Logging as a Service (LaaS) - A podcast
The other day, Andreas from Nemertes posted a blog on The missing piece of cloud security?. In his blog post, Andreas talks about how there is no real solution for handling logs in the cloud. Due to the fact that Loggly has been in private beta, I can’t really say that Andreas is wrong.
Instead (or in addition to) reading the rest of this blog, listen to the podcast that we recorded last Wednesday as a follow up to Andreas’ blog entry.
Loggly is the first logging as a service (LaaS) platform.
In his blog post, Andreas mentions a number of challenges associated with customers doing their own log management in the cloud: (I took the freedom to expand the list a bit)
- Ephemeral virtual machines ask for log centralization.
- Centralization of logs creates a single point of failure.
- Installation and maintenance of a logging server takes time and costs resources (and money).
- Knowledgeable (and expensive) personnel is required to configure logging solutions and maintain them.
- Static solutions (installing your own log management tool) do not fit into the cloud model of “pay as you go”.
- Building a scalable and reliable logging solution in the cloud is hard and expensive.
These reasons and a number of others are the foundation of Loggly. We are eliminating these problems for our customers.
Let me continue along Andrea’s blog post. He moves on to talk about the benefits and use-cases for a logging as a service platform:
- security information management
- regulatory compliance, incident response and post-incident forensics
- control, visibility and resilience, while preserving “chain of custody” for audit purposes
In my view, these are fantastic use-cases for a logging as a service platform, but there are so many other uses, especially in the world of Web applications. There is a big big ecosystem around application logging that benefits greatly from a logging as a service platform. And to support that ecosystem, we will keep innovating and adding new features to our platform. A step into that direction are our new HTTP inputs that allow you to send HTTP posts containing log messages.
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