VMware just rolled out a new automated log management and analytics center designed for enterprises embracing the cloud era. That's a long description for the new vCenter Log Insight.
Log Insight extends analytics to logs, and by doing so gives IT organizations a new tool to drive real-time insights from vast amounts of log data applications, physical hardware and virtualized infrastructure generates. The idea is to minimize troubleshooting times, improve operational efficiency and reduce IT costs.
"Dynamic virtual and cloud environments generate vast amounts of structured and unstructured data, requiring analytics for real-time intelligence and visibility across IT infrastructure and applications," said Ramin Sayar, vice president and general manager of Cloud Management at VMware. "With VMware vCenter Log Insight, we're extending our analytics-based approach to provide timely and rich insight of machine-generated data to IT administrators and operations teams."
VMware points to the problem and opportunity: Machine-generated log data contains valuable operational and diagnostics details about IT infrastructure that can be applied to identify and troubleshoot IT problems. With the high volume of log data and the dynamic nature of data structures, however, IT organizations find it challenging to manage and mine logs for operational insights in real-time.
Long Insight delivers automated log management through log aggregation, analytics and search for system monitoring, troubleshooting and root cause analysis. The product consumes unstructured log data from IT infrastructure components including applications, firewalls, network devices, operating systems, storage , virtual machines and hosts, and more, to provide enterprise-wide visibility. Log Insight supports streaming data and real-time queries, and features a just-in-time schema definition that adapts to any data format.
"VMware vCenter Log Insight is surprisingly easy to setup. It just worked after deploying the virtual appliance and setting the IP," said Brandon Gordon, IT Architect II at CSX. "The ease of extracting data, combined with the data visualization makes VMware vCenter Log Insight deceptively simple and extremely powerful to use." (continued...)