Overview

Log Management is a critical part of operating a digital business. Log Analysis is the method software developers and SREs (Site Reliability Engineers) use to improve the performance of or solve problems with their digital service. Understanding the different aspects of Log Management and differences between Logging Tools is essential. There are choices in Log Management and this guide will summarize some of the different options available. More specifically, this page will provide some definition for Log Management and explain some of the advantages of Scalyr’s Logging Tool.

Log Management

Log data can be emitted by many different sources within your service, including applications, microservices, cloud infrastructure, network elements such as switches, routers or firewalls, web servers or databases. Together, these elements can produce Gigabytes or even Terabytes of Log Data. Because of the criticality of this data, and the complexity of distributed data sources, a Log Management tool is recommended or required.

Log Monitoring

Properly designed software code will be instrumented with log commands that signal other software actions, can be used for reporting or debugging and can be used by Log Monitoring Tools. Log monitoring usually refers to the process of looking for certain events or triggers in real-time.

Log Analysis

When log data is retained over time, it can be used to perform functions beyond monitoring, usually referred to as Log Analysis. Log Analysis involves looking at performance metrics, identifying the cause of problems, supporting planning - functions critical to managing and improving your service.

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Logging Tool Choices

Open Source

There are a number of open source Log Monitoring and Log Analysis tools available from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Linux Foundation and other independently licensed organizations. However, you will be mostly working on your own with these tools and supporting them on your own and you cannot always count on the community for immediate help should you run into issues. The software may be “free” but consider the support implications ahead of time.

On-Prem

Sophisticated on-prem Log Management tools began to emerge about 20 years ago, with Splunk being a well-known brand. These tools can aggregate logs from a lot of sources, offer nice features as well as partner ecosystems and support. However, most of these on-prem solutions were designed before today’s cloud-native computing trend and so require a lot of compute infrastructure to support, which can become unwieldy. Furthermore, this older approach may not properly support logging for microservices applications when using Kubernetes or AWS Lambda.

Cloud-Based Services

The modern approach to Log Management tools is Log Management as a Service. These services were designed and built in the era for modern digitally transformed businesses. And, they have all of the advantages that cloud-based services have to offer, high-scale, ease of use, cost effectivity and little or no infrastructure to setup and manage. Scalyr is the industry's best performing log management SaaS platform with industry-leading TCO and massive scalability.

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Scalyr Log Management Features and Advantages

Among the Log Management as a Service offers, Scalyr has several unique advantages worth considering:

Fast ingest and search

As soon as you start logging to Scalyr, your data is visible in seconds, which means you get real-time visibility and instant alerts. Whether searching, filtering or visualizing your data, you will be surprised at how responsive Scalyr is, even across large data sets. Scalyr’s unique approach leverages a purpose-built noSQL columnar database and a massively parallel cloud compute infrastructure, delivering the industry’s fastest log ingestion and search.

Unmatched scale

Scalyr’s massive multi-tenant cloud can easily retain Terabytes of data or more and make all of that data searchable almost immediately. With most queries requiring seconds or even less than one second, you don’t have to worry about scale, growth or performance. Scalyr is designed for scale - it’s even in the name!

Simple to use

Customers tell love how easy it is to use Scalyr, even for users with no query language expertise. You can search for free text, wildcards or regular expressions in the query bar. Or point and click directly in the log lines or graphs. This makes it simple for your entire team to adopt Scalyr. You can skip all of the specialized training, certifications and roles that alternatives require.

Security and reliability

Scalyr’s platform encrypts all internal and external communications with TLS and is built to prevent buffer overflows, SQL injection and cross-site scripting. We are SOC-2 Type I (Type II in process), PCI-DSS and GDPR compliant and provide continuous replication across fully redundant data centers for high availability.

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