Data Visualization Forum

Content and Community Manager
IT Central Station
Recently, our user activity has shown that Splunk is the most commonly searched solution on our site.  3,643 of our community members follow Splunk, and it's listed in five of our product categories: Log Management, Data Visualization, IT Operations Analytics, and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). What are some of the best features and use-cases of Splunk, and why are people explicitly searching for it to learn more?
Randall HindsI agree with Aaron & Tom on their points. Along their use cases, I have been able to show more than Log data in Splunk views. We tested several plug-ins during a small pilot, and we were able to bring O/S (Win/Unix/Linux) & APM data metrics into the same views as Logged data. I've seen others use it to visualize a wider range of data types, too. That said, Tom's point resonates with me. Their are better tools for visualization (ZoomData & Kibana come to mind), but as an aggregator Splunk has the most plug-in types out there. IF (big if) you have the $$ to support ingesting everything, you could theoretically pull data that lives in 40 or 400 source tools and thousands of hosts/systems into a single set of enterprise views. I am not fortunate enough to have that kind of budget though... After proving the concept in pilot, we had to dismantle our 'unified views' due to lack of funding.
Jean-Luc LabbéGood log management solution you can use if you know what you ae looking for. Not a SIEM solution though even though customer should be aiming for solutions that go beyond what a SIEM does, that is, a Security Intelligence platform.
Julio JimenezThe flexibility that it offers, One of the most powerful features of Splunk is its ability to extract fields from events when you search, creating structure out of unstructured data. It takes a small amount of “learning time” to start creating or getting searches that are meaningful to you. You can start “splunking” for free, which allows you to see the benefit. There is a ton of resources on the web, uses cases, and step by step instructions.

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