Log and Event management platform Logmatic.io - Review

Read the review of Logmatic.io, a data operations tool and see how it helps small to big organizations streamline their Admin and Dev work by providing them a cool log analyzer and manage their product operations.

System administrators and software application developers both would understand the importance of being able to accurately analyze the system and application logs because that is probably the second most effort taking task after the deployment or development work itself. These logs are invaluable data for any organization. These provide invaluable insights into system issues, performance and other significant information which is required throughout the life cycle of a product. Logmatic.io is such an operations data platform software that can leverage all these records, metrics and system functions from various system environments to give highly useful data insights and patterns of your product.

Installation and usability

Logmatic.io is available as a web service rather than as a standalone application. This means you can configure your system to be able to connect to Logmatic.io website and share data; no need to deploy any software on your product itself. To get started, go to Logmatic.io and register yourself. You get first 15 days as trial period where you can test all the features of this application. Once your sign up is done you would be taken through a short tool to explain you the features of Logmatic.io. You can choose to skip it but I suggest you take you time going through the tour so that you know where to find each of the feature.
Getting started Homepage

Once you are done with the tour, you need to connect your machine to Logmatic.io. To do this, you need to go "Add new source" in the left side bar. Once there, depending on the environment, you need to do some configurations to be able to start Logmatic.io.
Add new source
I have a Linux computer with which I decided to test out Logmatic.io. All I needed to do was to use a curl command (for which I had to install curl package too) and then do some changes in the rsyslog.conf file. After this just a rsyslog service restart and Logmatic.io was ready to use with my logs getting regularly updated on its dashboard.
Analyse logs

Logmatic.io feature highlights

  • Very practical tool especially for system administrators and people working in a non-GUI environment where logs are everything for you. You can easily connect your system to automatically send log files, system events, machine events and metric data to a remote server for much more easy analysis.

  • Logmatic.io has in-built intelligence to recognize different types of data like from Apache servers, IIS Windows servers, Linux Crond, Linux Sudo, Firewalls, Syslogs, JSON events, Fail2Ban action attributes and many more!
    Parse logs

  • Enrichment and Parsing - Large amount of raw data can be converted into easily understandable structured data. Using dynamic tagging you can easily track requests and transactions by the server. You can define your own patterns for data parsing and use it comfortably as a log analyzer.

  • Easy alerts and triaging - You can set flexible alerts using different queries created using the search and metrics option. Just like a cronjob you can set up a scheduled report delivery on email. Any abnormal behavior can be tracked down to its source by analyzing all actions during the time period from the Logmatic.io GUI itself.

  • Multiple data sources can be added for example if you have different departments in your organization then you can configure them all to work with Logmatic.io

  • You can use capabilities of Logmatic.io by shipping your logs by configuring your environment, directly from the Source code, from Client browsers and devices, by Databases or even manually by using HTTP/s or TCP API.

  • Using Logmatic for any computer engineering person is very simple. There is no learning curve to this at all and within a few minutes one can set up Logmatic and get it running.

  • All team members can be added to a project by the user with administrator role. For each user a security filter can be set up so that only the need-to-know data is shown to a particular team member.

  • The analyzed data is visualized with help of pie charts, graphs, sums, averages, percentages, geo maps, flow charts and time series. Easily shareable dashboards and data monitoring across the stack helps you triage events in realtime and with quite a ease.

  • If your code is in Python, you can make use of Logmatic.io to handle your Python logging by making use of Python handlers to send the logs.

Wrap up

I found Logmatic.io to be an amazing data operations platform. If makes everything structured and provides granular level debugging abilities from one window itself. It is an excellent log analyzer tool allowing you to provide minimum revert time to customer tickets. For any organization no matter how big, Logmatic is an invaluable tool to provide their customers the best service possible and for themselves to aid in their growth.

Watch the video below to see a demo of how Logmatic.io can be used to analyze events and debug issues quickly:


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