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Executive Summary
Updated on Jun 9, 2022

We performed a comparison between Datadog and Splunk based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions give mixed reviews on their setup. Some say their initial setup is straightforward, but others disagree and say it is complex.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability. Datadog reviewers like its alerting system, interface, and integration options. Several users mention that they would like better traceability. Splunk users praise its log collection and management features and say it is user-friendly, fast, and robust, but note that its configuration has a bit of a learning curve.
  • Pricing: Most reviewers of both solutions feel that they are expensive products.
  • ROI: Users of both solutions report an ROI.
  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Splunk has a slight edge in this comparison due to its impressive logging capabilities.

To learn more, read our detailed Datadog vs. Splunk Report (Updated: October 2022).
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is definitely the ability that Devo has to ingest data. From the previous SIEM that I came from and helped my company administer, it really was the type of system where data was parsed on ingest. This meant that if you didn't build the parser efficiently or correctly, sometimes that would bring the system to its knees. You'd have a backlog of processing the logs as it was ingesting them.""The thing that Devo does better than other solutions is to give me the ability to write queries that look at multiple data sources and run fast. Most SIEMs don't do that. And I can do that by creating entity-based queries. Let's say I have a table which has Okta, a table which has G Suite, a table which has endpoint telemetry, and I have a table which has DNS telemetry. I can write a query that says, 'Join all these things together on IP, and where the IP matches in all these tables, return to me that subset of data, within these time windows.' I can break it down that way.""Devo provides a multi-tenant, cloud-native architecture. This is critical for managed service provider environments or multinational organizations who may have subsidiaries globally. It gives organizations a way to consolidate their data in a single accessible location, yet keep the data separate. This allows for global views and/or isolated views restricted by access controls by company or business unit.""It's very, very versatile.""The strength of Devo is not only in that it is pretty intuitive, but it gives you the flexibility and creativity to merge feeds. The prime examples would be using the synthesis or union tables that give you phenomenal capabilities... The ability to use a synthesis or union table to combine all those feeds and make heads or tails of what's going on, and link it to go down a thread, is functionality that I hadn't seen before.""The ability to have high performance, high-speed search capability is incredibly important for us. When it comes to doing security analysis, you don't want to be doing is sitting around waiting to get data back while an attacker is sitting on a network, actively attacking it. You need to be able to answer questions quickly. If I see an indicator of attack, I need to be able to rapidly pivot and find data, then analyze it and find more data to answer more questions. You need to be able to do that quickly. If I'm sitting around just waiting to get my first response, then it ends up moving too slow to keep up with the attacker. Devo's speed and performance allows us to query in real-time and keep up with what is actually happening on the network, then respond effectively to events.""The most powerful feature is the way the data is stored and extracted. The data is always stored in its original format and you can normalize the data after it has been stored.""The most useful feature for us, because of some of the issues we had previously, was the simplicity of log integrations. It's much easier with this platform to integrate log sources that might not have standard logging and things like that."

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"Having a wealth of information has helped us investigate outages, and having historical data helps us tune our system.""The visibility into our network has allowed for quick diagnosis of failures, identification of underutilized or over-utilized resources, and allowed for cloud cost optimization opportunities.""The seamless integration between Datadog and hundreds of apps makes onboarding new products and teams a breeze.""The solution has offered increased visibility via logging APM, metrics, RUM, etc.""Because of our client focus, it is easy for us to sell. This is because it is easy to use and easy to set up.""It is easy to navigate the menu and create tests.""The solution is useful for monitoring logs.""The ability to send notifications based on metadata from the monitor is helpful."

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"You can use it to gather syslog messages from anything.""It's better than IBM, in my opinion, because it's an independent entity.""The integration is seamless with many devices and operating systems.""Splunk can extract all kinds of data. There's no limitation on what kind of structured and unstructured data one needs to extract — it can access any kind of data, including machine-generated data.""Its compatibility with other SIEMS is very useful.""I have found the installation can be of medium difficulty to very complex depending on the use case.""With good domain knowledge, one can build almost anything. If you throw in Alert Manager or an integration with ServiceNow. Then, you have your own SIEM""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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Cons
"There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. I would go as far as to say the product is deficient in its ability to parse multiple, different log types, including logs from major vendors that are supported by competitors. Additionally, the time that it takes to turn around a supported parser for customers and common log source types, which are generally accepted standards in the industry, is not acceptable. This has impacted customer onboarding and customer relationships for us on multiple fronts.""The biggest area with room for improvement in Devo is the Security Operations module that just isn't there yet. That goes back to building out how they're going to do content and larger correlation and aggregation of data across multiple things, as well as natively ingesting CTI to create rule sets.""Some third-parties don't have specific API connectors built, so we had to work with Devo to get the logs and parse the data using custom parsers, rather than an out-of-the-box solution.""There's room for improvement within the GUI. There is also some room for improvement within the native parsers they support. But I can say that about pretty much any solution in this space.""The Activeboards feature is not as mature regarding the look and feel. Its functionality is mature, but the look and feel is not there. For example, if you have some data sets and are trying to get some graphics, you cannot change anything. There's just one format for the graphics. You cannot change the size of the font, the font itself, etc.""Some of the documentation could be improved a little bit. A lot of times it doesn't go as deep into some of the critical issues you might run into. They've been really good to shore us up with support, but some of the documentation could be a little bit better.""Some basic reporting mechanisms have room for improvement. Customers can do analysis by building Activeboards, Devo’s name for interactive dashboards. This capability is quite nice, but it is not a reporting engine. Devo does provide mechanisms to allow third-party tools to query data via their API, which is great. However, a lot of folks like or want a reporting engine, per se, and Devo simply doesn't have that. This may or may not be by design.""An admin who is trying to audit user activity usually cannot go beyond a day in the UI. I would like to have access to pages and pages of that data, going back as far as the storage we have, so I could look at every command or search or deletion or anything that a user has run. As an admin, that would really help. Going back just a day in the UI is not going to help, and that means I have to find a different way to do that."

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"Datadog could be improved if it could detect other software in a container or server.""This service could be less costly.""The FinOps needs improvement.""Its pricing model can be improved. Its settings should be improved for a better understanding of billing. They should also provide some alerts when there is an increase in the usage. For example, if there is 20% more increase from one week to another, the customer should get an alert.""The documentation leaves a lot to be desired for new users.""Datadog could make their use cases more visible either through their docs or tutorial videos.""We have recently had a number of issues with stability and delays on logging, monitoring, metric evaluation, and alerts.""We need a lot of modules since we collect all data logs from all operating systems."

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"The solution could improve by increasing the performance. We have run into problems when large amounts of data are processed.""Deployment is not difficult but the lock sources and configurations can take time.""The configuration had a bit of a learning curve.""Its setup is a little bit complex for a distributed environment. Their support can also be better. If we miss the response for more than a week, they usually close the case. Sometimes, it can take us more than a week to reply.""You do need a lot of training and certification with this product.""The solution could improve by making it more business analysis oriented. The way it is now is designed more for developers.""Being a SIEM solution with a centralized dashboard, we would like to have more options to customize it.""The algorithms customization of Splunk could improve. They have limited algorithms for machine learning support. If they can allow the user to add more machine learning algorithms, such as the ability to choose the algorithm that a user might want. Additionally, they should provide the required libraries for those algorithms, and then analyzes the data for use."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money."
  • "Devo is definitely cheaper than Splunk. There's no doubt about that. The value from Devo is good. It's definitely more valuable to me than QRadar or LogRhythm or any of the old, traditional SIEMs."
  • "[Devo was] in the ballpark with at least a couple of the other front-runners that we were looking at. Devo is a good value and, given the quality of the product, I would expect to pay more."
  • "Be cautious of metadata inclusion for log types in pricing, as there are some "gotchas" with that."
  • "Devo was very cost-competitive... Devo did come with that 400 days of hot data, and that was not the case with other products."
  • "Our licensing fees are billed annually and per terabyte."
  • "I like the pricing very much. They keep it simple. It is a single price based on data ingested, and they do it on an average. If you get a spike of data that flows in, they will not stick it to you or charge you for that. They are very fair about that."
  • "Pricing is based on the number of gigabytes of ingestion by volume, and it's on a 30-day average. If you go over one day, that's not a big deal as long as the average is what you expected it to be."
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  • "Pricing is somewhat affordable compared to other solutions but in order to really lower the costs of other products you need to plan very carefully your resources usage, otherwise, it can get expensive real quick."
  • "It is easy to run up a large bill, so become familiar with the cost of each piece of your bill and use the metrics they supply to estimate and monitor your bill."
  • "Pricing seemed easy until the bill came in and some things were not accounted for."
  • "The cost is high and this can be justified if the scale of the environment is big."
  • "My advice is to really keep an eye on your overage costs, as they can spiral really fast."
  • "If you do your homework, you'll find that if you're really concerned with cost, it's good."
  • "It has a module-based pricing model."
  • "I am not satisfied with its licensing. Its payment is based on the exported data, and there was an explosion of the data for three or four weeks. My customer was not alerted, and there was no way for them to see that there has been an explosion of data. They got a big invoice for one or two months. The pricing model of Datadog is based on the data. The customer was quite surprised about not being alerted about this explosion of data. They should provide some kind of alert when there is an increase in usage."
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  • "Our customers often complain that the price of Splunk is too high."
  • "Licensing is a yearly, one-time cost."
  • "The price is comparable."
  • "The pricing model is expensive and a nightmare based on the amount of data."
  • "The solution is a little expensive."
  • "It is economical than other solutions."
  • "Price-wise, if you compare QRadar to Splunk for SIEM functionality then they are in the same range but when you integrate SOAR with these solutions, Splunk takes the lead and is more competitive."
  • "Its pricing model can be improved."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Devo, like other vendors, doesn't charge extra for playbooks and automation. That way, you are only paying for the side… more »
    Top Answer:I need more empowerment in reporting. For example, when I'm using Qlik or Power BI in terms of reporting for the… more »
    Top Answer:There are many factors and we know little about your requirements (size of org, technology stack, management systems… more »
    Top Answer:With Datadog, we have near-live visibility across our entire platform. We have seen APM metrics impacted several times… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Datadog or Dynatrace network monitoring software was the… more »
    Top Answer:For tools I’d recommend:  -SIEM- LogRhythm -SOAR- Palo Alto XSOAR Doing commercial w/o both (or at least an XDR)… more »
    Top Answer:It would really depend on (1) which logs you need to ingest and (2) what are your use cases Splunk is easy for… more »
    Top Answer:Splunk handles a high amount of data very well. We use Splunk to capture information and as an aggregator for monitoring… more »
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    Also Known As
    Splunk Enterprise Security
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    Overview

    Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

    Datadog is a cloud monitoring solution that is designed to assist administrators, IT teams, and other members of an organization who are charged with keeping a close eye on their networks. Administrators can use Datadog to set real-time alerts and schedule automated report generation. They can deal with issues as they arise and keep up to date with the overall health of their network while still being able to focus on other tasks. Users can also track the historical performance of their networks and ensure that they operate at the highest possible level.

    Datadog Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying Datadog include:

    • Gain an integrated view of the services and programs that IT teams are employing across their networks. Users can view and monitor all of the disparate programs that they have running across their networks with this one solution. They can track these programs across the entirety of the data’s life cycle.
    • Analyze and utilize massive amounts of data in real time. Datadog’s dashboards gather data in real time. Administrators can utilize their network’s data the minute that it becomes relevant to them. Decisions can be made based on the most current information available.
    • Keep your cloud network secured against digital threats. Datadog enables users to create alerts that will notify the minute that threats arise. IT teams and administrators can rapidly address any issue that comes up and prevent any existing problem from growing worse.
    • Easily get it up and running. Users can set up Datadog, configure it, and employ API integrations to connect it to external solutions with ease.

    Datadog Features

    • Customizable and prefabricated monitoring dashboards. Administrators are supplied with two different types of dashboards that they can choose from when they are setting up Datadog. They can customize the dashboards to fit any specialized monitoring need. Additionally, users can choose to use prefabricated dashboards that come with the solution.
    • Disaster recovery feature. Datadog has a built-in feature that enables organizations to continue functioning if some disaster strikes their network. If the network suffers damage, Datadog can restore lost data and infrastructure. Should a digital threat do damage to the network, Datadog ensures that the damage is not irreparable.
    • Vulnerability scanning tool. Users can keep ahead of threats to their networks by employing Datadog’s vulnerability scanning feature. This tool scans the entirety of a user’s network and warns them if a vulnerability is detected. Users can then move to patch these holes in their security before the threat to their network can escalate.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Datadog is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. It can offer organizations many advantages. Two major advantages are the dashboards that users can create and the monitoring capability that it gives system administrators.

    A senior manager in charge of site reliability engineering at Extra Space Storage writes, “The dashboards we created are core indicators of the health of our system, and it is one of the most reliable sources we have turned to, especially as we have seen APM metrics impacted several times lately. We can usually rely on logs to tell us what the apps are doing.”

    Housecall Pro’s senior director of DevOps writes, “We value the monitoring capability since it allows us to be pushed alerts, rather than having to observe graphs continually.

    Splunk is a tool that provides log management, security information, and event management solutions that help organizations easily make their machine data accessible, usable, and valuable for everybody. Splunk utilizes operational intelligence to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and to analyze all activities. 

    Splunk is ideal for data monitoring and searching, since it correlates and indexes large volumes of data into a searchable container. This enables users to create alerts, reports, and visualizations in real time. Splunk provides an in-depth, real-time view of the health and performance of all layers of your tech stack so you can optimize your system’s performance by proactively detecting errors and quickly fixing them.

    These days, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain a strong security posture. Cyber attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, and attackers have access to more entrance points. By implementing Splunk’s threat intelligence tools, you can modernize your security operations in any setting or framework, making your corporate growth more effective and flexible. The advanced visibility that Splunk provides, allows security teams to quickly detect and remove malicious threats in their environment. 

    Some of the benefits of using Splunk include:

    • Complete visibility into your environment: With Splunk, you can break down data silos and get actionable insights from data sent from multi-cloud and on-premises deployments.
       
    • Multi-environment troubleshooting: Detect and remedy problems fast with real-time, complete visibility and insight into the performance of your entire IT environment.

    • Advanced threat detection: Protect your organization from threats with Splunk’s advanced machine learning, security analytics, and threat intelligence tools that provide a sophisticated alert system to help shorten triage times and raise true positive rates.

    • Access to updated security information: Stay on top of new and emerging threats from automatic security content updates delivered directly from the Splunk Threat Research Team.

    • Multiple deployment options: Splunk has flexible deployment options. It can be deployed on the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid - depending on your organization’s needs.

    • Automated insights: Splunk’s AI-driven insights can help you predict problems by applying multiple conditions, thresholds, and complex rules. The solution’s built-in data science capabilities automatically reduce background noise and speed up error resolution times.

    • Multiple integration options: Splunk seamlessly integrates with many devices and operating systems, including:

      • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
      • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
      • Microsoft Azure
      • NewRelic

    Reviews from Real Users

    Splunk stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its flexible search query tools and its strong AI capabilities.

    A Solutions Consultant at a tech services company notes, “It provides a lot of analytics with the underlying AI engine, and it is a lot easier than other solutions. There are some products that do automated AI-based detection and drawing up charts, but for network monitoring and all of the monitoring aspects, it is quite a nice tool. It is very convenient for business users because they get more or less a lot of data readily available. If you're familiar with the Splunk query language, you can pretty much do whatever you want.”

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    Sample Customers
    United States Air Force, Rubrik, SentinelOne, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText, IGT, OneMain Financial, SurveyMonkey, FanDuel, H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, Manulife, Moneylion, Chime Bank, Magna International, American Express Global Business Travel
    Adobe, Samsung, facebook, HP Cloud Services, Electronic Arts, salesforce, Stanford University, CiTRIX, Chef, zendesk, Hearst Magazines, Spotify, mercardo libre, Slashdot, Ziff Davis, PBS, MLS, The Motley Fool, Politico, Barneby's
    Splunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
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    Computer Software Company50%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Retailer10%
    Insurance Company10%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government9%
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    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company16%
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    Insurance Company6%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
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    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government9%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Datadog vs. Splunk
    October 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Datadog vs. Splunk and other solutions. Updated: October 2022.
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    Datadog is ranked 2nd in Log Management with 101 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Log Management with 64 reviews. Datadog is rated 8.6, while Splunk is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Datadog writes "Provides insightful analytics and good visibility that assist with making architectural decisions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Very versatile for many use cases". Datadog is most compared with Dynatrace, New Relic APM, Azure Monitor, Amazon CloudWatch and Elastic Security, whereas Splunk is most compared with Microsoft Sentinel, Elastic Security, Wazuh, Dynatrace and AppDynamics. See our Datadog vs. Splunk report.

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