• Get application security done the right way! Detect, Protect, Monitor, Accelerate, and more…
  • Increasing the number of devices, compliance requirements, business needs to capture the data for events are necessary for all types of business.

    Analyzing logs can give you real insights into what’s happening within your IT environment.

    Some of the real-time examples:

    • Capacity planning
    • Early problem detection
    • Actionable reporting
    • Availability management
    • Events monitoring

    If you have a few MB of logs file, then it’s possible to review them manually; however, when you are working for Medium to Enterprise business where logs are available in GB, then manual log analysis is the nightmare.

    If you are looking for a solution to monitor and analyze your web application logs, including infrastructure, then you may consider the following cloud-based log management. Most of them are having a free plan with some limitations where you can try out to see how it works.

    If you are looking for an open-source solution then check out this post.

    Papertrail

    Manage and analyze logs with Papertrail.

    Aggregate all your application logs, syslogs, and text log documents in one place. You can use an API, command line, or a browser to conduct a real-time search.

    Papertrail alerts you instantly and gives you the option to detect and archive trends. Enjoy lightning-fast log search in seconds. This analyzer is easy to use, understand, and implement. You can get visibility across different systems in no time.

    Leverage its log velocity analytics and troubleshoot spikes recorded in the last minutes or hours.

    Elastic Cloud

    Most likely, you have heard about Elastic Search. Aren’t you?

    Find information easily and quickly using the Elastic Cloud.

    It also lets you gain insights and keeps an eye on technology investments on platforms like Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Microsoft Azure. Let Elastic Cloud handle and maintain your solutions so you could concentrate only on gaining deeper insights to keep running your business.

    Elastic Cloud provides advanced search experience tailored to your applications, websites, or workplaces. It empowers you with tools that can convey your search experience to the market and scale them quickly. With its help, you can make your content findable.

    It also lets you unify platforms like Salesforce, Google Drive, etc. into a natural and personalized search experience. Leverage Elasticsearch into your applications and complete them with refined APIs, relevance controls, robust analytics, and intuitive dashboards.

    Bring your entire APM traces, metrics, and logs together in one stack at scale to react and respond to surrounding events. Add your data and visualize then at one go through a drag and drop feature in Kibana Lens. Elastic Security helps in threat detection and prevention by integrating Elastic SIEM to endpoint security.

    It involves deep investigation workflows, growing integrations, and case management to prevent threats from damaging your data. Its Elastic Stack consists of Elasticsearch, Beats, Logstash, and Kibana.

    Grafana

    Are you looking for hosted Grafana solutions?

    Enjoy the fully-managed platform of Grafana for observing your infrastructure and applications, including dashboards, logs, and metrics.

    Leverage Graphite metrics, Loki logs, and Prometheus metrics on this platform, which is high performing and available. With this platform by your side, you don’t have to look for multiple tools and tabs because every data metrics and sources are available at one place.

    Grafana provides a centralized view for alerts and queries on different Prometheus instances. It also gives 13-month retention for capacity planning and trend analysis. Get wider visibility into the application stack with over 40 plugins for Enterprise and standard data sources.

    It is effortless to add sources in your Grafana Cloud using a single click or through API. Get started with your Grafana instance quickly because it needs no installation, no configuration. Just choose plugins and start importing popular dashboards. The price for Grafana Cloud starts at $49/month.

    DataDog

    Leverage DataDog to monitor your logs, request traces, and metrics in a single platform. Search, analyze, and filter your logs quickly for data exploration and troubleshooting.

    DataDog gives you the option to analyze logs and explore them from your entire applications, platforms, and services. You can filter and search your logs quickly by using facets that are generated automatically. Visualize your log data or build alerts on the dashboard.

    You get a clear picture of everything on your systems. Pivot directly from the metric graphs to your related logs using similar tags like service, host, etc. Pivot to APM to put your logs in accordance with its performance. Process and send every log that your infrastructure or applications produce without any limit.

    Analyze deeply to decide how you will proceed with indexing dynamically using the filters. DataDog lets you observe every aspect in real-time through Live Tail, which does not require any indexing. Archive thing you want as it stores your history centrally and does not leave anything on its servers.

    Collect and tag logs automatically and integrate them with built-in features. You can apply facets automatically to the log data like HTTP status code, role, availability zone, etc. Use 3rd-party log shippers like Logstash, FluentD, NXlog, and Rsyslog. With DataDog, you can enrich logs through technologies or build custom pipelines. You can clone pipelines or modify them to capture facets and fields.

    Loggly

    Loggly is one of the most popular log management to analyze almost any kind of log source type, including the following.

    • Web Applications – Apache, Nginx, PHP, Node.js, NET, Java, JavaScript
    • OS – Linux, Windows

    With Loggly, you can collect the data (logs) to analyze and create a meaningful dashboard to monitor the metrics you need. And of course, you can perform the search within logs from the Loggly interface.

    Picture by Loggly

    Loggly got a powerful search where you can customize and filter for full-text, single field & Booleans. You can also integrate with email, PageDuty, Slack, HipChat, etc., to trigger the alerts.

    SumoLogic

    Get the real-time IT operational insight with SumoLogic to monitor, analyze, troubleshoot, and secure business applications & infrastructure.

    Sumologic has its collector agent/cloud collector who needs to be installed on your server to collect and push the logs to Sumologic. You can transform any type of logs into a real-time dashboard to monitor and alert when the threshold is reached.

    Image by Sumologic

    Sumologic has preconfigured some applications based on the most common use cases to accelerate the operational tasks and issues investigation.

    Applications example:

    • MongoDB – overall general health, query optimization, security monitoring
    • AWS Lambada – Proactive monitoring, cost visibility, deep insight
    • AWS – identify performance issue, proactive security monitoring, advanced analytics
    • Salesforce – increase user adaption, audit trails, compare data.
    • Trend Micro – drill down into vulnerabilities, event history, enhanced attack visualization
    • Github – visualize team productivity, team productivity, create usage baselines.
    • Docker – advanced analytics, troubleshooting
    • Linux – Troubleshoot & optimize OS, alert on access/audit and security events, performance dashboard.
    • Nginx – overview, visitor location, response time, identify performance bottlenecks.
    • Apache – understand visitors, optimize performance, visitor visualization.
    • IIS – comprehensive insights, traffic details, slowest pages
    • MySQL – general health, top errors, monitor query performance

    In the free account, you will get 500 MB per day volume with seven days of data retention with any source type of data collection.

    Logsene

    Logsene by Sematext is your managed ELK stack in the cloud to manage and analyze the logs. You can ship the logs via encrypted channels from any source, including Syslog.

    It runs on AWS and adheres to compliance as SOC, SSAE, FISMA, DIACAP, HIPPA, etc.

    Check out the DEMO to see how it works.

    Splunk

    Splunk Cloud is available on AWS to collect and index from any machine data. Splunk is a fast and easy way to analyze and visualize the data generated from a physical, cloud, or virtual devices.

    splunk

    With the help of Splunk, you can monitor and visualize your data and configure the metrics threshold for alerting. I don’t see a FREE plan, but they do have a trial that lets you analyze and visualize 5 GB data for 15 days.

    Logz.io

    Logz.io provides hosted ELK as a service. ELK (Elastic Search, Logstash, Kibana) is one of the most popular open-source analysis platforms. It can index data from almost all the latest technologies and provide you actionable insights analysis with data visualization and alerts.

    Some of the supported technologies

    • Apache HTTP/Tomcat
    • Nginx
    • Hadoop
    • Heroku
    • Node.js
    • MongoDB
    • PostgreSQL
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AWS

    The free plan offers three days of retention with 1 GB data per day.

    Timber

    A real-time tailing, advanced filtering, and fast searching logging platform integrate within an application.

    Timber can be integrated with your application and platform.

    Libraries are available for Node, Ruby, and Elixir and support many platforms, including the following.

    • Logstash
    • Zeit (Now)
    • AWS Lambda
    • Docker
    • Linux
    • Heroku
    • Kubernetes

    You can get it started with the FREE plan to experience the platform.

    Conclusion

    I hope the above cloud log analyzer helps you to search, analyze, and visualize your data and ease the IT operations.