Compare Datadog vs. Splunk

Datadog is ranked 3rd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 10 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 31 reviews. Datadog is rated 8.0, while Splunk is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Datadog writes "They have a good ecosystem for their integrations". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Its AMIs make it easy to spin up a Splunk cluster or add a new node to it". Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, New Relic APM, Zabbix, Google Stackdriver and AppDynamics, whereas Splunk is most compared with Dynatrace, IBM QRadar, Graylog, ELK Kibana and Zabbix.
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This is definitely a good product and I would consider them one of the leaders within the application monitoring and cloud monitoring space.It has enhanced the performance of my team.It provides more cloud data. They tend to just get the way a service would be designed on the cloud.It has saved us a lot of trouble in implementation.The ease with which we can filter, use metrics, and give accounts to customers, then let the customer filter, set up metrics, and alerts. This has been a big win for us.The integration and configuration are incredibly simple. The SaaS offering is remarkably easy to set up, especially if you're coming from a Graphite environment or anything that uses a StatsD.The ingestion points are unlimited and support customization. We haven't had anything yet that we haven't been able to integrate with it.If we have a large load for users using our basic Datadog, it will immediately fire off an alert notifying us either something's wrong or not.

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With good domain knowledge, one can build almost anything. If you throw in Alert Manager or an integration with ServiceNow. Then, you have your own SIEMOur clients are easily able to modify and evolve their implementations.The initial setup is really straightforward. It's one of the easiest installations.It helps us uncover bottlenecks in the network.it can explain to management about what kind of traffic is visiting the network. It can also explain other traffic coming in and out, along with protecting against malware.The most valuable feature of Splunk is the log monitoring.It can log more logs than other solutions. It's a good way to troubleshoot problems.We can present to our management in real time the security of the batch management for the PCs, security regarding the network equipment. We're currently working in the Azure Cloud project, so we can send any logs from the cloud to Splunk. We can monitor them and we can present to the managers and customers. It's a very good solution for reporting. We use Splunk for reporting and monitoring of any solution in the company.

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Additional metrics should be included.The product could do better with its notifications.It does not have the best interface.Stability of the product has been a concern for us outside of the primary monitoring agents.It lacks consistency in the APIs.There are things about it that we would like to be fixed, such as it is taking averages of average. This results in data that we don't expect.We have asked technical support questions, and sometimes they don't get back to us right away. Or when they do, it is not the right answer.I would love to see support for front-end and mobile applications. Right now, it is mostly all back-end stuff. Being able to do some integration with our front-end products would be awesome.

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It needs a better way to export dynamic views without requiring a ton of code and user/pw.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.They should make data onboarding easier.The product was difficult to back up the first time.Splunk needs local technical support.If possible, we would like to have not only a log monitoring system but a network monitoring feature in this solution as well.Cybersecurity and infrastructure monitoring have room for improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing came up a bit compared to their competitors. It is not that the price has risen, but that the competitors have gone down. They keep adding more features that I would have expected to be baked in at a more nominal price. I have been increasingly dissatisfied with the pricing, but not enough to jump ship.It costs the same amount it would if we were hosting it ourselves, so we are incredibly happy with the cost.At my last company, we did see ROI, specifically around response time. We could get to mission critical things that were down and losing revenue on immediately. So, the product paid itself back.The pricing and licensing through AWS Marketplace has been good. It would be nice if it was cheaper, but their pricing is reasonable for what it is. Sometimes, for their newer features, they charge as if it's fully fleshed out, even though it is a newer feature and it may have less stuff than their other items.It has always scaled for us. Cost scales up too, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's reasonable for what they're providing.Pricing and licensing are reasonable for what they give you. You get the first five hosts free, which is fun to play around with. Then it's about four dollars a month per host, which is very affordable for what you get out of it. We have a lot of hosts that we put a lot of custom metrics into, and every host gives you an allowance for the number of custom metrics.

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Splunk is really expensive.Splunk should be able to integrate with other product using the free version.The pricing and licensing of the product are quite high.Splunk's cost is very high. They need to review the pricing. They have to go back and totally readdress the market.It's a little bit expensive for a small to medium enterprise.I think the price could be improved.I am not personally involved with the pricing of the solution.Some of the insights that we have obtained as a part of using Splunk have greatly helped us in increasing our revenue in terms of selling our products.

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Overview
Datadog is a monitoring service for IT, Dev and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.

Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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Adobe, Samsung, facebook, HP Cloud Services, Electronic Arts, salesforce, Stanford University, CiTRIX, Chef, zendesk, Hearst Magazines, Spotify, mercardo libre, Slashdot, Ziff Davis, PBS, MLS, The Motley Fool, Politico, Barneby'sSplunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider25%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Media Company13%
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Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company8%
Retailer6%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Energy/Utilities Company16%
Retailer11%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company7%
Government6%
Company Size
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Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise14%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise62%
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Large Enterprise72%
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