What AxoSyslog is
The AxoSyslog application is a flexible and highly scalable system logging application that is ideal for creating centralized and trusted logging solutions.
Among others, AxoSyslog allows you the following.
Secure and reliable log transfer
The AxoSyslog application enables you to send the log messages of your hosts to remote servers using the latest protocol standards. You can collect and store your log data centrally on dedicated log servers. Transfer log messages using the TCP protocol ensures that no messages are lost.
Disk-based message buffering
To minimize the risk of losing important log messages, the AxoSyslog application can store messages on the local hard disk if the central log server or the network connection becomes unavailable. The AxoSyslog application automatically sends the stored messages to the server when the connection is reestablished, in the same order the messages were received. The disk buffer is persistent – no messages are lost even if AxoSyslog is restarted.
Secure logging using TLS
Log messages may contain sensitive information that should not be accessed by third parties. Therefore, AxoSyslog supports the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to encrypt the communication. TLS also allows you to authenticate your clients and the logserver using X.509 certificates.
Flexible data extraction and processing
Most log messages are inherently unstructured, which makes them difficult to process. To overcome this problem, AxoSyslog comes with a set of built-in parsers, which you can combine to build very complex things.
Filter and classify
The AxoSyslog application can sort the incoming log messages based on their content and various parameters like the source host, application, and priority. You can create directories, files, and database tables dynamically using macros. Complex filtering using regular expressions and boolean operators offers almost unlimited flexibility to forward only the important log messages to the selected destinations.
Parse and rewrite
The AxoSyslog application can segment log messages to named fields or columns, and also modify the values of these fields. You can process JSON messages, key-value pairs, and more.
To get the most information out of your log data, AxoSyslog allows you to correlate log messages and aggregate the extracted information into a single message. You can also use external information to enrich your log data.
Big data clusters
The log data that your organization has to process, store, and review increases daily, so many organizations use big data solutions for their logs. To accomodate this huge amount of data, AxoSyslog natively supports storing log messages in HDFS files and Elasticsearch clusters.
Message queue support
Large organizations increasingly rely on queuing infrastructure to transfer their data. For that purpose, AxoSyslog supports Apache Kafka, the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP), and the Simple Text Oriented Messaging Protocol (STOMP).
SQL, NoSQL, and monitoring
Storing your log messages in a database allows you to easily search and query the messages and interoperate with log analyzing applications. The AxoSyslog application supports the following databases: MongoDB, MSSQL, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite.
AxoSyslog also allows you to extract the information you need from your log data, and directly send it to your Graphite, Redis, or Riemann monitoring system.
Wide protocol and platform support
syslog protocol standards
The AxoSyslog application is the ideal choice to collect logs in massively heterogeneous environments using several different operating systems and hardware platforms, including Linux, Unix, BSD, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX.
IPv4 and IPv6 support
The AxoSyslog application can operate in both IPv4 and IPv6 network environments, and can receive and send messages to both types of networks.