New & Improved VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 Beta Debuts
You can forget about the VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 beta that was launched on March 27 because the new and improved 2.0 beta is available today. First unveiled back in June 2013, and given its next major upgrade in January (actually, like v2.0, v1.5 was given an early sneak peak in October), Log Insight provides automated log management through aggregation, analytics and search, with the latest version offering 6X better query performance than the log analytics leader, according to VMware, and 8X faster data collection.
The second 2.0 beta release is the new and improved version, according to an email exchange with Bill Roth, Group Product Marketing Manager, Log Insight, VMware. “ The primary differences are enhanced product quality and that the product is feature complete for the release. Also, some of the UI functions were not included in the beta and now are.”
IT organizations continue to be overwhelmed with massive amounts of unstructured log data generated by their virtual and hybrid cloud environments, said VMware’s Ramin Sayar, SVP and GM, Cloud Management Business Unit, in a prepared statement. “With VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0, we’re doubling-down on our unique predictive analytics-based approach to log management. VMware vSphere customers including general IT operations, security, applications and DevOps teams will be able leverage the power of VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 to analyze machine data for actionable insight to prevent system downtime.”
The company said 2.0 introduces machine-learning technology in conjunction with significantly improved query and data collection performance that will help customers speed problem resolution and further automate IT operations across physical, virtual and hybrid cloud environments. Overall, VMware said vCenter Log Insight helps customers identify IT issues 25% faster, speed resolution times by 50%, and reduce log analysis time by up to 80%.
VMware also introduced four free content packs for Brocade SAN as well as for Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Windows. The Brocade SAN Content Pack will help administrators cut down time, improve operational efficiency and reduce IT costs, and the Windows Operating System Content Pack will deliver accurate monitoring of customer Windows infrastructure including coverage of essential Windows categories including events, applications, and logons.
In addition, the company also announced a new upgrade path for VMware vSphere with Operations Management. Customers will now be able to upgrade to VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Advanced, with enhanced unified management across VMware vSphere and associated storage infrastructure, configuration management, application auto-discovery and dependency mapping, and the extension of operations management to operating system resource monitoring of Linux and Windows virtual machines, among other capabilities.
Commenting on the October announcements that included Log Insight 1.5, analyst Charles King, Pund-IT, said there is much to like about VMware’s new and enhanced vCloud, vCenter and Business Management solutions. “Along with monitoring data from applications, physical hardware and virtualized infrastructures, which is critical to maximizing operational efficiency and minimizing troubleshooting cost and time requirements, vCenter Log Insight 1.5 offers new capabilities of particular interest to enterprise customers, including enhanced visibility into heterogeneous hardware and software assets.”
Log Insight has been out for the better part of a year and Roth said the “uptake has been exceptional. In addition to the web evaluations, customer have been trying our new automated Hands On Lab, where they can try the product without the need to install it.”
He said VMware has been “very promotional in the first nine months of the product’s life, and will continue to make this product available to as many customers as possible.” The new release has a number of features that will make it more attractive to users, including a new, sleek user interface, and more powerful analytic visualizations, said Roth.
VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 is expected to be available in Q2 2014. It is priced $200 per operating system instance with no log data size limits offering customers a predictable pricing model and no price penalty for storing more log data. It is also now available for $1,500 per CPU.