Thursday, October 23, 2008

virtual syslog appliance

I've just recently blogged about my syslog appliance idea. Now this has become reality. There is the first 0.0.1 version of rsyslog and phplogcon as a virtual appliance.

For starters, I have created a very simple system. While I have a number of options for the operating platform, I started to Ubuntu JeOS mainly because it had good guides for getting started with an appliance quickly. Being based based on Debian also was a plus. Some may argue that the downside is that the log appliance currently requires VMWare. While I agree this may be an issue, it is not an extremely big one especially as VMWare server runs quite well under Linux and is free to use.

I will investigate Red Hat's AOS, but I think I need to get some results from the app point of view first and JeOS looks quite promising in this regard.

For now, I have even started with the stock rsyslog package, which is quite outdated on that platform. However, I'll do a couple of iterations in the next days and so will come up to the current release soon. But for what the appliance currently needs, the older version is not really a problem.

I am now very interested in feedback on this new offering. The appliance can be downloaded from

One of my next actions is to set up a dedicated site, which will make finding (and providing!) information on the appliance much easier. But one thing after the other...

Oh, and one thing on the licensing: the appliance is free for non-commercial use. However, we intend to request a moderate fee for commercial use, which I think is a fair policy. Of course, all appliance components are freely available.

If you try out the appliance, please provide feedback!. I have set up a dedicated forum at

syslog appliance forum

As I said, the initial version will probably not as "plug and play" as I hope, but I am very positive we are on a good path. Besides, it is an exciting project.

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