COMPANIES THAT HAVE turned on logging report that logs are growing astronomically, with no end in sight. "I know...
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of one aerospace company that was generating 1TB per week of logs," says Scott Ruple, VP of marketing at Packet- Motion, which makes the PacketSentry traffic analysis appliance. "That's a lot of logs."
Adding insult to injury, most logs aren't that relevant from a compliance standpoint, says Ruple. Whereas the PacketSentry appliance collects information such as who opened a file at what time, other logs might also collect data like server heartbeat, CPU temperature and fan speed.
"It's useful if you're looking for a hardware failure, but not if you're just trying to document the traffic on the network by your users," he says.
By contrast, PacketSentry data consumes one-tenth the space of server logging. Furthermore, the logs are stored on a standalone SQL database, explains Ruple, so they don't take up precious space on the app servers.