For nearly 20 years, Splunk has been delivering on the idea that harnessing the power of data can help our customers solve the most complex problems that test the resilience of their digital systems. In recent years, the advent of AI and continued demand for digital transformation have created a world of new possibilities, along with complex challenges. Organizations now have a greater surface area to protect and infinitely more data to manage — often across fragmented, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

As our customers have had to evolve to meet these challenges, Splunk has transformed to deliver exceptional value. Along the way, we have stayed true to our customer promise: to be a step ahead of their needs and continually deliver meaningful innovations that keep mission-critical systems secure and reliable. 

Today, we took the next step in our journey to advance this promise and realize our vision for the future of security and observability by joining forces with Cisco.

Uniting with Cisco is a transformative milestone for Splunk and our customers, partners, employees and shareholders. Cisco and Splunk have had a long and successful partnership, underpinned by products and capabilities that fundamentally complement each other and enhance the value we deliver to customers. By bringing our two companies together, we will be able to build on our industry-leading solutions to deliver the most comprehensive visibility and insight in the market across security, observability and network operations. Combining our capabilities will allow us to accelerate our work to transform the industry for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.

Innovation, execution and the drive to deliver on our customer promise will always be at the core of Splunk’s mission. With Cisco, we will have greater resources to innovate and serve our customers, accelerating their digital resilience. Cisco’s world-class go-to-market engine and extensive global network of trusted partners can bring Splunk’s enterprise-grade AI-powered, security and observability solutions to even more customers worldwide. At the same time, we will have the opportunity to accelerate the pace of innovation and develop game-changing solutions to help businesses access, analyze and act on data faster and more securely than ever before. Simply put, our leading technologies, coupled with Cisco’s technology portfolio and powered by its extensive go-to-market capabilities and global scale, is a winning combination for our customers, our industry and our people.

I’m excited by what’s next for Splunk as part of Cisco. For our Splunkers around the globe, today’s announcement is a testament to their hard work, innovative vision and belief that our technology can help organizations all over the world become more resilient and ultimately realize their potential. The talent and drive that made today possible are only going to be more important in the years to come. 

Over the years, we’ve created a vibrant community and ecosystem that brings together the most visionary technology minds of our generation. This announcement reinforces our unwavering commitment to helping build a safer and more resilient digital world, and I hope you’ll join us as we celebrate this achievement and continue to write Splunk’s legacy.  

For more information, please read our press release.

Gary Steele


President & CEO, Splunk


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Important Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction between Splunk Inc. (“Splunk”) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”), Splunk will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”), the definitive version of which will be sent or provided to Splunk stockholders. Splunk may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or any other document which Splunk may file with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement (when it is available) and other documents that are filed or will be filed with the SEC by Splunk through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, Splunk’s investor relations website at https://investors.splunk.com or by contacting the Splunk investor relations department at the following:

Splunk Inc.


ir@splunk.com 


(415) 848-8400

Participants in the Solicitation

Splunk and certain of its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding Splunk’s directors and executive officers, including a description of their direct interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in Splunk’s proxy statement for its 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on May 9, 2023. Splunk stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction, including the interests of Splunk directors and executive officers in the transaction, which may be different than those of Splunk stockholders generally, by reading the Proxy Statement and any other relevant documents that are filed or will be filed with the SEC relating to the transaction. You may obtain free copies of these documents using the sources indicated above.

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