Meet Atlas’s Data Management

Splunk is the data to everything platform, capturing massive volumes of data every day. Users will know, though, that without visibility, it can be difficult to extract the maximum value from Splunk. Too often, insufficient monitoring can lead to serious issues in a Splunk instance: platform underutilization, license overage, and even missing data. Each of these problems translates into a serious cost in financial resources, not to mention the hours of human intervention spent on troubleshooting a Splunk environment.

Atlas makes data management easy.

Figure 1 – the Data Management icon on the Atlas Core homepage

Atlas, Kinney Group’s revolutionary new platform for Splunk, includes the Data Management application, a tool that displays all data requests and definitions for accessible monitoring and management. Gone are the days of mysterious license overages and redundant data requests—Atlas ensures unparalleled visibility to guarantee efficient use of data resources.

Data Management

The Data Management tab, built for Splunk admins, is a centralized hub for all data requests and definitions. The data requests section shows current and past requests, including status and sourcetype, so users can easily view important information in one place.

Figure 2 – the Data Management tab dashboard

Expandable metadata reveals the “why” of each entry in the form of details and customizable notes. From this section, Atlas users can easily edit the request and create a definition from it. New requests can also be created directly from this section, and any request can be edited or deleted at any point. This feature empowers any Splunk admin to get the information they need from their data, fast.

Figure 3 – the New Data Request pop-up window

Figure 4 – the Data Definitions section within the Data Management tab

The data definitions section displays active and inactive definitions, providing a comprehensive view of details for all entries. This section also includes expandable metadata so users can see descriptions and notes. This degree of transparency is key to taking advantage of your Splunk license by ensuring that your instance is ingesting the right data. Each definition can be easily edited, and users can create a new definition directly within the section. Like a data request, the definitions can also be easily edited or deleted.

Figure 5 – the New Data Definition pop-up window

Data Inventory

The Data Inventory tab is a dashboard of existing data organized by sourcetype and index built for admins. With access to sourcetype details, including the capability to edit definitions, you’ll never lose sight of what your instance is ingesting and why. To help users monitor the volume of their data usage, this dashboard is purpose-built to include a measure of license usage for each entry.

This is a fantastic place to start adding definitions to your high-volume data sets, which will then appear on your Data Management dashboard.

Figure 6 – the Data Inventory tab dashboard

Request Data

Users can request new data and monitor current data requests from the Request Data tab. Administrators can then address those requests directly in Atlas. This dashboard includes the detailed visibility of Data Inventory and Data Management, as well as the ability to edit, add, and delete requests directly within the tab. This is a dashboard that any Splunk user can visit, and it enables them to create and track their own requests. Admins can view all requests and can approve, reject, and turn them into definitions.

Figure 7 – the Request Data tab dashboard

 

Conclusion

The “data to everything” platform promises incredible results—but you need a high degree of visibility within a Splunk environment to make that happen. Atlas’s Data Management application provides the transparency you need to ensure your data requests are being collected and addressed efficiently, eliminating costly data sprawl. Teams can now collaborate seamlessly with the knowledge that their data requests won’t be hidden or lost, bringing your organization one step closer to getting every insight you can out of your data.

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