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Nikita Kutsepalov
Real User
System Analyst at S7
Apr 08 2019

What is most valuable?

We had many reasons to implement Elasticsearch for search term solutions. Elasticsearch products provide enterprise landscape support for different areas of the company.

How has it helped my organization?

We have some important IT systems which provide support for our business processes. Money is a big issue. If something happens to the IT systems, we lose some money. We… more»

What needs improvement?

Elasticsearch is useful for different business processes, but there are some problems. We discuss these problems with the vendor and with our in-house team. We see the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For the next project, we might buy the license, but we don't use it now. I don't know exactly what the license fee for Elasticsearch is currently.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I previously provided some activities with Splunk solutions. My colleague in another department also used Splunk.

What other advice do I have?

In general, we have many advantages from the features of Elasticsearch, but there are questions mostly about money, not about technical features, that are of concern. I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This is a difficult question because we had a specific reason for choosing Elasticsearch. Different solutions provide different benefits. We compare these and choose one… more»
Prabhanshu Pandit
Real User
Programmer at a tech services company
Feb 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Elasticsearch helps us to store the data in key value pairs and, based on that, we can produce visualisations in Kibana. It helps us to analyse the logs based on the location, user, and other log parameters.

What needs improvement?

It needs email notification, similar to what Logentries has. Because of the notification issue, we moved to Logentries, as it provides a simple way to receive notification whenever a server encounters an error or unexpected conditions… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Logentries. Because of open source we moved to ELK, considering it as part of a cost-cutting strategy and evaluation. But due to the lack of a notification feature, we again moved to Logentries.

What other advice do I have?

I give it a seven out of 10. They don't provide user authentication and authorisation (shield) as a part of their open source version. Nice to implement, they have nicely written documentation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Graylog, Fluentd.
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Randall Hinds
Real User
Program Manager - Enterprise Command Center at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Feb 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to aggregate log and machine data into a searchable index reduces time to identify and isolate issues for an application. Saves time in triage and incident… more»

How has it helped my organization?

ELK has helped my team leverage a powerful and efficient capability that is comparable to more costly solutions.

What needs improvement?

Enterprise scaling of what have been essentially separate, free open source software (FOSS) products has been a challenge, but the folks at Elastic have published new… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is a free, open source software (FOSS) tool, which means no cost on the front-end. There are no free lunches in this world though. Technical skill to implement and… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes, we had a previous solution but we did not switch. We use multiple log analysis engines. Where we have funds to support commercial, off-the-shelf tools (COTS), we have… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try it out. There is little to lose but time.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Splunk, Sumo Logic, and IBM’s Operation Analytics.
Consultant2345
Real User
Murex Consultant at a tech services company
Aug 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The special text processing features in this solution are very important for me. As a system, it is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

This is not a robust system, so in terms of resilience, they have to make some improvements. From time to time the system goes down and we have to start again, after adjusting some configuration parameters. Technical support can be… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody considering this solution is that it is an easy to use tool, but for work that is not complex. If on the other hand, the work is more complex, with more data and perhaps a clustering environment, then they may have to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution, but due to issues with stability, I'm now trying out PostgreSQL for comparison.
Shreya Singhal
Consultant
System Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

ELK provides * good end to end log monitoring * Logstash grok pattern * elasticserach indexing * easily configurable Kibana dashboards * feature rich and appealing Kibana UI, as its USP.

How has it helped my organization?

The product offers a powerful, cost effective solution for proprietary log management and is easy to understand and start with. This saves cost as well as enhances usability.

What needs improvement?

The open source version should ship basic security versions with it. Alerting is an important feature which is not available in the open source stack.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have not worked with another solution.

What other advice do I have?

The ELK open source stack is rich in features but lacks the essential security features. ELK is one of the best open source alternatives for log management. If alerting and security features can be… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, I evaluated GrayLog and Fluentd, but ELK was more feature rich.
Hristo Mohamed
Real User
DevOps/System Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The three major features which won us over to Elasticsearch were: * The well written documentation * The already available integrations with multiple other tools related to our needs (like Logstash, Kibana) * The easy with which scalability… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has notably improved the way we store and use logs, from having a more user-friendly, centralized solution (for those who just needed a quick glance, without being masters of sed and awk) to implementing various mechanisms for… more»

What needs improvement?

There are some areas in which Elasticsearch could improve: By honoring Unix environmental variables and not relying only on those provided by Java (e.g. installing plugins over the Unix http proxy). Performance improvement could come from… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We cannot disclose the previous solution, but we are much happier with Elasticsearch.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HBase and Cassadnra.
Bogdan Tsegelnik
Real User
Infrastructure Monitoring Engineer with 201-500 employees
Sep 20 2019

What do you think of ELK Elasticsearch?

What is our primary use case?

I use Elasticsearch with Logstash and Kibana.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the data store and the X-pack extension. The user interface is ok. The integration of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana is very good.

What needs improvement?

The pricing of this product needs to be more clear because I cannot understand it when I review the website.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about one year.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I rely on the community for technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is a little bit hard. I did not find it…
Vendor
EChannel IT Architect at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 23 2018

What do you think of ELK Elasticsearch?

How has it helped my organization?

Fast search Relevant results returned Autocomplete/fuzzy search

What is most valuable?

Search  To implement the main requirements regarding my support portal.

What needs improvement?

Machine learning on search.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues. It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues. It is easy to scale with the cluster node model.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would rate technical support with a nine out of 10. Support is very reactive and proactive.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did have a previous solution. It was a monster to install and configure.

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