February 6, 2012

Sumo Logic and UIs for text-oriented data

I talked with the Sumo Logic folks for an hour Thursday. Highlights included:

What interests me about Sumo Logic is that automated classification story. I thought I heard Sumo Logic say:

I have a little trouble seeing how all those points fit exactly together, so perhaps I got some details wrong.

The payoff is that machine learning directly informs the Sumo Logic user interface. In particular, large numbers of events are bundled into a small number of categories, hopefully making it much easier for network operations types to scan the UI and pick out what’s important.

In general, the idea of machine-learning informing analytic UIs via some sort of classification is common in text-oriented technologies, notably in:

But otherwise it seems kind of rare, if we stipulate that ad-serving/general internet personalization isn’t really an analytic UI — but I’d love to hear of any interesting examples I’ve overlooked.

Comments

6 Responses to “Sumo Logic and UIs for text-oriented data”

  1. Jim on February 6th, 2012 3:37 pm

    Curt,

    What is the unit for “single to low double digits of log data per day”? Is it GB?

  2. Curt Monash on February 6th, 2012 3:59 pm

    Jim,

    Ack! Thanks! Yes! Fixed.

  3. Applications of an analytic kind : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on February 11th, 2012 8:32 pm

    […] analyzer Sumo Logic probably doesn’t rely on an off-the-shelf machine learning […]

  4. Andrew Lee on November 30th, 2012 3:42 pm

    “Sumo Logic’s main differentiation is automated classification of events.”

    – Is this a comparison to Splunk?

    How else does it differ? More dependence on machine learning techniques?

  5. Curt Monash on November 30th, 2012 5:53 pm

    I haven’t talked with Sumo Logic for a while. Their last PR pitch was a generic “Golly gee whiz big data SaaS cloud” piece of nonsense; if they actually enhanced the offering in interesting ways, they did a good job of covering it up.

  6. El Peralta on July 2nd, 2013 4:40 pm

    If you’re interested in Sumo you can always contact them directly :) Sumo has more differentiators on their backend–“elastic log processing” for scaling without performance implications, machine learning and native anomaly detection technology, dashboards which run off of continuous queries for auto-updating, etc. The cloud marketing “nonsense” has room for improvement :)

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