VMware Log Insight Just Became a Whole Lot Free-er
Early last week, VMware made its vRealize Log Insight product available in a free limited form. The short version is that every copy of vCenter (full fat, not just essentials, as far as I can see) gets twenty-five restricted licenses of Log Insight now, rolled out through the usual software channels. This is an automatic upgrade, and the download is available with no further action.
Log Insight is the VMware log file aggregation and data mining product that is part of the vRealize Operations suite of products. It is not limited to VMware products and can take syslogs from any Linux/Unix system, from network devices, and even from Windows Servers. This offers a single point of “insight” (hence the product name)—a place where administrators can go to dig when there are problems. Of course, it also aggregates the logs from vCenter and the ESXi hosts, which is where this free release comes in.