Need for Log Analysis

Logs provide us with necessary information on how our system is behaving. However, the content and format of logs varies among different services or say, among different components of the same system. For example a scanner may log error messages related to communication with other devices, on the other hand a web server logs information on all incoming requests, outgoing response, time taken for response etc. Similarly application logs for an e-commerce website will log business specific logs.

As the logs vary by their content, so are their uses. For example, the logs from the scanner might be used for troubleshooting or for simple status check or reporting, while the Web-server log is used to analyze the traffic patterns across multiple products. Analysis of logs from an ecommerce site can help to figure out if packages from a specific location are returned repeatedly and probable reasons for the same.