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What Is Syslog? This post has been written by Dr. Miao Wang, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Performance Engineering Lab at University College Dublin. This post is the first in a multi-part series of posts on the many options for collecting and forwarding log data from different platforms and the pros and cons of each. In this first post we will focus on Syslog, and will provide background on the protocol. What is Syslog? Syslog has been around for a number of decades and provides a protocol used for transporting event messages between computer systems and software applications. The protocol utilizes a layered architecture, which allows the use of any number of transport protocols for transmission of syslog messages. It also provides a message format that allows vendor-specific extensions to be provided in a structured way. Syslog is now standardized by the IETF i... (more)

Four Steps for Structuring Log Data By @Leigh313 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Four Steps for Structuring Your Log Data By Leigh Merrigan In the age of Big Data we are taught that no pile of data is too large or too complex. This is absolutely true. Most data analysis systems can take any type and volume of data - but ingestion is much different from consumption. The way your data is structured directly impacts its ability to be consumed, understood, and correlated with other data. Here are the top 4 ways to make sure your system and app logs help you to do this effectively. Before you start ingesting a new source type, spend a little time to ensure that t... (more)

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 get stuck. Stuck and frustrated that your time is being taken away from tasks that need to get done. Did you... (more)

How to Avoid the #BigData Black Hole | @BigDataExpo [#IoT]

It takes a lot of will power, in our data obsessed world to say "too much!" However, there are many ways where too much information is destroying productivity, and actually causing bad decision making, not good. But it is hard to avoid the world of opportunities that has been opened in data collection and analysis. So how do you balance the two? The first step is to understand there is a big difference between data collection, and it's utilization. While it seems subtle, the difference is key, and utilization is where many make mistakes. Many confuse data collection and data uti... (more)

Tracing: @Logentries Partners with @NewRelic | @CloudExpo [#DevOps]

Boston, Massachusetts (September 23, 2014) – Logentries, the log management and analytics service built for the cloud, today announced a New Relic integration that provides real-time visibility into log level transactions from client-side devices (such as mobile apps or web browsers) to traditional application and backend servers. The new integration enables users to quickly drill down from an application performance metrics view within the New Relic app into Logentries to see and analyze the matching log events that were generated as part of a specific transaction. Users can now... (more)