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LogLogic Unveils New Log Management Appliances


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LogLogic, a provider of security and log management solutions, has introduced what it calls the next generation of its core open log management technology. The new line of appliances is supplied on faster, more resilient hardware, the vendor says, to deliver increases in log message processing, log message storage, connectivity and resiliency.

LogLogic appliances include the LX range, which are used for immediately responding to current events and for short-term reporting; the ST range, for long-term archiving and forensics, which can store data up to 10 years; and the MX, which incorporates appropriate aspects of LogLogic's products in a plug-and-play approach for the SME space, Andy Morris, product marketing director, LogLogic, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

This announcement, Morris explains, follows the company's December 2009 launch of new log management software, version 4.9, which introduced more than 40 new features, as well as performance gains. Version 4.9 is twice as fast as the previous version, and includes support for mobile platforms, analytics and search functions, and has flexible pricing for any enterprise environment. LogLogic version 4.9 also provides enhancements for enterprise environments, including direct support for SAN archival, SHA-256 message digests for tighter enterprise archive integrity, collection from more than 8,000 devices per appliance, and powerful new ST alerts.

The new LogLogic products take advantage of the latest improvements in software technology - incorporating advanced software, faster processors, faster disks, more storage space and enhanced networking capabilities in the same or smaller footprint as before. "We shipped out the software to all of our customers back in December," says Morris. "This announcement is a new chassis for that software."

With scalable new CPUs and new LogLogic software tuned to optimize disk and processor performance, customers achieve faster searches and reporting times with the new platform. Additionally, customers will be able to store a greater volume of log data on the appliances, allowing them to handle growing log data needs. According to LogLogic, testing shows that its top-of-the-line LX appliance has gone from consuming 4,000 log records a second, to an average of 10,000, peaking at 130,000 in certain circumstances. And, similarly, the ST range has jumped from consuming 75,000 log records per second, to an average of 150,000, peaking at 250,000.

This new platform is featured in the following new LogLogic appliances: the LX1020 and the LX4020, with the latter offering "blazing" performance with Intel's Quad-Core technology, in addition to delivering 400% more hard disk capacity than its predecessor; the ST1020, the ST2020-SAN and the ST4020, all of which are built on the same Quad-Core Intel chassis as the LX range with similar improvements in performance, memory, disk and connectivity, and the ST2020-SAN, which shipped earlier, and includes a Qlogic FC SAN card for connection to storage; and the new MX3020 appliance for combined collection, reporting, alerting, archival and forensics for the mid-market.

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