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New Fastly Logging Features

By  Simon Wistow, Co-founder, VP Product Strategy, January 16, 2014 in Product

Over the last few months, we’ve completely overhauled Fastly’s entire logging infrastructure to keep up with our ever-increasing traffic. In addition to improving efficiency and reliability, we added features to make it easier for our customers to integrate with the logging providers they already use.

To begin, we implemented a feature that, much like our SSL backends feature, allows syslog information to be sent over TLS (Transport Layer Security). This means that logging information can be encrypted whenever it’s “on the wire,” allowing customers to send more detailed and potentially sensitive information to their logs without worrying about exposing data.

Additionally, we added first-class support for syslog-compatible logging providers such as Sumo Logic, Papertrail, and Logentries. Instead of generic syslog, we plug in and hide the values that are known for that provider so you don’t have to hunt them down in their documentation.

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We now also support other methods of sending logs besides the syslog protocol. This enables us to provide support for Sumo Logic and to add one of our more requested features: allowing pushing of log files to Amazon S3 buckets, including any S3-compatible providers (such as DreamHost's DreamObjects).

Just for the sake of completeness, we also added support for FTP uploading. You know, in case anybody was feeling retro.


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Simon Wistow | Co-founder, VP Product Strategy

Simon is co-founder at Fastly, where he helps lead product strategy. Before helping found Fastly Simon was Senior Search Engineer at Yahoo! Europe, LiveJournal, SixApart, Scribd and then at social help desk company Zendesk. In a past life he worked on R&D for a leading VFX Company doing films like the Harry Potter series, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Sunshine, and Wallace and Gromit. At one point he worked as a cowboy in Australia. Mostly because it seemed like a good idea at the time.