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Splunk Enterprise 6 Bridges the Data Divide

Latest Release of the World’s Leading Platform for Machine Data Raises the Bar for Speed and Powerful Analytics; Unlocks Value for IT and Business Users Across the Enterprise

.conf2013, LAS VEGAS - October 1, 2013 - Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced the general availability of Splunk® Enterprise 6, the latest version of the company’s award-winning platform for machine data. Splunk Enterprise 6 delivers powerful and fast analytics, up to 1,000 times faster than previous versions, and patent-pending technology designed to quickly unlock the value of machine data to IT and business users alike. Download Splunk Enterprise 6 and join Splunk Chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan today, Tuesday, Oct. 1, for the first public demonstration of Splunk Enterprise 6 during the keynote session at .conf2013, the fourth annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference. The keynote begins at 9 a.m. PT. Register now to watch the live feed of the keynote.

“Too many organizations are still struggling with a data divide between IT and the business,” said Sullivan. “At Splunk, we understand that the most successful organizations in the world give equal access to the data, regardless of skill level, to drive smart decisions that have true business impact. This is what inspired our product team to build Splunk Enterprise 6. We believe that everyone in the organization, from the system administrator to the C-level executive, should be empowered to find that ‘aha’ moment. Splunk Enterprise 6 bridges the data divide and unifies IT and business users around the tremendous value and ROI to be found in machine data.”

“Splunk Enterprise 6 is the platform for machine data for everyone, with powerful analytics and performance that unlock machine data insights to an entirely new set of users,” said Guido Schroeder, senior vice president of products, Splunk. “With an enhanced user experience, simple management of enterprise deployments and a rich developer environment, Splunk Enterprise 6 gives technical users the ability to define the meaningful relationships in the underlying data, enabling business users and analysts to easily manipulate and visualize data in a simple drag-and-drop interface. All of this, with amazing performance on low-cost commodity hardware.”

“Splunk Enterprise 6 signals a major evolution to the Splunk story, one that could introduce the platform to a new set of users,” said Eric Hanselman, chief analyst, 451 Research. “Business users want and need to use software that makes it easier to dig deeper into analytic tasks without the help of IT or knowledge of coding and query languages. Those who’ve been using the Splunk product for years will benefit from usability and management enhancements that will make their Splunk lives easier and more productive. By providing machine data analytics to a new set of users and an improved user experience, Splunk Enterprise 6 has value for both audiences.”

Customers Deliver Analytics Beyond IT with Splunk Enterprise 6

More than 250 customers and partners participated in the Splunk Enterprise 6 beta program. The response to new analytics features including, among others, data models and pivot has been overwhelmingly positive.

“At PostFinance, exceptional customer service has kept us in business for over 100 years. Splunk Enterprise gives us insights from our data that help us deliver a great online experience,” said Roger Bigler, team leader for Splunk, PostFinance. “Splunk Enterprise 6 provides a more powerful yet incredibly easy-to-use way to interact with and visualize machine-generated business data so we can share consistent views of the data, increasing the speed with which we deliver service to our customers.”

“Security analysts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory utilize Splunk Enterprise to analyze large volumes of diverse machine data streaming in real time,” said Jesse Trucks, cyber security engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “It is vital these analysts be able to directly manipulate and interact with the data to quickly obtain operational security intelligence. Splunk Enterprise 6 will enable many more analysts to discover patterns and generate information from our data with the new visualization capabilities.”

“The core value of Splunk Enterprise 6 goes beyond our IT engineers.It presents a significant opportunity for business users and developers to eliminate their fear of data,” said Chulhyun Cho, e-commerce development team leader, CJ O Shopping. “We expect a dramatic increase in the number of business users that will use the platform thanks to the new analytics features. For advanced Splunk users, pivot powered by data models makes it incredibly easy to build dynamic dashboards and fluid visualizations, which means our analysts can manipulate any data they want to analyze.Splunk Enterprise 6 is also very attractive to developers because it makes it easier to build insightful visualizations for our internal users.”

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Innovations Deliver Powerful Analytics Anyone Can Use

Splunk Enterprise 6 introduces three innovations that make analytics dramatically faster and easier for existing users. These breakthroughs also open up the value of gaining insights from machine data to an entirely new audience of business users:

  • Pivot opens up the power of analytics to non-technical business users and analysts with a simple drag-and-drop interface to explore, manipulate and visualize data. This includes the ability to click and drag pre-built visualizations and quickly build complex queries and reports without learning a query language.
  • Data Models provide for a more meaningful representation of underlying machine data and a deeper understanding of relationships in the data, making this data more useful to a broader base of users.
  • High Performance Analytics Store is a patent-pending transparent acceleration technology that delivers analytics performance up to 1,000 times faster than any previous version of Splunk Enterprise.

New User Experience and Simplified Management

Splunk Enterprise 6 includes powerful productivity features for users with a completely redesigned user experience that delivers simpler, more intuitive actions. The new home experience is easy to personalize and gives users instant access to the data, apps and content they care about. An enhanced search experience brings search and reporting together so users can author rich, dynamic reports and build visualizations, tables and custom searches faster than ever before.

Splunk Enterprise 6 is easier to deploy, configure and manage, even as customers scale out their mission-critical Splunk Enterprise deployments. It also adds a more powerful developer environment with an integrated web framework:

  • Simplified Cluster Management delivers easier management of mission-critical Splunk software deployments by monitoring high availability, automating search workloads and making it easier to deploy apps. Everything the Splunk admin needs to know can be monitored on a centralized dashboard.
  • Forwarder Management supports big data scale with easy configuration and visual management of thousands of forwarder configurations across multiple geographies.
  • Enhanced Dashboard Editing lets users build interactive dashboards and user workflows without writing advanced code and enables one-click access to develop in the Splunk web framework.
  • The Integrated Web Framework enables developers to quickly and efficiently build custom Splunk apps, customize dashboards or add advanced functionality using standard web technologies such as JavaScript and Django.

Download Splunk Enterprise 6 today and learn more by watching the Splunk Enterprise 6 video.

About Splunk Inc.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) provides the engine for machine data™. Splunk® software collects, indexes and harnesses the machine-generated big data coming from the websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices that power business. Splunk software enables organizations to monitor, search, analyze, visualize and act on massive streams of 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 Cloud ™ is a service that delivers Splunk Enterprise in the cloud for large scale production environments. Splunk Storm®, a cloud-based subscription service, is used by organizations developing and running applications in the cloud.

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