Guest Post: How to Centralize and Analyze Your Azure Log Data

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The following is a guest post by Matt Kiernan, Director of Product Marketing at Logentries. Logentries is a Microsoft Azure partner that provides log management and analytics in real time.

Microsoft Azure makes it easy for individuals and organizations to host their services using Azure Web Apps and VMs. Azure also empowers users to track their application and system logs with useful tools, but what if you wanted your data from Azure hosted services to work seamlessly with other data, processes, and teams?

When dealing with multiple data sources and the desire to trigger actions based on the analysis of those disparate data streams, a central log management solution is critical. Logentries works effortlessly with Microsoft Azure Web Apps and VMs to provide instant log centralization, analysis, and interoperability in real time.

Getting data into Logentries is simple. Let's imagine you provision a new Windows 2012 server using an Azure VM. Logentries' Windows agent can be downloaded and installed on the server within minutes and will instantly start sending logs to your Logentries account. Now, what if you want to correlate log data from your newly provisioned server with a Windows server running in a local data center? By simply installing the Logentries agent on both servers and pointing both to your Logentries account, you can aggregate your log data and do things like search and graph the aggregated data stream in real time.

Interoperability also means using your data to empower separate teams to work together. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by utilizing communication tools these teams already use. With Logentries, you can build custom alerts when specific patterns occur (or don't occur!) in your systems. These alerts can instantly notify teams via popular communication services like New Relic, PagerDuty, Slack, HipChat, email, or even Webhook for custom notifications.

Microsoft Azure already empowers teams with tools that enable interoperability. With the addition of Logentries, your organization will reap the benefits of shared insights and notifications from the real-time analysis of your aggregated data sources. For a 30-day free trial of Logentries, visit

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