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Splunk is software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style interface. It captures, indexes and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards and visualizations.

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October 24, 2023
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Splunk Enterprise enables users to find out what is happening in a business and take meaningful action. It automates the collection, indexing and alerting of machine data that's critical to operations, so that users can uncover the actionable insights from data — no matter the source or format. Leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning for predictive and proactive business decisions.

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Valuable Log Gathering and Summarization: Users have expressed positive opinions about Splunk's ability to gather and summarize log messages from multiple sources. Many reviewers find this feature valuable, as it allows them to easily access and analyze log data in a centralized location without the need for manual aggregation.

Simplicity and Advanced Search Capabilities: Splunk's reporting functionality is highly regarded by users for its simplicity and advanced search capabilities. Several reviewers appreciate how easy it is to use Splunk's reporting features, while also being able to perform complex searches that provide detailed insights into their data.

Effective Web Traffic Catching and Dashboards: The effectiveness of Splunk in catching web traffic and providing helpful dashboards is another aspect praised by users. Many reviewers highlight how Splunk's web monitoring capabilities enable them to track website activity effectively, while the intuitive dashboards allow for quick visualization and analysis of important metrics.

Confusing User Interface: Some users have reported that the user interface in Splunk can be perplexing, leading to difficulties in quickly performing tasks and navigating the software.

Limited Integration with Excel: Users have expressed their desire for improved integration between Splunk and Excel when it comes to creating reports and dashboards. They feel that better connectivity and seamless data transfer would enhance their workflow.

Steep Learning Curve: Several users have mentioned the complexity of Splunk's architecture, requiring a dedicated team of engineers to effectively manage and optimize its performance. This steep learning curve can pose challenges for new users who may need additional time and resources to fully grasp the intricacies of the platform.

Based on user reviews, the following recommendations emerged for using Splunk:

  • Ensure the correct subscription: Users emphasized the importance of having the correct subscription for Splunk to avoid login issues and fully utilize its features. They recommend careful planning of the deployment and learning as much as possible before implementing a large installation.

  • Thoroughly investigate anomalies: While Splunk's great dashboards for troubleshooting are praised, users advise against relying solely on system alerts generated by Splunk. They suggest continuing to investigate any anomalies and carefully setting up sources and background data in Splunk.

  • Utilize Splunk's log analysis capabilities: Many users recommend Splunk as a valuable tool for log analysis and improving the quality of current processes. They find it helpful for debugging integration issues and consider it suitable for large-scale applications/systems. Users appreciate its ability to connect to individual boxes and view multiple logs simultaneously.

It should be noted that some users suggest that there may be better and cheaper alternatives for small to medium-sized businesses, while others propose improvements to the search result UI and pricing structure to attract more users in the industry.

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August 17, 2021

Real-time smart meters

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is being using to track the status of electric utility smart meters which record customer energy usage. Smart meters send power outage & restoration notifications which we track in real-time with splunk. This capability is very important for enhancing our situational awareness to help ensure we deliver safe and reliable electricity to our customers.
  • Real-time status
  • Data integration
  • Live dashboards
  • Automated machine learning
  • Extract transform and loading
  • Data modeling
Handling millions of real-time data points can be achieved with ease.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk Enterprise is used by our Infrastructure and Enterprise Monitoring Team and Security Teams to monitor our infrastructure. Monitoring is enabled for the overall health of our systems. Data is collected from multiple data sources. Logs are analyzed and converted to meaningful metrics for the team to proactive monitor and take corrective actions.

Splunk has the ability to correlate data from disparate data sources and provide root cause hence reducing MTTR and improving our SLA's with our customers. The events logged in Splunk help our IT Analyst and Security Analyst take proactive action before impacting the services which our customer uses. The Event Correlation helps us find RCA and improve MTTD and MTTR.
  • Collect data from multiple data sources and correlate. Reduce alert noise from multiple monitoring systems.
  • Monitor alerts and report on data collected. Create custom dashboards.
  • Powerful machine learning and AiOPS functionality.
  • Helps with our security compliance and addresses the security team's need to remain PCI compliant.
  • Splunk data sizing and data collected. Worked with Professional Service to scale our environment.
  • Capacity data storage for Splunk data.
  • TuningSplunk analytics dashboards for performance.
Good for event correlation from multiple data sources, web monitoring, systems and application monitoring. Good as security information and event management tool. It collects data from logs and custom applications helping the business make informed decisions across the organization. Gain insights to drive operational performance and business results. Splunk's rich visualizations make results easy to understand and take necessary actions.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use this across our different departments for security, app performance monitoring, host monitoring, data intelligence, correlation, alerting and much more. It's a Swiss Army Knife of IT products.
  • The power of it. It's a very good tool that does amazing things. Nothing comes close to it.
  • It can ingest any data and present it in a digestible, searchable format.
  • Flat file format makes it very fast and the best visualizations I've seen.
  • It can be cost prohibitive, but I still think it's worth it.
  • Training users is a little bit steeper, but once they have it, it's very powerful.
Overall security monitoring: It can take data in and correlate it across very different datasets. Some tools require you to ingest and format it their way, but being able to do ad-hoc searching during an incident has proven to be very valuable.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk was initially purchased to be our replacement for our syslog server, but it has grown into much much more and this is because of how easy it is to get logs into Splunk and the flexibility of what can be done with those logs.
We are now using it as a security tool, ingesting logs from lots of different sources and even our cloud platforms.
Currently it is just our IT team that use Splunk.
  • Dashboards/visualisations.
  • Can ingest any type of data.
  • Flexibility with filtering, etc.
  • Steep learning curve.
  • Full stack reporting (though with SignalFX being purchased by Splunk, this is clearly a high priority).
  • Team needed to manage large installations.
Splunk is excellent in most situations where log collection and aggregation is needed. It can work as a small scale syslog server and be built on from that.
The obvious wall is the cost of the product and for that reason I would say smaller businesses would not be suited to this as there are free solutions that could bridge this gap.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We're using Splunk Enterprise to assist us with IT Operations and IT Security. We came to look at Splunk because when I entered the company I found over 500 devices with no centralized logging in any way, no ability to pinpoint problems across the whole organization whether historic or predictable and things like this. Splunk is helping us deliver a predictable, robust operation of our infrastructure instead of reacting to problems and working to find just what was affected and when.

We believe we can apply Splunk to other data, in time, specifically aiding the company with analyzing financial information, but this is not yet an active project.
  • Fast, efficient
  • Solid community of experts and training materials
  • Ingests data from many sources, with a large number of partner relationships
  • There is a high learning curve. If you go to a Splunk demo or class, get inspired, then install it yourself, you'll have no idea what you're meant to do. It's not intuitive to the first-time user in any way.
  • Pricing can be confusing. People ask how much data you want to ingest, and you don't know until after you've been using Splunk. It's not easy to sign up and start without guesswork.
  • I found online help pages are broken or out-of-date, or incomplete. e.g. pages on setting up the Java-based SQL Server driver don't even tell you where to download it or where to install it.
Splunk Enterprise is well-suited for any requirement to aggregate vast sums of data, no matter how structured or unstructured, and search across it all at speed, or report on it with visualizations, etc.

It's not suited for scenarios where you want to report on a single set of data, say, in a traditional way, for example, a typical scheduled report out of a finance system.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk Enterprise is used as a repository for all our server and network infrastructure logs. This allows us to go to one place to review logs and potentially find a relationship between different systems with specific issues. For example, seeing failed login attempts to our switches and learning that a server was using old credentials.
  • Robust collection of plugins to support specific applications
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Strong and helpful support
  • Difficult to master
  • Can be very complicated to implement into an environment
  • Very expensive
If the organization is looking for a powerful SIEM solution and has the budget, then I would recommend Splunk Enterprise. Using the tool can be as simple or as complicated as you want it. My only hesitation will be the complexity of implementation. For smaller organizations, it shouldn't be an issue, but larger ones may find it challenging to follow Splunk Enterprise's best practices for implementation.
ShuYun Du | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Splunk to integrate all the logs for each of the applications. Building dashboards and alerts base on the logs by the Application team's requirement. The Application team will be able to search through their log from one centralized place rather than logging into multiple servers to try to define the issue manually. With the Splunk search language, it is very easy to look for possible errors within a certain time frame. Our organization also use Splunk for fraud investigation purpose. We have more than 100 application teams using Splunk today and most of them are using it for troubleshooting purposes when there is an issue that has occurred.
  • Log mining.
  • Able to consume multiple log sources.
  • Provides the possibility to upgrade the Splunk UF from a deployment server.
  • Splunk search language can be very expensive if the users do not know what they are doing.
Splunk is the best tool to use for log mining. It is also good at combining multiple sources of logs together and creates a single pane of glass. It can do lots of APM monitoring however at the end of the day it is more of a log mining tool but not an APM tool. It is best to use for business analyzing, debugging and fraud investigation. When it comes to monitoring part, get a proper APM tool will be a better idea.
Rounak Jangir | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is not used across my organization. It is being used by some of us and for some specific task. And yes, it is also used by other departments as well but according to their need. Specifically, we are using this tool for monitoring the application logs and doing some analysis over it. Splunk provides a very easy way to search your logs and perform some basic analysis.
  • Log search is very good with this tool.
  • Splunk search query language is just very good. You can easily run some analysis using this language
  • Generating reports is a very good feature of this tool.
  • Detecting anomalies and reporting them is just fantastic.
  • Splunk requires some learning to use all of its features. Understanding its SPL is not very easy, and it will take long enough time to learn it.
  • Regular expression is a bit tedious to learn and then use, it needs a good understanding of regular expression.
  • I don't know why, but sometimes its search keeps on going forever and then I had to manually kill that job to start it again.
If you need to search and need to do some analysis on top of that, then Splunk is a great thing to use. And also if you want to generate reports from them and want alerts on some specific activity, then Splunk should be your first choice. I have used this tool for this purpose but can't say in which scenario it would not fit.
December 14, 2018

Monitor your monitors...

Priti Asai / Thakkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is used for application logs monitoring and system health checks for production environment and performance environment.
  • Best tool to do log monitoring and creating intuitive dashboards and charts
  • Best for setting up alerting for application logs
  • The tool needs to integrate AI to understand the system logs and alerting should be based on the auto learning.
For anything related to the application backend logs and monitoring, it's very appropriate to use, based on which we can create various dashboards / charts. For server health / monitoring, Splunk logs are not very helpful. It completely relies on log statements, if statement is not formatted in standard format, and it gives inaccurate results.
Dhruba Jyoti Nag | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk Enterprise is used by the organization to primarily analyze data. It looks at data generated by various on-premise systems and provides meaningful insights out of them. Many advanced features like custom reporting are used by business analysts on a regular basis to determine the course of action. Last but not least, it is also used to execute daily support tasks like log analysis.
  • Data Analytics
  • Reporting
  • Indexing search data
  • Searching machine-generated data at realtime to forecast trends
  • Splunk is expensive.
  • To use Splunk effectively, people must learn SPL.
  • Splunk is good at what it does, but to create an efficient analytics systems other products like SW monitoring tools need to be used in conjunction.
Splunk is an excellent analytical tool and if SPL is mastered correctly, it can be very powerful too and much more efficient than competing tools. It can be easily used by Business Analysts to get real-time insights if reports are set up for them. However, when it comes to monitoring systems, a lot of configurations are required, and that makes it not the ideal one-stop solution.
Matt Overton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Splunk Enterprise across the entire company to collect log data that allows us to see up/down times of servers and applications. We have customized Splunk a good bit and it is one of the main tools we rely to monitor our server environment and troubleshoot issues when an app/server is down or having errors.
  • Monitoring of log data to gauge server status and health
  • Dashboards that allows us to view data about servers in our environment
  • MOnitoring for fraud/cyber security threats and risks
  • We really like the product but there is a steep learning curve and training is definitely required
  • Our environment is setup so that you have to be fairly technical to navigate it and get value from it. We need to make our dashboards/reports less technical so the business users get more value from the tool
  • Tool is very module driven so you are constantly having to add modules and costs to get new functinality
Splunk does a great job of collecting and monitoring machine data. We have use it to reduce fraud/cyber crime loses and we have been able to see a measurable return since using the product for this purpose. It is very extensible so you can continue expanding what the tool does over time. There is added expense with this, but it may be worth it in the end.
Ryan Stasel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm using Splunk to aggregate logs from various servers and devices within my department. While I don't interact with it daily, or even weekly a lot of times, I do use it heavily when faculty or staff come to me asking when users were logged in, when there are any questionable incidents on websites, etc.
  • Log aggregation is extremely well done. Whether sending it logs over Syslog, mounting log directories over NFS, or using their log forwarding service.
  • Searching. I'm an amateur at best when searching and aggregating logs. The reporting functionality is amazing.
  • I would love some better wizards to help build canned reports based off common data sets.
  • An easy way to back out integrating a log that suddenly balloons you over your license limits.
  • An easier way to help Splunk parse log types. You can give Splunk any data you have, but unless you're able to tell it how the random log is formatted, your ability to search on it is limited.
Honestly, I can't think of an instance where Splunk isn't well suited for a task. They offer a free license that will handle up to 500MB/day, which unless you're logging against AD, or Exchange, is probably plenty to trial the software. There are examples where I've grabbed a copy for home to help troubleshoot issues with my home network and the network devices supported sending to a Syslog server.

The only issue most users are going to have is cost once you start figuring out the amount of data you're going to be aggregating, the licensing costs can get rather steep.
September 14, 2017

Splunk for new users

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is being used extensively in our technology department. Many applications use Splunk to monitor business activity, system resources, exceptions/failures, and to overall system status. Splunk addresses more technology-related problems but it does provide the business greater transparency into the applications which in turn gives both the business and the developer's peace of mind.
  • SPLUNK has a quick learning curve and can be easily self-taught. For example, there are plenty of resources available such as tutorials and search tools. There is really no prerequisite for learning how to use Splunk.
  • SPLUNK Enterprise provides plenty of useful documentation and user support which makes it easy for anyone to learn and start using SPLUNK in a very short period of time. There are also examples and user feedback that is helpful if you need more advanced implementations.
  • SPLUNK is very powerful, yet simple. For instance, you can set up a dashboard in one day provided you have admin rights and access to the data you want to Splunk.
  • Even though there is a search tool as a help function, you still have to read through many documentation to find the answers you're looking for and sometimes you don't find it. The help function in Splunk could be improved to be more intuitive or have a built-in help per report, panel or dashboard.
  • Creating a Splunk dashboard is rather straightforward however, customization is not. Splunk could be improved to provide more tools or features for customization such as adding colors and font options for text and graphs or graphics.
  • My dashboard has a lot of useful information and I want the important panels and reports at the top but there is no easy way to do this. Perhaps Splunk could be improved to allow features such as adding URL links to other dashboards or some other clever way to emphasize the important data in my dashboard without compromising space.
Splunk is well suited for applications or companies that process and store large data. Some of these applications may be legacy but as long as you can retrieve this data, then you can use Splunk to transform this data into meaningful reports or dashboards. In addition, Splunk is great for a 24/7 monitoring operations tool that can be set up to send alerts for production support. Splunk is less suited for applications that may already have a GUI because the Splunk features would be less superior than what a graphical user interface could provide in terms of features and customization.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is being used to capture logs from all Windows, Linux, and firewall devices in our enterprise. Currently it is being used by the IT infrastructure department only, but our hope is to make it available to other departments to follow trends in our business. Splunk addresses the issue of visibility into the network. It actually gives IT professionals access to view what is taking place on the network, and it provides something to look at in order to address issues occurring behind the scenes.
  • It gathers logs very well from almost all machine types - most SIEM related products don't do this quite as well.
  • It provides visuals to the user, giving you the ability to transform logs into visual charts (e.g. pie charts, graphs, tables, etc.).
  • Splunk is very quick in reporting and alerting on anomalies. There is little delay.
  • Splunk can be very expensive, and it is best to size out your environment first before procuring. Planning is key, and make sure to buy a license that is at least 2-3 times what you think you need.
  • There is a learning curve to Splunk. It takes a bit to get up to speed with the application.
  • Support is very good, but they will almost never tell you to ways to not use up your license. I had to figure that out myself, and ended up cutting out some useless logs that used over 50 % of my license.
In a corporate environment, especially in a financial sector, I would actually go with a product like RSA Security Analytics. But that is not necessarily the rule of thumb and is not the case for all financial companies. In higher ed, for example, I recommend Splunk because of the ability to monitor trends of students that can help them to get better grades, help the university to grow, and streamline registration processes.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using Splunk to collect relevant security logs and correlate across different data sources to look for abnormal traffic or activity. Other business units such as marketing and engineering are increasingly becoming interested in using Splunk as it offers on the fly access to their data with powerful visualization including charts.
  • Easy log collection
  • A large library of search commands
  • Able to ingest many different log types
  • Normalization of data is challenging
  • Not all Apps/Add-ons are CIM compatible
  • Big learning curve
Splunk is a very powerful tool but requires continuous tuning as new data types are added. Splunk licensing is based on ingested data and it can become very expensive very quickly as new data is added. Splunk is a good fit if you have a dedicated individual or team to actively manage it.
Gaurav Kasliwal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is really useful while analyzing dynamic data. I have been using Splunk for 2 years and I really find it very useful, especially working with bigger datasets. I have used Splunk for my project to analyze and learn different patterns from [my] university dataset. It was really very easy and user friendly to use.
  • Scalability. Splunk is really useful when you are dealing with a dynamic and bigger system and you want to make your system scalable.
  • Reliable. Very reliable.
  • Indexing and speed. Splunk really works very fast, even with bigger datasets.
  • Cost! Splunk is a little costly when it comes to economical comparison.
  • Speed is sometimes less when inflow of dynamic data is huge.
  • Learning curve is there to become master of Splunk.
Graphical display of results is really useful while doing analysis of big data. Really useful for dynamic datasets, like network packet flow analysis. Not ver useful for static data.
Kenneth Taitingfong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is currently the SIEM for IT operations and IT security providing log aggregation and security event correlation for multiple departments. The IT operation groups use Splunk to trend operational data, trouble shoot issues, and send automated alerts when certain triggers are met. The security department utilizes Splunk for investigations and event management, leveraging automated alerts and dashboards. For our organization, Splunk provides the "single pane of glass" for users across several IT departments while also serving as our compliance tool for PCI-DSS and SOX.
  • Splunk is flexible and extensible, able to ingest logs from disparate systems using disparate formats and disparate file types. If the ability exists to make the logs human readable (either natively or via a script), Splunk can ingest it.
  • Splunk's flexibility in how you parse, format, and enhance your data is amazingly deep. When you start event typing, tagging, aliasing, and creating data models, you start to really open up Splunk's capabilities.
  • Splunk scales very well in large environments. Adding additional indexers as your environment grows is pretty trivial and its ability to do multi-site clustering and search head clustering provides load balancing and redundancy that's inherent to the product.
  • Splunk's search language goes very deep. To do some of the more advanced formatting or statistical analysis, there's a bit of a learning curve. Splunk training for learning the search language and manipulating your data can cost anywhere from $500.00 to $1500.00 (although a good number of free training exists).
  • Splunk's dashboard capabilities are pretty decent but to do more exciting visualizations requires a bit of development using simple XML, Java script, and CSS.
  • Splunk releases minor revisions very quickly but because of the sheer number of bugs we've run into, we've upgraded our environment four times in nine months.
Splunk is well suited in both small and very large environments almost regardless of the types of devices. However, depending on how Splunk is architected, it can require a number of devoted engineers to onboard, normalize, and present the data. So for organizations that are unable to-provide dedicated resources, the day-to-day operations and backend duties can be overwhelming. Since Splunk is so flexible, it's easy to overwhelm its available resources when a large number of inefficient searches are running. Splunk users need to be trained to not run "sloppy" searches. The community help forums are a wealth of information but in some cases, without professional support, you're going to be lost. The Splunk licensing can also be costly and in some situations, Splunk virtual environments don't perform well.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Splunk to monitor (performance, status, capacity, inventory) all our multi-ventor storage equipment. It is the best tool I've found to be able to monitor/alert on any type of equipment & no other tool is able to do what Splunk does.
  • Provide custom dashboards. In our environment, we are prepping for offshore off hours administration & no other tool can provide the exact information we are wanting to monitor in on view.
  • It doesnt matter what vendor. We have this tool monitoring Brocade, EMC, Netapp, Isilon & more exactly the way we want to see status.
  • We are able to alert on exactly what we want to see.
  • The learning curve for the tool is workable.
  • I'd like better ability to make alerts look like what we want to see. better able to pass variables into the alert.
  • I'd like to see Excel integration with the syntax when creating reports/dashboards. So many times I know what I want but excel syntax doesnt work
  • Easier data inputs for syslog & related.
It's suitable for any equipment where related logs can be extracted.
Bryan Ignatow | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk was used in a variety of log collection activities for Linux and UNIX systems, both in our company and at our customers companies. It allowed for the easy collection of logs, searching, and automated actions resulting from the messages received. The multi-tier architecture was easy to install and operate, as well as provided significant flexibility for our customer implementations.
  • Gathering log messages from a multitude of sources.
  • Summarizing and gathering important information from those logs.
  • Allows simple and advanced searches, as well as complex automations to be created, gathering more value from existing data.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve for a multi-tier architecture, but with a little work its easy to understand from the instructional materials provided by Splunk.
  • Searches can take a bit to understand, especially regular expressions and search syntax.
  • As always, understanding your data is paramount to being able to derive value from it.
Its the Swiss army knife of log collection and searching. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly. I consider it to be the gold standard for products in this industry. Working with the vendor is easy, as they have a very open and helpful attitude. And you can try the product for free to get a feel for it before investing heavily in it (which you will want to once you decide how it benefits your organization).
May 14, 2014

Splunk: a review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Splunk is used across our entire organization as a centralized location for all of the various data elements that we use to track performance of our internal systems and client facing interactions.
  • Splunk is great at quickly finding the insights you need to start an analysis
  • Once you understand the query syntax, Splunk is very easy to use.
  • Great alert monitoring.
  • Splunk lacks the ability to create professional looking customer facing reports.
  • Steep learning curve.
  • Large queries are slower than a more traditional DB.
Splunk is very well suited for monitoring IT systems. It allows you to have almost real-time access to data as it is being generated. This allows for extremely useful alert monitoring. As a customer facing tool, which is not a standard use-case, Splunk is slightly lacking. You can set-up many reports with the data you need, but they have a technical feel that is not suited for some external clients.
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