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Implementing Splunk: Big Data Reporting and Development for Operational Intelligence by Vincent Bumgarner

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Chapter 9. Summary Indexes and CSV Files

As the number of events retrieved by a query increases, performance decreases linearly. Summary indexing allows you to calculate statistics in advance, then run reports against these "roll ups", dramatically increasing performance.

Understanding summary indexes

A summary index is a place to store events calculated by Splunk. Usually, these events are aggregates of raw events broken up over time, for instance, how many errors occurred per hour. By calculating this information on an hourly basis, it is cheap and fast to run a query over a longer period of time, for instance, days, weeks, or months.

A summary index is usually populated from a saved search with Summary indexing enabled as an action. This is not ...

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