What makes Spring logging so challenging?

The complexity of the Spring ecosystem

The Spring ecosystem consists of several projects covering security, social, data, Kafka, LDAP, and more. A team relying on these projects can struggle to manage numerous logs.

Search and analysis can be time-consuming

Teams need to sift through numerous log files to find the root cause of an issue. However, traditional tools for Spring Boot logging can get slow when searching through massive data sets.

Multiple complex integrations

Integrating multiple open-source tools for visual analysis and alerts, and performing several routine steps manually, may become problematic.

Manage Spring logs with the cloud-based service

SolarWinds® Loggly® is a cloud-based log aggregation and analytics service that can help you manage all your Spring entries in one place. It has an agentless architecture, which simplifies logging setup and lets you get started quickly. You can use simple scripts and send logs to Loggly over syslog, which is a preferred method for most use cases.

The main advantage of cloud-based log aggregation is that it allows you to meet any spikes in log volumes and helps you centrally manage log retention policies for all kinds of logs. You can also monitor and correlate different infrastructure and application logs to stay on top of your environment and troubleshoot issues faster. Further, Loggly automatically archives older logs to AWS S3 buckets for compliance.

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Search faster across your distributed stack

When logging Spring applications using traditional tools, you can struggle to search and analyze logs in real time. Loggly resolves this challenge and provides near-instant results to your search queries. It automatically parses all incoming data and provides a structured summary of the logs with its dynamic field explorer feature. This helps you extract useful information faster without typing multiple commands.

You can also monitor your logs in real time using the live tail feature. To allow you to drill down to the root cause of issues easily, Loggly integrates with GitHub. With this integration, it links your logs to the associated line of code in the SCM. All these features significantly reduce the time to resolve issues in a production environment.

Leverage integrated charts for visual analysis

Loggly offers advanced visualization of your log search results with several types of charts. These can help you find recurring patterns or anomalies which can otherwise remain unnoticed with human supervision of text logs or threshold-based alerting. You can drag and resize multiple charts and group them together to form a dashboard for a quick overview of your distributed environment.

The dashboards can be shared or downloaded in the form of a PNG image. Further, for proactive response, Loggly also integrates with popular notification services (Slack, HipChat, PagerDuty, etc.) and allows the creation of Jira tickets from its interface. With these integrations, you do not have to shuffle between multiple tools and can focus better on your tasks.

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