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Splunk is a software company that creates web-based solutions for querying, analyzing and tracking machine-generated big data sets.

Founders: Michael Baum, Rob Das and Erik Swan
CEO: Godfrey R. Sullivan
2003: Splunk founded
2004: Splunk receives first-ever round of venture capital funding: Series A funding from August Capital
2006: Splunk 2.0 released, expanding on original offering with real-time data access and upgraded UX
2007: Splunk 3.0 released with expanded filtering and dashboard features
2008: Godfrey R. Sullivan hired as CEO; Co-founder Rob Das appointed chief architect; Co-Founder Erik Swan appointed chief technology officer
2010: Splunk 4.0 released with rebuilt user interface architecture and customizable search
2012: Splunk goes public with an initial public offering of 13,500,000 shares at $17.00 per share. Company valued at 1.6 billion.
2012: Splunk 5.0 released with faster reporting and enhanced data drilling capabilities
2013: Splunk 6.0 released with redesigned UX and a more flexible platform for developers

Splunk is based out of San Francisco, CA, with domestic offices in Cupertino, CA; Plano, TX; Seattle, WA; and Bethesda, MD. The company has international offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia and Japan.

Splunk software was originally designed to manage data for IT/Operations use cases but over the years has expanded to include solutions for most enterprise divisions. As Splunk has grown, the company has developed software to handle a range of big data analytics tasks as well as IT security and regulatory compliance maintenance.

In all, the majority of service rendered by Splunk is delivered through one of four products:

Splunk Enterprise: Splunk’s flagship product. Splunk Enterprise queries, filters, analyzes and creates reports on structured and unstructured data.
Splunk Storm: The free, cloud-based version of Splunk Enterprise. Uses the same general interface but lacks many of the advanced features and the privacy available with Splunk Enterprise.
Splunk Cloud: Splunk’s paid, cloud-based version of Splunk Enterprise–an expanded version of Splunk Storm.
Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop: A platform for searching, analyzing and reporting on data in Hadoop.

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