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Enterprises Are Troubleshooting J2EE Production Environments With Splunk

Enterprises Are Troubleshooting J2EE Production Environments With Splunk

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Splunk (, creators of the first search engine for machine data from live production systems, today announced that enterprises are using the Splunk Personal Server(TM) to troubleshoot and manage applications in J2EE production environments. More than 1,000 users, representing over 100 Fortune 1000 companies, have downloaded the beta version of Splunk Personal Server since its launch last month at LinuxWorld San Francisco.

Splunk is being used to expand systems management arsenal in mission-critical J2EE-based applications. "While the application server enabled multi-tier architectures required to scale web-based applications and services, it also introduced enormous complexity," said Adam Messinger, former Weblogic principal architect and co-founder of Gaunlet Systems. "Many tedious hours are spent poring over volumes of data trying to diagnose problems during development and into production."

Enterprise application stacks are becoming increasingly complex. System administrators and developers need to understand web servers, application servers, databases, storage systems and networks to deploy, scale and manage J2EE applications. "Prior to Splunk, there weren't tools for getting real-time, actionable insights into the logical layer of the infrastructure," said Chief Executive Splunker Michael Baum. "It's common for J2EE applications to run into problems related to configuration, communication with other components and with the application architecture itself. Splunk gives IT, development and support organizations the ability to search and navigate running applications and infrastructure, which makes managing and troubleshooting a J2EE environment a whole lot easier."

"The number of sources we need to access to troubleshoot J2EE applications is overwhelming," said Vinu Sundaresan, CTO Collation Inc. "Application servers and containers can use Log4J, native Java logging, custom logging containers and JMX. Hibernate and EJB have their own logs and formats for service orchestration. Databases maintain their own native logging, state and audit data -- not to mention Linux syslog and Windows event logs at the OS level and the plethora of networking devices and the data they produce."

"Up until now, the J2EE management world has been too narrowly focused on CPU utilization, process utilization and performance management," said Baum. "None of them look outside of the J2EE development environment at the dependencies of the J2EE container in different tiers. Splunk is enabling a broader level of insight into all of the other systems and machines that applications touch not just narrowly looking at the performance of the JVM."

Other beta users of the Splunk Personal Server are troubleshooting server installations, IP telephony systems, email messaging systems and LAMP stack environments -- but troubleshooting J2EE has emerged as a particular area in which the Splunk tool has immediately proven its value.

Splunk offers benefits for systems administrators that go beyond traditional system and network management tools such as Tivoli and Openview. These tools help administrators manage and instrument the physical layer of a data center, but they are primarily reactive. They rely on mechanisms such as SNMP traps and JMX events that provide after-the-fact notification of a problem but fail to provide the necessary context around the surrounding production environment activity to enable immediate troubleshooting and resolution.

About Splunk

Based in San Francisco, Splunk was founded by executives who built and managed some of the world's largest Internet computing environments, search engines and distributed technologies at Apple, AskJeeves, Infoseek, Looksmart, Microsoft,, Sun and Yahoo. Splunk's goal is to make navigating IT infrastructure as easy as surfing the Web. Splunk is funded by August Capital and Sevin Rosen Funds. Check us out at

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