This Month in BindPlane: New Sources of Enjoyment

by Nate Coppinger on June 5, 2019

It has been an eventful month here at Blue Medora. Our team has been hard at work to bring you some great new features!

Back in April, we released the Google Cloud Stackdriver Logs capabilities on BindPlane in Alpha, but last month we added a ton of cool new capabilities and source integration “bundles”.

Of all the new sources released for logs, I wanted to touch a little more on a couple we thought were pretty awesome.

We have also released support for custom FluentD configuration bundle that is created by our Log Sources. With this new bundle, we now support the ability to create a custom decoder for you to be able to parse data that is outside of our predefined, out of the box parameters, letting you create alerts for that special event that you may be experiencing.

Microsoft SQL Server has great security logging capabilities. You can take advantage of them, even when you run SQL server on GCP, using BindPlane.  In the picture below, you will see an example of a security log-on event where you can see users who are failing to log in and the client IP address that they are logging in from. This may indicate a security incident you need to mitigate.

New sources of Joy

Logs for Oracle Database have some really great uses as well! In the example below you can see that we have both logs and metrics included in the same dashboard (both streamed to Stackdriver via BindPlane), letting you compare the data side-by-side. You can see that we are tracking SYSDBA Permission activities (logs) which lets us see the number of times that a user tries to log in with the highest level of privileges. Right next to that we are also tracking Invalid task lists via logs, which tells us the number of times that a job fails on the Oracle Database. You can compare those logs with the metrics below and interpret the data to help you understand what is happening with your system. For example, if you look at the SYSDBA permission activity and compare it with the Oracle Session Utilization, you can infer that there may have been some issues in Oracle at the time of Friday the 3rd and admins had to log-in and figure out what was going on and make changes.

New sources of joy

Here is a full list of all of the sources that we have included in logs as of May:

More Metrics

In more BindPlane news, we also dropped some great new Metrics additions and features. These new sources include:

Stackdriver also received support for 13 additional AWS sources

Better Control

Now, to better control the metrics you collect and export to Stackdriver from BindPlane. We have created better user management tools, now allowing one user to have multiple Accounts.

New sources of Joy

That’s it for May, stay tuned for all of the awesome things we have planned for June! If you would like to stay up to date with all things Blue Medora and BindPlane, check out our weekly blogs here, follow us on Twitter @bluemedora, and on our official LinkedIn.  Pop over to our subreddit /r/bluemedora and join the conversation on monitoring and integration.

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