It doesn’t matter if you are trying to troubleshoot an issue, optimize your environment or defend against attacks, event logs are one of the best sources of information you have available. Additionally, ignoring your logs or not logging at all is like not checking your vehicle’s blind spot when changing lanes. Eventually, you going to regret it and the effects may be disastrous.
Centralized logging allows you to access your logs from a single location. It’s much more beneficial than logging all your systems locally. When you use central logs, you have a single, comprehensive view of your entire environment. Some of the benefits offered by this centralized view and how it can make you more efficient, faster and better at your job, can be found here.
- A Great Resource when Troubleshooting Problems
If you are trying to pinpoint a problem and figure out what caused it, then logs can be indispensable. These will let you identify problems based on actual, hard data, rather than guesses.
During or even after an incident, a logging tool will provide you with access to data that was correlated from several sources, all across your systems. This data can help you determine the cause of the incident.
With this data, you have a complete before and after detailed picture of what happened. You can see the effects on all of the systems in your environment, all from a single interface. If you had a locally logged environment, you would have to go from one system to another, open several windows and try to piece everything together. Not only is that method time consuming, but you may miss some essential correlations.
- Proactively Manage Your Network
After you have collected the needed data, reviewing and analyzing your log should be a part of your daily or your weekly routine (this depends on the size of your environment).
When you constantly analyze what’s going on, you can be proactive, rather than reactive. By finding problems before they occur, you won’t have issues down the road. For example, if you see disk size or memory issues coming up or creating errors, you can handle the issue before a failure occurs.
After all, there is a huge difference between unscheduled and scheduled downtime regarding keeping repair costs low and maintaining user trust. As a result, any proactive maintenance you can do is a huge win.
- Deliver More Value
After you have gathered enough data, you can analyze it in several ways to better understand your users and your network.
The information and intelligence you gather from this analysis can be used for finding efficiencies, providing overall improved experiences for your business and improve the network design. In the end, this is going to make you much more valuable to your company.
- Minimize the Risk of Lost Data
With a centralized logging system in place, you can remove the individual server from the equation. If the server you are attempting to troubleshoot is down, then the local log files won’t be able to be accessed, which renders you completely blind.
When you utilize centralized logging (and have the proper system backups in place) it will ensure you always have somewhere to view the logs and to diagnose the problems.
If you don’t currently use a centralized logging process for your business, then it may be time to think about making a change. Doing so will help your business reap all the benefits listed above – and more. Being informed and understanding the reasons behind this can help you see what it has to offer your company.