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Splunk .Conf23: Splunk, Microsoft Partner for Security, Observability

Digital resilience is the prevailing theme at .Conf23.

Edward Gately

July 18, 2023

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SPLUNK .CONF23 — Splunk .Conf23 kicked off Monday with the unveiling of a new partnership to build Splunk’s enterprise security and observability offerings on Microsoft Azure.

Additionally, for the first time, Splunk solutions will be available for purchase on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The new Splunk-Microsoft partnership was announced during the Global Partner Summit (GPS) at Splunk .Conf23 in Las Vegas.

Within this agreement, Microsoft will collaborate with Splunk to develop a differentiated product offering by leveraging Microsoft Azure for Splunk’s cloud products. This approach will enable joint customers to innovate, migrate, modernize and grow environments with end-to-end cloud and hybrid visibility.

Splunk .Conf23: Advanced Digital Resilience

“Splunk and Microsoft’s strategic partnership will provide our joint customers and partners with advanced digital resilience to help them remain secure and up and running at every step of their cloud journey,” said Gary Steele (pictured above), Splunk’s president and CEO. “Splunk delivers mission-critical solutions to meet customers where they are, and we are dedicated to bringing together the best-in-class security, observability and platform solutions, all powered by Splunk artificial intelligence (AI). We are pleased to offer organizations flexible deployment options as part of our truly hybrid approach. We think it will deliver a high-value relationship for every one of you.”

Splunk customers that are leveraging Microsoft Azure can now deploy Splunk as part of their cloud strategy. Thousands of joint global customers will be able to buy Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) and Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) through the Azure marketplace. These solutions are available in the United States immediately and should be available globally next month.

Making It Easier for Partners to Work with Splunk

Gretchen O’Hara, Splunk’s vice president of worldwide channels and alliances, said the launch of Splunk on the Azure marketplace makes “absolute sense” to make sure that availability is there for partners. This is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that it’s easier for partners to work with Splunk.

O’Hara said she’s gathered feedback from partners globally, and Splunk is focused on “taking that feedback to heart and turning it into action.”

“This is all about building a partner-first culture at Splunk in three ways: simplifying the partner experience; delivering market-leading solutions and leveraging the power of joint selling,” she said.

More than 86% of deals involving Splunk solutions include partners, O’Hara said. In addition, Splunk’s MSP business is continuing to grow. Every $1 of Splunk sold generates $7 in services revenue for partners.

“Partnering with Splunk gives you an incredible opportunity to grow business and succeed,” she said. “There’s never been a better time to partner with Splunk. We want to keep going and keep the momentum, and we’re not stopping here.”

Scroll through our slideshow above for more from Splunk .Conf23.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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