Being able to interrogate data about transactions that take place in your IT applications is critical when you need to ensure performance, availability, security and a desired user experience.
Many companies have considered the two choices that are most often discussed, namely Splunk and the Elastic Stack. Both of these choices offer a pathway to desired outcomes, but with some caveats.
With Splunk the pathway starts with bright, glossy shiny marketing delivered through huge events on large stages, but many who have considered this path grow concerned about the costs of unfettered volumes of data that must be collected, curated and analyzed. If you can afford infinite storage, then you can afford Splunk.
The other oft’ considered choice is ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana)
also known as the elastic stack. ELK is open source, so the software costs are very low, but the complexity of implementation can be immense. A great mind once said “you end up paying twice as much for what you get for free”, and the experience of many indicates this is true with ELK.
Both Splunk and ELK provide powerful toolsets for log management and data analysis, but powerful tools demand experts to operate, and this is both a cost and process concern. Experts are expensive and translating a data request into a query can be very time consuming. If the data being analyzed holds knowledge which is only of value immediately, sometimes the effort can be wasted.
There are other choices!
One such choice is Nastel XRay which delivers a very cost-effective method of capturing, storing and analyzing data. As well as analyzing historical data within data lakes (like ELK and Splunk), Nastel AutoPilot XRay also continually learns from streams of new data, using everything it touches to update its A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) using innovative machine learning techniques. In this way unusual patterns or previously identified situations can both be identified as signals in the data in real time, allow immediate alerts and actions to be automated. This model allows you to reduce your storage costs while delivering real-time analysis.
Nastel AutoPilot XRay also includes a natural language query language that allows business and technical staff to directly query the data with the need to always go through data scientists.
Lower costs, faster results are things we (and you) know you need to consider.
Nastel Technologies is the global leader in Integration Infrastructure Management (i2M). It helps companies achieve flawless delivery of digital services powered by integration infrastructure by delivering Middleware Management, Monitoring, Tracking, and Analytics to detect anomalies, accelerate decisions, and enable customers to constantly innovate, to answer business-centric questions, and provide actionable guidance for decision-makers. It is particularly focused on IBM MQ, Apache Kafka, Solace, TIBCO EMS, ACE/IIB and also supports RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, Blockchain, IOT, DataPower, MFT and many more.
The Nastel i2M Platform provides:
- Secure self-service configuration management with auditing for governance & compliance
- Message management for Application Development, Test, & Support
- Real-time performance monitoring, alerting, and remediation
- Business transaction tracking and IT message tracing
- AIOps and APM
- Automation for CI/CD DevOps
- Analytics for root cause analysis & Management Information (MI)
- Integration with ITSM/SIEM solutions including ServiceNow, Splunk, & AppDynamics