ELK Logstash Review

Central log management helped increase developer productivity


How has it helped my organization?

In my previous organization, I used this for central log management, increasing developer productivity.

What is most valuable?

Elasticsearch Indexing and the Visualize tools of Kibana.

What needs improvement?

Authentication is not a default in Kibana. We need to have another tool to have authentication and authorization. These two should be part of Kibana.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had issues with scalability. Logstash was not scaling and aggregation was getting delayed. We moved to Fluentd making our stack from ELK to EFK.

How is customer service and technical support?

We were using the open source version. Community support is good.

How was the initial setup?

Complex. We needed to analyze multiple factors, like benchmarking, performance of Logstash.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it at eight out of 10. It is scalable (if used properly), durable, and performance tested.

If you are good to spend money, Splunk is way better for log management. There might be other use cases where you may need ELK.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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