Why is NGINX log analysis so challenging?

Log management is a complex task

In large organizations, teams have to handle logs from a wide range of endpoints, servers, applications, and the cloud. Staying on top of all this data along with NGINX logs becomes difficult.

Getting to the root cause is not simple

Traditional NGINX log file analyzers aren’t built to handle modern workloads and can take a great deal of time to provide results for normal search queries. This can frustrate teams and reduce efficiency.

Teams have to toggle between multiple tools

Teams have to rely on multiple open-source tools for log aggregation, analysis, and visualization. These tools pose several configuration challenges.

Manage all your NGINX logs on cloud

SolarWinds® Loggly® simplifies log aggregation, monitoring, and analysis offering a cloud-based service which can meet your varied logging needs. With all your logs in one place, you can centrally monitor and correlate log data to stay on top of your distributed environment.

Unlike other logging tools, Loggly is built for simplicity, speed, and scale. It offers a quick setup with minimal configuration to get you started. There is no need to install an agent for collecting logs from different sources. You can use syslog daemons such as rsyslog to send NGINX logs to Loggly. Further, Loggly reliably archives your logs on AWS S3 once they have gone past the log retention period.

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Reduce your time to resolve issues

Traditional NGINX log analyzers can impede troubleshooting as they take much time to process search queries whenever there’s a large amount of log data. On the other hand, Loggly always offers quick results for your search queries. It can automatically parse your NGINX logs to help you analyze data under different fields.

The Loggly dynamic field explorer prevents you from running random trial and error searches by providing a guided search experience. You can filter out the noise and hone into specific information to get to the root cause of issues. Further, Loggly allows you to inspect all logs surrounding a critical event with its surround search feature. With all these attributions, you can analyze log data easily and reduce your time to resolve issues.

Get out-of-the-box dashboard for NGINX log analysis

Loggly helps you concentrate on your log analysis and troubleshooting work with several advanced integrations under the hood. You can use a pre-configured dashboard for monitoring key NGINX statistics, without any need to set up complex visualization tools. This dashboard allows you to easily spot a spike in 4XX and 5XX status codes which can be a sign of a problem within your application.

By inspecting similar anomalies and events, you can drill down to resolve issues proactively. Moreover, Loggly integrates with GitHub, Jira, and notification services like Slack, HipChat, PagerDuty, and more. All these integrations allow your team to collaborate seamlessly and stay on top of your environment with unified monitoring of logs.

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