Posts tagged Log Management

4 min IT Ops

Let the Logs do the Talking

You are on top of your game. You have a log analysis tool [] churning logs from all your applications and infrastructure. And now that you have data (LOTS and lots of data…), you are able to understand your infrastructure better than you ever did before. You might even build a dashboard or two that tells you what is going on with your IOPS and utilization, at a glance. But when it comes time to explain system status or configurations to everyone else in the organization you

3 min IT Ops

Why we love log management (and you should too)

It doesn’t matter if your title puts you in Ops, Dev, or DevOps, being able to track down the big insights from your data is the secret-sauce every engineer is looking for. Collecting the data is a step in the right direction, but organizing, tagging, monitoring, and reporting from the data provides the insights necessary to make business decisions. Log data is a huge piece of that puzzle, and a good log management tool can really help your business run more efficiently. Our team loves log mana

4 min IT Ops

JSON logging in Apache and Nginx with Logentries

I’m often asked on calls with our customers what is the preferred format for log data being sent to Logentries [] . While we pride ourselves on being the Log Management [] tool that is easiest to setup a

3 min IT Ops

The Log - So Important It Deserves a Book

I was very interested to see that Manning Publications have just announced the Early Access release of a new book called Unified Log Management []. I looked through the table of contents and it was what I expected – a roll your own log management [] cookbook with a list of technologies that might help (Kinesis, Redshift, Kafka etc.). Presumably it will also include Google DataFlow by the time the book ships. So it’s only reall

6 min IT Ops

5 Ways to Make Your DevOps Team More Efficient

As your DevOps team grows, scaling efficiencies across the group is imperative to maintaining a well-oiled unit. A small team of smart engineers can function well without much effort, but as your team gets bigger, you need to make sure you invest in the right tools and practices to help keep everyone on the same page. Throw in distributed teams, across different time zones, and issues can only get exasperated. Below are a few key tips that you should consider as your development and operations

2 min IT Ops

4 Ways to Use Centralized Log Management for Improved Production Monitoring

Is your team focused on preventing outages and minimizing downtime in production? Time to resolution is one of the most important operational KPIs for Ops teams, becauseany time that your application is down, is too long for your users. Whether it’s minutes, hours, or (in a worst case-scenario) days, any time that your systems are down, your business is losing money; and more importantly, customer trust and satisfaction. This creates additional pressure on your team and hurts employee morale. By

2 min IT Ops

Revisiting the Past with Logentries and Syslog

When I was younger I was always amazed by my grandfather. He would revel me in stories about how, when growing up, not only did he not have a car or television, but he had to walk up hill “both ways” to get to school – without shoes! And here I am today more or less saying the same thing about the late 70’s and early 80’s when client-server changeover that occurred during that time and we all had servers sitting in our closets. Setting up syslog [] back in

2 min IT Ops

AWS CloudWatch Logs - Making Innovation Easier and Cheaper

Last week AWS made an exciting announcement at their NYC Summit, which I believe is a big step in helping to reduce the cost of log management in the cloud [] for end users and vendors alike – good news all around! What was announced? Amazon announced ‘CloudWatch Logs’ which essentially allows you to send log data from your EC2 instances into CloudWatch for storage and some rudimentary analysis. How does it work? CloudWatch logs works by collecting y

5 min Log Management

Incident Response is about Where, When, and How

"If and when" is old and busted. "Where, when, and how" are the new hotness. Incidents happen. There will always be a Patient Zero. "Where the incident happened, when you detect the incident, and how you responded" is what I believe matters. I think the general public will appreciate measured response under attack to us fostering belief in 'perfect defense'. With this in mind, I want discuss a few thoughts prompted by eBay's response to this compromise. Scoping is hard Incident Handlers le

3 min PCI

PCI 30 seconds newsletter #19 - Your PCI Logbook - What is required in terms of log management?

P>D R is a well-known principle in security. It's a principle that means that the Protective measures in place must be strong enough to resist longer than the time required to Detect something wrong is happening and then React. For example, your door must be strong enough to prevent a malicious individual from getting in for at least the amount time required to detect the incident, alert the police, and have them arrive on site. In this context, log management plays a specific role. It help

4 min Log Management

Nexpose log files - What's changed in v5.2

Introduction Nexpose logs messages for tasks that the system has performed as well as events that occurred as a result of those tasks. The messages vary with respect to the features in the product such as users logging into Nexpose successfully, launching a scan for a site, or generating a report. The log files are helpful in understanding what Nexpose has already done. In the latest release, Nexpose 5.2, we have introduced a number of enhancements to the log files such as reducing disk usage an