Before you begin using vRealize Log Insight Cloud, you must install a Cloud Proxy or a Cloud Native Collector.

Cloud Proxy

A Cloud Proxy receives log and event information from monitored sources and sends this information to vRealize Log Insight Cloud where it can be queried and analyzed. You can use a Cloud Proxy for an on-premise vCenter VM instance with a lower bandwidth (up to 100 MBps).

There are two initial setup tasks for Cloud Proxy.
  • Deploy a Cloud Proxy.

    vRealize Log Insight Cloud includes the Cloud Proxy as a .ova file for you to download and install, typically on a vCenter virtual machine.

    For more information, see Deploy a Cloud Proxy for vRealize Log Insight Cloud.

  • Configure event forwarding for the Cloud Proxy.

    After the Cloud Proxy is in place, you configure your data sources and protocol settings to forward events to the Cloud Proxy. Several protocols are supported, including syslog, rsyslog, syslog-ng and others. Use of the vRealize Log Insight ingestion API and agent are also supported.

Cloud Native Collector

The Cloud Native Collector is a Docker container that can be installed on any cloud VM. It provides log aggregation and configuration management, and can be configured to forward logs to vRealize Log Insight Cloud. You can use a Cloud Native Collector for an AWS or Azure VM instance with a higher bandwidth (greater than 100 MBps).

You can install a Cloud Native Collector on an AWS EC2 instance, an Azure VM, or a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) VM instance.

For more information, see Deploying a Cloud Native Collector for vRealize Log Insight Cloud.