Quick! Name a log analysis service. If the first word that popped out of your mouth was “Splunk,” you’re far from alone.
But Splunk’s success has spurred many others to up their log-analysis game, whether open source or commercial. Here are six contenders that have a lot to offer sys admins and devops folks alike.
ELK/Logstash (open source)
Splunk faces heavy competition from the family of projects that use the ELK stack: Elasticsearch for search, Logstash for data collection, and Kibana for data visualization. All are open source.