Data generated by a computing machine while it operates. Splunk (http://www.splunk.com) defines machine data as "the data generated by all the systems running in data centers, the 'internet of things', and the new world of connected devices. It's all of the data generated by the applications, servers, network devices, security devices and remote infrastructure that power your organization (Kwang, 2012)." Machine data sources include application logs, business process logs, clickstream data, database and file system audit logs and tables, sensor data and web access logs. Also known as machine-generated data. In organizations operational technology can generate large amounts of data for control and performance enhancement.
Related Terms: Big data, analytics