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Highlights

Datadog markets itself as an IT infrastructure management tool, while Splunk Enterprise is security information and event management software. Despite this, both pieces of software are designed to collect large amounts of data produced by business applications. This data can then be used for data visualization and analysis.

Datadog and Splunk Enterprise are both favored by mid-sized companies and large enterprises. Datadog is slightly more popular with mid-sized businesses while Splunk is more popular with larger enterprises. Mid-sized companies likely appreciate Datadog’s high level of customization while larger businesses enjoy Splunk’s robust logging features.

Features

Datadog and Splunk Enterprise both offer strong data capture and analysis features. Because they specialize in slightly different markets, however, they have a few standout features that set them apart.

Datadog offers a high level of customization for its users. It has a flexible API and custom dashboards that are easier to engage with compared to the competition. Datadog is also a lightweight piece of software that doesn’t place heavy demands on servers.

Splunk Enterprise provides robust logging capabilities. Users can create custom rules and search logs using the software’s query language. Splunk Enterprise also offers a variety of online training documents written both by the company and by its online community. Lastly, Splunk Enterprise can set up detailed custom alerts to inform users about any errors or anomalies in data.

Limitations

Though Datadog and Splunk Enterprise both provide good data capture feature functionality, they also have a few limitations that are important to consider.

Analytics reports in Datadog are customizable but limited. Some users use a separate BI tool to handle complex analysis of data collected by Datadog. Datadog also charges for logging based on the number of log events. For businesses that log a lot of data, this can get expensive quickly.

Splunk Enterprise logs data well but searching that data can be slow when there is a lot of it. Additionally, while it is possible to create custom dashboards using Splunk Enterprise, the process is clunky and difficult for new users. Lastly, Splunk Enterprise places a greater demand on servers compared to Datadog.

Pricing

Datadog features are purchased individually, allowing users to buy only the ones they need. Additionally, a free trial is available for most features. Datadog feature packages include infrastructure, log management, APM, networks, synthetics, and real user monitoring. Package prices start as low as $5.00 per month and reach up to $31.00 per month.

Splunk Enterprise also offers a free trial for their software. There is only one business package for Splunk Enterprise that includes all its features. The price for the business package is dependent on the business.

Feature Set Ratings

    Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

    Datadog

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    Splunk Enterprise

    90%
    Splunk Enterprise ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Centralized event and log data collection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    50 Ratings

    Correlation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    49 Ratings

    Event and log normalization/management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6
    96%
    98 Ratings

    Deployment flexibility

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    46 Ratings

    Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    46 Ratings

    Custom dashboards and workspaces

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    100 Ratings

    Host and network-based intrusion detection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    35 Ratings

    Data integration/API management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    Behavioral analytics and baselining

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    2 Ratings

    Rules-based and algorithmic detection thresholds

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    2 Ratings

    Response orchestration and automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Reporting and compliance management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    2 Ratings

    Incident indexing/searching

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Datadog is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
    • Splunk Enterprise is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Datadog

    90%
    19 Ratings
    9.3

    Splunk Enterprise

    93%
    67 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Datadog

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Splunk Enterprise

    100%
    17 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    Datadog

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Splunk Enterprise

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Availability

    Datadog

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Splunk Enterprise

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Datadog

    88%
    10 Ratings
    8.4

    Splunk Enterprise

    84%
    33 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Datadog

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Splunk Enterprise

    90%
    4 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Datadog

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Splunk Enterprise

    91%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Datadog

    Datadog is a no-brainer for any environment that relies on multiple servers. Even for one server, it's so much better to use for monitoring and alert capability than anything else I remember looking at before we started using Datadog. Teams can even use it to track their progress of investigating an alert so multiple people aren't unknowingly looking into the same exact issue unnecessarily.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    Pros: Splunk is very well suited if you have multiple log sources of related data. All of them can be correlated and tasks can be automated based on the requirement. Other than alerts, Splunk can also run a specific script of your choice, based on some defined conditions. Cons: If you have a few logs but a large number of log sources, Splunk can be very expensive.
    Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Datadog

    • APIs, the ability to interact with the data we pull into data dog is key. We port the information over to Servicenow, so the ability to pull everything into DataDog, then Servicenow, is a key component of our success here at Wayfair.
    • Simple Interface - clean, useful, effective. Allows users to use DataDog for one reason, get work done.
    • Lightweight agent on hosts
    Anthony Zappala | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    • Real-time + Scheduled alerts - i-e you can set up alerts which are actively monitoring your logs
    • Pretty good response time for search results. With our key/value logging, Splunk makes it blazing fast to query the data.
    • Dashboards provide insights into historical data
    • Love how Splunk indexes all of the data and provides keys to search on
    Pooja Gada | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Datadog

    • User interface could be improved in some areas, looking for host information and the agent install link takes a bit of time.
    • Configuration of the agent is generally done via a config file which is a pro and a con. It would be nice to have some UI to configure various agent options.
    • Billing isn't entirely straightforward, they could use more reports to figure out the source of your monthly costs.
    Kevin Van Heusen | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    • At times some queries can run slowly if indices are not on a portion of the query you use.
    • Setup time initially can be difficult if your logs aren't stored in common locations or in a common way to write the log.
    • Ability to ingest logs from different locations without having to change code to put logs in a certain place (pro and con).
    • Searches can be a bit more difficult to look through if your log isn't pulled in a manner that is easy to read through splunk.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Datadog

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    $0 Up to 5 hosts

    Datadog Editions & Modules

    On-premise Edition
    Infrastructure$15.001
    Log Management$1.272
    APM$31.003
    1. Per Host Per Month
    2. Per Million Log Events
    3. Per Host Per Month
    SaaS Edition
    Free$01
    Standard$15/host2
    EnterpriseCustom3
    1. Up to 5 hosts
    2. Up to 500 hosts
    3. 500+ hosts
    Additional Pricing Details

    Splunk Enterprise

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Splunk Enterprise Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Datadog

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Splunk Enterprise

    Splunk Enterprise 10.0
    Based on 17 answers
    We are using Splunk extensively in our projects and we have recently upgraded to Splunk version 6.0 which is quite efficient and giving expected results. We keep track of updates and new features Splunk introduces periodically and try to introduce those features in our day to day activities for improvement in our reporting system and other tasks.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Datadog

    Datadog 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    The user interface is quite intuitive with the exception of the network map. As a deployer of software, it is trivial to setup.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    Splunk Enterprise 9.0
    Based on 3 answers
    You can literally throw in a single word into Splunk and it will pull back all instances of that word across all of your logs for the time span you select (provided you have permission to see that data). We have several users who have taken a few of the free courses from Splunk that are able to pull data out of it everyday with little help at all.
    Kenneth Taitingfong | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Datadog

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Splunk Enterprise

    Splunk Enterprise 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    When properly setup and configured, Splunk is extremely reliable.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Datadog

    Datadog 8.8
    Based on 10 answers
    The support team usually gets it right. We did have a rather complicate issue setting up monitoring on a domain controller. However, they are usually responsive and helpful over chat. The downside would be I don’t think they have any phone support. If that is important to you this might not be a good fit.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    Splunk Enterprise 8.4
    Based on 33 answers
    Splunk maintains a well resourced support system that has been consistent since we purchased the product. They help out in a timely manner and provide expert level information as needed. We typically open cases online and communicate when possible via e-mail and are able to resolve most issues with that method.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Datadog

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Splunk Enterprise

    Splunk Enterprise 9.0
    Based on 4 answers
    Smooth without too many major issues.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Datadog

    We are still trying other products, but people still like Datadog. After setting up a dashboard, it's great for monitoring instances on Datadog. Also, the DevOps team had a good time setting up Datadog. It means Datadog was way easier to set up compared to those others.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    I wanted to learn a new language that I can quickly master and implement. Splunk is easy, fun to use and best of all, it can be developed in hours not days or weeks. Splunk is fundamentally a programming language that is minimal but yet powerful enough to collect, analyze and visualize data.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Datadog

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Splunk Enterprise

    Splunk Enterprise 9.1
    Based on 1 answer
    Splunk can scale in to the petabyte per day range which of course is awesome
    Rick Yetter | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Datadog

    • One of our critical production databases went down a couple of weeks back. Just because we had the Datadog monitoring enabled for that database, Datadog sent the alerts to PagerDuty and we were instantly notified via pager and email alert. We could act right away and bring up the database within a few mins.
    • Ability to create custom screenboards have allowed us to track the critical and warning alerts in front of our eyes all the time
    Rajeshh Raghavan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Splunk Enterprise

    • Overall very positive. It has provided visibility to what is going on within our network.
    • One drawback is the time it takes to get up to speed with the application, but this is up to the user, and Splunk education is excellent.
    • In my field, IT Security, there are few other friends to have in your back pocket better than Splunk. They are just that good.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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