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Splunk granted second U.S. patent

Zafar Anjum | March 30, 2012
Patent is for indexing, search, analysis and retrieval of machine data.

San Francisco, California-based company Splunk does not believe that everything that had to be invented, has been invented.

The company, a provider of software for real-time operational intelligence, has recently been granted a second patent (U.S. Patent No. US 8,112,425 B2). The patent has been issued for its pioneering technology that organises, indexes, searches and presents time-series data.

In 2011, Splunk was issued its first patent for organising and understanding machine data through use of a "machine data web."

"Splunk's latest patent covers methods, apparatus, and computer programs for time stamping, indexing, searching and presenting analytics results from this data," the company said in a statement.

"Machine data is one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the Big Data universe," said Erik Swan, co-founder and CTO of Splunk. "The ability to harness this data is no longer a 'nice to have' luxury; it's mission-critical.  When we started Splunk, we set out to make current and historical machine data easily accessible by IT and business users. To do this, we came up with a unique way to time stamp, index, search, analyse and present results in real-time."


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