Log Data Now Outranks Traditional Data Sources for Network Operations Management
February 06, 2015

Jim Frey
Kentik

Share this

As network managers, engineers, and operators strive to protect the integrity and performance of enterprise networks, they are faced with an onslaught of data and metrics. They must wade quickly and carefully through this deluge in order to perform monitoring, troubleshooting, and planning. With recent trends moving technology toward software-defined and programmable infrastructure, as well as the parallel convergence of IT operations across multiple technology domains, network log data is being increasingly both used and appreciated. But proper and effective use of network log data is not without its challenges.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) released its latest research report entitled Log Analytics for Network Operations Management which takes a detailed look at the ways in which network log data is being harvested, analyzed, and used for network operations management. Based on the experiences and findings of over 190 enterprise practitioners, log analytics best practices are provided.

Some of the key findings in this study include:

■ 96% of participants indicated that network log data was of average importance or higher within their overall hierarchy of network management data sources, and 64% felt is “More important than most” or “Most important”.

■ 75% of shops are either currently using a central log analysis system or are planning to consolidate the multiple tools they have into a single system.

■ The biggest challenge most face when using network log data is “Knowing what to look for” and consequently the most highly valued feature for log analytics is “Fast search”.

■ Over 90% of organizations are applying one or more forms of advanced analytics in the processing of network log data, such as root cause analysis, proactive alerting, threat identification, and performance trending.

■ Over 80% of organizations are using network log data to support higher level BSM/ITSM initiatives, most particularly for IT service quality monitoring (61%).

EMA has been tracking the role that network log data plays in network management disciplines for years. What is most striking is that log data now outranks traditional network management data sources such as SNMP, NetFlow, and packet analysis as most heavily used and valued for multiple use cases. EMA recommends that networking professionals add log data to their portfolio of viewpoints while also seeking a means to closely integrate and align that viewpoint with others in order to get the most impactful results.

Jim Frey is VP of Strategic Alliances at Kentik
Share this

The Latest

November 15, 2018

We all know artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic — but beyond the buzzword, have you ever wondered how IT departments are actually adopting AI technologies to improve on their operations? ...

November 14, 2018

How can IT teams focus on the critical events that can impact their business instead of wading through false positives? The emerging discipline of AIOps is a much-needed panacea for detecting patterns, identifying anomalies, and making sense of alerts across hybrid infrastructure ...

November 09, 2018

In a recent webinar AIOps and IT Analytics at the Crossroads, I was asked several times about the borderline between AIOps and monitoring tools — most particularly application performance monitoring (APM) capabilities. The general direction of the questions was — how are they different? Do you need AIOps if you have APM already? Why should I invest in both? ...

November 08, 2018

There's no place like the web and smartphones for the holidays. With the biggest shopping season of the year quickly approaching, retailers are gearing up to experience the most traffic their online platforms (web, mobile, IoT) have ever seen. To avoid missing out on millions this holiday season, below are the top five ways developers can keep their apps and websites up and running without a hitch ...

November 07, 2018

Usage data is multifaceted, with many diverse benefits. Harvesting usage-driven insights effectively requires both good foundational technology and a nimbleness of mind to unify insights across IT's many silos of domains and disciplines. Because of this, leveraging usage-driven insights can in itself become a catalyst for helping IT as a whole transform toward improved efficiencies and enhanced levels of business alignment ...

November 06, 2018

The requirements to maintain the complete availability and superior performance of your mission-critical workloads is a dynamic process that has never been more challenging. Here are five ways IT teams can measure and guarantee performance-based SLAs in order to increase the value of the infrastructure to the business, and ensure optimal digital performance levels ...

November 05, 2018

APMdigest asked experts from across the IT industry for their opinions on what IT departments should be monitoring to ensure digital performance. Part 5, the final installment, offers some recommendations you may not have thought about ...

November 02, 2018

APMdigest asked experts from across the IT industry for their opinions on what IT departments should be monitoring to ensure digital performance. Part 4 covers the infrastructure, including the cloud and the network ...

November 01, 2018

APMdigest asked experts from across the IT industry for their opinions on what IT departments should be monitoring to ensure digital performance. Part 3 covers the development side ...

October 30, 2018

APMdigest asked experts from across the IT industry for their opinions on what IT departments should be monitoring to ensure digital performance. Part 2 covers key performance metrics like availability and response time ...