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Likelihood to Recommend

Logstash

Perfect for projects where Elasticsearch makes sense: if you decide to employ ES in a project, then you will almost inevitably use LogStash, and you should anyways. Such projects would include: 1. Data Science (reading, recording or measure web-based Analytics, Metrics) 2. Web Scraping (which was one of our earlier projects involving LogStash) 3. Syslog-ng Management: While I did point out that it can be a bit of an electric boo-ga-loo in finding an errant configuration item, it is still worth it to implement Syslog-ng management via LogStash: being able to fine-tune your log messages and then pipe them to other sources, depending on the data being read in, is incredibly powerful, and I would say is exemplar of what modern Computer Science looks like: Less Specialization in mathematics, and more specialization in storing and recording data (i.e. Less Engineering, and more Design).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Papertrail

It's really good to keep logs of your apps and is fairly easy to configure if you have your own web server. Default integration with Heroku is very useful if you are using Heroku. Probably less useful if using AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud. Would be good if there's any default integration with those major cloud providers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Logstash

  • Logstash design is definitely perfect for the use case of ELK. Logstash has "drivers" using which it can inject from virtually any source. This takes the headache from source to implement those "drivers" to store data to ES.
  • Logstash is fast, very fast. As per my observance, you don't need more than 1 or 2 servers for even big size projects.
  • Data in different shape, size, and formats? No worries, Logstash can handle it. It lets you write simple rules to programmatically take decisions real-time on data.
  • You can change your data on the fly! This is the CORE power of Logstash. The concept is similar to Kafka streams, the difference being the source and destination are application and ES respectively.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Papertrail

  • Helps us to check the application logs for debugging/production issues.
  • Alerts us to new application errors/exceptions, which helps us to fix issues at the earliest.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Logstash

  • Since it's a Java product, JVM tuning must be done for handling high-load.
  • The persistent queue feature is nice, but I feel like most companies would want to use Kafka as a general storage location for persistent messages for all consumers to use. Using some pipeline of "Kafka input -> filter plugins -> Kafka output" seems like a good solution for data enrichment without needing to maintain a custom Kafka consumer to accomplish a similar feature.
  • I would like to see more documentation around creating a distributed Logstash cluster because I imagine for high ingestion use cases, that would be necessary.
Jordan Moore | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Papertrail

  • We were not provided any "canned" searches to begin our evaluation with.
  • Other competing products have a set of "canned" searches to get you started quickly.
Scott McGee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Logstash

MongoDB and Azure SQL Database are just that: Databases, and they allow you to pipe data into a database, which means that alot of the log filtering becomes a simple exercise of querying information from a DBMS. However, LogStash was chosen for it's ease of integration into our choice of using ELK Elasticsearch is an obvious inclusion: Using Logstash with it's native DevOps stack its really rational
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Papertrail

We have used other services such as Coralogix before but love SolarWinds Papertrail for its ease of use and not-too-bloated features. This also makes our engineers and other staff use it more often.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Logstash

  • Positive: Learning curve was relatively easy for our team. We were up and running within a sprint.
  • Positive: Managing Logstash has generally been easy. We configure it, and usually, don't have to worry about misbehavior.
  • Negative: Updating/Rehydrating Logstash servers have been little challenging. We sometimes even loose data while Logstash is down. It requires more in-depth research and experiments to figure the fine-grained details.
  • Negative: This is now one more application/skill/server to manage. Like any other servers, it requires proper grooming or else you will get in trouble. This is also a single point of failure which can have the ability to make other servers useless if it is not running.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Papertrail

  • SolarWinds Papertrail has become my log service, for my personal app servers. I use the free plan and if one day I need more, there are many plan options that I'm sure will fill my needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Logstash

Pricing Details

Logstash

General

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

SolarWinds Papertrail

General

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

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