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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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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 are customer service and technical support?

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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did have a previous solution. It was a monster to install and…
Selvam Krishnan
Real User
Technology Delivery Lead - Enterprise Monitoring at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 18 2018

What is most valuable?

ELK being an open source certainly provided a platform for our organization to get involved. X-Pack provides good features, like authorization and alerts. An X-Pack license is more affordable than Splunk.

How has it helped my organization?

All new applications have been onboarded and used by the application teams. The initial feedback has been positive, and its capabilities seem to be a descent fit for our needs.

What needs improvement?

Logstash has been a challenge and needs improvements in data ingestion reconciliation. The Kibana Cross Cluster feature is long awaited and I hope 6.0 will address it without issues.

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

ELK has been considered as an alternative to Splunk to reduce licensing costs.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

What is ELK Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch is a distributed, JSON-based search and analytics engine designed for horizontal scalability, maximum reliability, and easy management. Elasticsearch lets you perform and combine many types of searches — structured, unstructured, geo, metric — any way you want.
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