If you need insight into your IT infrastructure, look to your log data management—it’s like a crystal ball. Log data is generated by all IT systems of an organization, including network and security devices, servers, applications, and PCs; managing it all is essential to effectively utilizing data.
Log data supplies insight into some very important issues: how to best troubleshoot the network when a particular resource goes down; the who, what, where, and when of a specific incident or event, such as a security breach; how well the organization is adhering to regulatory compliance mandates or corporate policies; what is happening across the local data center and the public cloud; and how IT networks and applications are impacting the business.
A Clear Picture of Log Data
What impedes you from making the most of your log data? Perhaps your data is in pieces, scattered among locations or in proprietary formats that can’t be easily accessed. Point solutions might help you get at a subset of your data; however, data is most meaningful when a complete picture of data is digested to express relevant information to a business.
The real value comes from analyzing all data generated by all sources. It’s the only way to gain a comprehensive and meaningful view of the IT infrastructure and find answers to critical business questions—while concurrently maintaining quality standards and customer service.
Companies that have a comprehensive view of their data are better equipped to make the right decisions—especially with multiple converging trends impacting the business, including growing data volumes, cyberthreats, compliance requirements, and increasing customer expectations.
Effective Log Management
By acting as a central hub for all of a company’s data and all the applications that need it, IT log data management becomes a crystal ball.
An effective IT log data management solution allows you to collect all IT data (whether it resides physically, virtually, on site, or in the cloud); store it in a centralized and secure place; enrich it with meaningful context; deliver it to other applications for analysis—for compliance adherence, threat management, operational performance monitoring, and more; and archive it for future historical searches or forensic analysis.
Want to more about IT data management, the problems it solves, the insight it supplies, and how organizations are using it to improve their business? Find out by downloading IT Log Data Management: Gleaning Deep Insights with a Digital Crystal Ball.