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Sematext Vs. Splunk Tools Comparison
Splunk Cloud vs. Sematext Cloud
|Splunk Cloud||Sematext Cloud|
|Maximum Daily Indexing Volume||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Overage||You can exceed your daily volume limit up to 4 times within a 30 day window. After that, you can continue logging all your data but search will be disabled.||You can go over the specified daily log volume as much as you want. Sematext Cloud features the The "max daily volume limit" setting is that is configurable and let’s you control how much over the specified daily volume you are allowed to go. See Logs FAQ. Searching is never disabled.|
|Universal Data Collection/ Indexing||Yes||Yes|
|Data Collection Add-Ons||Yes||Yes. A wide range of data sources is supported via Sematext monitoring agents, Logagent, and open source tools like Logstash, Beats, Telegraf, … having an open interface via Elasticsearch API and InfluxDB API.|
|Monitoring and Alerting||Yes||Yes. Heartbeat, threshold and anomaly detection alerts for logs and metrics.|
|Dashboards and Reports||Yes||Yes|
|Search and Analysis||Yes||Yes|
|Event Annotation||Yes||Yes. Event API and manual Events can be correlated with any data.|
|Automatic Data Enrichment||Yes||Yes. Depending on the log shipper (Logstash, Beats, Logagent, …).|
|Tables, Data Models and Pivot||Yes||Yes. Visual schema editor. Visualization options.|
|3rd Party and Open-source Integrations||Yes. Splunkbase Apps||Yes. Sematext Apps and integrations for notifications, monitoring, and logging. Integrations via Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Sematext API.|
|Performance Acceleration||Yes||Yes. Not required :) Sematext Cloud is blazing fast.|
|Access Control||Granular and Customizable||RBAC. Owner, Admin, User. Customizable ACL for Apps. Invitation and sharing model.|
|Single Sign-On/LDAP||Yes||Single Sign-On via Github, Google, Facebook in Sematext Cloud. LDAP/AD for Sematext Enterprise (On-Premises) only.|
|Developer API||Yes||Full access to all APIs for all plans (Free, Standard, Pro)|
|Dynamic Data||Yes||Retention times are configurable for each App. From 7 days to 1 year, or any custom retention time in a custom enterprise plan.|
|Transaction Tracing||Via Add-Ons||Yes, built-in|
|Real User Monitoring||Via Add-Ons||Yes, built-in|
|Inventory Monitoring||Via Add-Ons||Yes, built-in|
|Support||Standard or Premium||24/7 for all customers. Online chat. Email response within 1 business day.|
Splunk vs. Sematext Enterprise
|Splunk Free||Splunk Light||Splunk Enterprise||Sematext Enterprise|
|Maximum Daily Indexing Volume||500MB||20GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Universal Data Collection/ Indexing||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Data Collection Add-Ons||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes. A wide range of data sources is supported via Sematext monitoring agents, Logagent, and open source tools like Logstash, Beats, Telegraf, … having an open interface via Elasticsearch API and InfluxDB API.|
|Monitoring and Alerting||No||Yes||Yes||Yes. Heartbeat, threshold and anomaly detection alerts for logs and metrics.|
|Dashboards and Reports||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Search and Analysis||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Event Annotation||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes. Event API and manual Events can be correlated with any data.|
|Automatic Data Enrichment||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes. Depending on the log shipper (Logstash, Beats, Logagent, …).|
|Tables, Data Models and Pivot||Yes||No||Yes||Yes. Visual schema editor. Visualization options.|
|3rd Party and Open-source Integrations||Yes. Splunkbase Apps||App for AWS (only)||Yes||Sematext Apps and integrations for notifications, monitoring, and logging.|
|Performance Acceleration||No||No||Yes||Yes. Not required :) Sematext Cloud is blazing fast for all plans.|
|Access Control||No||User and Admin only||Granular and Customizable||RBAC. Owner, Admin, User. Customizable ACL for Apps. Invitation and sharing model.|
|Developer Environment||No||No||Yes||Yes. Full Access to all APIs|
|Dynamic Data||No||No||No||Yes. Unlimited. Retention times are configurable for each App. From 7 days to 1 year, or any custom retention time.|
|Transaction Tracing||No||No||Via Add-Ons||Yes, built-in|
|Real User Monitoring||No||No||Via Add-Ons||Yes, built-in|
|Inventory Monitoring||-||-||Via Add-Ons||Yes, built-in|
|Support||Community||Base||Standard or Premium||24/7 for all customers. Online chat. Email response within 1 business day.|
Application, Infrastructure and Log Monitoring in One
Unlike Splunk, which offers no free plan, Sematext’s Basic Plan allows for up to 5 hosts for application and infrastructure monitoring and up to 500 MB/day for log monitoring, absolutely free of charge.
Free for 14 days. No credit card required.
Why try Sematext over Splunk
Monitor Performance, Not Spending
Sematext is free to start and affordable as you grow. We offer a flexible pricing model for Cloud customers no matter the size of your business. Sematext also provides more affordable licensing than Splunk for On-Premises customers, thus allowing you to increase visibility not costs. Annual licenses of Sematext Enterprise for APM begin at $5,000/year, which is a fraction of the equivalent Splunk annual license for the same infrastructure size. Thanks to volume discounting, pricing for larger Sematext licenses also compare very competitively with Splunk.
Customize your Plan
Only looking for a log monitoring solution and already have APM covered? No problem. Sematext allows for licensing of individual functionality in the Cloud and On Premises. Splunk, on the other hand, packages log monitoring together with APM as part of the DPM platform, which is only available with annual or perpetual licenses. Additionally, Sematext offers fully customized pricing – pay only for what you want to monitor.
A Splunk Alternative that’s Easy as Pie
It can take as little as a few minutes to set up your log shippers and to start to get value from your data. With Sematext Cloud/Enterprise you can use any log shipping format or shipper you want (syslog, Logstash, Fluentd, Flume, nxlog, Filebeat), inspect your logs via the Sematext UI or Elasticsearch API, use the built-in Kibana or your own existing Kibana/Grafana instance for visualizations.
Need more help? No problem. We offer an extensive onboarding process to help you setup your dashboard in as little as 3 minutes.
Secret Sauce? Monitoring and Logging, All-in-One
Unlike other solutions, who normally specializes in APM or Log Monitoring functionality, Sematext Enterprise/Cloud allows you to setup, monitor and analyze alerts, metrics and root cause log analysis all-in-one platform.