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Anonymous User
Real User
Engineering Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 27 2018

What is most valuable?

We like the dashboard creation and the ease with which we can harness the APIs to create custom BI dashboards on the fly. This adds most value for us. The nature of some of our microservices that I have run on the cloud are mixed workloads… more»

What needs improvement?

For on-premise, it's more about optimization. With such a heavy byte scale of data that we are operating on, the search for disparate data sometimes takes about a minute. This is understandable considering the amount of data that we are pumping… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure it fits your use case. Be clear about what you want to achieve, get out of the product, and how you want to integrate it. Once you tie the solution into your systems, it is not trivial or easy to walk away from. Therefore, due… more»
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, has… 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 machine… more»

What needs improvement?

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not use a different solution before. The closest thing that we would have done to this would have been personally… 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 and… more»
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Kenn Brodhagen
Real User
DevOps Engineer at Amplify
Dec 24 2018

What is most valuable?

Its usability is the best part. It is easy for our developers to use if they want to search their logs, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

We have used the alerts for a lot of things. They gave us the ability to kind of make an alert simply. So, we did one for… more»

What needs improvement?

A problem that we had recently had was we licensed it based on how much data you upload to them every day. Something… more»

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

The pricing seems good relative to the other vendors that we have had here. However, they need to find ways to be more… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before Splunk, we used Kibana and Elasticsearch. Sometimes, with them, logs wouldn't even be there. We have received an… more»

What other advice do I have?

Implement something and watch how much data you are sending to it, then have some way to shut it off without redeploying… more»
Tony Fabrikant
Real User
CTO at IHS Markit
Jan 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The dashboards are the most valuable feature. We like the ability to drill in and see what queries are under the dashboard, build new visualizations, edit the querying, and see the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Every team immediately created their own Splunk dashboard, and all the product owners were ecstatic about this. We were able to create a catalog of dashboards and have a holistic view… more»

What needs improvement?

The query language is pretty slick and easy, but it is not consistent in parts. Some of it feels a little esoteric. Personally, some of my engineers are coming from SQL or other… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go with Splunk. A lot of people know how to use it because they have experience with it. It works well. While it has some pain points, it provides reports and data visibility. It… more»
Gavan McLaughlin
Real User
Application Engineer at Expedia
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its centralized log analytics.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a one stop dashboard for health of some of our services where you can click in and it takes you to other dashboards that have custom near real-time metrics that show the… more»

What needs improvement?

The historical data extraction needs improvement. I would like the capability of taking data and having it trend longer. Splunk is good about viewing data within the last seven or 14… more»

What other advice do I have?

It works well when searching logs. If you looked to try to do things beyond this, the problem that we ran into is that we treated it as the hammer which hits all nails. That is not… 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 and… 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 traditional… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes, ArcSight. We switched because of how slow the support can be with HPE sometimes and also because Splunk is simpler to… 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»
Anonymous User
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to create dashboards. You can run reports against multiple devices at the same time. You are able to troubleshoot a single application on a thousand servers. You can do… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it primarily for troubleshooting. We had an issue with SaltStack recently and were able to look for the same log entry on a thousand servers simultaneously, making the process… more»

What needs improvement?

When you get into large amounts of data, Splunk can get pretty slow. This is the same on-premise or AWS, it doesn't matter. The way that they handle large data sets could be improved… more»

What other advice do I have?

Build your environment a lot bigger than you think you will need it, because you fill it up quickly. We log somewhere in the neighborhood of two to four terabytes a day per data… more»
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 you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs improvement?

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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.
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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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