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Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Jose E. Hernandez, Josh Diakun, Derek Mock, Paul R. Johnson
Book Image

Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Jose E. Hernandez, Josh Diakun, Derek Mock, Paul R. Johnson

Overview of this book

Splunk makes it easy for you to take control of your data, and with Splunk Operational Cookbook, you can be confident that you are taking advantage of the Big Data revolution and driving your business with the cutting edge of operational intelligence and business analytics. With more than 70 recipes that demonstrate all of Splunk’s features, not only will you find quick solutions to common problems, but you’ll also learn a wide range of strategies and uncover new ideas that will make you rethink what operational intelligence means to you and your organization. You’ll discover recipes on data processing, searching and reporting, dashboards, and visualizations to make data shareable, communicable, and most importantly meaningful. You’ll also find step-by-step demonstrations that walk you through building an operational intelligence application containing vital features essential to understanding data and to help you successfully integrate a data-driven way of thinking in your organization. Throughout the book, you’ll dive deeper into Splunk, explore data models and pivots to extend your intelligence capabilities, and perform advanced searching to explore your data in even more sophisticated ways. Splunk is changing the business landscape, so make sure you’re taking advantage of it.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook Second Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewer


In the previous chapter, we learned about the various ways to get data into Splunk. In this chapter, we will dive right into the data and get our hands dirty.

The ability to search machine data is one of Splunk's core functions, and it should come as no surprise that many other features and functions of Splunk are heavily driven-off searches. Everything from basic reports and dashboards to data models and fully featured Splunk applications are powered by Splunk searches behind the scenes.

Splunk has its own search language known as the Search Processing Language (SPL). This SPL contains hundreds of search commands, most of which also have several functions, arguments, and clauses. While a basic understanding of SPL is required in order to effectively search your data in Splunk, you are not expected to know all the commands! Even the most seasoned ninjas do not know all the commands and regularly refer to the Splunk manuals, website, or Splunk Answers (