Splunk Cloud launched at .conf2013 as AaaS powered by Amazon Web Services

Machine data analytics specialist Splunk has launched a new cloud-based product at .conf2013, its fourth annual Worldwide Users' Conference.

Splunk Cloud is an analytics-as-a-service (AaaS) offering that lives in the Amazon Web Services cloud and marks the first time that Splunk analytics will be available for users without a traditional on-premise IT software setup, though it will be fully compatible with on-site deployments.

"We are expanding our offering because we heard our customers loud and clear – they want Splunk Enterprise as a cloud service. Delivering the enterprise-class Splunk Cloud, based on award-winning, patented technology, enabled us to also make Splunk Storm free. This is exciting because we are now giving a free service to developers who have to pay for the same results from other vendors," said Dejan Deklich, vice president of cloud engineering, Splunk.

"The Splunk vision of delivering its software as a service across any type of user scenario allows its customers greater choice. By providing an enterprise-class cloud service with all of the features of its flagship product, Splunk is making a strong statement about doing business in the cloud and looks to cement its position as a leader in the operational intelligence market, across all modes of delivery," added Dennis Callaghan, senior analyst at 451 Research.

Splunk Cloud will be fully compatible with Splunk Enterprise apps, APIs, alerting and role-based access controls, as well as with third-party offerings like PaaS Heroku. A range of a subscription options will be available with data processing capabilities ranging from 50GB to 1TB, in addition to a free option for developers, Splunk Storm, which offers 20GB of data every 30 days.

The launch of Splunk Cloud coat tails on Spunk's headline .conf2013 announcement - the arrival of its latest big data platform, Splunk Enterprise 6.

To learn more about Splunk's new cloud products, visit the Splunk Storm website.