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Sematext Vs. Splunk Tools Comparison

Sematext Vs. Splunk

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.
Maximum Users Unlimited Unlimited
Universal Data Collection/ Indexing Yes Yes
Metrics Store 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, …).
Anomaly Detection Yes Yes
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.
High Availability Yes Yes
Disaster Recovery Yes Yes
Clustering Yes Yes
Distributed Search Yes Yes
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
Maximum Users 1 5 Unlimited Unlimited
Universal Data Collection/ Indexing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metrics Store 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, …).
Anomaly Detection Yes Yes Yes Yes
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.
High Availability No No Yes Yes
Disaster Recovery No No Yes Yes
Clustering No No Yes Yes
Distributed Search No No Yes Yes
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.
Single Sign-On/LDAP No No Yes Yes
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.

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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.

Please contact sales@sematext.com for pricing inquiries.


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.

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