[ this was originally posted on my personal blog – check it out for more Log Analysis topics ]

Here we are again with another quarterly release of IBM’s Log Analysis solution. About three months ago or so we released version 1.3.0 and this week we’re releasing version 1.3.1 full of all kinds of log ninja goodness. Let me get some basics out in this first post.

ITOA Community and GitHub

Our new (and hopefully final!) community was launched during the IBM Interconnect conference and is available here. It’s here you’ll find blogs, wikis, forums and our resources catalog full of all kinds of things to help you get started with our ITOA portfolio. What’s even cooler is our GitHub community linked in here where our SMEs, partners and clients can share their own best practices, configurations and code. Check that out here.

Keep a close eye here as the catalog of available content packs rapidly grows. We expect upwards of 100 new content packs to be available over the coming year.


It’s always fun to try and find the docs isn’t it? Here’s some quick links to the online pubs.

v1.3.1: Pubs
v1.3.1: Release Notes

v1.3.0: Pubs
v1.3.0 Release Notes

I’m not a mainframe guy myself, but if that’s your cup of tea, here’s the docs for our mainframe log analysis release. This release is based off of the v1.3.0 mentioned above.

v2.1.0 Release Notes

Here are some of the significant features in the v1.3.x release train so far. I’ll dive deeper into some of these with some how-to’s in follow on posts.

  • Real Time Alerting, Alert Management GUI
  • “Anomaly” Detection
  • Logstash 1.4.2 Bundling with custom Logstash Output Plugin for LA
  • New OOTB Insight Packs – IBM MQ Series and IBM MQ Broker/Integration Bus
  • Ticket Analytics – IBM Control Desk, Service Now and BMC Remedy
  • Hadoop/HDFS Integrations – IBM Big Insights 3.x and Cloudera CDH 5.x
  • Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Phase 1
  • Auditing
  • Additional statistical functions for search facets (for use in visualizations and dashboards
  • Dashboard Auto-Refresh
  • Globalization for ten languages
  • Currency for Apache Solr, RHEL and browsers

If any of this makes you feel warm and fuzzy, why not grab the free trial version (software or VM) and play around in your environment. The LA 1.3.0 version is available here. I hope they get the LA 1.3.1 version up there soon, so keep an eye out for it at the same link.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or need some help!

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