IT event correlation automates the process of analyzing IT infrastructure events and identifying relationships between them to detect problems and uncover their root cause. Using an event correlation tool can help organizations monitor their systems and applications more effectively while improving their uptime and performance.
Enterprise IT infrastructures generate huge volumes of data in various formats, produced by servers, databases, virtual machines, mobile devices, operating systems, applications, sensors and other network components. An event is any piece of data that provides insight about a state change in that infrastructure, such as a user login. Many of these events are normal and benign but some will signify a problem within the infrastructure. Because a typical enterprise processes thousands of events each day, correlating all of them to determine which are relevant represents a significant challenge for IT teams.
As an answer to this issue, IT event correlation software ingests infrastructure data and uses machine learning to recognize meaningful patterns and relationships. Ultimately, these techniques enable teams to more easily identify and resolve incidents and outages, conduct performance monitoring and help improve the availability and stability of the infrastructure.
In the following sections, we’ll look at how event correlation works, the benefits it offers most organizations, the challenges it addresses and how you can get started using event correlation to better understand your infrastructure data.