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Log Management For DevOps Teams

Log Management as Part of the DevOps Toolchain

DevOps is a new way of collaborating software development across Development, Operations and Testing teams to rapidly deliver high-quality software. DevOps is more prevalent in next generation companies that are undergoing digital transformation and are looking for new ways to deliver software more quickly to market.

However, the rapid rollout of software assets poses significant management challenges to DevOps teams. These teams face increased pressure to keep pace and resolve potential bottlenecks or operational before rolling applications into production.

Log management for DevOps teams can help troubleshoot or even avoid problems. Since logs provide a track record of data from all infrastructure layers including firewalls, load balancers, networks, databases, servers, virtual machines, containers, and more, you can rely on this data to isolate problems and better understand user behavior.

By using the right tools, log data can be mined to gain real-time operational, security, and other insights early in the DevOps life cycle. Development and operations admins gain direct access to the same set of data for troubleshooting, understanding user behavior and predicting security threats for improved collaboration. Previous solutions were often used only by one team or the other, leading to finger pointing rather than collaboration.

It is important to take the following into account when considering log management solutions for DevOps teams:

  1. Scale: Is the tool or service able to aggregate large and fluctuating volumes of data with ease? (Or, do you have to provision for maximum capacity?)
  2. Ready to Use: How difficult is it to create and maintain new searches and dashboards? Are there pre-built collector mechanisms, dashboards and applications available for Docker, Apache, AWS and other technology stacks you use?
  3. Secure: How secure is the tool or service?
  4. Extensible: Can you easily scale your log management and integrate new data feeds?
  5. Set Up and Maintain: How much time and energy are you able to commit to developing and maintaining a log management for DevOps system?
  6. Advanced Analytics: How powerful are the analytics? Are they able to easily identify outliers and predict abnormal behaviors?

Many organizations including Microsoft, Adobe and JetBlue rely on Sumo Logic for their log management needs. Sumo Logic delivers log management for DevOps teams as a service so that you can be up and running quickly, scale your deployment effortlessly, and stay current on the latest code.

You can get started with a trial of Sumo Logic and see how log management can help your DevOps team reduce errors in code and release code more frequently. Working together with tools such as Sumo Logic, DevOps teams can proactively prevent potential production downtimes or service level degradations.

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