We have just come back from the 5th Splunk conf in Las Vegas: 3500+ people, three days with over 160 sessions ranging from security and operations to business intelligence to even the Internet of Things, the same central theme kept appearing over and over again: the key to Big Data is machine learning.
Five key trends must be kept in mind in the coming years:
- mobile first
- cloud automation
- continuous application delivery
- analytics driven security
- internet of things (IoT)
Splunk 6.2 will be released later this month and will cover all of them, making machine data more accessible, usable and valuable to everyone.
The new version will boost performance and efficiency of the BigData infrastructure (2.5x faster), improved manageability with the new Central Control Operation Center and, finally, even the Search Head can be clustered.
Analytics will be improved too: data on-boarding, new bubble chart, new and powerful fields extractor to build custom regex, and new and useful pivot interface.
Operation intelligence: realtime pushed in every web application, and users can access it from any device with the new mobile interface. Take a look at Splunk MINT.
Splunk is now more developer friendly thanks to the Visual Studio and Eclipse plugin, that makes it very easy to extend and customise your BigData experience.
Last 3 new features:
- Hunk for AWS in s3 released
- UF on z/Linux and Syncstort Ironstream on z/OS collect in realtime for any kind of Mainframe data
- Officially released Splunk App for Stream: is a scalable and easy-to-configure software solution that captures real-time streaming wire data from anywhere in your datacenter or from any public Cloud infrastructure.
So, not a major release, but lots of new improvements and features, and a great conference, definitely a place to be once per year.
Come back in the next few days to read more about our presentation about how Machine Learning Analytics and Anomaly Detection helps enterprises thanks to Prelert and how Splunk is the new SIEM even if it's not a SIEM.