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When you think of logs, what do you think of? It's most likely troubleshooting software applications and the infrastructure that underlies them, keeping an eye on your production apps...perhaps even database logs and some other things like that. Traditional log management stuff...I'm guessing it's not sports cars, law enforcement, lighting, marketing metrics, and beer. Well guess what? It can be! 1. Debunk an Inaccurate Journalist Back in February of 2013 The New York Times published a negative review of the Tesla Model S. To summarize, the reviewer wrote of a very negative experience that nearly left him stranded in the middle of the highway. Despite using range-optimization techniques, he elaborated, the driving distance that a Model S can go on one charge was much lower than stated by the company. The story got a lot of press as Tesla was ready to roll out a lar... (more)

In at the Deep End: Training for High Performance Distributed Systems

Here at Logentries we have a simple philosophy when it comes to hiring: hire the best people we can find and let them jump in at the deep end. That is how we like to learn. Smart people like to go deep and then find out what they don’t know as they work through some real world problems. And, our job is to give them the mentoring and support they need to overcome the blockers quickly and continue the learning process. We ensure they come to us with a great computer science or mathematical background and we take it from there. Logentries TrainingWhen we thought about designing a tra... (more)

Log Management 101: Where Do Logs Come From?

We’ve had a lot of people asking for the Log Management Primer for a while now. And, surprisingly, many of these folks have a strong technical background, including developers. Some want it for themselves, and some want it to pass on to a colleague, manager, etc. I’m going to explain what logs are, where they come from and how you can get your logs. If you’re a developer, this post probably isn’t for you as we don’t dig into the code level nitty gritty, but it will give you a high level overview of logs, where they come from and how they get sent to a third party service. Where ... (more)

In Defense of the Agent

Last week we published an article entitled 'Log Management 101 - Where Do Logs Come From?' to which one of our more witty readers retorted: "Sometimes a server and an app love each other very very much..."  :-) The article covered some of the basics around collecting log data from various parts of the stack as shown here. In short these fall into the following categories: Libraries for common languages and frameworks - Allowing you to log directly from your application source code. Collector agents - Usually built for common operating systems, agents will collect data from your f... (more)