VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.0 public beta program opened

VMware opened  a public beta program  of a soon to be released new product named vCenter Log Insight at June 11. The product was originally developed by Pattern Insight which sold their product Log Insight to VMware in August 2012.

VMware vCenter Log Insight delivers automated log management through log analytics, aggregation and search, extending VMware’s leadership in analytics to log data. With an integrated cloud operations management approach, it provides the operational intelligence and enterprise-wide visibility needed to proactively enable service levels and operational efficiency in dynamic hybrid cloud environments.

The growing popularity of cloud-based computing systems has had a knock-on effect in terms of how much data gets generated in the process. Products like Log Insight help companies monitor that data for problems in their data centers and in cloud environments. Current customers include Intel, Qualcomm, Tellabs and Motorola.

vCenter Log Insight is delivered as a virtual appliance .ova file.

The final release of vCenter Log Insight will be general available in Q3 2013.

A very comprehensive article on the product can be read at the VMware Office of the CTO blog.

Competing solutions are  Splunk,  Loggly , Papertrail and Sumo Logic.

Key Benefits:

  • Real-time, actionable operational intelligence and deep visibility across all tiers of your IT infrastructure and applications, without requiring you to know the data beforehand.
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use, graphical interface for simple interactive searches as well as deep analytical queries providing quick insights, enabling fast time to value and improved operational efficiency.
  • Built-in knowledge and native support for VMware vSphere®, making vCenter Log Insight the solution best suited for your VMware environment.



VMware vCenter Log Insight is licensed on a per operating system instance (OSI) basis, which is defined as any server, virtual or physical, with an IP address that generates logs, including network devices and storage arrays.

With Log Insight, you can analyze an unlimited amount of log data per OSI. The advantage of this is a simple and predictable pricing model that is based on the size of the infrastructure; it does not force you to buy additional licenses to cover the worst-case scenario and pay more for increased log volumes.

Given that systems and devices can generate huge amounts of log data during peak times, or while monitoring and troubleshooting for various IT issues, this is an important distinction.

Detailed pricing information will be announced when vCenter Log Insight is ready to ship in Q3 2013. Expected is a cost of $ 2o0 per OSI (data source)

Download of the beta and more information at the VMware site.
Log Insight Users guide 1.0 can be downloaded here.

Gigaom has more news here.

Maish Saidel-Keesing has blogged about VMware vCenter Log Insight

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