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|Traded as||NASDAQ: SPLK|
|Founder(s)||Michael Baum, Erik Swan, Rob Das|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Revenue||US$198.94 Million (2013)|
Splunk is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Francisco, California, which produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style interface.
Splunk aims to make machine data accessible across an organization and identifies data patterns, provides metrics, diagnoses problems and provides intelligence for business operation. Splunk is a horizontal technology used for application management, security and compliance, as well as business and web analytics. Splunk has over 3,700 licensed customers in 74 countries, including almost half of the Fortune 100.
The company was started in 2003 by co-founders Michael Baum, Erik Swan and Rob Das. The name "Splunk" is a reference to exploring caves, as in spelunking. Splunk is based in San Francisco, with regional operations across EMEA and Asia and has 475 employees. Splunk is venture funded, having raised 40 million USD by 2007 and becoming profitable since 2009. In 2012, Splunk had its initial public offering, trading under NASDAQ symbol NASDAQ: SPLK.
Splunk's core products (also called Splunk), can perform real-time and historical search, as well as reporting and statistical analysis. The product can index structured or unstructured textual machine-generated data. Search and analytics operations are specified using SPL (Search Processing Language), created for managing machine-generated big data. Originally based upon Unix Piping and SQL, its scope includes data searching, filtering, modification, manipulation, insertion, and deletion.
In 2011, Splunk introduced Splunk Storm, a cloud-based version of the core Splunk product, which offers a turnkey, managed and hosted service for machine data.
Splunk offers its main software in two license types: an Enterprise License designed for companies and large organizations, and a Free License designed for personal use. The freeware version is limited to 500 MB of data a day, and lacks some features of the Enterprise license edition.
Splunk Storm is offered in both free and paid versions. Users can increase or decrease project storage size as desired.
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- Goldman Sachs
- CVS Caremark
- Expedia Inc.
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