Splunk® Enterprise

Getting Data In

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Is my data local or remote?

If you have Splunk Cloud or run Splunk Enterprise in the cloud, all indexed data is remote. If you have an on-premises Splunk Enterprise deployment, the answer to this question depends on a number of things, which include:

  • The operating system on which your Splunk Enterprise instance resides.
  • Where the data is physically.
  • The types of data storage that are connected to the Splunk Enterprise instance.
  • Whether or not you need to perform any authentication or other intermediate to access the data store that contains the data you want to index.

Local Data

A local resource is a fixed resource that your Splunk Enterprise instance has direct access to. You are able to access a local resource, and whatever it contains, without having to attach, connect, or perform any other intermediate action (such as authentication or mapping a network drive). If your data is on such a resource, the data is considered local.

Some examples of local data include:

  • Data on a hard disk or solid state drive installed in a desktop, laptop, or server host.
  • Data on a resource that has been permanently mounted over a high-bandwidth physical connection that the host can access at boot time.
  • Data on a RAM disk.

Remote Data

A remote resource is any resource that does not meet the definition of a "local" resource. Data that exists on such a resource is remote data. Some examples of remote resources are:

  • Network drives on Windows hosts.
  • Active Directory schemas.
  • NFS or other network-based mounts on *nix hosts.
  • Most cloud-based resources.


Some cases where resources might be considered remote are actually not remote. Here are some examples.

  • A host has a volume that has been permanently mounted over a high-bandwidth physical connection such as USB or FireWire. Because the computer can mount the resource at boot time, Splunk Enterprise treats it as a local resource, even though the resource can theoretically be disconnected at a later time.
  • A host has a resource that has been permanently mounted over a high-bandwidth network standard such as iSCSI, or to a Storage Area Network over fiber. As the standard treats such volumes as local block devices, such a resource would be considered local.
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 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, 6.3.14, 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, 6.4.11, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.5.6, 6.5.7, 6.5.8, 6.5.9, 6.5.10, 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, 6.6.11, 6.6.12, 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.0.10, 7.0.11, 7.0.13, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.1.8, 7.1.9, 7.1.10, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9, 7.2.10, 7.3.0, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.3.6, 7.3.7, 7.3.8, 7.3.9, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 8.0.5, 8.0.6, 8.0.7, 8.0.8, 8.1.0, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4

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