In the lead up to next weeks VMworld event, the product and partnership announcements are coming thick and fast. This morning it is the turn of Sumo Logic who are announcing that their log management and analytics product covers log data from VMware products. This integration sees Sumo Logic users able to;

  • Collect and centralize logs and metrics from ESX/ESXi, vCenter Server and individual virtual machines
  • Correlate VMware events with events generated by host and guest operating systems, applications and networks
  • Discover issues related to over-provisioning, changes to configuration and virtual machine movement
  • Gain an in-depth view of performance metrics such as virtual machine CPU, memory and disk utilization
  • Determine capacity constrained and under-provisioned physical hosts and idle virtual machines


This is yet another product announcement that may or may not actually deliver anything substantive to users. That said, it is indicative of a growing trend within enterprises to moving to a far more complex and heterogeneous set of infrastructure assets. Alongside this move to more complexity, organization are also looking to harness insights from disparate data sources. Log data is no exception and an entire industry is being built to make sense of the noise that is data logs.

Whether traditional VMware customers are yet read for the mental leap that is deep log data is another matter – I suspect this announcement will get Sumo Logic a bit of attention, but not much in the way of paying customers.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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