What is the use case for Azure application insights or log analytics?

I am using APIM and Azure Functions, and want to perofrm loggings for request, which one is best fit, application insights or log analytics?



In particular, any info on Azure application insights vs log analytics used for APIM?


What used to be known as Application Insights and Log Analytics independent offerings - are now a part of Azure Monitor. We're actively merging both platforms.

For instance, Analytics exploration part is exactly the same (same backend, same UX, same capabilities, just different data schema). Alerts are the same. Some experiences are still different (for instance, app experiences such as Application Map).

Example: in Azure Monitor Overview (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/azure-monitor/overview):

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"Log Analytics" is referred as a feature and not what used to be known as Log Analytics as a product. For instance, Application Insights resources provide the same "Log Analytics" feature.

For Azure Functions / APIM the native integration with Azure Monitor is through Application Insights.


Azure Functions offers built-in integration with Azure Application Insights to monitor functions.

So for azure function, you'd better use application insights, which is easy configure.

Details are here.

  • I know, what about APIM, which has App insight and Monitor – Pingpong Mar 12 at 1:12
  • any info on Azure application insights or log analytics used for APIM? – Pingpong Mar 12 at 1:12
  • Pls see my update – Pingpong Mar 12 at 1:13
  • @Pingpong, not find the vs info about the two, but in the apim doc, it uses application insights. – Ivan Yang Mar 12 at 1:37
  • Thx, I know that. I think it is on docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/azure/azure-monitor/overview. They are designed for different purpose based on that link. I.e., Insight vs Analysis, – Pingpong Mar 12 at 10:59

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