Log analytics is a set of information gathered from events that are captured in the IT ecosystem from networks, operating systems, and computers.
A log analysis can unveil patterns or anomalies in user behaviours, identify issues, and reveal security issues.
Analysing logs provides the opportunity for active monitoring to review application performance, behaviours, and any anomalies across the application. Proactive monitoring can help a team identify any issues that didn’t trigger an alert or have a unique explanation. Regardless of whether or not it triggers an alert, it will show up in the log data.
Aggregated and structured data can provide the opportunity for troubleshooting at all levels. Log analytics provide a baseline for standard activity, which can help determine why something may have deviated from the baseline.
IT teams have visibility into logs and metrics using a high-level dashboard that provides a unified view of the information for easier analysis. The dashboards then provide the ability to highlight KPIs, SLAs, and other necessary statistics using data from a log analysis.
Log analysis provides the benefit of insights into trending data and growth rates. A histogram can help visualise a rate of growth that can assist with lifecycle management and capacity planning.
Software for log analytics gathers information from events across the IT eco-system - such as: security breaches, app installation, and system setup/startup operations.
It is important to use data that is usable and accurate. There is the potential for data to become corrupted if:
Data tends to use different naming conventions, as it is collected from a variety of sources. It is important to correlate the data from the various sources and standardise the terminology to reduce confusion and error during analysis.
The data is ready to be reviewed once it has been collected, cleaned, and organised. There are various methods of analysis depending on the processes, intended use of the data, and the size of the data sets. Some of the options include:
This is also referred to as multi-dimensional anomaly detection.
Developers have more free time to focus on functionalities and increasing the value of an application rather than spending time troubleshooting latency and performance issues. Releases are accelerated, and there are fewer delays due to unexpected issues.
Many companies are required to adhere to standards and regulations like HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR etc., in addition to internal compliance requirements. Audits are conducted regularly using log analytics to ensure that future audits do not fail, which can incur costly fines if the organisation is not in compliance.
Organisations can respond to security threats—including intruder and DOS threats—more quickly and find the root cause more efficiently. Future events can be prevented once a root cause is identified and the issue is reconciled.
Multiple departments rely on IT to carry out their tasks and responsibilities. Log analysis provides the ability to spot system errors or issues before they result in an outage, and address them efficiently and quickly. Log analysis is also a part of maintaining Service Level Agreements between IT teams, other departments, and customers. Proactivity helps avoid service interruptions and downtime of products, which can lead to lost revenue.
Organisations and individual teams can better their decision making process, evaluate their strategies, and make any adjustments as necessary. Log analysis makes all of this possible.
Logs provide the opportunity to gather information on conversions, traffic volume, and how visitors navigate around a site. This provides the opportunity to analyse customer interactions and determine whether or not the customer experience could be improved or if the sales team needs to adjust messaging.
It’s important to access as much information as possible when something fails. There are two types of monitoring applications:
Standard data analytics tools are not capable of handling the variety of volume from machine data that rapidly proliferates. Log analytics involves analysis, visualisation, and machine data that is generated by IT systems to glean insight.
The ServiceNow Health Log Analytics feature, part of ITOM Predictive AIOps, alerts to early signals of potential outages.
With ServiceNow ITOM Health Log Analytics, you can:
Foresee problems before they arise with ServiceNow.