Splunk is a software used to search and analyze machine data. This machine data can come from web applications, sensors, devices or any data created by user. It serves the needs of IT infrastructure by analyzing the logs generated in various processes but it can also analyze any structured or semi-structured data with proper data modelling. It has built-in features to recognize the data types, field separators and optimize the search processes. It also provides data visualization on the search results.
This tutorial targets IT professionals, students, and IT infrastructure management professionals who want a solid grasp of essential Splunk concepts. After completing this tutorial, you will achieve intermediate expertise in Splunk, and easily build on your knowledge to solve more challenging problems.
The reader should be familiar with querying language like SQL. General knowledge in typical operations in using computer applications like storing and retrieving data and reading the logs generated by computer programs will be an highly useful.