UNITED STATES—At any given moment, network tools and network servers are generating countless system logs. These system logs generate huge amounts of data. And this data is, of course, impossible to handle manually. And even if it was possible, it wouldn’t be in line with most organizations’ policies. Strategies to monitor and analyse the data are essential, which is where log management enters the picture.

Effective log management provides many benefits to the organization. But what do you choose? Here we look at the differences between the most popular log management and analysis tools: XpoLog, Splunk and ELK.

What is Log Management?

Log management is simply the process whereby log data is systematically generated, stored, and analysed. In more detailed terms, log management is the process of checking which data needs to be logged, where it should be logged and stored, and how it should be processed and through which system. Organizations handle log management through the use of a specific system.

Benefits of Using a Log Management System

Using log management software allows an organization to streamline the huge amount of information that is processed each day. The log management system allows users to look at how information is linked in order to see the bigger picture. It helps to normalize log patterns and provides actionable processes that can prevent problems from occurring. Log management systems make it possible to project into the future and also to store data. But, of course, the log management system must be robust and reliable. Not all systems are created equal. It is important to be sure of the strengths and weaknesses of particular systems before they are used in an organization.

XpoLog, Splunk and ELK Compared

XpoLog is a log management tool designed to analyse and to monitor the logs in systems, servers, security tools, syslog, DBs, web apps, and clouds. This is the system of choice for performing advanced analysis of data and it is also robust enough to be used as an advanced log management system. Using XpoLog is an effective way to troubleshoot and resolve problems. One of the main benefits of this system, alongside its technological capabilities, is its ease of use and streamlined design. There is very little effort involved in log analysis since the entire process is automated. Other features include dashboards, integrated log analysis apps that search for potential security risks, and monitoring tools with search features. It’s certainly a one-stop-shop solution and covers all bases.

Splunk is a specifically designed software for the process of monitoring and investigating security. It is also user friendly and offers a lot of features including log analysis and additional data detection, but reviews have shown it comes with a higher price tag than its competitors.

ELK is an open source, integrated log management system for log monitoring. There are advantages to this model, but it tends to be time consuming and costs resources to accomplish major tasks.