Data aggregation

For businesses of all kinds, finding themselves not able to find the data they need at the critical moment is a solid nightmare. This is why companies began to implement logging solutions to be able to boost monitoring and know what exactly happens with their infrastructure at every minute.

Correctly integrated data aggregation solutions document protocols about what has been done on a website or in the system, including geolocation of an agent, actions done, operating system, etc. for further analysis. To store infrastructure and application logs, we use well-structured and easy in use centralized management systems such as Graylog and ELK.

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Why every business needs proper logging services?
Some people might confuse logging and monitoring. Their purposes are indeed not related. While monitoring helps manage the infrastructure performance, logging is about managing the data inside log files. Having all data well-kept and structured, companies get the benefits of:
Teams can detect an issue and react quickly to avoid any system crashes.
Pattern detection
Data aggregation helps companies manage the history of the log, be able to find causes of certain failures quickly, and detect unusual patterns of behavior.
Data aggregation services and logging levels
By implementing a logging solution, our customers get the ability to monitor and analyze application and infrastructure productivity, incident debugging, and performance forecasting. Not only does logging help forecasting performance, but it also covers different levels of issues such as:
This kind of logs usually wake people up at night, so they fix the issue immediately.
An error reported in a log file means there is something wrong in one of the parts of your application; the application itself is not going down, though, as if with a fatal log level.
A warm log level represents an unusual situation in the system that might cause an issue.
This log level reports a normal application behavior: new user in the database, a form submission, etc.
A debug log level includes code diagnosis logs for developers and system administrators.
This is one of the finest levels that tell you every smallest thing about your infrastructure.
These are the primary log levels that a business can set up and use to track their IT infrastructure health. To develop your logging and data aggregation strategy, contact us for more information.
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Most frequently asked questions
What are aggregation services?

Aggregation services are services that are offered to a company by the provider. They involve gathering data from multiple sources within the company’s structure and storing them in one place. Without gathering data properly, information can be randomized and of little to no use. By using aggregation services, the gathering is done in a systematic manner so that the data can be easily retrieved and analyzed. 

What is log aggregation?

Log aggregation is a software function that groups data from all various components of the IT infrastructure into a centralized storage facility where the data can be reviewed and analyzed. It quickens the process of log search, and complex data analysis can be performed with much ease. With logs in a centralized location, other automated programs can be created to improve the operation of the product by monitoring the logs.

How long do I have to store logs for?

Logs need to be stored for as long as possible; their usefulness at a particular time may seem insignificant, but it is always better to have something to refer to in the case that a problem arises requiring said information. They also provide data that developers may use to guide them on which improvements to make and how they will affect the whole product. However, they can be discarded when the product is retired.

Is it necessary to have alerts based on the logs?

Yes, it is necessary. When suddenly, a certain log is not conforming to normal set limits, then a call for investigation will have to be carried out to verify the cause. By doing so, attacks on the system can be detected early and appropriate responses can be carried out. Also, alerts can be configured so that they are made when an unauthorized ID gets access to restricted zones. Get customized alerts on your logs with the help of experts at OpsWorks Co.

What is the difference between monitoring and logging?

The difference between the two is that monitoring is the process of maintaining the application, operating at its optimum capacity. It involves operations such as reducing costs through infrastructure optimization and using automated tools to minimize downtime. Logging is the process of compiling log data extracted from applications and infrastructure into a centralized location.