Chapter 1. The Application of Splunk

In this chapter, we will provide an explanation of what Splunk is and how it might fit into an organization's architectural roadmap. The evolution of this technology will also be discussed along with what might be considered standard or typical use cases for the technology. Finally, some more out-of-the-box uses for Splunk will be given.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • The definition of Splunk
  • The evolution of Splunk
  • The conventional uses of Splunk
  • Splunk—outside the box

The definition of Splunk


"Splunk is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Francisco, California, which produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style ...

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