Splunk Sequel Extinguishes IT Fires with New Capabilities

Splunk 2.0 expands real-time data access, increases scalability and enhances user interface

San Francisco -- May 16, 2006-- Splunk today announced the availability of Splunk 2.0. The second generation of the world’s first search engine for fast-moving IT data. Splunk 2.0 includes new capabilities for troubleshooting IT issues across complex data center environments, including greater scalability, flexibility and ease of use. The new software can be downloaded at http://www.splunk.com.

“As enterprises continue to implement virtualization and automation into their data centers, they're adding more complexity to their existing infrastructure," said Michael Baum, chief executive splunker. “Today’s data centers are an intricate web of applications and infrastructure, made up of thousands of components, technologies and services. With Splunk 2.0, we’re enabling the front line folks in the data center who fight IT fires on a daily basis to deal with this complexity.”

Splunk’s search software indexes and links together ALL the log files and other types of IT data generated by any service, application, or device making it possible to search and navigate running IT infrastructures.

"Rearden Commerce is enabling people and businesses to find, schedule, and buy the services they need anytime, anywhere -- so our systems are literally the life blood of our business. Splunk consolidates log data from multiple server and application environments into a single console, making it much easier to isolate, identify and troubleshoot issues in real-time. The new data access options in Splunk 2.0, especially the ability to index syslog, log4j, and SNMP directly over TCP, provide us with new levels of information about our infrastructure,” said Chris McDaniel, director of network operations at Rearden Commerce. "Splunk has already significantly reduced our time spent on troubleshooting, and with the new release we’re combining server operating data with application logs and network data to gain a better real-time understanding of what is happening across our infrastructure."

Splunk 2.0 extends the Splunk core functionality with new capabilities.

  • Expanded real-time data access options including mounted and remote files, FIFO queues, network ports via UDP/TCP, syslog, log4j, database tables with ODBC, Windows event logs, and Windows files.

  • Splunk-2-Splunk enables a variety of flexible deployment options. Multiple copies of Splunk can now work together enabling data access, processing and indexing to be partitioned across multiple hosts for larger, more complex environments and greater scalability.

  • An advanced user interface streamlines the Splunk user experience, empowering users to control the density and content of search results and have better visibility into event types, sources, source types and hosts. This added functionality also adds richer presentation and more export options for search results and report output.

  • Splunk Base is now enhanced with powerful new wiki editing capabilities allowing log samples, code samples and Splunk searches to be embedded right within the wiki pages. User forums and topics to organize event types have also been added.

  • Splunk 2.0 was recently stress tested as the official troubleshooting tool of the InteoptNet at Interop Las Vegas. More than half a billion events were indexed in real-time over the course of the six-day show. Wireless access points, firewalls and network routers and switches were eaiser to troubleshoot with Splunk.

"I was impressed with Splunk 1.0 which we used in the InteropNet at Interop New York last year, but with 2.0 Splunk has really taken their software to the next level," said Glenn Evans, Interop lead network engineer. "We used an advanced copy of 2.0 in the InteropNet at Interop Las Vegas 2006 recently, which enabled us to more quickly drill down into issues and resolve them in a timely manner."

More than 40,000 system administrators, developers, and support engineers have downloaded Splunk since its launch in late last year. Fortune 500 companies, developers, and consultants in the United States, as well as globally across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa are splunking their systems to troubleshoot problems faster, improve availability and reduce the cost of managing IT infrastructure. The demand for quickly searching and navigating through complex mountains of production IT data is turning Splunk into a global experience.

“With today’s enterprise infrastructures being a complex, interconnected web of a variety of distributed computing assets, finding the source of service problems can be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack,” said Jasmine Noel, technology analyst at Ptak, Noel & Associates. “Splunk simplifies root-cause analysis by providing a simple, yet powerful search and navigation as well as the ability to build a troubleshooting knowledgebase to share with peers. These type of capabilities will fast become a requirement in every datacenter.”

Splunk 2.0 Pricing and Availability

Splunk 2.0 is available immediately at http://www.splunk.com. Pricing begins at $2,500.

About Splunk

Splunk is a radical new approach to troubleshooting IT systems and improving availability. We’re making the world’s IT data accessible, understandable and useful. The idea was born of our own frustration building and running some of the world's largest computing environments. Based in San Francisco, Splunk is a private company funded by August Capital, JK&B Capital and Sevin Rosen Funds.

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