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Splunk Enterprise 6 Brings Big Data to Business Users: Page 3

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Meanwhile, security analysts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory use Splunk Enterprise to analyze large volumes of diverse machine data streaming in real time, said Jesse Trucks, cyber security engineer at 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,” he said. “Splunk Enterprise 6 will enable many more analysts to discover patterns and generate information from our data with the new visualization capabilities.”

Also, CJ O Shopping, a South Korean online retail marketing company uses Splunk for analytics. “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 at CJ O Shopping, in a statement. “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.”

For its part, Splunk Enterprise 6 includes a host of new or enhanced 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.

“We’re providing all the things users want in one interface,” Mehta said. “Existing users of Splunk will certainly benefit from this.”

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. “We’re offering a web framework where you can develop on Splunk as if it is a web app,” Mehta said.

Also, things like Simplified Cluster Management provide 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.

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Moreover, 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.

“We make it possible for people to extend their dashboards with bubble charts, etc.,” Lamas said. “This enables a lot of customization – you can bring in your own JavaScript and your own CSS.”

In addition, 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.

You can download Splunk Enterprise 6 here.

“We are opening all this access to information to more potential users – to more data analysts, product managers and business users,” Mehta told eWEEK.

This article was originally published on October 1, 2013
Originally published on eWeek.
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