A powerful search engine, a tool for processing and normalizing protocols, and another for visualizing the results – Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana form the ELK stack, which helps admins manage logfiles on high-volume systems.
When something goes wrong on a system, the logfile is the first place to look for troubleshooting clues. Logstash, a log server with built-in analysis tools, consolidates logs from many servers and even makes the data searchable.
The server space is changing, bringing new opportunities for the agile admin. If you plan on taking up residence in the new data center, you’d better get your toolkit ready. This month we explore tools and techniques for data center and server room environments.