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Proposed cloud-log standard sparks controversy

George V. Hulme | Feb. 28, 2011
Cloud computing pushes current log management capabilities to their limit. Experts say it's time for a new standard to simplify the problem

Not everyone is convinced that a new standard is needed, including Raffael Marty, founder and chief operating officer at cloud-based logging service, Loggly.

"I would like to point out that the 'cloud,' be that SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS, does not require a new logging standard! We had multi-tier, as well as virtualized architectures for years and they are the real building blocks of the cloud. None of the cloud-specific attributes, like elasticity, utility-based payment, etc. require anything specific from a logging point of view," Marty wrote in his blog post, titled Why a Cloud Logging Standard Doesn't Make Any Sense.

Marty suggested that a logging effort that could help with virtualized, asynchronous, and distributed architectures be dealt with by the Common Event Expression log standard. However, Govshteyn contends that there hasn't been a single vendor implementation of the CEE standard, nor any specification draft publication for review.

"We need to move on this," Govshteyn says.

 

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