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Splunk: Enterprise Operational Intelligence Delivered

By : Derek Mock, Betsy Page Sigman, Paul R. Johnson, Erickson Delgado, Josh Diakun, Ashish Kumar Tulsiram Yadav
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Splunk: Enterprise Operational Intelligence Delivered

By: Derek Mock, Betsy Page Sigman, Paul R. Johnson, Erickson Delgado, Josh Diakun, Ashish Kumar Tulsiram Yadav

Overview of this book

Splunk is an extremely powerful tool for searching, exploring, and visualizing data of all types. Splunk is becoming increasingly popular, as more and more businesses, both large and small, discover its ease and usefulness. Analysts, managers, students, and others can quickly learn how to use the data from their systems, networks, web traffic, and social media to make attractive and informative reports. This course will teach everything right from installing and configuring Splunk. The first module is for anyone who wants to manage data with Splunk. You’ll start with very basics of Splunk— installing Splunk— before then moving on to searching machine data with Splunk. You will gather data from different sources, isolate them by indexes, classify them into source types, and tag them with the essential fields. With more than 70 recipes on hand in the second module 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. Dive deep into Splunk to find the most efficient solution to your data problems in the third module. Create the robust Splunk solutions you need to make informed decisions in big data machine analytics. From visualizations to enterprise integration, this well-organized high level guide has everything you need for Splunk mastery. This learning path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer into one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products: • Splunk Essentials - Second Edition • Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook - Second Edition • Advanced Splunk
Table of Contents (6 chapters)

Chapter 1. What's New in Splunk 6.3?

Splunk is known as the Google of machine log analytics. It is a very powerful, robust, and real-time big data analytics tool. In this chapter, we will study in detail how Splunk works in the backend and what is the backbone of Splunk due to which it can process big data in real time. We will also go through all the new techniques and architectural changes that have been introduced in Splunk 6.3 to make Splunk faster, better, and provide near real-time results.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • The architecture
  • Index parallelization
  • Search parallelization
  • Data integrity control
  • Intelligent job scheduling
  • The app's key-value store
  • Securing Splunk Enterprise
  • Single sign-on using SAML

Splunk's architecture

Splunk's architecture comprises of components that are responsible for data ingestion and indexing and analytics.

Splunk's architecture

The lowest level of Splunk architecture depicts various data input methods supported by Splunk. These...