Splunk® Enterprise

Capacity Planning Manual

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How Splunk Enterprise calculates disk storage

At a high level, Splunk calculates total disk storage as follows:

 ( Daily average indexing rate ) x ( retention policy ) x 1/2

Splunk Enterprise stores raw data at up to approximately half its original size with compression. On a volume that contains 500GB of usable disk space, you can store nearly six months' worth of data at an indexing rate of 5GB/day or ten days' worth at a rate of 100GB/day.

If you need additional storage, you can opt for either more local disks, which is required for frequent searching, or you can use attached or network storage, which is acceptable for occasional searching. Low-latency connections over NFS or SMB/CIFS (Server Message Block/Common Internet File System) are acceptable for searches over long time periods where instant search returns can be compromised to lower cost per GB.

Important: Shares mounted over a Wide Area Network (WAN) connection or on standby storage such as tape are never suitable storage choices for Splunk Enterprise operations.

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Estimate your storage requirements

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.2.8, 6.2.9, 6.2.10, 6.2.11, 6.2.12, 6.2.13, 6.2.14, 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.4.10, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.1612 (Splunk Cloud only), 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.5.6, 6.5.7, 6.5.8, 6.5.9, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 6.6.4, 6.6.5, 6.6.6, 6.6.7, 6.6.8, 6.6.9, 6.6.10, 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3


@rcafferata, yes the article history is available only to logged in Splunk employees.

Andrewb splunk, Splunker
June 9, 2016

Looks like the 'Article History' pages on all the docs are broken. They send you to a DNS error page except when logged in. Is this Intentional?

Rcafferata splunk, Splunker
June 9, 2016

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