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Sematext Vs. Splunk

Splunk Cloud vs. Sematext Cloud

Splunk CloudSematext Cloud
Maximum Daily Indexing VolumeUnlimitedUnlimited
OverageYou 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 UsersUnlimitedUnlimited
Universal Data Collection/ IndexingYesYes
Metrics StoreYesYes
Data Collection Add-OnsYesYes. 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 AlertingYesYes. Heartbeat, threshold and anomaly detection alerts for logs and metrics.
Dashboards and ReportsYesYes
Search and AnalysisYesYes
Event AnnotationYesYes. Event API and manual Events can be correlated with any data.
Automatic Data EnrichmentYesYes. Depending on the log shipper (Logstash, Beats, Logagent, …).
Anomaly DetectionYesYes
Tables, Data Models and PivotYesYes. Visual schema editor. Visualization options.
3rd Party and Open-source IntegrationsYes. Splunkbase AppsYes. Sematext Apps and integrations for notifications, monitoring, and logging. Integrations via Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Sematext API.
High AvailabilityYesYes
Disaster RecoveryYesYes
ClusteringYesYes
Distributed SearchYesYes
Performance AccelerationYesYes. Not required 🙂 Sematext Cloud is blazing fast.
Access ControlGranular and CustomizableRBAC. Owner, Admin, User. Customizable ACL for Apps. Invitation and sharing model.
Single Sign-On/LDAPYesSingle Sign-On via Github, Google, Facebook in Sematext Cloud. LDAP/AD for Sematext Enterprise (On-Premises) only.
Developer APIYesFull access to all APIs for all plans (Free, Standard, Pro)
Dynamic DataYesRetention times are configurable for each App. From 7 days to 1 year, or any custom retention time in a custom enterprise plan.
Transaction TracingVia Add-OnsYes, built-in
Real User MonitoringVia Add-OnsYes, built-in
Inventory MonitoringVia Add-OnsYes, built-in
SupportStandard or Premium24/7 for all customers. Online chat. Email response within 1 business day.

Splunk vs. Sematext Enterprise

Splunk FreeSplunk LightSplunk EnterpriseSematext Enterprise
Maximum Daily Indexing Volume500MB20GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Maximum Users15UnlimitedUnlimited
Universal Data Collection/ IndexingYesYesYesYes
Metrics StoreYesYesYesYes
Data Collection Add-OnsYesYesYesYes. 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 AlertingNoYesYesYes. Heartbeat, threshold and anomaly detection alerts for logs and metrics.
Dashboards and ReportsYesYesYesYes
Search and AnalysisYesYesYesYes
Event AnnotationYesYesYesYes. Event API and manual Events can be correlated with any data.
Automatic Data EnrichmentYesYesYesYes. Depending on the log shipper (Logstash, Beats, Logagent, …).
Anomaly DetectionYesYesYesYes
Tables, Data Models and PivotYesNoYesYes. Visual schema editor. Visualization options.
3rd Party and Open-source IntegrationsYes. Splunkbase AppsApp for AWS (only)YesSematext Apps and integrations for notifications, monitoring, and logging.
High AvailabilityNoNoYesYes
Disaster RecoveryNoNoYesYes
ClusteringNoNoYesYes
Distributed SearchNoNoYesYes
Performance AccelerationNoNoYesYes. Not required 🙂 Sematext Cloud is blazing fast for all plans.
Access ControlNoUser and Admin onlyGranular and CustomizableRBAC. Owner, Admin, User. Customizable ACL for Apps. Invitation and sharing model.
Single Sign-On/LDAPNoNoYesYes
Developer EnvironmentNoNoYesYes. Full Access to all APIs
Dynamic DataNoNoNoYes. Unlimited. Retention times are configurable for each App. From 7 days to 1 year, or any custom retention time.
Transaction TracingNoNoVia Add-OnsYes, built-in
Real User MonitoringNoNoVia Add-OnsYes, built-in
Inventory MonitoringVia Add-OnsYes, built-in
SupportCommunityBaseStandard or Premium24/7 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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