Logentries Launches Automated Analytics for JSON Structured Log Data

IT and DevOps teams can now automate the identification, monitoring and advanced analytics of JSON event data, with unlimited JSON field support

September 18, 2014

Boston, Massachusetts (September 18, 2014) – Logentries, the most connected log management and analytics service built for the cloud, today announced enhanced analytics for JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) structured log data with automated recognition and indexing of unlimited amounts of JSON fields. By automating the identification of JSON structured log data, JSON events can be more quickly processed, monitored in real-time and interrogated using advanced analytics, without any additional configuration or set-up required. Logentries’ intelligent search capabilities offer real-time analysis and correlation of the data, with automated visualizations and reporting. Unlimited JSON field support enables users to more easily extract the rich data stored in logs, and use that information across a variety of use cases, including application performance monitoring (APM), security, operations troubleshooting and application usage tracking.

“Using JSON structured fields is an important way for us to quickly identify and analyze the data we need to understand our backend infrastructure,” said Matt Bornski, Head of Backend Engineering, Wink. “Logentries’ new enhanced support for JSON makes this even easier with automated identification of JSON formats, unlimited JSON fields and more intelligent search functions.”

JSON structured log data is a popular format of machine-generated logs because it is both easily consumed by machines and is also human-readable, i.e. it is generally accessible in a text-based format. JSON is widely used to capture key-value pairs, and can be used across different programming languages. Because of these characteristics, the JSON format provides ease of use and time-savings that is valued across IT and DevOps teams. Logentries’ enhanced support for JSON now makes it even easier to identify, index and analyze this type of data for further investigation.

With Logentries’ enhanced JSON support, users can:

  • Automatically identify JSON formats with no additional configuration required.
  • Automatically highlight JSON fields in your log events for easy search and analysis.
  • Easily apply search functions such as SUM, AVERAGE, GROUPBY to perform powerful analysis on JSON structured log data.
  • Build out-of-the-box dashboards using JSON structured logs.

“We see more and more organizations producing logs in JSON format and we consider this a best practice among our Community,” said Trevor Parsons, Chief Scientist at Logentries. “Logentries’ enhanced JSON support is making it even easier for our users to perform powerful analysis on their data without requiring them to learn more complex and difficult to use query languages, thereby making the power of machine generated log data accessible to virtually anyone.”

The cloud-based Logentries service collects and pre-processes log events in real-time for on-demand analysis, alerting and visualization. With custom tagging and filtering, users can correlate security and performance issues with broader infrastructure activity including application usage, server metrics, and user behavior. To learn more about Logentries, or the enhanced support for JSON, visit Logentries.com. Or, get started today with a free, all-inclusive 30-day trial of the Logentries service.

About Logentries
Logentries is the world’s most connected log management and analytics service, making business insights from machine-generated log data easily accessible to development, IT and business operations teams of all sizes. With the broadest platform support and an open API, Logentries brings the value of log-level data to any system, to any team member, and to a community of more than 35,000 worldwide users. While traditional log management and analytics solutions require advanced technical skills to use, and are costly to set-up, Logentries provides an alternative designed for managing huge amounts of data, visualizing insights that matter, and sharing that information across its global user community. To sign up for the free Logentries service, visit logentries.com.

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