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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of an Agentless, Scalable Log Management Service

By Hoover J. Beaver 03 Dec 2013

As a veteran of many Silicon Valley startups, I can appreciate how far log management has come. In the old days, you had to create your own agent infrastructure to get any detailed data on how your systems and applications were running. That agent software then needed to be maintained, patched and monitored for vulnerabilities.

Good thing those days are gone.

When I take a 50,000 foot view of the value of Loggly, I see three factors that work together to set developers free:

 1. No agents

The Internet was much less accessible and useful when it took proprietary software to access it; most people agree that the introduction of a universal web browser was a key factor in the explosive growth of the early internet. In just the same way, an agent-free log management service like Loggly doesn’t care what kind of machine you’re using or what technologies your application employs. No matter what your log data looks like, we get it parsed and indexed, and we make it actionable by exposing the trends.

2. Scalable log aggregation

Log management is an ideal cloud-based application because its value increases exponentially with every level of aggregation. For example, you are much more likely to spot patterns and anomalies by looking at what’s going on with 40 machines in one time period rather than repeating a query across 40 machines and manually looking for correlations. With Loggly Gen2, a key focus was scalable log management, and have put a lot of effort into giving you tools that help you take advantage of log aggregation – so you are free to dig into the meaning behind the trends.

3. Log ownership

The architecture of some cloud-based applications—or their terms of service—can create concerns about data ownership. At Loggly, we view your data as yours. Keep it as long as you want. If a 90-day retention time isn’t long enough, just contact us and we can give you a custom quote.  And with our Pro plan, you can take all or part of your data and store it in your Amazon S3 bucket for further analysis. Your data, your rules.

Our focus at Loggly is transparency, we help you solve operational issues faster. We believe that the way to make our service “sticky” is not through proprietary lock-ins but by delivering a great user experience supported with really useful log management tools. So if you believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of professional happiness, try out Loggly today.

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Hoover J. Beaver

Hoover J. Beaver