Splunk's Hunk Provides Rapid Insight from Hadoop Data Without Specialized Skill Sets

Splunk, a provider of software for real-time operational intelligence, has announced the general availability of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop. Hunk is a full-featured, integrated analytics platform that is designed to enable anyone in an organization to interactively explore, analyze and visualize historical data in Hadoop.

Built on patent-pending virtual index technology that delivers self-serve analytics without the need for specialized programming skill sets, Hunk also provides a rich developer environment, including an integrated web framework and software development kits (SDK) for popular development languages. 

“Hunk is transforming the way organizations analyze their data in Hadoop by replacing drawn out development cycles with software that enables customers to deploy and deliver insights in hours instead of weeks or months,” said Sanjay Mehta, vice president of product marketing, Splunk. “Hadoop is an increasingly important technology and many organizations are storing vast amounts of data in Hadoop. However, this often creates a problem because the data sets become too big to move and more traditional approaches to analytics of raw data in Hadoop require brittle, fixed schemas. These are key reasons our customers consistently tell us about the cost, time and sheer difficulty of getting analytics out of their Hadoop clusters. With Hunk, we applied everything Splunk has learned from ten years of experience with more than 6,000 customers to this unique challenge.”

Hunk works on Apache Hadoop and most major distributions, including those from Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, MapR and Pivotal. More than 100 organizations took part in the Hunk beta program. 

Product features and highlights include the ability to explore, analyze and visualize data, create dashboards and share reports from one integrated platform that works with Apache Hadoop or the Hadoop distribution of choice; fast deployment; the ability to interact with data, change perspectives on-the-fly and preview results as MapReduce jobs are running; drag-and-drop analytics; and a rich developer environment for Hadoop enabling the building of big data applications on top of data in Hadoop using the languages and frameworks with which developers are familiar.

Hunk includes a standards-based web framework, documented REST API and software development kits for C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP and Ruby.

Hunk is available for  for a free 60-day trial. Learn more by visiting the Splunk website.