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Here’s the thing - when you carefully observe metrics, logs, and traces, you get access to critical information about your customers and operating ecosystems. Unfortunately, this is not an easy task due to numerous challenges such as:

  • The observability data is scattered across a myriad of platforms. 
  • Each of these platforms comes with different capabilities to ensure data and control access, making it harder to assimilate and absorb information. 
  • Every agent possesses different levels of knowledge about these data

The most effective solution to these plaguing issues is to use an observability solution like Cribl. It can optimize your data governance process and at the same time offer total data security. Now, before we move to the topic of Cribl, let us quickly understand more about data governance. 

What is data governance?

Data governance is the total management of data in an organization, including how it is collected, stored, processed, and used. Data governance is one of the key processes that a company must consistently optimize. Why? Because companies have to always ensure that high-quality data is available securely to them and their customers at the right time. And this is not easy especially with most enterprises today moving their data investments from centralized processes to decentralized ones. Long story short, an efficient data governance process is critical today to ensure customer privacy and security. And this is where an observability solution like Cribl comes in.

What is Cribl and why is it needed?

An observability solution is a platform that can monitor and understand complex data, allowing organizations to gain valuable insights from it in real time. Cribl is one such observability solution. It offers numerous benefits:

  • Flexibility to ingest data into different tools from different sources. The best part is, you don’t have to add new infrastructure or human resources to get this done. 
  • It can be deployed both on-premises and in the cloud(Cribl Cloud). 
  • It enables users to make informed business decisions and test out new use cases at scale, irrespective of the volume of data they have in hand.

All this is possible, thanks to Cribl’s twin solutions: Cribl Stream and Cribl Edge 

Cribl Stream(Cribl Log Stream): It is an observability pipeline that can be connected to an existing environment to route, shape, restructure, and enrich data from any source to any destination. 

Cribl Edge: It is an observability agent that enables data admins to collect and process observability data such as logs, metrics, application data, etc. This process is done in real-time, from a variety of sources such as Linux machines, apps, microservices, etc. Once collected and processed, it delivers to Cribl Stream or any other desired destination. 

Dataflow of Cribl:

Dataflow of Cribl

Why use Cribl Stream and Edge?

Both Cribl Stream (or Cribl LogStream) and Cribl Edge empower organizations with comprehensive data control and streamlined observability efforts. Let's delve deeper into how these two solutions assist your ops teams in efficiently managing data governance processes:

Better data management

Cribl Stream or Edge can transfer data to multiple monitoring and observability tools in a consistent format. This is achieved through a robust algorithm that revolves around data transformation, enrichment, and redaction. By leaving out unwanted data and fields from events, metrics, logs, and telemetry data, these tools reduce the volume of data that needs to be governed by at least half. As a result, your infrastructure investments are significantly reduced, as you store less data.

Better data security

Cribl Stream or Edge ensures the security of your data while it is in transit by offering TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption. This TLS security can be utilized with the help of any supported connection type, source, and destination protocol, as long as they are compatible. The user interface of Stream and API also supports SSL for added security. Moreover, Stream provides real-time encryption of specific fields within events, accommodating multiple replacement rules and fields for application, further strengthening data security during transit.

Better data integrity

Data integrity is vital for maintaining the accuracy of data and ensuring that it consistently represents the actual world. Cribl Stream achieves this by enriching data from external sources and ensuring the integrity of its enrichment process. This way, all the data sent to destination tools are of high quality and uphold data integrity.

Conclusion

The importance of observability data is growing rapidly in organizations. This means it needs to be given the same importance as other corporate data assets. However, this is easier said than done, thanks to vast volumes of data and the diversity of sources. This is where Cribl Stream, the observability pipeline can help you by regaining control over your data. The best part is it is capable of handling any amount of observability data, making it a top solution for managing observability data governance.

Are you struggling to manage your observability data effectively? 

Take advantage of Cribl Stream, the ultimate solution for managing observability data governance.

This author is a tech writer in Positka writing amazing blogs on latest smart security tech.

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