How to Configure Remote Syslog

Syslog is a standard for collecting, routing, and storing log messages. It emerged from the Sendmail project in the 1980s. In 2001, it was standardized as RFC 3164 and then as RFC 5424 in 2009. It’s supported on several different platforms, including Unix/Linux, BSD Unix, macOS, and network devices like printers and routers. Because of the remote syslog capability, the standard has lasted several decades. The ability to route log messages over a network connection has been part of the syslog protocol from the beginning. Instead of being limited to logging messages to a local file, you can direct syslog messages to a logging server. In this post from Eric Goebelbecker, you’re going to learn how to redirect syslog messages to Papertrail. Check it out on Solarwinds Papertrail’s blog.

How to Start Monitoring Kubernetes

Kubernetes adoption has been increasing at a high speed in recent years. Many companies adopt Kubernetes because it has features designed to help applications become resilient and fault tolerant. Without forgetting this, you can configure auto scaling and self-healing with a minimal set of configurations in Kubernetes and your applications. However, many of the applications running in Kubernetes are complex, so troubleshooting can be challenging. These challenges are directly proportional to the complexity and size of the applications. Therefore, logs become your eyes when something goes wrong in a live environment. Luckily, Kubernetes offers different types of logs you can enable with a few clicks or flags. And if these logs aren’t enough, there are other ways you can get more logs from your applications. But how and where do you start? Christian Meléndez can answer that on Solarwinds Loggly’s blog. 

Data is king. The power that lies beneath the vast amounts of data that gets generated every second is beyond imagination. And the numbers don’t seem to slow down. On the contrary, they’re increasing exponentially. Data collection and analysis will help you understand your customers and your product better. In short, they’ll transform your entire organization. The challenge is to collect and analyze data efficiently. That way, you can benefit from it the most. In this post, you’ll find out about the most populous and most challenging-to-handle type of data: machine data. Learn all about it from Alex Doukas on Scalyr’s blog.

We also updated a post this week on AWS Lambda. AWS Lambda is one of the leading serverless architectures in the cloud today. It was first-to-market among the major cloud vendors, offers the most competitive pricing, and is employed by Netflix, one of the largest cloud service providers in existence. In this tutorial, you’ll set up your first AWS Lambda function. You’ll create a service, add a few lines of code, and test it from inside the AWS console. As you progress throughout the tutorial, you’ll also learn why Lambda and Function-as-a-Service have enjoyed widespread adoption over the past few years. Check it out on Scalyr’s blog.