Amit Rawlani, Director of Solutions & Alliances, Cloudian

In late 2018, Splunk introduced a feature called SmartStore, which offers enhanced storage management functionality. SmartStore allows you to move warm data buckets to S3-compatible object stores such as Cloudian HyperStore, the industry’s most S3-compatible on-prem object storage platform. Moving the data from expensive indexer storage achieves many benefits, including:

  • Decoupling of storage and compute layers for independent scaling of those resources to best serve workload demands
  • Elastic scaling of compute on-demand for search and indexing workloads
  • Growing storage independently to accommodate retention requirements
  • Cost savings with more flexible storage options

However, migrating existing Splunk indexes to SmartStore is a one-time occurrence. It is also an intensive activity with no undo button. Based on extensive internal testing and validation efforts, the Cloudian team has developed best practices for ensuring smooth deployment of Splunk SmartStore with Cloudian HyperStore. These range from provisioning all the way to safeguards to consider during the migration process itself. Listed below is a summary of the best practices guidelines.


For correct operations, the recommended deployment is HyperStore nodes with a network interface larger than the network interfaces on the Splunk Indexers.

splunk indexer nic size

Tuning Splunk SmartStore

Concurrent upload setting should be 8 threads (default value)

Concurrent download setting should be 18 threads (max tested is 24 threads)

For high ingest rates bucket size should be set to 10GB (setting = Auto_high)

Tuning Cloudian HyperStore

Consistency setting should be kept as Quorum. Anything else will have a performance impact

Link MTU should be set to 1500 to ensure optimal performance

Storage Sizing

Storage sizing guidelines should be followed. These will vary based on the compression ratios, metadata size and indexer volume sizing. Below is one specific guideline.


Cache Sizing

Undoubtedly the most important decision for appropriate SmartStore operations. Following parameters need to be considered while sizing SmartStore cache.

  • Daily Ingestion Rate (I)
  • Search time span for majority of your searches
  • Cache Retention (C) = 1 day / 10 days/ 30 days or more
  • Available disk space (D) on your indexers (assuming homogeneous disk space)
  • Replication Factor (R) =2
  • Min required cache size: [I*R + (C-1)*I]
  • Min required indexers = Min required cache size / D
  • Also factor in ingestion throughput requirements (~300GB/day/indexer) to determine the number of indexers

Based on the above parameters, the table below gives a framework on how to get the recommended SmartStore cache sizing.

7-Day Cache
10-Day Cache
30-Day Cache
10-Day Cache
30-Day Cache
Ingest/Day (GB) 1,000 1,000 1,000 10,000 10,000
Storage/Indexer (GB) 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Cache Retention 7 10 30 10 30
Replication Factor 2 2 2 2 2
Min Required Cache (GB) 8,000 11,000 31,000 110,000 310,000
Min Required #Indexers 4 6 16 55 155

Migration to SmartStore

As mentioned, the migration to SmartStore is a one-way street. For existing indexes following steps are recommended for a smooth migration

  1. Setup SmartStore target S3 bucket on HyperStore.
  2. Upload a file to the S3 bucket via CMC or S3 client.
  3. Set up the Volumes on Splunk Indexers without setting RemotePath for Indexes.
  4. Push the changes with the new Splunk Volume to the Splunk Index cluster.
  5. Use the Splunk RFS command to validate each Indexer is able to connect to the volume.

/opt/splunk/bin/splunk cmd splunkd rfs — ls –starts-with volume:NewVolume

  1. Once all Indexers report back connectivity Migrations can begin.
  2. Set RemotePath for one Index at a time. This allows for the ability to manage Index migrations more easily. This also limits the work of each indexer as it tries to move all Warm buckets for every index at once.

For more information on how to deploy Splunk SmartStore with Cloudian HyperStore, see the detailed deployment guide here.

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