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From Christy’s perspective, there are competitive tools that do what Splunk does for specific uses. The difference with Splunk, he said, is that it’s by far the most commonly used tool, considering all the potential uses for it, such as security, IT ops, business analytics, and the ability to “program” its use from the raw data up.
“This could be a game changer for a simple possible vision. Over time a company is what its internal IT systems do, and over time, what the IT systems are doing -- and hence what the company is doing -- can be seen as traffic on the network,” Christy said.
“Analyzing network traffic requires little direct cooperation with large numbers of system or app staff, so the game-changing potential is the use of Splunk analyzing networking traffic to watch the operation of the business in detail -- performance, analysis, and exceptions," he added.