For Edge Compute platforms for one example ROBO, something VMware is publicly discussing widely we need the ability to collect and send logs back to the datacentre.. Normally in these environments compute and storage space is a minimum, so we need a forwarder that is very lightweight in its install. Maybe even deployable as a container.
The LI Forwarder would be good due to the compression it uses as we also need to consider that we have basic links, that maybe low speed and/or high latency.
Do we need a UI I would say no, as it could scripted/api driven, maybe config driven by tools such as Chef? Maybe long term we could have a datacentre UI that controls the config of multiple remote forwarders.
We should consider scale of number of forwarders sending logs could be in the 1000s