One of the best applications you can add to your systems administration toolset is an event log analyzer. These applications enable administrators to go from reactive management to proactive management, which is good for all concerned. The business has better uptime, management is happy, and the admins don’t get calls in the middle of the night. While those are all actual benefits of being proactive, here are six tangible benefits you can get out of an event log analyzer:
1. Centralized logging
With diverse systems across your datacenter or across the globe, event log analyzers can bring all those logs from all those systems into one place, where they can be parsed, analyzed and stored.
2. Support for multiple log formats
There are almost as many log formats as there are systems and it can be a daunting task to understand them all. But an event log analyzer can understand protocols and log formats from syslog to Oracle, SNMP to IIS and anything in between – letting admins focus on the content and not worry about the format.
3. Fine-grained control
If there’s one thing admins know, it’s that event logs have a lot of fluff and noise. Event log analyzers can help admins cut through all the excess, so they can focus on what’s really important.
4. Search and filtering
Even when you tune out the noise, if you are searching for a specific event amongst millions of records, you need to find what you need quickly and be able to filter down to just what you need. Event log analyzers excel at find what you need, when you need it.
5. Security capabilities
Security incident response always starts with the logs. The problem with that is it’s after the fact. Event log analyzers with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) can detect issues before they become incidents, helping you to lock down and secure your environment.
6. Compliance capabilities
PCI, HIPAA and other regulations and standards all have the expectation that admins are reviewing logs. Event log analyzers can help your company meet those requirements easily and economically.
Event log analyzers can take the overwhelming task of managing all the logs on all your various systems, and turn that into a simple-to-manage, largely automated process. When you proactively manage your systems using an event log analyzer, you can get ahead of issues before they become problems. Uptime goes up, and so does your quality time.
Editor Note: This guest post was provided by Casper Manes on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. Find out more on how you can benefit from an event log analyzer.
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