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Revolutionizing Cloud Logging: Say Goodbye to Limitations and High Costs

Sharon Sharlin

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Cloud logging services have long been plagued by limitations and high costs, hindering companies’ ability to achieve true flexibility in their operations. One of the primary obstacles is the lack of flexibility in traditional cloud logging services, which often require companies to make upfront decisions about log levels and storage capacity, locking them into fixed plans for extended periods. This leads to inefficient resource allocation, as companies either overpay for excessive log capacity they don’t fully utilize or face log shortages during critical moments.

However, these limitations go beyond the cost of logging. It impacts the developers themselves, with the sheer volume of logs generated in modern applications overwhelming developers, hampering their ability to troubleshoot and debug effectively. This, when coupled with a developer’s fear of missing out on logging data (or Logging FOMO, as we like to call it), can increase the time and effort required to identify and resolve issues, impacting developer productivity and slowing down the software development lifecycle. Navigating through vast amounts of logs becomes a daunting task, often resulting in critical information being overlooked.

However, a recent breakthrough has introduced a new tool to combat these long-standing challenges: the ability to dynamically access your logs, wherever, whenever. No more storage. No more FOMO. Let’s take a look.

The Need for Flexibility in Cloud Architecture

Companies operating in a cloud architecture – or planning to migrate to one – have a clear expectation: they are looking for the ability to consume technological services on demand, aligning with their actual usage patterns. This flexibility empowers organizations to efficiently scale their utilization of cloud resources during periods of high data loads and promptly reduce it when necessary. 

By leveraging this dynamic approach, businesses can effectively manage costs and gain a competitive edge. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple or easy, and what you require isn’t always what you receive.

The Inflexibility of Traditional Cloud Logging Services

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re sure to know – and have probably felt yourself – how most traditional cloud logging services fail to provide the desired level of flexibility and instead impose exorbitant prices on organizations.

One of the primary limitations is the rigid structure and predefined schemas imposed by these services. Traditional logging solutions typically require a predefined log format, limiting the types of data that can be logged and the level of customization that organizations can achieve. This inflexibility makes it challenging to capture and store diverse types of logs in a unified manner, such as application logs, system logs, and security logs.

If that isn’t enough, traditional cloud logging services are also limited in scalability. These services often have predefined storage capacities and processing capabilities, which can become a bottleneck as data volumes increase. Scaling these services to accommodate higher log ingestion rates or larger storage requirements typically involves complex configuration changes and may result in downtime or disruptions to the logging infrastructure. This lack of scalability hampers organizations’ ability to effectively handle sudden spikes in log data, such as during periods of increased user activity or when dealing with security incidents.

A Trade-off Between Access and Costs

Oftentimes, to mitigate performance issues and high expenses associated with maintaining and accessing logs at high levels, companies opt for printing only a subset of logs. By selectively choosing log levels that suit their requirements, businesses strike a delicate balance, enabling them to resolve bugs efficiently while keeping costs manageable.

Planning for Future Logging Needs

Immediate log-level expansion is a complex process that necessitates application redeployment. To avoid this challenge, many organizations opt to purchase larger log packages in advance. This proactive approach allows them to have the necessary information readily available, quickly resolve bugs, and restore normal service and product functionality. Yet, it comes with the obvious downside: an increased cost.

Yet, what if there were another option? One in which organizations were not bound by decisions made in advance regarding their production and other environments’ log levels. Fortunately, there is. Specifically, there is the option to use one of the innovative, flexible, and cost-effective solutions that have emerged in the market, enabling dynamic consumption of logs on demand. These solutions empower companies to reevaluate their log management strategies, ultimately reducing fixed costs.

These new solutions enable developers to instantly access the logs and information they need to expedite bug resolution in any runtime environment. Key features to consider when evaluating such solutions include the ability to easily adjust verbosity levels, even in a production environment, and receive logs at the Info, Debug, or Trace levels. These logs play a crucial role in resolving bugs promptly as they occur. Even more so, these solutions optimize log printing costs and enhance application performance, benefiting the organization as a whole.

Rookout, for example, does all of that. With the introduction of Snapshots, Rookout has given developers the ability to unlock peak efficiency and effectiveness. They are now provided with everything they need to know, as Snapshots capture the most relevant application state and give a clear, detailed, high-fidelity image of what’s happening. No longer do developers need to experience Logging FOMO or waste time sifting through logs. Instead, they can get the data they need to understand what’s happening in their application, exactly when they need it, wherever they need it.

Reduce Those Cloud Logging Costs

It’s time to stop complaining over logging costs and jump into the future of logging. We fully understand the importance of investing in tools that enhance developer productivity, and that’s why we advocate for solutions that offer maximum value for your money. Instead of wasting precious time scouring through logs or crafting new log lines, empower your developers with instantaneous insights into their live applications.

Rookout’s Dev-First platform equips R&D teams with the ability to effortlessly access logs and code-level data, enabling them to swiftly pinpoint root causes and resolve issues on the fly, all while minimizing costs throughout the entire software development lifecycle. Thanks to our innovative live Snapshots, you can capture a detailed, context-rich picture of any incident and gain invaluable code-level insights. 

Bid farewell to exorbitant log storage expenses, as the real-time snapshot of your application state is just a click away. Embrace the logging revolution and unlock a world of efficient, cost-effective development.
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