What are the challenges with analyzing Linux log files?

Log management gets complex over a period of time

As organizations scale up, it becomes difficult for IT teams to manage their expanding infrastructure and cloud resources, and they can get overwhelmed with log volumes.

Monitoring and analysis takes a great deal of time

In a distributed environment, analyzing logs from multiple servers is not easy. Moreover, as teams lack advanced tools, troubleshooting operational bottlenecks can take a longer time.

There’s no easy way to visualize logs

Teams lack tools that can provide a quick visual overview of their distributed environment. Though open-source solutions can offer help, they often pose several configuration challenges.

Aggregate all your Linux logs with Loggly

SolarWinds® Loggly® provides cloud-based log aggregation, which allows you to monitor and analyze all your Linux logs remotely over a browser. The service simplifies log monitoring and provides a reliable and scalable approach to managing logs in a distributed environment. Moreover, Loggly also offers several intuitive features for Linux log analysis.

Unlike other Linux system log analyzers, Loggly has an agentless architecture and doesn’t require a lengthy configuration. To send logs to Loggly, you can use the syslog daemon, which is the most common method. Further, Loggly can automatically archive your logs to AWS S3 buckets for internal audits or other compliance purposes

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Get advanced features to expedite troubleshooting

Loggly helps you get to the root cause of issues, providing faster results for your search queries. Loggly can automatically parse Linux system logs into various fields to help you extract useful information using filters, graphs, and more, easily.

You can also define your custom parsing rules using derived fields. All your parsed logs are updated continuously in the dynamic field explorer, which offers an intuitive way to monitor your logs. With this explorer, you don’t have to run several searches as you can easily click and browse through the logs. The Loggly surround search is also very helpful for troubleshooting critical events. It allows you to inspect all events in the vicinity of a critical event, with a single click.

Gain better insights with charts and dashboards

With Loggly, you don’t need to resort to any open-source solutions for visualization. Loggly offers several types of charts that help you visualize your search results. You can group these charts to form a dashboard, sync them with a single click, and compare charts over a period of time using the timeshift function.

Loggly also offers several pre-configured dashboards to help you get started quickly. You can use these dashboards to monitor key performance and usage-related metrics related to your environment. It is also possible to download a dashboard in the form of a PNG image, which you can share with others over Slack or email. With these advanced features, your team can always stay on top of your environment.

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