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Splunk Updates AWS Cloud Tool for Big Data Analytics

Splunk Inc. today announced an update to its Splunk Cloud service, an "operational intelligence" tool that uses a Web interface to search, monitor and analyze machine-generated Big Data on the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud.

Available in 10 Amazon regions worldwide, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering provides all the capabilities of the company's Splunk Enterprise edition, which was also updated with many new features.

"New features in both platforms include enhanced Big Data analytics, improved query performance, platform security and management improvements," the company said in a statement today. "Additionally, new cloud analytics apps are now available for Akamai Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ServiceNow."

The Splunk App for AWS is used to glean critical operational and security insights from AWS accounts. "The app offers a prebuilt knowledgebase of dashboards and reports to deliver real-time visibility into your environment using data from AWS CloudTrail, Config and Billing," the company said when it announced the AWS service a year ago. Splunk said it helps customers ensure the security, efficiency and cost management of AWS environments.

The enhanced analytics of Splunk Cloud results in better predictive capabilities, the company said, helping enterprises forecast trends or predict missing values in data sets with more accuracy. A new developer framework lets users create new data visualizations or customize a portfolio of new and existing pre-built visualizations available in the Splunkbase visualization library.

The Splunk management console leverages new views that allow greater visibility into Splunk system event collection and health, the company said, while security is enhanced with "additional support for Web single sign-on for OKTA, Azure Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)."

The Splunk Cloud is supported by a 100 percent uptime service-level agreement (SLA) and can scale to more than 10 TB per day, the product's Web site states. It's available as free trial, with regular monthly pricing levels ranging from $810 to $2,070.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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