Why Splunk Enterprise?
Many organizations have a considerable amount of data to monitor to improve the system’s functionalities or generate business or technical analytics. There are different types of data, such as structured or unstructured data, from various resources such as business applications, systems, and clients generating data. Splunk Enterprise helps enterprises to manage and analyze data at a much faster and efficient rate. It is proprietary software that companies use to collect, analyze and monitor the data they produce.
Possible Data Resources of an Enterprise
Every enterprise has multiple data sources to monitor, such as:
These data sources can produce log files, metrics, messages, and audit messages. Here Splunk will gather this data, analyze and then visualize this data. So, it is an analysis and visualization tool.
Splunk Enterprise Integration for Enterprise Solutions
Splunk provides a wide variety of options for enterprises to configure; for example, it allows to monitor the logs, search across logs, create an index, stream all logs into a common location, search that particular log directory, and schedule reports. User does not need to login to the Linux machine that can be used directly, and users can search across machines or deployments.
If an organization is working on a micro-service environment or using lots of micro-services and they want to monitor logs, they can use Splunk. Once an organization streams all the logs to Splunk through forwarder, they can use common identifiers and search the logs across micro-services. Splunk users can stream the data in a real-time environment and use it for visualization.
Monitoring System Performance: Splunk enterprise can monitor a system to analyze how a particular system is doing whether its performance is efficient or not.
Data-Informed Decision: It will collect data to find meaningful insights to make decisions based on that data.
Security Cognizance: Splunk allows to find discrepancies and a security breach more efficiently in a different type of data.
Monitor & Notify System Health: One of the major benefits of Splunk is monitoring system health. Users can monitor the universal system that helps to monitor all the connected systems.
Improve Quality: Splunk enterprise also helps to improve the quality of products.
Why Log Analysis is Important for Enterprise
Logs are the go-to archives for gaining company-wide Operational Intelligence. An enterprise has lots of data from its users, applications, websites, and many servers to manage all these sources generates log files. These log files are not readable but contain the record of operations and transactions. These log files contain essential information such as customer IP address, geographical locations of visitors, and many more. It will also help detect network vulnerabilities.
System log files can help an enterprise understand and manage their system performance, CPU usage, CPU instances, which orbit software is running on the system, etc.
Splunk Solution for Log Files
Real-time Log Forwarding: Splunk is the ultimate log collection and analysis tool. It provides real-time forwarding of data and allows its users to visualize and get real insights from extensive data.
Real-Time Syslog Analysis: It provides real-time Syslog analysis, which is like a server analysis itself.
Real-Time Server Monitoring: It can monitor any application based on system logs generated in real-time and perform analysis. It also helps to monitor the IP traffic and client’s actions on the business application, etc.
Real-Time Alerts and Notifications: The user will get custom notifications when a security thread or something strange is happening to their servers. For example, if someone is accessing their network from an unreliable source, Splunk can send a notification alert if it is set up accordingly. Splunk will also provide alerts about system crashes, CPU usage, etc.
Historical Data / Log store & Analysis: The data that coming in real-time can be store in Splunk indexes, which is nothing but the database of Splunk, and Splunk also allows performing analysis on that database.
Author: SVCIT Editorial
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