Security analytics vendor pulls plug on deals with little explanation
Popular Big Data and infosec data analytics specialist Splunk on Sunday posted a mysterious message on its corporate site indicating it would no longer be selling software and services to organizations in Russia.
The Lowdown: The surprise decision covers all Splunk products sold either directly or through partners, the notice said. That includes opportunities with technical partners, resellers, distributors, and vendors.
The Details: In a blog post titled “Shifting Priorities in Our Global Strategy,” Splunk officials also said the restriction applies to businesses with subsidiaries based in countries outside of Russia whose parent company is in Russia, or that would use the vendor’s software or services inside Russia. No reason for the crackdown was given.
Splunk officials said they will continue to fulfill customer support obligations for products and services rendered through the life of the contract, but will no longer take expansion or renewal orders for sales to or through Russian firms.
The Impact: According to Computerworld, the company has already removed several Russian companies from the Splunk Partner Directory, including VolgaBlob, TS Solution, and ZAO NIP Informzaschita.
Background: Splunk makes products for aggregating and analyzing large amounts of machine data for insights into IT, security, and IoT environments.
While no reason for the new restriction on Russian sales was given, Reuters reported last month that Russian authorities had stepped up efforts to examine the source code of foreign technology companies — especially those focused on security and analytics — that do business in the country.
Despite warnings that such disclosures could endanger the security of networks in the U.S. and elsewhere, several major vendors such as McAfee, Symantec, McAfee, HPE, and SAP have complied with the Russian directive, the report said.