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* Prism Microsystems' EventTracker Pulse is a smart search engine for log data

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Prism Microsystems has just released a free search engine for log data. EventTracker Pulse collects data from all your logs, brings it together in one archive, compresses the data to save space, and allows you to search the data for specific events. If you know how to conduct a search with Google, you can use Pulse to search your vast archive of log data. Pulse is a plus for network operations and security.

Today I have a tip for any systems administrator who has ever had to dig through old log files, searching for clues about an event that happened on the network. Maybe it was a server configuration change, or an intrusion attempt, or a hardware device sending signals that it’s about to fail. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a search engine that could help you quickly find precisely what you’re looking for? That exact tool is now available for download and the price is right – it’s free.

Prism Microsystems just released EventTracker Pulse, a smart search engine for log data. It can be installed by a systems administrator on any Windows desktop or server. EventTracker Pulse puts all log data from all systems in one place so that the data is easy to search. It collects, compresses and archives log data from various sources, including Windows servers and workstations; Unix/Linux servers and workstations; Cisco devices; applications and any syslog source.

The data compression features removes “white space” from the log data. As a result, the data archive is reduced in size by up to 95% compared to the original log data. This allows you to store more data over a longer period of time.

Once the log data is in the archive, you can search through it in any number of ways. The Pulse search engine looks and functions very much like the Google search engine. You provide a search term and Pulse returns the log entries that meet that criterion. The results can be refined endlessly until you find exactly what you’re looking for. For example, you can search by a device or user name, then by a time period, and then by an event type. The drill down capability is limitless.

Pulse has advanced search capabilities too, similar to the Google reserved operators. There are also knowledge categories, which are pre-built searches to help you find common events. For instance, you can search for a Cisco authentication failure or a Windows logon failure.

In EventTracker Pulse, Prism also provides free access to its knowledgebase, which is basically a lookup table for more than 20,000 log items. This helps you diagnose an unfamiliar event.

When you install EventTracker Pulse, you can choose a totally agentless configuration, or elect to install an agent on the Windows-based devices. The agent can be pushed out from the console, and it allows you to collect additional information on the Windows devices.

Pulse is a software-only solution, so there is nothing to buy. It is not a limited or restricted version of an enterprise product; there are no limits to how much log data you collect, store and search through. This truly is a way for systems administrators to do more with less, since there’s no extra investment in technology. Pulse can help you with operational and security issues, as well as forensic analysis of what has happened on your network.

Check it out for yourself. Download EventTracker Pulse for free here. If you know how to use Google, you can figure out this product quite easily, and it might save you quite a bit of time in your day job.

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