Understanding data source integration
Data source integration is usually the procedure of connecting, collecting, and aggregating data from multiple sources on a single platform. It plays a pivotal role in data management and analysis, by ensuring that an organization’s data is accessible, usable, and up-to-the minute. Some common data sources that come under this category include logs, databases, cloud platforms, and applications.
Cribl's data integration capabilities aim to streamline the process of connecting to and processing data from these diverse sources, ensuring that data is always ready for analysis, storage, and visualization.
In this blog, let’s dive into the different ways of gathering data and the core integration features of Cribl:-
Here are some types of data sources in Cribl:
- Collector sources
- Push sources
- Pull sources
Collectors are different from other Cribl Stream sources because they are designed to collect data in sets instead of doing so continuously. This means you can use these collectors to fetch or 'replay' (re-ingest) data from local or remote locations when required, or you can customize them to run periodically. This makes collectors a wise choice for batch processing of historical data or for selectively routing data to different systems for analysis.
Let's say you have a storage of log files on a remote server and want to collect these log files to send them to your data warehouse for analysis, but you don't want to do this continuously. You can schedule this task on a daily basis by using a collector. It will get connected to the remote server, download the log files, and then send them to your data warehouse.
Coming to push sources, as the name suggests, they constantly push data into the Cribl platform. Unlike collector sources that passively receive data, push sources take the initiative to send the data to Cribl. These sources can be used when you have authority over the data's origin and can configure them to push data to Cribl. For example, let's assume you want to send data from a custom application, you can do so by configuring it as a push source. Cribl provides various mechanisms and protocols for receiving data from push sources, such as HTTP, TCP, and more.
Pull sources actively fetch data from external systems. They initiate requests to retrieve data from remote sources. Pull sources are typically used when you need to gather data from various APIs, databases, or other external systems that don't actively push data to Cribl. With pull sources, you configure the source to periodically poll external endpoints to collect the data. This polling can be scheduled at specific intervals to ensure that Cribl always has access to the most up-to-date data from the source.
Core integration features in Cribl
Log data sources
When it comes to the ability to integrate log data, Cribl is a promising platform for it since it can connect to many different log data sources, such as syslog, JSON, and CSV. In order to gather and manage this large volume of data in real time, whether it be dealing with application logs, system logs, or network logs, Cribl takes the complexity out of it.
Cribl offers out-of-the-box integrations with major cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The purpose is to ensure that log data generated within cloud environments can be effortlessly collected and processed.
Cribl also supports database integrations with popular databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL Server. This is of great worth for organizations that need to muster operational data from their databases for analytics and monitoring purposes.
HTTP and API integration
Cribl comes with HTTP and API integration options, allowing you to conveniently connect with several web services, APIs, and applications. This feature especially is of help when dealing with various web applications, RESTful APIs, and other data sources that depend on HTTP protocols.
In addition to pre-built integrations, Cribl allows for custom integrations through its extensible pipeline. Users can create their own custom functions to connect to exclusive or unique data sources, making Cribl highly adaptable to specific organizational requirements.
Data integration is a critical step in the data management journey, and Cribl simplifies this process by offering a wide range of powerful integrations. Whether you're dealing with logs, cloud services, databases, or custom data sources, Cribl's integration capabilities provide an efficient and flexible way to connect, collect, and process data.
By using Cribl, organizations can ensure that their data is accessible, high-quality, and ready for analysis, helping them make informed decisions, improve operations, and drive innovation in an increasingly data-centric world. Cribl's integrations empower organizations to unlock the full potential of their data sources and gain a competitive edge in today's data-driven landscape.