Benefits of Log Management
Why Every Business Needs Centralized Log Management
Every day, the components in your software stack store operational data in the form of log files. Log data contains valuable information about the performance, stability, and security of your infrastructure. The challenge of logging is in collecting this information, extracting it, and using it to make actionable decisions. Log management is about more than just collecting log files. It includes log collection, parsing events into individual data points, storing it properly for future use, and analyzing the results. This provides a more detailed look into application, server, and system performance, as well as the ability to immediately detect problems or anomalies. Ultimately, log management provides the insights needed to improve your operations.
Log Collection and Centralization
When you have hundreds or thousands of services running on multiple servers in multiple locations, manually searching through log files is impossible. A centralized log management system will aggregate and store logs, allowing you to access, search, and manage event logs from a single location. You can even browse, search, and live tail events from a single interface.
Parse Logs and Analyze Events
Logs come in hundreds of different formats and layouts. Log management tools automatically identify certain formats and extract individual fields in real-time. You can then use these fields to filter specific events, graph trends in log data, and even correlate events from different sources. No need for grep, awk, or other complicated tools.
Early Problem Detection and Smart Alerting
Transform your logs from a reactive aid to a proactive aid. Scan and monitor logs for anomalies or unusual trends. If a problem is detected, immediately send an alert to IT or DevOps. Log management tools can help you resolve issues before they have the chance to grow.
Security and Threat Detection
Real-time monitoring and parsing lets you scan logs for signs of security vulnerabilities, cyber threats, and malicious activity. Pinpoint the time and origin of a cyberattack by filtering events by time range, host system, or application. Trace events across multiple events and sources to determine the impact of a vulnerability, and simultaneously identify the components requiring updates or patching.
Compliance with Regulatory Requirements
Log management tools simplify compliance with HIPAA, SOC 2, and other requirements. Implement automated policies for securing, archiving, and auditing log data. Tools such as LogDNA support strong access controls, preventing unauthorized users from viewing log data. These tools can also export log data locally for further review.
Complete Log Management for Your Entire Infrastructure
Log management tools give you the ability to manage your logs from a single location regardless of the size of your infrastructure. With LogDNA, you can start collecting and analyzing logs from Windows, Linux, Kubernetes, Heroku, AWS, and more in a matter of minutes. LogDNA offers several flexible plans, as well as a free plan. Sign up for a fully featured free trial today (no credit card required) or book a demo below to see how LogDNA can help you manage your logs.