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Steve Litras Oct 23, 2020

Firewall Logs, not just for breakfast anymore…

Have you ever spent a day picking through firewall logs, looking for the useful bits to help diagnose a reported issue? Firewall logs provide a rich data set, but in and of themselves, they’re a bit hard to read and understand, which makes them even harder to get insights from. Not to mention they are […]

Kam Amir Oct 21, 2020

The Seinfeld Data Trilogy

Seinfeld taught us a lot of valuable and hilarious lessons about life, but little did we know then, that they were actually talking about data pipelines. “The Yada Yada” was one of the most memorable Seinfeld episodes I have ever watched. If you’re not familiar, the gist of the story is George’s new girlfriend likes to say “yada yada yada” to shorten her stories. Unfortunately for George, she sometimes "shortens" some of the most important parts of the story. 

Clint Sharp Sep 17, 2020

Data Collection – Listening To Our Customers

From the very start, the Cribl founding team came in with some strong assumptions, which you can even see baked into the name of our first product: LogStream. The founders have been in the logging ecosystem for 30+ combined years, having worked as customers and with customers. We knew organizations wanted to work with log […]

L Tang Sep 2, 2020

Backpressure Behavior in Cribl LogStream

In this quick dive into backpressure topics in Cribl LogStream, we will also touch upon persistent queueing, how Cribl LogStream sends information out to destinations when backpressure options are selected, and how to approach troubleshooting systems with non-responsive destinations.  Sizing is an art and a science, born of expectations from back-of-napkin math, and refined through […]

Bryan Turiff Aug 25, 2020

A Supercharger for Log Data

I have always been fascinated by new technology and none more so than electric cars. The idea of never going to a gas station again seemed like a dream.  I thought it would be great to own a car that was nearly maintenance free. The environmental advantages of an electric car also intrigued me. I’m […]

Ron Favali Aug 11, 2020

Flatten the Curve on Logs: The Top Five Log Processing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Is the log data you’re receiving from agents like Splunk and Elastic Beats generating enough value? If you’re like most, the answer is probably no.  With existing machine data analytics tools, IT teams don’t have too many choices other than to index and store all log files for analysis if and when a problem occurs. […]

Steve Litras Aug 6, 2020

Streamlining Your Breach Investigation

I’ll admit it: I’ve been fixated on data collection since we came out with LogStream 2.2. Though I’ve already talked a bit about using data collection for security investigations in my Data Collection for Security Investigations post, I wanted to expand on that a bit. At Cribl, we believe that storing data in cheap storage, […]

Steve Litras Jun 15, 2020

Data Collection is Here!!

Before I became an employee at Cribl, I was a prospective customer. For years, I, and others at my former employer, had been struggling with the requirements of our log analytics system. The yearly re-justification of the license cost; the ever-escalating infrastructure costs, due to the constantly compounding growth of data; and the inevitably destructive […]

Michael Donnelly May 21, 2020

Cost Reduction and Cribl LogStream

Here at Cribl, we are nearly always asked, “How can you help me justify the purchase of your software?”  Most customers realize a return on investment using two or more of the approaches below. Reduce Data Volume One form of cost reduction starts with volume reduction. Cribl LogStream customers reduce data volumes by 25% or […]

Steve Litras Apr 22, 2020

Playing in the Sandbox: Not Just for Kids Anymore…

We originally introduced the Cribl Sandbox with the LogStream Fundamentals course to make it easy to learn the basics of our product. We integrated the course with Accredible to be able to provide completion certificates for those that would like them; The investment of time is significant, and successful completion demonstrates competence with the product […]

LogStream Sandbox

Learn about the features of Cribl LogStream in our interactive sandboxes!