Platform Use Cases in Security and IT Operations Help Cut Costs, Connect Eight Regional Campuses
SAN FRANCISCO – March 28, 2017 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that renowned academic institution Indiana University has selected and implemented Splunk® Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) across its network of eight connected campuses in the Hoosier State. Indiana University (IU) uses the Splunk platform to help centralize and monitor its growing IT infrastructure, defend against and visualize emerging cyber threats and efficiently scale and ingest data across its statewide network.
Indiana University is the largest public university system in the state of Indiana, with over 115,000 students and more than 10,500 employees. With such an expansive network of faculty and students, the University’s technology ecosystem generates an enormous amount of machine data across its 5,250 servers, which historically has created numerous silos and made it challenging to monitor and control data in a cost-effective manner.
As IU undergoes a statewide connected campus initiative while continuing to enhance the student experience, the University selected Splunk solutions to better analyze, scale and leverage their machine data, using one platform to drive positive change across more than 100 IT departments. With Splunk, IU can now better collect and correlate information within minutes, tearing down age-old silos and enabling a single, consolidated view that monitors University-wide IT and security infrastructure in real-time. Ultimately, this gives IU the ability to be more proactive with their IT operations.
“Like every public University IT or security team in the country, Indiana is being asked to manage an ever-increasing volume of data on a tight budget. Splunk has helped us do more with less by delivering a return on investment in ways we did not imagine possible,” said Allen Tucker, director of IT, HELPnet Technology Services, Indiana University. “While we first brought on Splunk to help drive university policy and compliance alignment, we immediately saw value in security applications as well. Fast forward a few months and Splunk has already helped our entire IT team automate tasks that would traditionally require significant headcount. Creating this kind of automation and scale has saved time, decreased costs and increased compliance.”
Since deploying the Splunk platform, Indiana’s University Information Technology Services (UITS) group has additionally built custom dashboards to improve the log aggregation and authentication process, eliminating pre-existing operational headaches caused by manual review. As a result, UITS has automated much of their data ingestion process, giving back valuable time and allowing the team to shift to a proactive, analytics-driven approach to security and IT operations.
“Indiana University is a textbook example of how higher education can embrace big data technology on a budget to become more operationally efficient and drive critical business decisions,” said Kevin Davis, vice president of Public Sector, Splunk. “When people think about digital transformation, it is easy to look to the Fortune 500. But for every enterprise that is using machine data to become more operationally intelligent, there are two or three universities like Indiana University aiming to achieve the same goal. We are pleased to play a role in enhancing their student experience and look forward to working closely with them as they achieve continued success.”
Visit the Splunk website to learn more about how Splunk can help Higher Education institutions.