Reduce IT monitoring costs while increasing performance

Log management software is a powerful observability tool for ITOps

July 13th, 2020

The rush to add new digital solutions is on, but one of the challenges that results is an erosion of observability. The value of using new technology is limited if you don’t have the means to monitor how it is functioning, adjust it when necessary, and see how well it’s working.

As more services are added, legacy monitoring tools are becoming overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data coming in, leading to delays in accessing the data, and blind spots in what data is available. In their 2020 State of IT Performance Management Study – Key Takeaways, Digital Enterprise Journal reports:


“58% of organizations reported “blind spots” on the digital delivery chain as a key challenge.”

In this growing environment of uncertainty, there is a piece of technology that solves the observability problem, decreasing monitoring costs while increasing performance. The solution is modern log management.

How modern log management decreases costs

  • Hardware

  • Education

  • Maintenance

  • License

We’re much leaner today – fewer nodes, less management. It’s much, much cheaper compared to other leaders in the industry.
Kevin Nejad

CEO of Vijilan

Modern log management is designed to be efficient at every step of capturing, storing, and searching data. Humio log management compresses log data by 5-20x which results in less storage and fewer transfer fees as it is transmitted across cloud networks.

Intended to be installed and then immediately begin to yield business value, modern log management tools do not require expensive classes, courses, or training. They are designed to be easy to use on the first day; they will never end up as an unused box on a shelf. Using an intuitive search language, they require no specialized training, and users can begin to extract business insight out of the software within minutes of looking at the documentation.

Open-source monitoring solutions are known to incur heavy maintenance costs to manually configure and update services that are seemingly never-ending. For modern log management, configuration is simple, takes minutes to carry out, and only needs to be reconfigured when new data sources are added.

Built-in efficiencies in modern log management allow providers to offer license fees that cost less than traditional systems, and that scale much more affordably. With unlimited ingest plans, users have no limit to how much data they can bring in, they never have to feel financially constrained from adding more sources and improving the quality of their monitoring.

We are unlimited and unconstrained. We went from running 1 TB with our previous solution to now ingesting up to 10 TB a day, while reducing hardware from 80 serves to only 14, all with better performance and costs.
Roman Kovalenko

Product Manager for Observability and Monitoring Solutions at SpareBank 1

How modern log management increases performance

Modern log management reduces costs to the point it enables users to affordably log everything and create a complete database of their system’s historical logs. Efficiency in speed powered by a streamlined index-free architecture makes it possible to get live data from across the system in milliseconds.

The combination of a complete set of data with streaming delivery leads to a host of performance benefits, including:

  • Providing a live, more granular view into user experience

  • Decreasing mean time to resolution (MTTR) for service disruptions and intrusions

  • Improving the monitoring of microservices

  • Speeding up investigation and expanding the potential to learn more from historical data

  • Improving the accuracy of AI models by providing a more complete set of data to AIOps

  • Providing real-time alerts that can trigger automated responses

Humio is used across our organization. It starts with engineering and product, and follows up with QA and our operations team — a holistic view. Our operations team can hand off customer scenarios and really investigate what has happened for a customer journey. The Product team can confirm that. Our engineering team can continue to maintain stability and make sure that there are not regressions within our codebase. And then there's also the fraud aspect, so QA and operations teams are using this as a tool to suss out nefarious actors.

Humio is used across our organization. It starts with engineering and product, and follows up with QA and our operations team — a holistic view. Our operations team can hand off customer scenarios and really investigate what has happened for a customer journey. The Product team can confirm that. Our engineering team can continue to maintain stability and make sure that there are not regressions within our codebase. And then there's also the fraud aspect, so QA and operations teams are using this as a tool to suss out nefarious actors.
Steven Gall

VP of Engineering at M1 Finance

The benefits of these performance gains are also not limited to developers or security engineers that use log management directly. Humio enables the spread of data throughout an organization via dashboards that are easy to read and understand for non-technical staff.

Log management is a user-centric tool that provides a way to interact with system-wide data with speed, simplicity, and reliability and get powerful business insights out of data that already exists.

Modern log management transforms the culture of monitoring. Traditional log monitoring tools have been outclassed by growing amounts of data — managing them has become a struggle in its own right like trying to plug hundreds of holes in a sinking ship while also trying to navigate. Modern log management is like a brand-new vessel that allows the user to simply focus on steering the ship where they want to go.

While older tools have gaps in their ability to see into complex and ephemeral cloud environments, modern log management tools like Humio provide subsecond access to data. By providing reliable real-time access, it allows AI to adjust strategies accordingly. For human users, this encourages more engagement which generates more discovery and better strategy formation.


Learn more

Hear from Humio users Deutsche Bank and Stash about how log management gives them a competitive edge at our Financial Services Roundtable.

Read the case study that explains how cost savings and performance gains are realized by using Humio - Humio at SpareBank 1: Logging everything on-prem and under budget.

Sign up to see Humio’s performance for yourself by scheduling a live demo.

Explore how Humio achieves the lowest total cost of operations (TCO) by reading our Redefining Log Management TCO report.

Get a better understanding of the efficiencies that enable Humio’s real-time search results in our Humio Scalability Benchmark: 100 TB/day on only 25 nodes.

Take a deeper look at log management and the performance boost it can provide in monitoring by reading our How To - Improve application monitoring with modern log management.