Not all log management tools are created equal. Here’s what to look for.
Log management and log analysis tools provide real-time visualization of how users interact with your apps and
systems. Many of these log
management tools include a sophisticated visual dashboard to immediately analyze data. They also offer your DevSecOps teams deeper
insights and possibilities to enhance code quality, boost productivity and reduce risks.
What should the best log management tools do for your team to be successful?
What is log management?
Log management is
a continuous process of collecting, analyzing and retaining log data or log files over time. With log management,
DevOps, site reliability engineering and security teams are able to monitor performance, find problems and defects and
identify security threats. Once
collected, log data from various applications and infrastructure can be analyzed and used to gain insight into
business, security and operational performance.
Your DevSecOps teams may access data from on-premises, cloud and hybrid settings with log management processes:
Instrument and collect: The first step in log management is to gather all the information into
one place as part of a process known as log aggregation. Imagine how annoying it would be to go to every server,
application and network device individually! Each data source has query logs. Syslog, or apps that write their log
message directly into the centralized log management over HTTP, can be used for collection. Using schema-on-read
will save you significant time since the data won't need to be organized or uniform until you use it.
Centralize and index: Next, your logs will need to be in one central location and indexed for
visibility and ease of use; this is known as log collection. Centralized logs guarantee that you never have to
manually "grep" (a command-line tool that searches for matching text) a log file of interest from various systems
across several servers. Similar to Google, indexing enables DevSecOps teams to easily search for any term across all
their logs, or in other words, perform log queries.
Search and evaluate: Now comes the fun part, well, fun to some folks—searching and using the
information in your logs. You can perform evaluations manually or use native machine learning to see trends, find
outliers or compare time periods.
Monitor and alert: Continuouslog monitoring of insights from log data ensures
that users are warned of critical events in a timely manner. This, along with creating custom alerts,
is a snap with great software (like we offer at Sumo Logic), especially with features like dynamic
thresholds and analytics driven by machine learning assisting.
Log report and dashboard: The last puzzle piece is ongoing reporting. It’s important to have
sophisticated software that automates the reporting of event log information. This gives you insight into
operational performance, resource allocation, security or l compliance and other metrics. But make sure the log
management solution you select has Role-based access control (RBAC) —
this gives you control over secure and scoped access to the information that teams need to operate.
A log management system lets you collect log file data in one location and view it as a whole rather than as
individual components. As a result, you can analyze the gathered log data and metrics to recognize issues and patterns and create a clear
visual representation of how your systems function at any given time.
Log Analytics and Alert Response to reduce MTTR
What are log management tools?
Log management tools continuously collect, analyze and retain log files over time. This log event data can then offer dynamic performance monitoring and real-time alerting to give organizations more visibility and
understanding of the security posture, efficiency and health of their systems. Logs are produced in large quantities
across multiple tiers of applications and infrastructure. When gathered and put to use, logs can provide crucial
To create simple-to-understand charts, maps and summaries of company activities, log management software
filters enormous data and transforms it into manageable information. To achieve this, a
comprehensive log management tool should:
Improve reliability and performance with unified log management Raw data can provide information on what occurred with a specific element of your stack, but centralized log management offers much more.
The easiest approach to correlate issues and pinpoint the reason when anything goes wrong is to see log dashboards
all at once.
Simplify security and compliance with centralized log management With a dedicated log management
tool, your IT teams have all the information they need to decide what is worth examining when threat detection is
identified more quickly. These tools can assist you in stopping breaches, identifying indications of compromise
(IOCs) and transforming your data into useful threat information with a unified log management
Offer one-click integrations with AWS, Azure, and GCP services
Cloud architectures demand a modern approach to logging and monitoring for full-stack visibility. You may
consolidate huge amounts of cloud logs to conduct log analytics that generate business, operational and security
Provide multi-cloud support with multiple apps and native integrations You can get out-of-the-box
visibility into the technologies that power your applications with real-time visibility into AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) cloud apps and infrastructure.
Which tool is used for monitoring and logging?
With a log analysis tool like Sumo Logic, DevSecOps teams monitor logs in real-time and save important historical
data using log and security analytics with integrated threat intelligence. The performance of every stack component is made more accessible by using simple dashboards and data visualizations to help you analyze and translate
For machine data insights, Sumo Logic’s platform features built-in pattern identification, anomaly detection, outlier
detection and predictive analytics. With Sumo Logic, our customers ensure application reliability and modern threat
protection and gain infrastructure insights. Learn how our log analytics solution can help your business.
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Mike Baldani is a senior product marketing manager for Observability at Sumo Logic. He has spent the last 20 years marketing software and SaaS solutions that help developers and SREs overcome the challenges they face in their daily roles.