IT systems and technology infrastructure generate data every second. This machine data contains a categorical record of all user behaviours, service levels, cybersecurity risks, fraudulent activities and more. As one of the fastest growing and most complex segments of Big Data, machine data is also one of the most valuable.
As far back as 2001, industry analyst Doug Laney (currently with Gartner) articulated the now mainstream definition of big data as the three Vs: Volume, Velocity, and Variety.
Volume: Many factors contribute to the increase in data volume and even with the decreasing costs of storage, the issue of determining relevance of these large data volumes and how analytics can be used to create value from the relevant data still remains.
Velocity: Data is streaming in at an unprecedented speed from sources such as RFID tags, sensors and smart metering. Dealing with this data in near-real time proves to be a challenge for most organizations.
Variety: Data today comes in all types of formats, from stuctured and numeric data to information created from line-of-business applications. Managing, merging and governing the different varieties of data is something many organizations still grapple with.
Operations Intelligence: A common operational intelligence problem is when vast quantities of machine data that are not correlated in a way to instrument, tune and trend machines and applications so that they are easier to support, measure and scale. Imperium with Splunk will help customers find that needle in the hay stack.
Business Intelligence: Business intelligence (BI) crafts machine data into actionable knowledge for marketing, sales and business executives. Business intelligence takes the information from key customer applications and websites and presents that to a marketing team in a way that it can use.
Splunk: Splunk is one of Imperium’s most commonly deployed tools for OI and BI. Imperium have extensive experience with Splunk's security application and Splunk as a SIEM. Imperium deploys a solutions architect who is responsible for all technical deliverables to the client. That SA has reachback into the same pool of database, development, network, systems andministration and security professionals that we use for our professional services engagements.
Splunk Inc. provides the platform for machine data™. Splunk® software collects, indexes and harnesses machine-generated big data from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices that power business. Splunk software enables organizations to act on real-time and historical machine data. More than 6,000 enterprises, universities, government agencies and service providers in over 90 countries use Splunk Enterprise to gain Operational Intelligence that deepens business and customer understanding, improves service and uptime, reduces cost and mitigates cybersecurity risk. Splunk Storm®, a cloud-based subscription service, is used by organizations developing and running applications in the cloud.
Additional information can be found at the Splunk Website.