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Colt Rodgers
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at Zirous, Inc.
Jan 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to view all of these different logs, then drilling down into specific times or into specific data sources,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Splunk has helped our organization mainly on our increased use of the security side. We use Splunk to monitor all... more»

What needs improvement?

Splunk has continually been increasing its features and also expanding and perfecting its core functionality. I would... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost is cheap: It is free, it is user-friendly, and it is fast. I would highly recommend anyone evaluating this... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not use a different solution before. The closest thing that we would have done to this would have been... more»

What other advice do I have?

If you have an R&D department within your company that is looking for something new to increase the efficiencies... more»
david hourani
Real User
Lead Splunk Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Splunk can be seen as a huge box that allows the storage of all sorts of logs. This allows the centralization of data... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Splunk helped reduce development cost since it provides free applications on Splunkbase that can save a huge amount of... more»

What needs improvement?

Adding custom visualization in Splunk has been improved over the years but can still be made better by integrating more... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Splunk licensing model might seem expensive but with all the gain in functionalities you will have compared to... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yes, ArcSight. We switched because of how slow the support can be with HPE sometimes and also because Splunk is simpler... more»

What other advice do I have?

You're in for a nice surprise, Splunk is fun, easy to use, and will give you the results you are looking for and more.... more»
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Gregg Woodcock
Real User
Consultant at Splunxter, Inc.
Sep 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Core Splunk * Saved searches * Dashboards (SimpleXML) With good domain knowledge, one can build almost anything. If... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Out clients went from unhappy using inflexible, poorly-supported products (in some cases barely functionally) to... more»

What needs improvement?

* It needs integration with a configuration management solution. * It could use better password management for... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Get free PS if you can (ask) or USE THE DOCS. The documentation will get you to success. If you are not getting more... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have dabbled with LogRythm and ArcSight and they are both OK, but Time-To-Value is WAY shorter with Splunk, IMHO.

What other advice do I have?

You can also get GREAT help at answers.splunk.com.
Paul Gilowey
Real User
Foundation Technology Specialist at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to rapidly diagnose problems in production and non-production, across hundreds of log files, is the most... more»

How has it helped my organization?

MTTR is drastically reduced, because the developers and other IT support staff have instant access to log events.... more»

What needs improvement?

Official training, even CBT, is expensive so not many people are able to get certified. This leads/causes the users to... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product has a lot of value, and I feel that we’re getting the value that we’re paying for. Splunk Enterprise... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were not using any other solution previously. I evaluated ELK Stack but at the time, Splunk offered more... more»

What other advice do I have?

Use an experienced Splunk architect to design your infrastructure configuration. Ensure that your tech leads are... more»
Kent Farries
Real User
Security Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

There are too many features to list, but here are a few: * Schema on the fly * Ease of on-boarding data * Machine... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* We can do things in minutes instead of days. * We solve issues which we could not before since we have the data. * We... more»

What needs improvement?

The GUI can be improved to include some of the capabilities that other BI solutions have. Basically, the layout is a... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

While licensing can be a concern, there are ways to reduce the licensing costs including filtering some events. We have... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were not able to get the value we needed from the previous solution. It was too difficult or complex. With Splunk,... more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a PoC and you will be amazed. Also, check out the Splunk .conf sessions to see what is possible. If you are into... more»
Joshua Biggley
Real User
Engineer, Infrastructure Applications at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Splunk has a single purpose in life: ingest machine data and help analyze and visualize that data. The breadth of the data sources that Splunk... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Imagine a single application with 17 application servers and dozens of log files per server that rotate as often as once per hour. How do you... more»

What needs improvement?

Deploying Splunk as scale is not easy. It requires a significant amount of relatively complex architecture once you push past the single server... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You will eat up whatever you purchase quickly. The level of insights that Splunk empowers is addictive.

Which solutions did we use previously?

No enterprise solution was in place.
Michael Kaericher
Real User
Application Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Low barrier to start searching with the ability to normalize data on the fly. I have also been able to take advantage of some of the more... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before we analyzed required manual correlation of individual log files, and this was almost impossible to do. With Splunk, what was once almost... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Splunk improve its posture as a production operations tool. This means that searches, alerts, dashboards, and additional... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I previously used LogRhythm. I found this tool particularly difficult to use. It was more rigid in its normalization of data.

What other advice do I have?

Growth in data ingested will be much larger that you anticipated. If you need to prove this first, consider using an ELK Stack Logstash type of... more»
Yosef Tavin
Real User
Devops Engineer at Controlup
Jun 20 2018

What is most valuable?

* The easy automatic field parsing of logs. * Data model acceleration * The ability to easily have access and install Splunk add-on plugins and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our organization in many ways: * Having Splunk as part of one of our software products was our choice for giving our customers a... more»

What needs improvement?

It needs to improve the way to install third-party apps and enable installation without logging into splunk.com.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is possible to use a developer's license, which is up to 10GB per day of volume traffic, which is usually enough for most use cases.

What other advice do I have?

We are a Splunk Partner, since after much deliberation, we decided to choose Splunk as a component of one of our on-premise software offerings.
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What is Splunk?

Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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Splunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.

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