EMA Announces New Research on Log Analytics for Network Operations Management

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Research indicates log data now outranks traditional data sources such as SNMP, NetFlow, and packet analysis as most heavily used across multiple network management practices

What is most striking is that log data now outranks traditional network management data sources such as SNMP, NetFlow, and packet analysis as most heavily used and valued for multiple use cases.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today released its latest research report entitled, “Log Analytics for Network Operations Management.” Based on research criteria defined by EMA vice president of research for hybrid cloud & infrastructure management Jim Frey, this new research study takes a detailed look at the ways in which network log data is being harvested, analyzed, and used for network operations management. Based on the experiences and findings of over 190 enterprise practitioners, log analytics best practices are provided.

As network managers, engineers, and operators strive to protect the integrity and performance of enterprise networks, they are faced with an onslaught of data and metrics. They must wade quickly and carefully through this deluge in order to perform monitoring, troubleshooting, and planning. With recent trends moving technology toward software-defined and programmable infrastructure, as well as the parallel convergence of IT operations across multiple technology domains, network log data is being increasingly both used and appreciated. But proper and effective use of network log data is not without its challenges.

Some of the key findings in this study include:

  • 96% of participants indicated that network log data was of average importance or higher within their overall hierarchy of network management data sources, and 64% felt is “More important than most” or “Most important.”
  • 75% of shops are either currently using a central log analysis system or are planning to consolidate the multiple tools they have into a single system.
  • The biggest challenge most face when using network log data is “Knowing what to look for,” and consequently the most highly value feature for log analytics is “Fast search.”
  • Over 90% of organizations are applying one or more forms of advanced analytics in the processing of network log data, such as root cause analysis, proactive alerting, threat identification, and performance trending.
  • Over 80% of organizations are using network log data to support higher level BSM/ITSM initiatives, most particularly for IT service quality monitoring (61%).

“EMA has been tracking the role that network log data plays in network management disciplines for years,” said Frey. “What is most striking is that log data now outranks traditional network management data sources such as SNMP, NetFlow, and packet analysis as most heavily used and valued for multiple use cases. EMA recommends that networking professionals add log data to their portfolio of viewpoints while also seeking a means to closely integrate and align that viewpoint with others in order to get the most impactful results.”

The EMA “Log Analytics for Network Operations Management” Research Report is available online at: http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2881/Log-Analytics-for-Network-Operations-Management

For an overview of key highlights from this new research view the on-demand Webinar at: http://research.enterprisemanagement.com/log-analytics-for-network-ops-management-on-demand-webinar-ws.html

About EMA
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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