Dan Reichert is a Sales Engineer at Sumo Logic with over a decade of experience in technology in the US Army, IBM, and various startups. He is a graduate of the iSchool at Syracuse University with a masters degree in Information Management and University of Central Florida with a bachelors degree in Information Systems Technology. He is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.
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You’ve probably heard about logs and metrics and have been told you need to monitor them. You may be told to monitor them for compliance or because someone suggested it’d be a great way to reduce time to investigate bugs. It can be a ton to handle and understand, and there’s a great deal of information out there.
Overview When logging information about your operating system, services, network, or anything else, usually there’s predefined log structures in place by the vendor. There are times when there aren’t predefined logs created by some software or you have custom application logs from your own software. Without properly planning your log syntax you’ll be using, things can get messy and your data may lose its integrity [...]
Diving Deeper Now that you have an overview for custom logs and what is involved in creating a good log practice from Part I of the series, it’s time to look further into what and why you should log in your system. This will be broken up into two parts. The first will cover timestamps and content, and the second part will cover syntax and documentation. Timestamp The first and most critical component of just about [...]
Diving Even Deeper In Part I there was a general overview of custom logs and Part II discussed timestamps and log content. At this point, you have a log that contains a bunch of important data to help you analyze it to gather useful information about your systems. In this final part of this series, you’ll learn about how to organize the data in your logs and how to make sure you properly document it. Log Syntax You [...]