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Active vs. Passive Server Monitoring By Chris Riley Server monitoring is a requirement, not a choice. It is used for your entire software stack, web-based enterprise suites, custom applications, e-commerce sites, local area networks, etc. Unmonitored servers are lost opportunities for optimization, difficult to maintain, more unpredictable, and more prone to failure. While it is very likely that your team has a log analysis initiative, it's important to determine if you are only responding to what the logs tell you about the past, or are you planning ahead based on the valuable log data you are monitoring and analyzing? There are two basic approaches to server monitoring: Passive and Active. They are as much a state of mind as a process. And there are significant differences in the kinds of value each provide; each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Passi... (more)

How to Avoid the #BigData Black Hole | @BigDataExpo [#IoT]

It takes a lot of will power, in our data obsessed world to say "too much!" However, there are many ways where too much information is destroying productivity, and actually causing bad decision making, not good. But it is hard to avoid the world of opportunities that has been opened in data collection and analysis. So how do you balance the two? The first step is to understand there is a big difference between data collection, and it's utilization. While it seems subtle, the difference is key, and utilization is where many make mistakes. Many confuse data collection and data uti... (more)

Infographic: DevOps Toolkit By @Logentries | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Infographic: The Modern IT and DevOps Toolkit Over the past year I reckon I have spoken to more than a thousand Developers/IT Os/DevOps folk through customer calls, demos of Logentries, at conferences such as Velocity, DevOpsDays, AWS re:Invent as well as a bunch of other more low key meetups across US and Europe. Naturally, one of the first questions I tend to ask is: "hey what do you use for logging?" Quickly followed by: "What other tools do you use?" Below is a list of tools I frequently come across (note: this is not exhaustive) that I see making up today's modern IT and Dev... (more)

ES6 & Javascript in Harmony

ES6 & Javascript in Harmony: An Overview of New Language Features This article originally published on the Logentries blog. ECMAScript 6 brings powerful new capabilities and some tasty syntactical sugar to the ubiquitous Javascript language, as it continues to grab an ever increasing slice of developer mindshare. Now that the ES6 feature set is frozen and just minor refinements will be made over the coming months, much of this new functionality has already landed in modern browsers, and will continue to roll out with each new browser update. For the impatient, there are also now ... (more)

What Is 'Real-Time' Anyway...?

I love a good buzzword...cloud, Big Data, analytics... And even more than the buzzwords, I love the liberties people tend to take applying these buzzwords to their new systems and services. Such buzzwords regularly get abused and often get washed into marketing material and product websites in an attempt to hoodwink and woo new unsuspecting customers. One of my (least) favorite buzzwords, that I've noticed popping up more recently in particular in the logging space is "real-time." So what does real-time mean anyway? Like with all good computer science questions, it really depend... (more)