As virtualization administrators were forced to branch out from their original comfort zones of server administration to storage, network, and even desktop administration, the next technological leap for these individuals will therefore come in the form of big data and analytics. As in other areas in the server virtualization world, companies like VMware are making an app for that in order to make that transition easier.
VMware vCenter Log Insight debuted back in June 2013, as a result of VMware's August 2012 acquisition of Pattern Insight.Common use cases for the product include security and compliance auditing, as well as monitoring and troubleshooting vSphere and other servers, storage, and networking devices.
Earlier in the month of Jan 2014, VMware released vCenter Log Insight 1.5. The bulk of the work done on this release was to make it a more enterprise-ready product. As an example, VMware added authentication support for Microsoft's Active Directory for easier integration into an enterprise environment. This eliminates the need for multiple logins/passwords and allows for seamless integration into an organization's pre-existing identity management architecture.