The new High-Speed Reliable Logging (HSRL) technology, developed by Balabit IT Security, revolutionizes the global logging market: it is capable of handling up to 1.000.000 log messages* per second
•    Balabit’s syslog-ng Premium Edition 4 F1 already contains the High-Speed Reliable Logging (HSRL) technology developments
•    The syslog-ng trusted logging solution became the de facto industry standard for logging within the last decade and is now used by 650 000 companies world-wide

New York, October 4, 2011 – Balabit IT Security – also known as the “syslog-ng company” – announced its High-Speed Reliable Logging (HSRL) technology and the latest version of syslog-ng, the first HSRL log server in the world. Balabit’s syslog-ng Premium Edition 4 F1 already contains the full HSRL technology developments. As the company is committed to support the open source community, the latest open source product version, syslog-ng Open Source Edition 3.3 also got most of the HSRL features. According to the test results, executed in test environment under the international measurement criteria, syslog-ng is capable of handling up to 1.000.000 log messages* per second, even running on entry level server hardware **- this is the highest logging tool performance ever measured and documented. This is further proof of Balabit preserving and further strengthening its technology leading position in the global logging market, which is one of the fastest growing segments of IT-security today.

The latest version of syslog-ng not only helps those financial, telecom, healthcare and government organizations which have to comply with legal and industry regulations, but also offers a viable solution to companies with specific requirements such as having extended networks, data centers, or cloud infrastructures, that provide services based upon their infrastructure. Until today collecting, storing, and analyzing logs have mostly been used to increase the level of IT-security and contributed to successful audits. In addition, the new HSRL technology extends the scope of logging: due to its increased performance, the IT system management department also can benefit from the more effective and predictable management capabilities – while saving costs by the lower hardware requirements. Altogether, HSRL can ensure companies’ business continuity in spite of decreasing IT budgets.

Supporting Quote
“In the next five years we expect to see a new trend: server hardware will disappear from the SMB sector and only for large enterprises will it be worth maintaining and managing their own IT infrastructure. The use of cloud solutions will widely spread. That means that logs, recording all the activities within the IT system, will arise in the cloud, therefore should be collected there. Enterprise solutions will be much more valuable for customers in the future, and those extreme performance requirements which are known only in a limited IT system all over the world today, will became standard” – said Zoltán Györkő, Business Development Director at Balabit IT Security. „We have been developing the open source syslog-ng trusted logging tool for more than 12 years. During this time it became the de facto industry standard for logging and used by 650 000 companies world-wide, such as Boeing, Credigen Bank, Data Path, Fiducia IT AG, NASA and Svenska Handelsbanken.”

Supporting Customer Quote about syslog-ng
“It does what it says on the tin” – said Robin Geddes, Senior Consultant at Accenture.

The future of logging tools
We reached the end of the heroic age of computing. Almost all technological and economical trends – starting from IT outsourcing through virtualization until mobilization – point to the direction that less and less servers will be maintained and managed by companies. Instead, they will use them as a service, provided by computing and storage capacity providers. The transformation of processes will result in the hardware, system management services, capital and risk to be outsourced. With HSRL, the logging technology with the highest performance ever, Balabit helps its customers to meet compliance regulations and also to be prepared for these new challenges.

The HSRL technology
The new logging technology of Balabit, the High Speed Reliable Logging is a next generation logging tool which can meet the needs of today and tomorrow: offers high performance, secure managing, easier system management and reliable operation (confidential, undamaged and accessible). Please see the InfoGraphic: What is HSRL good for?

Minimum standards of being a HSRL logging solution:

•    IPv6 support
•    64 bit multi-thread architecture
•    reliable, encrypted collection and storage
•    strictly serialized, time-stamped and digitally signed messages
•    zero-message-loss/disk buffer
•    more than 500.000 messages/second

Supporting materials
•    The Future of Logging (HSRL)
•    Logging, the Pillar of Compliance (Whitepaper)
•    ROI calculator: compare the TCO of syslog-ng Premium Edition and syslog-ng Open Source Edition
•    Picture: Among clouds Performance and Reliability is critical

**Entry level server hardware: 1 2xIntel® Xeon® Processor E5620 (12M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 5.86 GT/s Intel® QPI), 18 GB RAM, Western Digital RE3 WD2502ABYS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal, Hard Drives

About Balabit
Balabit IT Security is an innovative information security company, one of the global leaders in developing privileged activity monitoring, trusted logging and proxy-based gateway technologies to help customers be protected against insider and outsider threats and meet security and compliance regulations. As an active member of the open source community, we provide solutions to a uniquely wide range of both open source and proprietary platforms, even for the most complex and heterogeneous IT systems across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Balabit is also known as “the syslog-ng company”, based on the company’s flagship product, the open source log server application, which is used by more than 650 000 companies worldwide and became the globally acknowledged de-facto industry standard.

Balabit, the second fastest-growing IT Security company in the Central European region concerning Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list, has local offices in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and in the USA, and cooperates with partners worldwide. Our R&D and global support centers are located in Hungary, Europe. For more information visit

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