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"Being able to build and modify dashboards on the fly with Activeboards streamlines my analyst time because my analysts aren't doing it across spreadsheets or five different tools to try to build a timeline out themselves. They can just ingest it all, build a timeline out across all the logging, and all the different information sources in one dashboard. So, it's a huge time saver. It also has the accuracy of being able to look at all those data sources in one view. The log analysis, which would take 40 hours, we can probably get through it in about five to eight hours using Devo.""Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of the user interface. The UI has a graphically interface with the raw data in a table. The table can be as big as you want it, depending on your use case. You can easily get a report combining your data, along with calculations and graphical dashboards. You don't need a lot of training, because the UI is relatively very intuitive.""The ability to have high performance, high-speed search capability is incredibly important for us. When it comes to doing security analysis, you don't want to be doing is sitting around waiting to get data back while an attacker is sitting on a network, actively attacking it. You need to be able to answer questions quickly. If I see an indicator of attack, I need to be able to rapidly pivot and find data, then analyze it and find more data to answer more questions. You need to be able to do that quickly. If I'm sitting around just waiting to get my first response, then it ends up moving too slow to keep up with the attacker. Devo's speed and performance allows us to query in real-time and keep up with what is actually happening on the network, then respond effectively to events.""The real-time analytics of security-related data are super. There are a lot of data feeds going into it and it's very quick at pulling up and correlating the data and showing you what's going on in your infrastructure. It's fast. The way that their architecture and technology works, they've really focused on the speed of query results and making sure that we can do what we need to do quickly. Devo is pulling back information in a fast fashion, based on real-time events.""The user interface is really modern. As an end-user, there are a lot of possibilities to tailor the platform to your needs, and that can be done without needing much support from Devo. It's really flexible and modular. The UI is very clean.""One of the biggest features of the UI is that you see the actual code of what you're doing in the graphical user interface, in a little window on the side. Whatever you're doing, you see the code, what's happening. And you can really quickly switch between using the GUI and using the code. That's really useful."

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"It is the best open-source product for people working in SO, managing and analyzing logs.""The visualization is very good.""The feature that helps us to create a report for the login testing of Logstash is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""The most valuable feature is the ability to collect authentication information from service providers.""ELK Logstash is easy and fast, at least for the initial setup with the out of box uses.""It's simple and easy to use.""I use the stack every morning to check the errors and it's just so clear. I don't see any disadvantage to using Logstash.""The most valuable feature for me is Discover."

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"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.""The most valuable feature of Splunk is the log monitoring.""It helps us uncover bottlenecks in the network."

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"Their documentation could be better. They are growing quickly and need to have someone focused on tech writing to ensure that all the different updates, how to use them, and all the new features and functionality are properly documented.""There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make the machine data simpler.""There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. The breadth of overall log parsers that exists right now is an area that they could improve. Natively, there's more that could be done by Devo then what it can and can't understand from a parsing perspective.""Devo has a lot of cloud connectors, but they need to do a little bit of work there. They've got good integrations with the public cloud, but there are a lot of cloud SaaS systems that they still need to work with on integrations, such as Salesforce and other SaaS providers where we need to get access logs.""The Activeboards feature is not as mature regarding the look and feel. Its functionality is mature, but the look and feel is not there. For example, if you have some data sets and are trying to get some graphics, you cannot change anything. There's just one format for the graphics. You cannot change the size of the font, the font itself, etc."

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"If the documentation were improved and made more clear for beginners, or even professionals, then we would be more attracted to this solution.""There are connectors to gather logs for Windows PCs and Linux PCs, but if we have to get the logs from Syslog then we have to do it manually, and this should be automated.""The machine learning is not included in the free version. It is only included in the Platinum or Gold versions. It would be helpful if the machine learning features were available even on the free version of the solution. RSA and IBM are other solutions that also offer machine learning, which is interesting for us, but they cost money.""Anything that supports high availability or ease of deployment in a highly available environment would help to improve this solution.""In terms of what could be improved with Elastic, in some use cases, especially on the advanced level, they are not ready made, so you'll have to write some scripts.""This solution cannot do predictive maintenance, so we have to build our own modules for doing it.""One thing they could add is a quick step to enable users who don't have a solid background to build a dashboard and quickly search, without difficulty.""I would like the process of retrieving archived data and viewing it in Kibana to be simplified."

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"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.""Cybersecurity and infrastructure monitoring have room for improvement.""If possible, we would like to have not only a log monitoring system but a network monitoring feature in this solution as well.""The product was difficult to back up the first time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's a per gigabyte cost for ingestion of data. For every gigabyte that you ingest, it's whatever you negotiated your price for. Compared to other contracts that we've had for cloud providers, it's significantly less.""We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the same way as any other customer, e.g., we use the backroom.""We have seen ROI. We have seen cost savings in maintenance, upkeep, and support.""I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money."

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"We use the open-source version, so there is no charge for this solution.""We are using the free, open-source version of this solution.""Elastic Stack is an open-source tool. You don't have to pay anything for the components.""This is an open-source product, so there are no costs.""It is easy to deploy, easy to use, and you get everything you need to become operational with it, and have nothing further to pay unless you want the OLED plugin."

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"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.""I think that most of the log analytics solutions are expensive and I'm not sure if it's worth it.""Our customers often complain that the price of Splunk is too high."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of… more »
Top Answer: We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the… more »
Top Answer: There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make the… more »
Top Answer: I use the stack every morning to check the errors and it's just so clear. I don't see any disadvantage to using… more »
Top Answer: Elastic Stack is an open-source tool. You don't have to pay anything for the components.
Top Answer: Our system architect has noticed a slowdown of the solution, but I don't see a slowdown. One thing they could add is a… more »
Top Answer: Dynatrace and Splunk are two different solutions that provide insight from different perspectives. Dynatrace is… more »
Top Answer: Focused on log collection and analysis. IT Operations - Predict and prevent problems with log (trap/syslog/Windows… more »
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Overview

Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

Logstash is an open source, server-side data processing pipeline that ingests data from a multitude of sources simultaneously, transforms it, and then sends it to your favorite “stash.”

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
United States Air Force, Rubrik, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenTextSprint, Grab, Autopilot, Just Eat, Verizon Wireless, Green Man Gaming, Compare Group, Tango, Perceivant, QuizletSplunk 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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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
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Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider24%
Manufacturing Company6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Retailer9%
Insurance Company9%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government6%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise36%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise58%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about ELK Logstash vs. Splunk and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,719 professionals have used our research since 2012.

ELK Logstash is ranked 4th in Log Management with 11 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Log Management with 31 reviews. ELK Logstash is rated 8.0, while Splunk is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of ELK Logstash writes "It is quite comprehensive and you're able to do a lot of tasks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Good support with an intuitive dashboard but the cost is too high". ELK Logstash is most compared with Graylog, IBM QRadar, vRealize Log Insight, Fortinet FortiAnalyzer and syslog-ng, whereas Splunk is most compared with Datadog, Dynatrace, IBM QRadar, Graylog and Azure Monitor. See our ELK Logstash vs. Splunk report.

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