INTEROP - Reporter's Notebook: CA gets Splunked

CA customers could get an easier way to search management data collected by their Unicenter Network and Systems Management (NSM) release 11 software. Start-up Splunk this week at Interop will debut its Splunk for Unicenter NSM.

The product is a software integration module -- priced at about US$5,000 -- that offers two levels of integration between Splunk Professional and CA's Unicenter NSM release 11. For instance, a Unicenter user will be able to launch the Splunk interface from their management console to search the information Unicenter collects. The start-up's Splunk Server and Splunk Professional products search management data across disparate systems and, the company says, make it easier for systems administrators to make sense of data across applications, devices and services.

"Really a bit of our strategy is to improve the ability for IT people to deal with the massive amount of data systems collect when generating problems," says Splunk CEO Michael Baum.

Industry watchers agree.

"[The Splunk integration module] gives CA users a way to troubleshoot faster, and the indexing can automatically keep up with any infrastructure changes -- even if the administrators don't know about the changes," says Jasmine Noel, a principal analyst at Ptak, Noel & Associates.

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