Real-Time Log Analysis

Definition - What does Real-Time Log Analysis mean?

Real-time log analysis is a process of getting information that is more meaningful and human-readable from system log files, in real time. Logs provide a view into the performance of a large-scale system, but are often too cluttered and can simply be unreadable for most people. However, real-time log analysis methods help to visualize data being provided by logs and help the administrator easily understand what is going on based on the statistics of the data.

Techopedia explains Real-Time Log Analysis

Real-time log analysis accelerates time to insight by providing important statistics and contextual data of the system's performance in real time, just as the log data is being updated in real time as well. This might not exactly be real time but is still usually within a very short time frame from the update of data, most probably due to processing time or visual updates.

Real-time log analysis is commonly used to access and parse:

  • General Web statistics such as bandwidth and visitor site traffic
  • Metrics for speed of requests
  • Most requested resources such as files
  • Most viewed pages or media
  • Key phrases being used for search
  • Server load
  • Database performance
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