Log Management Tools

Log Management Tools Overview

Log management tools help to manage the very large volume of log messages or computer-generated audit trails and event logs generated by servers and other network devices. Log management tools help define what needs to be logged, how it should be logged, and how long the log data should be kept.

Log management is a cousin of business intelligence (BI) but exclusively focuses on the IT domain. Like BI software, log management software provides a comprehensive view of transactional data across the organization rather than multiple data silos.

There are two basic varieties of log management systems. The first is centralized logging servers that collect and consolidate logs for later consumption but do not actually analyze data. The second is security information and event monitoring (SIEM) software that provides event logging, but also aggregation, correlation, alerting, and reporting services. These are more sophisticated tools more likely to be used by larger enterprises with complex IT topographies.

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LogicMonitor

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LogicMonitor provides an agentless SaaS-based monitoring platform. LogicMonitor provides prebuilt integrations and an open API, and is designed to provide monitoring across networks, servers, applications, websites, and containers, including insights and reporting capabilities.

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New Relic is a SaaS-based web and mobile application performance management provider for the cloud and the datacenter. They provide code-level diagnostics for dedicated infrastructures, the cloud, or hybrid environments and real time monitoring.

Splunk Enterprise

Splunk is software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style interface. It captures, indexes and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards and visualizations.

Key Features

  • Custom dashboards and workspaces (100)
    96%
    9.6
  • Event and log normalization/management (98)
    95%
    9.5
  • Centralized event and log data collection (50)
    95%
    9.5
SolarWinds Loggly

Loggly is a cloud-based log management service provider. It does not require the use of proprietary software agents to collect log data. The service uses open source technologies, including ElasticSearch, Apache Lucene 4 and Apache Kafka.

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch is a native AWS monitoring tool for AWS programs. It provides data collection and resource monitoring capabilities.

LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform

The LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform, from LogRhythm in Boulder, Colorado, is security information and event management (SIEM) software which includes SOAR functionality via SmartResponse Automation Plugins (a RespondX feature), the DetectX security analytics module, and AnalytiX…

Key Features

  • Custom dashboards and workspaces (37)
    87%
    8.7
  • Centralized event and log data collection (19)
    78%
    7.8
  • Event and log normalization/management (37)
    68%
    6.8
Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic is a log management offering from the San Francisco based company of the same name.

Splunk Cloud

A data platform service thats help users search, analyze, visualize and act on data. The service can go live in as little as two days, and with an IT backend managed by Splunk experts, users can focus on acting on data. Search any kind of data in real-time to detect and prevent issues…

Key Features

  • Event and log normalization/management (21)
    96%
    9.6
  • Custom dashboards and workspaces (21)
    96%
    9.6
  • Centralized event and log data collection (12)
    85%
    8.5
SolarWinds Papertrail

Austin based SolarWinds acquired log management tool Papertrail in April, 2015.

Securonix Next-Generation SIEM

Securonix headquartered in Addison offers the Securonix Next-Generation SIEM deployment, combining log management as well as user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), for a complete SOC solution.

Graylog

Graylog, headquartered in Houston, offers their eponymous platform for centralized log management that helps users find meaning in data faster so as to take action immediately. Graylog is available via Enterprise and Cloud plans, but also has a Small Business Plan, and an Open (free)…

Logz.io

Logz.io in Boston offers their enterprise-grade log analytics application, oriented towards providing data security and eliminating the need for capacity management.

SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

Solarwinds® Kiwi Syslog® Server is a syslog management tool for network and systems engineers. It receives syslog messages and SNMP traps from network devices (routers, switches, firewalls, etc.), and Linux®/Unix® hosts. Users can filter and view these messages based on time, hostname,…

LogPoint

LogPoint detects, analyzes and responds to threats within an organization’s data for faster security investigations. LogPoint is dedicated to helping overloaded security analysts work more efficiently with accelerated detection and response. LogPoint's SIEM solution with UEBA provides…

Snare

Snare is an IT security analytics suite of applications from Prophecy International headquartered in Adelaide, providing a complete log monitoring and management solution, as well as network threat intelligence.

LogDNA

LogDNA headquartered in Mountain View offers their eponymous cloud log management or on-prem/self-hosted log management solution.

ArcSight Logger (formerly HPE Arcsight Logger)

ArcSight Logger (formerly HPE Arcsight Logger) is a log management option, acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Log Management, part of Alert Logic Professional

Alert Logic Log Manager was a SaaS log management solution for any combination of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and On-Premise data centers, as well as a security platform used to detect and research intrusions and security breaches. Log Management is now available as part…

IBM Log Analysis with LogDNA

IBM Log Analysis with LogDNA is a fully centralized log management solution.

Check Point Quantum Smart-1 Security Management

Check Point offers security management architecture delivered from the Cloud designed to manage security across on-premise Firewalls, Networks, Cloud, Mobile and IoT. The Smart-1 security management solution is available in cloud and appliance-based editions.

Nagios Log Server

Nagios Log Server provides centralized log management, monitoring and analysis software.

TIBCO LogLogic

LogLogic, now from TIBCO (since the 2012 acquisition), is security information and event management (SIEM) software.

Sematext Logs

Sematext Logsene is security information and event management (SIEM) software from Sematext Group in Brooklyn, New York.

NetWitness Logs

NetWitness Logs provides visibility into log data spread across the IT environment to simplify threat detection, reduce dwell time and support compliance. It enables centralized log management, log monitoring for logs generated by public clouds and SaaS applications, and identification…

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What are Log Management Tools?

Log management tools help to manage the very large volume of log messages or computer-generated audit trails and event logs generated by servers and other network devices. Log management tools help define what needs to be logged, how it should be logged, and how long the log data should be kept.

Log management is a cousin of business intelligence (BI) but exclusively focuses on the IT domain. Like BI software, log management software provides a comprehensive view of transactional data across the organization rather than multiple data silos.

There are two basic varieties of log management systems. The first is centralized logging servers that collect and consolidate logs for later consumption but do not actually analyze data. The second is security information and event monitoring (SIEM) software that provides event logging, but also aggregation, correlation, alerting, and reporting services. These are more sophisticated tools more likely to be used by larger enterprises with complex IT topographies.

Log Management Features & Capabilities

  • Data collection and indexing
  • Search capability
  • Event correlation
  • Custom dashboards
  • Alerts and notifications

Log Management Comparison

When choosing a log management tool for your business, there are a few factors to consider to make sure you get the right solution for your needs.

Search Functionality: All log management tools include some search features, but some make it a focus, including advanced filters and sorting. If you are logging a lot of disparate data that needs to be filtered, these search features are essential.

Dashboards: Many log management solutions include dashboards for displaying log data. For businesses that aren’t exporting the logs to other analytics tools, this is an essential feature.

Integration: Log management tools often integrate with other data visualization tools or business intelligence tools. If you want to export your log data into other tools, make sure the solution you choose integrates with your existing tools.

Pricing Information

Pricing for Log Management software depends on what additional features are included beyond essential log management features. Despite this, businesses looking for log management tools can expect to pay at least $900 per year, billed monthly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Log Management tool if I already have business intelligence software?

a similar function, but log management focuses on IT data and events. If you already have a business intelligence tool, log management software may still be necessary. Businesses generating meaningful IT data should still consider a log management tool for analyzing data and avoiding data silos.

When is a centralized logging tool more appropriate than a security information and event monitoring solution?

Security information and event monitoring software provides event logging features, as well as additional reporting and aggregation features. These solutions are robust and can be good a choice for businesses with complex IT infrastructures supported by a multitude of applications. For smaller businesses with simpler IT needs, a centralized log management tool may be more appropriate and affordable.

Are there any free or open source log management tools?

While most log management software is paid for via a monthly subscription there are some open source log management tools available. These tools often focus on one aspect of log management, whether that be the logging itself, or the analysis of IT events. All open source tools can be developed by a skilled IT team that can integrate the tools with their business applications.