What's In a Name? Splunk If I Know

Ever wonder where the name Splunk comes from? You're not the only one. We asked a few Splunk customers if they knew. Their answers may surprise you! (And don't worry, we tell you what it means... eventually).


Video Transcript

It was funny. When I first came on, I didn't know anything about Splunk. And someone said, yeah, our data in Splunk lacks a Splunk. And I was like, is that a dirty word? [LAUGHS]


[CHUCKLES] I have no idea.

Oh, wow. No, I-- you know? I really don't know.

You don't want to know what we've said.

I have no idea.

I don't know. [LAUGHS]

I have absolutely no clue.

I would guess tha-- you picked a noun that could be used as a verb.

It could be something speedy.

Uh, oh. From the satellite thing?

Splunk is a verb at HomeAway, right? We say like, yeah go Splunk that. Or, you should really consider Splunking that, right? It's not just a noun, it's a verb.

Why does Splunk use cooking terms? Marinating, simmering, cooked, baked. Why do they do it?

Caves spelunking?



You got it.



I think Splunk, it sounds like spelunking.

Spelunking? Like, It's like cave searching. Something like that.

Spelunking, that's right. Yeah.

You know, I've wondered that in the past, whether or not Splunk actually stood for spelunking or not.

When I heard the name, I thought they were saying spelunk. So I thought, well, that's adventurous. And, you know, they're exploring.

To me, it brings a image to mind of people just diving into data.

Dive deep into that cavern of monumental log data to find little diamonds of very precious information.

What we are all doing is, like, searching in the cave of data.

You're trying to find data in the middle of massive amounts of rock, essentially.

The more you get into it, the more you see.

I think it's a unique name, and Splunk is unique.

It was dark when we used to search for information. And after Splunk, it's like when you see the top of the cave. There is the light. It's a great experience, and I think it's a great name.