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Taking a Message-Based Approach to Logging

When you think about it, a log entry is really nothing more than a message that describes an event. As such, taking a message-based approach to logging by utilizing messaging technologies makes sense. Messaging creates the loose coupling that allows a logging system to be…

6 Best Practices for Effective IT Troubleshooting

System monitoring and troubleshooting can be a time-consuming and frustrating activity. It’s not unusual for IT folks to spend hours finding and fixing a problem that could have been resolved in 10 minutes had better troubleshooting tools and processes been in place. Improving IT…

3 Steps to Building an Effective Log Management Policy

You’re on Call Duty. You’re awoken in the middle of the night by your cell phone in the throes of an SMS frenzy. You’re getting hundreds of messages from your company’s logging service: a record is being written to a database,…

3 Core Responsibilities for the Modern IT Operations Manager

In the good old days, IT operations managers were responsible for maintaining the infrastructure, meeting service levels agreements, sticking to budget, and keeping employees happy. Life was not easy, but at least it was familiar. You knew your hardware, your software, your employees. You determined…

Introducing InsightOps: A New Approach to IT Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Today we are announcing the general availability of a brand new solution: Rapid7 InsightOps. This latest addition to the Insight platform continues our mission to transform data into answers, giving you the confidence and control to act quickly. InsightOps is Rapid7's first IT-specific solution, enabling…

Network Administrator’s Guide to Surviving an Audit: During the Audit

Last time we talked about how to prepare for an audit. In this installment we’ll cover what to do once the audit begins. Let’s assume that you’re pretty well prepared. You’ve done your homework and know pretty much what to expect.…

Logging in a Software Defined Network

Background This blog will give an overview of Software Defined Networks (SDN), present some suggestions for logging in an SDN and finally present an overview of some research work we are doing on SDN logging. If we consider a Software Defined Network (SDN) paradigm is…

Habits that Pay Off for Programmers

I would like to clarify something immediately with this post.  Its title does not contain the number 7, nor does it talk about effectiveness.  That was intentional.  I have no interest in trying to piggy-back on Stephen Covey’s book title to earn clicks, which…

Legacy apps in the data center, today's apps in the cloud

Have you found that your organization is developing new applications that are cloud-based, but unable to move away from some established legacy systems? You aren’t alone. This legacy/cloud hybrid environment is far more common than you would expect. And when you look at…

Network Administrator’s Guide to Surviving an Audit: Preparation

Sooner or later, your organization will likely be the subject of an IT audit. But as ominous as that sounds, it doesn’t have to be something to dread. If you’re a network administrator, you’ll have a specific role in an audit. Since…

Log Analysis for System Troubleshooting

Systems of all kinds create log data constantly and voluminously. In searching out the most compelling reasons to dig into and analyze such data, we compiled a list of seven reasons that usually drive such activity. In this blog post we tackle the first of…

Logging for Fun: Things You'd Never Thought to Log

I work as a consultant in the software industry.  This work affords me the opportunity to see and interact with many different teams and thus to observe prevailing trends.  Among these teams, the attitude toward logging tends to be one of resigned diligence. That is,…

Roots and Culture: Logging and the Telephone Bill

Telephone systems were the Internet before there was an Internet. Think about it. By 1920 millions of people were exchanging data on a worldwide network using a device that connected on demand. Sounds like the Internet to me. But unlike the current day Internet, the…

Never type a search query again!

Introducing Visual Search In our never-ending effort to help you wrangle your infrastructure, we are constantly improving and adding new functionality to Logentries.  In that spirit, today we are happy to announce Visual Search. Visual Search is truly a one of a kind feature, it…

5 Rules of Pair Programming Etiquette

I like Pair Programming. I’ve been doing it episodically for about 10 years. Whenever I’ve pair programmed, at the end of a session, I’ve always walked away a better developer than when I started. However, the practice can be expensive when the…

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