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Feature Friday: Parsing Kion Logs

Graeme Carey

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Last updated on September 20th, 2023 at 10:19am

Kion is not a traditional SaaS. Instead, Kion installs into a customer's cloud environment - inside of AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud. This gives Kion powerful abilities and enhanced security and privacy when compared to traditional SaaS tools. One of these abilities is visibility into various log streams. These log streams can then be leveraged to troubleshoot application and infrastructure issues faster, thus allowing you to spend more time on meaningful work.

How to Parse Kion Logs (AWS)

Viewing the Types of Log Streams

In the account and region that has Kion installed, you can see the types of log streams that Kion uses inside of CloudWatch.

  1. Log in to the cloud account where Kion is installed.
  2. Navigate to the region where Kion is installed.
  3. Navigate to "Cloud Watch."
  4. Navigate to "Log groups."
  5. From the list of log groups, select either "cloudtamer-logs" or "Kion-logs."

Selecting that log group will then show you all of the log streams for each microservice that is running. Note: If you have a high-availability deployment, Kion will have log streams corresponding to each node.

Querying and Aggregating Logs

  1. Log in to the cloud account where Kion is installed.
  2. Navigate to the region where Kion is installed.
  3. Navigate to "Cloud Watch".
  4. Navigate to "Log insights".
  5. Select log group associated with Kion (either "cloudtamer-logs" or "kion-logs").
  6. Create your query by filtering for different messages or characteristics, for example, "webapi" or "error".

This will return the logs that match your query. There are many variables that Kion uses that can be queried. You can add AWS account numbers, Cloud Rule names, and other services like Cloud Formation.

Eliminate Mundane Grunt Work

Troubleshooting and maintenance are unavoidable when operating in the cloud, but often too much time is spent on diagnosing and repairing issues instead of more meaningful work. Kion helps to eliminate the drain on resources by giving you control, context, and actionable insight to help you not only eliminate some of the menial tasks but to innovate in the cloud. By combining the three pillars necessary for complete cloud control - automation & orchestration, financial management, and continuous compliance - into a single platform, you can reach a special place we call cloud enablement.

If you’d like to learn more about how to establish all three pillars of cloud enablement in your cloud environment, please get in contact with one of our experts.

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About the Author

Graeme Carey

Graeme was previously a solutions delivery manager at Kion.

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