Will Open Source Kill Splunk?
Over at readwrite.com, Matt Asay published a blog post entitled “In A World Of Open Source Big Data, Splunk Should Not Exist.” He then does a pretty good job of debunking his own thesis and explaining why customers continue to pay Splunk big bucks to do what it does. However, since there is so much noise around the question of open-source big data tools as alternatives to Splunk, this question deserves further exploration.
What Is Splunk?
Some people just look at Splunk as a proprietary big data back end for log data, one with a nice user interface for searching, querying, and dashboarding that data. These people are missing a couple of very important points about what Splunk is and what its value is to its customers:
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.