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More than 275 Universities Around the World Use Splunk to Achieve Operational Intelligence

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Source: Splunk Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO – July 24, 2012 - Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), the leading provider of software for real-time operational intelligence, is helping improve operations on campuses around the world, particularly in the areas of IT infrastructure, applications management, and security. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lone Star College System, and Virginia Tech are the latest additions to the list of more than 275 universities using Splunk software to gather critical insights from real-time analysis of machine data in order to identify the next potential crisis, rather than chase the last one.

“Universities have some of the most complex IT infrastructures in the world, and this makes them extremely vulnerable,” said Mark Seward, senior director of security and compliance marketing, Splunk. “It’s the ultimate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) situation. Security threats are constantly evolving. Splunk collects massive amounts of data and helps users detect unknown and persistent threats. Splunk’s powerful search language and visualization capabilities deliver real-time views and true service-level reporting.”

Enhancing security is just one component of how institutions are making a difference with Splunk. Splunk software provides users with the operational intelligence to help lower costs, increase IT efficiency, and improve operations.

“Today’s educational institutions must deliver rich research portfolios, effective educational experiences and transparency of information for accountability and compliance, all under increasingly difficult budgetary constraints,” said Rob Reed, worldwide education evangelist, Splunk. “Splunk is actively supporting universities that want to use our software to better manage their IT operations.”

Rutgers University, The University of Texas at Austin, and University of Connecticut are at the forefront of using Splunk to make sense of their machine data. These leading universities rely on Splunk software in the areas of security monitoring, streamlining registration, and improving overall IT infrastructure.

“Splunk helps us dramatically reduce the time it takes to investigate and resolve security incidents. Splunk’s real-time monitoring ability allows us to be proactive rather than reactive, freeing up time for other mission-critical tasks,” said Jason Pufahl, chief information security officer, University of Connecticut.

Universities also use Splunk to gain insight into key issues and metrics across their applications and IT infrastructure.­ Rutgers University uses Splunk to manage course registration loads. “Our Splunk dashboard indicates spikes, anomalies, and errors in the registration process,” said Andy Page, systems administrator, Rutgers University. “It also allows us to search automated behavior by digging into the applications and components to understand the root causes of problems.”

Additionally, Splunk helps universities maintain the smooth running of the IT infrastructure. “As with other large universities, we have tens of thousands of users representing an even larger population of networked devices,” said Cam Beasley, chief information security officer, The University of Texas at Austin. “We have a constant need to identify anomalous user account behavior, detect, locate, and quarantine compromised systems in real-time, and correlate events across multiple logging environments to more fully understand potential problems or threats. With Splunk, we can more easily identify, troubleshoot, and respond to such problems.”

For more on how the University of Texas at Austin relies on Splunk, please read the press release at For more information about Splunk’s higher education initiatives, please visit


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