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VMware offers log file analysis with vCenter Log Insight

The acquisition of Pattern Insight Inc. and its Log Insight software in July 2012 broke VMware into the log file analysis and management market. The vendor released VMware vCenter Log Insight in June 2013. The tool filled an obvious gap in VMware's vCenter Operations (vCops), which monitors the vCenter database but previously could not collect and analyze ESXi host log files. VCenter Log Insight is deployed into the vSphere virtual infrastructure and can pull in syslog data from hundreds of syslog agents to show system administrators the status of the virtual environment via a vSphere dashboard.

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