As a result of the high demand of Cloud within the A/NZ region, Splunk has made the technology trend one of its top priorities for 2015, according to its Asia-Pacific Cloud senior sales engineer, Simon O’Brien.
He was speaking at the recent Splunk Live! 2015 event in Sydney.
The strategy update comes off the back of the recent local release of Splunk Cloud, which was introduced to other parts of the world about a year ago.
“Every company we know of or have spoken to have a Cloud strategy – they’re either planning on moving things to the Cloud, or have already done so. That’s why we needed to be on the bandwagon too,” O’Brien said.
He highlighted some of the key trends the company has noticed within the Cloud space, some of them being apps and data moving to the Cloud, businesses choosing Cloud data to remain in the Cloud, having no data silos, as well as a general business desire to consume it as-a-service.
“Locally, these are some of the trends we’re noticing and they marry up quite well together. But security has also been a huge factor of concern in Australia, especially surrounding data privacy and compliance,” he said.
According to O’Brien, incorporating mobile strategies into Cloud is also a trend that is on the rise. “That’s a big market for us here in Australia, so it’s something that we wanted to incorporate into our strategy.”
O’Brien also claimed Splunk’s Cloud strategy revolves around three main requirements. They include:
- delivering an enterprise ready Cloud service
- delivering a feature rich SaaS platform
- delivering a low-friction customer experience
“Operational intelligence in the Cloud should meet security requirements, incorporate a mobile strategy, facilitate a Big Data strategy, increase visibility into current Cloud workloads and meet financial requirements.
“We aim to achieve that as Splunk Cloud is all about architecture, security, operational excellence, and support,” he added.
Splunk A/NZ sales engineer, Andrew Goodall, who spoke at another Splunk Live! 2015 session, highlighted why Splunk’s Cloud strategy goes hand in hand with data analytics.
“Data analytics is one of the most fastest growing and difficult to use. Either for an organisation or by an organisation, there’s tons of data that can be made use of using different widgets, devices, and machines,” he stated.
And the pick-up of newer technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving cars, and wearable devices will only further change the Cloud and data analytics space and affect each and every vertical, O’Brien added.