Datadog vs. Splunk

As of February 2019, Datadog is ranked 5th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 11 reviews vs Splunk which is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 68 reviews. The top reviewer of Datadog writes "They have a good ecosystem for their integrations". 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 New Relic APM, Splunk and Wavefront. Splunk is most compared with IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and Graylog.
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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.It has a nice UI.

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The initial setup is simple, not very complex. Initial deployment takes around 10 to 15 minutes to set up the entire base for Splunk including all three tiers.The search function for spam is like a google search. You just enter and it will quickly show you the results.It's very flexible. If you look from the cloud implementation it is there. Reports are made quickly. Unlike other tools, it caters to all kinds of technical information on the front very easily. There's no need to put in any technical information. You can pull on the reports very easily, take action, and notify stakeholders.It's extremely scalable. It's a very robust solution and certainly has the capability of handling far bigger data requirements than a lot of the other tools. Generally what ends up happening with me is that my clients tend, for the most part, to be mid-tier organizations where the cost of that solutions would be accompanying requirements for people just becomes way too prohibitive. Especially considering the model that they use for costing, which is based on the volume of data. Of course, they're going to put everything including the Coke machine as the ability to collect data off of it, because of course the more they can put through the tool the more money they make.It is quite extensible. It is a platform that we can build our use instead of each case instead of each case being limited or restricted to each capability. This is probably the best feature.In the past we used the different application to collect logs. We used SurfWatch and VMware to do so. But, we found that the Splunk has more capacity to do more in less time. They provide a aster speed to index all the events , and this is a huge asset.The dashboards are the most valuable feature. We like the ability to drill in and see what queries are under the dashboard, build new visualizations, edit the querying, and see the reports.We were able to create a catalog of dashboards and have a holistic view at all levels. We could understand our business much better. Real-time errors, which were buried in emails before now, surfaced up on dashboards.

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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.The product could be faster.

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Splunk does not build apps. They only go back and validate the apps that somebody has already built. They should have remote consulting support. They have a wonderful solution. They have 24/7 security. Nobody needs to depend on any third party and will therefore just buy Splunk on the cloud.Spam has different plugins but by default, the logs are not organized, it shows that there are roll-ups that are out of the box. I saw many plugins that can help improve or extend Splunk's functionality but I haven't tried any of them.It does not give us permission to implement on-premise so we implement them on the cloud.The tool itself is very difficult to configure. It's great for its number of inputs, for the different types of systems devices, and things that it could collect information from. To actually make good use of it, you need a fairly dedicated team of people that have some reasonably good programming or modeling skills to be able to do the things that you need to do with it. Whereas a lot of the other tools are better packaged for that, and so require a lot less training and a lot less dedication.I would like to see future development in terms of ML (Machine Learning).I think the tech support response time could be a bit better. Sometimes I need to wait more than 24 hours for a response to my tickets.Splunk is not very user-friendly. It has a complex architecture in comparison to other solutions on the market.We do have to educate developers on how to not blow it up. It is a little to easy to write an expensive query and overly stress the system. This could be improved.

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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.​Pricing seems reasonable. It depends on the size of your organization, the size of your infrastructure, and what portion of your overall business costs go toward infrastructure.

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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.The pricing seems good relative to the other vendors that we have had here. However, they need to find ways to be more flexible with the licensing and be able to deal with situations where we start generating more logs. Maybe having some controls in the Splunk interface to turn it off, so we don't have to change anything in our application.We have had a reduction in the time it takes to resolve issues and correlate what has failed.It would be nice if the pricing were cheaper. However, we did purchase it.

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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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Sample Customers
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 Provider29%
Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Retailer14%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Retailer13%
Insurance Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider12%
Healthcare Company10%
Manufacturing Company7%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise7%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise64%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise65%
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