vice president of product management and marketing. “It was through a continuous path of improving query processing, indexing speed, and how we optimize the hardware we run on to continue to deliver that benefit to our customers.”

Using a standard API to let applications and devices send millions of events per second directly to Splunk Enterprise for analysis, version 6.3 brings a new HTTP event collector to the table.

This new capability is also integrated into popular developer services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lamda and Docker, and IoT services including Citrix Octoblu and Xively by LogMeIn.

Another new platform feature includes a custom alert trigger that allows users to look at data and create a notice that can detect possible anomalies, Mowlem explained.

“Integrations to other systems has been a very important part of our strategy for quite some time,” Mowlem said. “That’s one of a number of ways we are broadening our integration into the ecosystem to help our customers benefit from operational intelligence across their environment.”

A variety of users will benefit from this new platform update, according to Mowlem. “We’ve improved our management console to help all our customers be able to administer Splunk better, more efficiently, and more effectively,” Mowlem said. “We’ve provided a set of prepackaged visualization capabilities as well that can be used by anyone.”

Along with a new version of Splunk’s platform, the company is releasing a new solution called Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI). “We built it to jumpstart the value of an organizations ability to gain value out of our platform,” said Rick Fitz, SVP of IT markets. This new solution will deliver a central, unified view of critical IT services and utilizes advanced analytics driven by machine learning to highlight anomalies, detect root causes, and pinpoint areas of impact.

Built on the powerful Splunk platform, Splunk ITSI scales to collect and index terabytes of real-time and historical events and metrics, across multi-datacenter and cloud based infrastructures. Additionally, the platform offers rich visualizations that allow users to offer end to end visibility to services that matter most to their organization, Fitz explained. 

Splunk is working with users and early adopters to prepare the software for its general release and continue to evolve ITSI for the future. “We do have plans to continue down this theme of more advanced analytics capability but also build a theme around making it super easy to run IT and ease of use,” Fitz said.

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