When Splunk acquired security vendor Caspida a few months ago, some eyebrows were raised, while others saw it as a natural move. Long a vendor delivering a broad big data analytics platform, the Caspida acquisition was an admission of what many people already thought – that a huge proportion of the real-world adoption of analytics platforms is in the IT space, specifically security and threat intelligence. The Caspida acquisition was a good way for Splunk to go deep into this sector and follow a dual strategy: a broad platform for general use cases and distinct vertical for the early big data use cases.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.