Splunk, Kepware alliance accelerates new insights from industrial data

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Kepware Technologies, developer of software solutions for industrial automation and controls, have announced the availability of Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk.

The integration between Splunk Enterprise and KEPServerEX breaks down the industrial data and IT data silos to deliver new real-time insights that were previously unavailable. The solution enables easily configured access to the data produced by devices including PLCs, RTUs, PACs, DAQs and legacy controllers, communicating via more than 150 proprietary industrial protocols.

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The forwarder, a plug-in for the widely deployed KEPServerEX® platform, enables customers to send industrial data from sensors, devices and control systems to Splunk® Enterprise and Splunk Cloud™. Splunk users can more easily collect, search and analyze industrial data to improve operations, accelerate troubleshooting, perform preventative maintenance, strengthen security posture and improve productivity.

“The combination of Splunk’s machine data platform and Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder opens up a new frontier in analyzing industrial data,” said Tapan Bhatt, vice president of business analytics, Splunk. “Industrial data holds great promise for a diverse range of industries including automotive, manufacturing and oil and gas. With Splunk and Kepware, these organizations have a new way to easily collect, correlate and explore industrial data at scale.”

“Kepware’s solutions represent the backbone of industrial data collection across a variety of industries,” said Brett Austin, president, Kepware Technologies. “As customers demand deeper insights from this data, our alliance with Splunk provides a unique and turnkey big data analytics solution to address their growing needs.”

“Given the diversity of devices and the variety of protocols in the Internet of Things market, getting insights from industrial systems has historically been a challenge to scale,” said Vernon Turner, senior vice president, IDC. “The combination of Splunk and Kepware ties industrial systems communications expertise together with a secure and scalable data collection, storage and analytics platform.”

To learn more about how to integrate Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud with industrial data and the Internet of Things, visit http://www.splunk.com/iot. To download Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk Plug-In, visit http://info.kepware.com/idf-for-splunk.