ELK Logstash Overview

ELK Logstash is the #4 ranked solution in our list of Log Management Software. It is most often compared to Splunk: ELK Logstash vs Splunk

What is ELK Logstash?

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.”

ELK Logstash is also known as Elastic Stack, ELK Stack.

ELK Logstash Buyer's Guide

Download the ELK Logstash Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: June 2021

ELK Logstash Customers

Sprint, Grab, Autopilot, Just Eat, Verizon Wireless, Green Man Gaming, Compare Group, Tango, Perceivant, Quizlet

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Prabhanshu Pandit
Programmer at a tech services company
Real User
Stable, with good documentation, but needs better email notification

Pros and Cons

  • "ELK documentation is very good, so never needed to contact technical support."
  • "Email notification should be done the same way as Logentries does it."
  • "We set up a cron job to delete old logs so that we wouldn't hit a disk space issue. Such a feature should be available in the UI, where old logs can be deleted automatically. (Don’t know if this feature is already there)."
  • "They don't provide user authentication and authorisation features (Shield) as a part of their open-source version."

What other advice do I have?

I give it a seven out of 10. They don't provide user authentication and authorisation features (Shield) as a part of their open-source version.
DevOps Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Central log management helped increase developer productivity

Pros and Cons

    • "Authentication is not a default in Kibana. We need to have another tool to have authentication and authorization. These two should be part of Kibana."
    • "We had issues with scalability. Logstash was not scaling and aggregation was getting delayed. We moved to Fluentd making our stack from ELK to EFK."

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate it at eight out of 10. It is scalable (if used properly), durable, and performance tested. If you are good to spend money, Splunk is way better for log management. There might be other use cases where you may need ELK.