VMware extends analytics capabilities to unstructured machine data

  • Offer IT organisations novel approach to simplifying log management in enterprise and cloud environments
  • By extending analytics to logs, VMware enables IT organisations to gain real-time insights from vast amounts of log data

VMware extends analytics capabilities to unstructured machine dataVIRTUALISATION and cloud infrastructure company VMware Inc introduced VMware vCenter Log Insight, which it described as a new automated log management and analytics product for the cloud era.
By extending analytics to logs, VMware enables IT organisations to gain real-time insights from vast amounts of log data generated by applications, physical hardware and virtualised infrastructure, helping to minimise troubleshooting times as well as improve operational efficiency and reduce IT costs, the company said in a statement.
“Dynamic virtual and cloud environments generate vast amounts of structured and unstructured data, requiring analytics for real-time intelligence and visibility across IT infrastructure and applications,” said Ramin Sayar, vice president and general manager, Cloud Management, VMware.
“With VMware vCenter Log Insight, we’re extending our analytics-based approach to provide timely and rich insight of machine-generated data to IT administrators and operations teams.
“By integrating VMware vCenter Log Insight with … VMware vCenter Operations, we are enabling our customers to take advantage of our unique solution that simplifies troubleshooting in dynamic virtual and cloud environments,” he claimed.
Machine-generated log data contains valuable operational and diagnostics details regarding IT infrastructure that can be applied to identify and troubleshoot IT problems, VMware said. With the high volume of log data and the dynamic nature of data structures, IT organisations of today are challenged with managing and mining logs for operational insights in real-time.
Purpose-built for log analytics, VMware vCenter Log Insight delivers automated log management through log aggregation, analytics and search for system monitoring, troubleshooting and root cause analysis.
The product consumes unstructured log data from a wide range of IT infrastructure components including applications, firewalls, network devices, operating systems, storage, virtual machines and hosts, and more, to provide enterprise-wide visibility, the company claimed.
VMware vCenter Log Insight supports streaming data and real-time queries, and features a just-in-time schema definition that adapts to any data format.
Additionally, VMware vCenter Log Insight delivers the performance and scalability required by IT organisations for visualising and analysing multi-terabyte datasets.
To encourage broad product feedback and testing from customers and partners, VMware vCenter Log Insight is now available for download via a public beta program. Participants can provide detailed product feedback, rank features and request new capabilities via the public beta programme site here.
A standalone product, VMware vCenter Log Insight is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year. It is priced at US$200 per operating system instance with no log data size limits. For more on pricing, go here.
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