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08.20.2014 | Posted by Sanjay Sarathy, CMO
Not often have I spent two weeks in August in a “winter” climate, but it was a great opportunity to spend some time with our new team in Australia, visit with prospects, customers and partners, and attend a couple of Amazon Web Service Summits to boot.
Here are some straight-off-the-plane observations.
A Local “Data Center” Presence Matters: We now have production instances in Sydney, Dublin and the United States. In conversations with Australian enterprises and government entities, the fact that we have both a local team and a local production instance went extremely far when determining whether we were a good match for their needs. This was true whether their use case centered around supporting their security initiatives or enabling their DevOps teams to release applications faster to market. You can now select where your data resides when you sign up for Sumo Logic Free.
Australia is Ready For the Cloud: From the smallest startup to extremely large mining companies, everyone was interested in how we could support their cloud initiatives. The AWS Summits were packed and the conversations we had revolved not just around machine data analytics but what we could do to support their evolving infrastructure strategy. The fact that we have apps for Amazon S3, Cloudfront, CloudTrail and ELB made the conversations even more productive, and we’ve seen significant interest in our special trial for AWS customers.
We’re A Natural Fit for Managed Service Providers: As a multi-tenant service born in the Cloud, we have a slew of advantages for MSP and MSSPs looking to embed proactive analytics into their service offering, as our work with The Herjavec Group and Medidata shows. We’ve had success with multiple partners in the US and the many discussions we had in Australia indicate that there’s a very interesting partner opportunity there as well.
Analytics and Time to Insights: In my conversations with dozens of people at the two summits and in 1-1 meetings, two trends immediately stand out. While people remain extremely interested in how they can take advantage of real-time dashboards and alerts, one of their bigger concerns typically revolved around how quickly they could get to that point. ”I don’t have time to do a lot of infrastructure management” was the common refrain and we certainly empathize with that thought. The second is just a reflection on how we sometimes take for granted our pattern recognition technology, aka, LogReduce. Having shown this to quite a few people at the booth, the reaction on their faces never gets old especially after they see the order of magnitude by which we reduce the time taken to find something interesting in their machine data.
At the end of the day, this is a people business. We have a great team in Australia and look forward to publicizing their many successes over the coming quarters.
04.29.2014 | Posted by Sanjay Sarathy, CMO
Today’s reality is that companies have to deal with disjointed systems when it comes to detecting, investigating and remediating issues in their infrastructure. Compound that with the exponential growth of machine data and you have a recipe for frustrated IT and security teams who are tasked with uncovering insights from this data exhaust and then remediating issues as appropriate. Customer dissatisfaction, at-risk SLAs and even revenue misses are invariable consequences of this fragmented approach.
With our announcement today of a certified integration with ServiceNow, companies now have a closed loop system that makes it much easier for organizations to uncover known and unknown events in Sumo Logic and then immediately create alerts and incidents in ServiceNow. The bi-directional integration supports the ability for companies to streamline the entire change management process, capture current and future knowledge, and lay the groundwork for integrated event management capabilities. This integration takes advantage of all the Sumo Logic analytics capabilities, including LogReduce and Anomaly Detection, to identify what’s happening in your enterprise, even if you never had rules to detect issues in the first place.
The cloud-to-cloud integration of ServiceNow and Sumo Logic also boosts productivity by eliminating the whole concept of downloading, installing and managing software. Furthermore, IT organizations also have the ability to elastically scale their data analytics needs to meet the service management requirements of the modern enterprise.
Let us know if you’re interested in seeing our integration with ServiceNow. And while you’re at it, feel free to register for Sumo Logic Free. It’s a zero price way to understand how our machine data analytics service works.
PS – check out our new web page which provides highlights of recent capabilities and features that we’ve launched.
10.09.2013 | Posted by Bruno Kurtic, Founding Vice President of Product and Strategy
I’m very pleased to announce our strategic alliance with Akamai. Our integrated solution delivers a unified view of application availability, performance, security, and business analytics based on application log data. Customers who rely on Akamai’s globally distributed infrastructure now can get the real-time feed of all logs generated by Akamai’s infrastructure into their Sumo Logic account in order to integrate and cross-analyze them with their internally generated application data sets!
What problems does the integrated solution solve?
To date, there have been two machine data sets generated by applications that leverage Akamai:
1. Application logs at the origin data centers, which application owners can usually access.
2. Logs generated by Akamai as an application is distributed globally. Application owners typically have zero or limited access to these logs.
Both of these data sets provide important metrics and insights for delivering highly-available, secure applications that also provide detailed view of business results. Until today there was no way to get these data sets into a single tool for real-time analysis, causing the following issues:
- No single view of performance. While origin performance could be monitored, but that provides little confidence that the app is performant for end users.
- Difficult to understand user interaction. Without data on how real users interact with an application, it was difficult to gauge how users interacted with the app, what content was served, and ultimately how the app performed for those users (and if performance had any impact on conversions).
- Issues impacting customer experience remained hidden. The root cause of end-user issues caused at the origin remained hidden, impacting customer experience for long periods of time.
- Web App Firewall (WAF) security information not readily available. Security teams were not able to detect and respond to attacks in real-time and take defensive actions to minimize exposure.
Akamai Cloud Monitor and Sumo Logic provide an integrated approach to solving these problems. Sumo Logic has developed an application specifically crafted for customers to extract insights from their Akamai data, which is sent to Sumo Logic in real time. The solution has been deployed by joint customers (at terabyte scale) to address the following use cases:
Real-time analytics about user behavior. Combine Akamai real-user monitoring data and internal data sets to gain granular insights into user behavior. For example, learn how users behave across different device types, geographies, or even how Akamai quality of service impacts user behavior and business results.
Security information management and forensics. Security incidents and attacks on an application can be investigated by deep-diving into sessions, IP addresses, and individual URLs that attackers are attempting to exploit and breach.
Application performance management from edge to origin. Quickly determine if an application’s performance issue is caused by your origin or by Akamai’s infrastructure, and which regions, user agents, or devices are impacted.
Application release and quality management. Receive an alert as soon as Akamai detects that one or more origins have an elevated number of 4xx or 5xx errors that may be caused by new code push, configuration change, or another issue within your origin application infrastructure.
Impact of quality of service and operational excellence. Correlate how quality of service impacts conversions or other business metrics to optimize performance and drive better results
I could go on, but I’m sure you have plenty of ideas of your own.
Join us for a free trial here – as always, there is nothing to install, nothing to manage, nothing to run – we do it all for you. You can also read our announcement here or read more about the Sumo Logic application for Akamai here. Take a look at the Akamai press release here.
04.23.2013 | Posted by CloudPassage: Cloud Security
The below is a guest post from CloudPassage.
Automating your server security is about more than just one great tool – it’s also about linking together multiple tools to empower you with the information you need to make decisions. For customers of CloudPassage and Sumo Logic, linking those tools to secure cloud servers is as easy as it is powerful.
The CloudPassage Halo Event Connector enables you to view security event logs from CloudPassage Halo in your Sumo Logic dashboard, including alerts from your configuration, file integrity, and software vulnerability scans. Through this connector, Halo delivers unprecedented visibility of your cloud servers via your log management console. You can track server events such as your server rebooting, shutting down, changing IP addresses, and much more.
The purpose of the Halo Event Connector is to retrieve event data from a CloudPassage Halo account and import it into Sumo Logic for indexing or processing. It is designed to execute repeatedly, keeping the Sumo Collector up-to-date with Halo events as time passes and new events occur.
The Halo Event Connector is free to use, and will work with any Halo subscription. To get started integrating Halo events into Sumo Logic, make sure you have set up accounts for CloudPassage Halo and Sumo Logic.
Then, generate an API key in your CloudPassage Halo portal. Once you have an API key, follow the steps provided in the Halo – Sumo Logic documentation, using the scripts provided on Github. The documentation walks you through the process of testing the Halo Event Connector script.
Once you have tested the script, you will then add the output as a “Source” by selecting “Script” in Sumo Logic (see below).
When you have finished adding the new data source that integrates the Halo Event Connector with Sumo Logic (as detailed in the .pdf documentation), you will be taken back to the “Collectors” tab where the newly added Script source will be listed.
Once the Connector runs successfully and is importing event data into Sumo Logic, you will see Halo events such as the following appear in your Sumo Logic searches:
Try it out today – we are eager to hear your feedback! We hope that integrating these two tools makes your server security automation even more powerful.