Unleash the Power of Data with the Splunk on Nutanix Design Guide

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Splunk Enterprise is the leading software platform for analyzing machine data gathered from IT infrastructure and equipment of all types. It is used widely in IT for a variety of purposes, including streamlining operations, compliance, security, and auditing. Because it operates on any kind of machine data, Splunk also has applications in industries such as financial services, healthcare, oil and gas, and manufacturing, including support for Internet of Things (IoT).

Splunk lets you search, analyze, and visualize data gathered from across your IT infrastructure and your entire business, ingesting data from websites, applications, sensors, devices, and more. Once you define a data source, Splunk indexes the data stream and parses it into individual events that you can view and search.

When it comes to analytics, the ability to extract value from data is paramount. Some data loses value quickly, making both ingest speed and processing performance critical. As the rate of data ingest grows, simply deploying and scaling resources to keep up can become painful and disjointed, limiting value gained.

Splunk consists of three main components:

  • Forwarders. Collect data and send it to Splunk for indexing 
  • Indexers. Ingest, index, and store the data received
  • Search heads. Distribute search requests to indexers

Because each of these functions has different CPU, memory, and storage requirements, architecting an ideal infrastructure environment can be very difficult.

Traditional approaches to Splunk and other big data infrastructure have become an impediment to continued success. 



Nutanix takes the complexity out of managing infrastructure for Splunk. It allows Splunk to take full advantage of server virtualization without the limitations of bare metal or virtualized solutions on traditional infrastructure, making it possible to quickly fine tune the number and configurations of Splunk indexers and search heads. By ensuring data is accessed locally by all Splunk indexers, Nutanix eliminates the “I/O Blender” effect that plagues storage systems in traditional three-tier infrastructure. 

Using the information discussed in this guide, you can begin thinking about and planning a Splunk deployment that addresses your use case(s) and meets your needs. 

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