Today is an exciting day for TIBCO LogLogic engineering: We announced the general availability (GA) of TIBCO LogLogic 6.
LogLogic 6 includes a brand new architecture that represents the future of our log management solution. This new architecture is able to manage and analyze data at a massive scale, consistent with the rapid growth rates in machine data. We’ve combined this new, highly scalable architecture with innovations in event correlation technology to create a new class of an operational intelligence platform that does not currently exist in the market.
Building a Better Product
When work on the new platform began, my engineering team and I sat down to discuss what we wanted to focus on for the newest version of LogLogic. Here’s what we wrote on the whiteboard:
- Simple design
- Scalable, high performance
- Designed for multi-tenancy
- Open APIs
- Able to run on standard hardware and virtual platforms
The first principle was simplicity. We recognized that the complexity of machine data analysis has been an obstacle to broader adoption, so we made ease of use a priority behind every decision. Everything from the UI to the architecture was designed to be easier to use, and not just for beginners. New users are greeted with a helpful tutorial, while experienced administrators will find it’s much easier to parse unstructured and semi-structured data. With these advancements, LogLogic 6 extends the ability to analyze operational data to a new class of less technical users.
Scalability was our second largest concern, especially given the rapid increase in the volume of log data. At TIBCO NOW, Dell Secureworks CTO Jon Ramsey said that he expects the company’s data volume to double in the next seven months. The unique challenges of working with machine data made horizontal scaling the logical choice. Each phase of dealing with machine data has been designed to scale up or down independently to meet the current demands of incoming data and user requests.
Multi-tenancy is a foundational part of keeping data physically isolated and protected, and it’s not just for managed security service provider (MSSP) customers that use LogLogic as their machine data management platform. Data segregation requirements are a central part of many compliance standards. Furthermore, as enterprises begin to standardize their machine and log data management platform, multi-tenancy becomes critical for service-based architectures.
While some treat multi-tenancy as an afterthought, we put it at the heart of the architecture in LogLogic 6.
Open APIs were also deemed to be critical because of the constant evolution in the applications and analysis techniques for machine data. In order to support our customers on the forefront of that innovation, we had to make sure that they would always have the ability to get the data they need, when they need it. The answer was to build a completely open platform that provides an open set of APIs that help customers build specific functionality for their needs.
Putting It All Together
Finally, we wanted to make sure that the platform we built didn’t require any special hardware. We wanted to give our customers the freedom to use standard, off-the-shelf machines that they could acquire at a very competitive price point. Additionally, we wanted to ensure they could use virtual infrastructures as well.
The general availability of LogLogic 6 is just the first step in a very exciting journey for our team. Please stay tuned for more news as we move forward!