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A unified view into all the key bits of operational intelligence every DevOps engineer needs

Death to APM and Logging Silos
by Mick Emmett

Sematext has combined the power of SPM and Logsene in a single pane of glass – a unified view into all the key bits of operational intelligence every DevOps engineer needs: server and application performance metrics, logs, events, anomalies, alerts, ChatOps integrations, etc.  In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Metrics + Logs Correlation using SPM and Logsene Together in One UI
This video demonstrates how the SPM + Logsene combination solves the problems of having too much data to manage yourself and the disconnect when metrics and logs are siloed.  We address two of the most common problems — and their solutions — below the video.

Problem 1 – Big Data, Big Burden: Servers, Containers, Apps, and Devices spew out more and more data: more metrics, more logs, more events. Collecting and storing all this data is a challenge and is often not cheap both in terms of time invested in building large-scale data collection, storage, and retrieval systems, maintaining them, as well as providing the adequate infrastructure to run them.

Solution: Focus on your organization’s core business, your core strength, and outsource needlessly painful or expensive parts to those who specialize in them.  We already outsource all the time, except we don’t call it “outsourcing”: we buy food, we don’t grow or raise it.  We buy cars and don’t build them.  Most of us don’t buy physical servers any more.  Why?  Because others do that better, faster, cheaper.

Problem 2 – Metrics vs. Log Silos: Collecting and visualizing performance metrics and getting alerts when things go awry is great, but performance charts can tell us only so much.  Code instrumentation, like SPM’s Transaction Tracing, goes deeper and provides more insight, but still doesn’t tell us the whole story.  Similarly, collecting logs and being able to search them is very valuable.  Unfortunately, oftentimes APM and log management solutions live in separate silos that don’t really talk to each other.

Solution: Don’t waste your time jumping between multiple disconnected solutions, be they open-source or commercial.  Time is the most precious thing each of us has, and our time as DevOps engineers is very expensive.  Use a tool or service that gives you access to as many bits of operational information that you need as possible.  Not only is this more efficient, and thus cheaper, it’s also much more pleasant than jumping between solutions for browser and terminal, top, vmstat, dstat, less, grep, etc. which are needlessly manual and get boring.

Troubleshooting Doesn’t Need To Take Over Your Life

Troubleshooting production performance issues, dealing with APM alerts and even looking at logs (don’t even think about grepping!) isn’t that hard or time consuming.  Well, as long as you have the right tools, that is.


Cloud & On Premises Deployments
Unlike most monitoring and logging solutions, Sematext offers both Cloud and On Premises deployments for SPM and Logsene.  We’re happy to discuss package pricing if you’d like to combine both products.

Got ideas how we could make metrics and logs correlation more useful for you?  Let us know via comments, email or @sematext.

Not using SPM and/or Logsene yet? Check out the free 30-day trial by registering here (ping us if you’re a startup, a non-profit, or educational institution – we’ve got special pricing for you!) There’s no commitment and no credit card required.

Filed under: Logging, Monitoring, Video

Tagged: log management, logging, logsene, performance monitoring, spm

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Sematext is a globally distributed organization that builds innovative Cloud and On Premises solutions for performance monitoring, alerting and anomaly detection (SPM), log management and analytics (Logsene), and search analytics (SSA). We also provide Search and Big Data consulting services and offer 24/7 production support for Solr and Elasticsearch.

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