search head

search head

noun

In a distributed search environment, a Splunk Enterprise instance that handles search management functions, directing search requests to a set of search peers and then merging the results back to the user.

A Splunk Enterprise instance can function as both a search head and a search peer. A search head that performs only searching, and not any indexing, is referred to as a dedicated search head.

Search head clusters are groups of search heads that coordinate their activities.

Search heads are also required components of indexer clusters.

For more information

In Distributed Deployment:

In Distributed Search:

In Managing Indexers and Clusters of Indexers:

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