Is Your Log Data Presentation Worthy?
This article originally posted on the Logentries Blog.
You're in a quarterly meeting where everyone is armed with slide decks; some
good, some mind numbingly bad. It's your turn, and you have a concise
five-slide deck comprised of targeted, well designed, and insightful graphs.
The graphs are clear and the room is able to discuss the highs and lows
reported in the data.
While you leave the meeting satisfied that you communicated clearly...
The complex data you turned into consumable information was no trivial task
Regardless if it took a few hours or a few days to prepare the slides - it
took significant effort.
Taking large volumes of information (sometimes abstract information), and
creating something easily digestible can be challenging; both mentally as
well as on resources. The information has to first, be collected, then
Log data is a powerful resource being overlooked by businesses. The value
that may be hidden in the data is so large, it is borderline reckless not
to manage your log data. The main reason this is occurring, is because the
beneficiaries of this information are often the end business users, who
couldn't tell you the difference between a log and a blog. So there is no
urgency to invest in a solution.
This is where I step in, if you are in DevOps, software engineering, system
administration, etc and want your company to invest in a log management
solution; this is the article to sh... (more)
How to Implement JSON Formatting of IIS for Analytics and Troubleshooting
Previously, we wrote about setting up a Windows environment to log JSON
formatted logs using our Windows Agent or our DataHub. Now we'll
IIS, like Windows, has a unique log format that makes it difficult to read,
parse, and garner useful information. The log is a flat file that has a
line-per-web hit; similar to Apache or Nginx. But, it's not as easy to format
into JSON as Apache and Nginix.
Using the tricks we learned formatting Windows Event Logs as JSON we can use
the same tools to get IIS... (more)
We're working hard in the Logentries towers to integrate our continuous
delivery tools, so we can identify and track issues as easily as possible.
This saves us time that we can spend on important things like adding new
features (or playing pool!). We use a lot of tools to manage our development
cycle, and we've made them interact too.
We use JIRA (by Atlassian) to plan our work, Gitlab to manage our code,
and Jenkins for our continuous integration.
Does Mr Jenkins Approve?
Merge requests (a.k.a. a pull request in github) aren't accepted in
Logentries until Mr Jenkins is happy wi... (more)
How to Adopt DevOps in Your Organization
It does not take much to understand the benefits of the DevOps culture,
processes, and tools. However, implementing DevOps in your organization is
not as obvious and usually involves more than simply setting up tools. You
have to convince team members, map old processes to new, and maybe even
change the structure of organizational reporting and budgeting.
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for implementing DevOps in an
organization, but there are some strategies to help.
One proven strategy to adopt DevOps is to leverage log analysis... (more)