From IT Monitoring to IoT
Group-wide collaboration at Zeppelin revolves around a management holding company and six strategic business units: Construction Equipment EU, Construction Equipment CIS, Rental, Power Systems, Plant Engineering and Z Lab. This structure makes it possible to centralize operations and gear its business models towards various markets and customers. The extensive IT infrastructure required to service the company includes SAP databases, a virtualization platform based on VMware and a hyperconverged infrastructure for software-defined storage. Until Zeppelin discovered Splunk Enterprise, monitoring and analyzing the log files from IT systems was an enormous task, with each team writing their own scripts.
Zeppelin deployed Splunk Enterprise to replace a monitoring tool that was no longer fit for purpose. Systems engineer, Andreas Zientek, explains, “I found Splunk, tested it for two to three days, ran to my boss and said, ‘We need it!’”
Expanding to new use cases such as Internet of Things (IoT) was a natural extension using Splunk. Splunk helps Zeppelin to sift through volumes of generated data and gain meaningful business intelligence. Since that time eight years ago, Zeppelin has worked closely with Splunk to develop digital solutions to improve customer satisfaction, save costs and achieve greater business efficiencies.