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"Dynatrace is an extremely helpful APM solution in large, complex environments, whenever we need to have an integrated vision of our users, infrastructure, and applications.""Given the full-stack approach, you are able to view from the end user perspective, almost down to the bare metal.""Dynatrace is capable of following all user actions across all monitored infrastructure, even to systems not monitored, but interconnected.""The solution is multi-tenant and based in Big data technology.""Never seen anything so complex be so simple to install.""When collecting data with Dynatrace, we saw every single transaction that happened in real-time.""Dynatrace has an auto-baseline and uses AI to monitor the performance of each API. The response time is related to the baseline.""The most valuable features for us include problem detection, root cause identification, Smartscape, and integration with cloud infrastructure like AWS, Azure, GCP, etc."

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"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.""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.""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'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.""The search function for spam is like a google search. You just enter and it will quickly show you the results.""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.""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.""It can log more logs than other solutions. It's a good way to troubleshoot problems."

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"The functionality needs improvement.""In the new Dynatrace solution, support for legacy applications is still not there. ​""With Dynatrace in our environment, the managed server required root access to run. As a government agency with tight security, this has been an audit concern for us.""I would like to see the same features as in the New Relic Insights in the dashboard. That is the only thing I want to see improved in Dynatrace.""Most of the time, chat support is not good enough for answering queries.""As the product is evolving quickly and product features are added on a monthly basis, a more transparent roadmap would be more than welcome.""It needs a dashboard for cluster events in general, and for Kubernetes specifically.""I would like to have the ability to share live data with selected third parties so that they can see how their product is performing for our company."

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"Splunk is not very user-friendly. It has a complex architecture in comparison to other solutions on the market.""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.""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.""It does not give us permission to implement on-premise so we implement them 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.""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.""The security can be improved."

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"Pricing can be high, especially for Portuguese standards. But as one says, you get what you pay for.""Setup cost is very low considering that it is an almost totally, automatic process.""Licensing is very interesting, as you pay only for what is being monitored. A lot of things are given away for no additional cost. If you have a great IT consolidation, it will be pretty cheap. If you have a lot of servers, it will be heavier.""I have not been able to observe more than 1% overhead, despite Dynatrace saying that it can be slightly higher in some situations.""Our annual costs were about the same for both AppDynamics and Dynatrace.""It's more expensive than other solutions, but worth it. We use full APM monitoring on our primary systems, but only resource monitoring on lesser systems. We shift licenses around our environment when a deeper dive into lesser systems is required.""It's understandable to do a smaller scale initial evaluation. However, as you identify the product value, don't hesitant in your scope and scale to maximize the initial investment and your opportunity to do a bulk investment of the product.""The solution has saved us money through the consolidation of tools. With a hybrid landscape, we had multiple tools. When we consolidated, we removed four or five other monitoring tools with one. For the last ROI calculation that I did, Dynatrace was saving us up to $500,000 per year."

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"I am not personally involved with the pricing of the solution.""I think the price could be improved.""It's a little bit expensive for a small to medium enterprise.""Splunk's cost is very high. They need to review the pricing. They have to go back and totally readdress the market.""Splunk should be able to integrate with other product using the free version.""The pricing and licensing of the product are quite high.""Splunk is really expensive.""I think that most of the monitoring solutions are expensive."

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author avatarBernd Harzog
Real User

The two things are entirely different.

Splunk is primarily a log collection, analysis, and visualization solution. It can collect metrics now as well. Its purpose is after the fact forensics (what happened) as a part of a problem resolution process. That problem can span the entire gamut from security, to infrastructure operations to application operations. The primary competitors to Splunk are Elastic and Sumologic.

Dynatrace is an Application Performance Management solution designed to automatically measure the performance of an application (or a micro-service), discover the topology and dependencies that the application relies upon, and determine if a problem is in the code or in the software and hardware infrastructure that supports the application. The key to Dynatrace's ability to do this is its real-time topology and dependency mapping engine called SmartScape. There is no similar capability in Splunk. The principal competitors to Dynatrace are AppDynamics, New Relic, and Instana.

Rather than viewing these things as competitors, many companies use them together. In fact, Dynatrace has integration with Splunk, and Splunk has a Splunk App for Dynatrace up in Splunkbase. The most common use case for using them together is that Dynatrace finds the problem, determines if it is the code or not and if not determines where in the software and hardware infrastructure the problem resides. Splunk is then used to drill down into the part of the identified infrastructure to determine the exact nature of the problem (for example a security breach).

author avatarMorne' O'Kennedy
Real User

As far as I know, Splunk is used as a syslog system only and DynaTrace is an application monitoring system. So you will use Splunk to collect events/logs from servers and devices and you will use DynaTrace to monitor applications and send alerts to end users, provide dashboards etc.

author avatarHansChen
Reseller

Dynatrace is for APM / ITOM solution. Dynatrace trace can inspect the .net, Java, PHP Program. Splunk is for Log management and SIEM which Dynatrace does not focus on.
They are two different function products.

author avatarGregor Oesch (Julius Baer)
Vendor

We use Dynatrace for deep dive transaction tracking to find performance issues of applications. We use Splunk various log analysis tasks mainly in the area of security.

author avatarStacy Ness
User

It really depends on the use case. Dynatrace can actually enrich the data collected by Splunk and Dynatrace has an out of the box connection to Splunk. If the goal is application performance and end-user analytics then Dynatrace is the better solution. If the goal is security and threat analytics then Splunk is the right solution.

author avatarinformat792312 (Information Technology Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)
Consultant

Splunk and Dynatrace are two different solutions. Most organizations use both of them. Splunk can aggregate logs from Dynatrace. It also depends on what is the purpose of the usage. If you intend to measure end to end application performance and the application logs are instrumenting the metrics, then Splunk alone can do the job. It also allows you to correlate other events like firewall, network and other dependent applications/services.

author avatarDawid Van Der Merwe
Reseller

Dynatrace and Splunk are two different solutions that provide insight from different perspectives. Dynatrace is installed on servers/applications to provide APM and Splunk is more a log and data analytics solution that processes logs (traps/syslog/Windows Events/Firewall Logs/etc.).

Dynatrace provides application performance management (APM), artificial intelligence for operations (AIOps), cloud infrastructure monitoring, and digital experience management (DEM), with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. The company's services include performance management software for programs running on-premises and in the cloud. This software manages the availability and performance of software applications and the impact on user experience in the form of deep transaction tracing, synthetic monitoring, real user monitoring, and network monitoring.

Splunk (the product) captures, indexes, and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards, and visualizations.
Splunk makes machine data accessible across an organization by identifying data patterns, providing metrics, diagnosing problems, and providing intelligence for business operations. Splunk is a horizontal technology used for application management, security and compliance, as well as business and web analytics.

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The key is to have a holistic view over the complete infrastructure, the ones you have listed are great for APM if you need to monitor applications end to end. I have tested them all and have not… more »
Top Answer: Dynatrace and Splunk are two different solutions that provide insight from different perspectives. Dynatrace is installed on servers/applications to provide APM and Splunk is more a log and data… more »
Top Answer: It has created total transparency between technology and business on all aspects of systems and performance as well as being a proxy for network performance through user experience monitoring. This… more »
Top Answer: Focused on log collection and analysis. IT Operations - Predict and prevent problems with log (trap/syslog/Windows Events/ AD logs/etc.) monitoring experience Security - Assists with threat… more »
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Dynatrace has redefined how you monitor today’s digital ecosystems. AI-powered, full stack and completely automated, it’s the only solution that provides answers, not just data, based on deep insight into every user, every transaction, across every application. More than 8,000 customers use Dynatrace to optimize customer experiences, innovate faster and modernize IT operations with absolute confidence.

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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Find out what your peers are saying about Dynatrace, AppDynamics, BMC and others in Application Performance Management (APM). Updated: January 2021.
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Dynatrace is ranked 1st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 53 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 33 reviews. Dynatrace is rated 9.0, while Splunk is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dynatrace writes "AI identifies all the components of a response-time issue or failure, hugely benefiting our triage efforts". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Good support with an intuitive dashboard but the cost is too high". Dynatrace is most compared with Datadog, AppDynamics, New Relic APM, Azure Monitor and SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor, whereas Splunk is most compared with Datadog, IBM QRadar, Graylog, ELK Kibana and Zabbix.

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