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Quick and Easy Log Search and Analysis … With Insight!
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By Paul Smith,
Service Management Architect -IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure.
Do you find yourself spending too much time and effort trying to diagnose and resolve problems in your enterprise? Do you have applications that span multiple systems? Do you find yourself accessing multiple systems, to browse multiple logs and manually correlate data to find the source of a problem? And this is just the first part of the task. You still need to
Given the Big Data explosion and the increased complexity of enterprise applications, this task will only become more complex, and more painful as we progress. Log Analysis can help you save time and effort which ultimately will help you resolve problems quicker, hopefully BEFORE your management team starts breathing down your neck.
In March, 2014, IBM shipped IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Log Analysis z/OS Insight Packs V1.1. This tool enables you to consume and index logs from multiple sources, including z/OS, so you can perform quick searches across multiple logs from a single search interface. Having access to all of the logs from a single search interface enables you to debug problems in your multi-tier, multi-component applications, saving you time and effort. Since the tool consumes the WebSphere logs and the z/OS Syslog, you have access to a huge selection of z/OS messages; OS and subsystem (DB2, CICS, IMS, MQ, etc.) messages.
In addition, the tool will perform analysis on the logs to surface probable errors while you are searching. The focus for the initial release of the z/OS Insight Packs was to provide insight for customers running WebSphere and DB2 on z/OS.
We have recently released new features that will enable insights for CICS as well as a tool that makes it even easier to configure the log sources that you want to feed into the log analysis engine. These new features are now available in IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Log Analysis z/OS Insight Packs V18.104.22.168.
Also, from this same interface, you can search the IBM supports sites for documents (white papers, tech notes, APARs, etc.) related to the problem you are trying to resolve.
If you would like additional information (videos, documentation, forums) please visit our developerWorks community at https://ibm.biz/BdRm3i.
If you are interested to try the product or if you would like to join our effort as we develop additional capabilities, please contact your IBM sales representative or drop me an email at email@example.com.
Blog provided by Paul Smith. ‘Smitty’ is a Service Management Architect at IBM. He has 30+ years of experience in the business and is currently focused on analytics for System z.