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Question: What is the biggest difference between Dynatrace and Splunk?
Answer: The two things are entirely different. Splunk is primarily a log collection, analysis, and visualization solution. It can collect metrics now as well. Its purpose is after the fact forensics (what happened) as a part of a problem resolution process. That problem can span the entire gamut from security, to infrastructure operations to application operations. The primary competitors to Splunk are Elastic and Sumologic. Dynatrace is an Application Performance Management solution designed to automatically measure the performance of an application (or a micro-service), discover the topology and dependencies that the application relies upon, and determine if a problem is in the code or in the software and hardware infrastructure that supports the application. The key to Dynatrace's ability to do this is its real-time topology and dependency mapping engine called SmartScape. There is no similar capability in Splunk. The principal competitors to Dynatrace are AppDynamics, New Relic, and Instana. Rather than viewing these things as competitors, many companies use them together. In fact, Dynatrace has integration with Splunk, and Splunk has a Splunk App for Dynatrace up in Splunkbase. The most common use case for using them together is that Dynatrace finds the problem, determines if it is the code or not and if not determines where in the software and hardware infrastructure the problem resides. Splunk is then used to drill down into the part of the identified infrastructure to determine the exact nature of the problem (for example a security breach).
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Application Performance Management (APM)
August 2022
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Pros
"The simplicity of the dashboard is very good.""The most valuable feature is the ability to receive in-depth information about applications. It can detect a lot of important information.""There are many valuable features in New Relic APM. We developed some software applications and we are able to monitor the errors very easily. Their log security retention is very good.""The VPN is one of the solution's most valuable features for us.""The most valuable feature is application monitoring.""The stability of New Relic APM is very good.""Working with the solution is very easy. It's user-friendly.""It does everything we wanted it to do."

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"The move valuable feature is the AI engine, which is amazing.""The most useful features are cloud monitoring, application monitoring, and alert notifications.""They have a feature that allows you to monitor the user, and we are able to create a VIP customer.""Dynatrace has reduced our total headcount in operations and the mean time to detect and resolve problems. As a result, those challenging offline times are much shorter, if not non-existent, because of this solution.""The deployment itself is very easy and straightforward.""The solution has a very good user interface.""Dynatrace helped us with root cause analysis of poor performing components of our applications.""The initial setup is easy."

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"The initial setup isn't overly complex.""The most valuable features of the solution are it is straightforward to use and the documentation is good for finding out how to get the data you are looking for.""One of the most valuable features is threat hunting. We can do threat hunting and identify if there is any malicious activity happening within our environment, which is a key feature for us.""The indexing and data collection are valuable.""Easy to deploy and simple to use.""The flexibility of the solution is quite good.""The solution has plenty of features that are good.""Good for log collection and log management."

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Cons
"New Relic APM can improve the information when we dig deeper to check a problem. There should be more detailed information provided.""There has been some problem with the agent, and it is just not working well. It is not able to record information with the application server. They have been able to fix the issue, but it took quite a long time. This is the main issue in the APM products and also in New Relic. The mobile application monitoring has been pretty difficult to set up and also quite expensive. It should be a little bit easier and cheaper. Because it is pretty difficult and expensive, many customers don't take it.""It is very difficult to award the service level cycles at an endpoint level.""It would be nice if there were pre-made dashboards.""New Relic APM could improve error debugging and the correlation with the logs. We are receiving some alerts or alarms but we need to correlate with the error log, but it is difficult if it is more than seven months retention period, it is hard to trace. We need this especially for getting historical information.""I haven't come across any features that are lacking.""The older view is much better than the new view that they have. We'd like to go back to that previous version. The user interface just isn't as nice as it used to be.""The solution is quite expensive."

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"I would love to see Dynatrace get more involved in the security realm. I get badgered by so many endpoint protection companies. It seems like a natural fit to me, that Dynatrace should be playing in that space.""I would like a testing module focused on quality gates.""The licensing part is complicated or not transparent. It is very difficult to assess the number of licenses for a prospect. You have to do a PoC, and calculating the number of licenses for two years or three years is sometimes very difficult. It also depends on each case. There are multiple types of licenses. Sometimes, you need only one of them, and sometimes, you need all of them. This is an area for improvement.""Support for cloud-based environments needs to be improved.""Pretty much every month there are new features. However, its information on those new features is scarce.""The solution could improve on integration, cloud services, and making the configuration less difficult.""For the user, for the customer, they expect a solution to be not so expensive.""Dashboards and monitoring capabilities can be improved for monitoring applications in Azure. In Azure, it would be cool to be able to monitor network consumption as well as flow communication."

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"The UI can be improved. Dashboards and reports can be better in terms of graphics.""We find that the maintenance process could be a lot better.""There are a lot of competitive products that are doing better than what Splunk is doing on the analytics side.""Splunk is more expensive than other solutions.""Technical support needs to be more responsive.""If you have to do your own stuff, such as customized charts, it is a little bit more work, but once you're familiar with the Splunk query language, you can pretty much do whatever you want. In terms of features, it should probably have the features that other competitors provide.""The solution has a high learning curve for users. It's a little complicated when you're trying to figure out all the features and what they do.""It could be more user friendly, in terms of the end-user experience."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price was one of the reasons we chose this solution."
  • "I think the pricing is reasonable."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive. You have to pay a lot for each user. There is an additional cost for extra features."
  • "This is an expensive tool."
  • "The price of New Relic APM could be less expensive. We are using the New Relic APM pro account and it is more costly. When compared to competitors the solution's pricing should be much more realistic."
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  • "Dynatrace has a place for everybody. How you use it and what your budgetary limitations are will dictate what you do with it. But it's within everybody's reach. If you're a small organization and you have a large infrastructure, you may not be able to monitor the whole thing. You may have to pick and choose what you want to monitor, and you have the ability to do so. Your available funds are going to dictate that."
  • "I think that the price is reasonable."
  • "We have a three-year contract. We have 30 licenses for the full stack and 3 licenses for the DEM unit."
  • "There is a license cost, which is obviously more expensive than an open-source solution, but for the return on investment from what you get from it, it's a great investment. Of course, it could always be cheaper."
  • "Financially Dynatrace was a lot more expensive than AppDynamics."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "The price range is quite high."
  • "Its price is quite high. Although it is worth it, it would be better if its price is reduced. They base their prices around licensing. Their prices are based on agent licensing and consumption licensing. Both of these can be a bit cheaper, but if they are the best in the market, as I consider them to be, I assume that their prices will be higher. They are delivering the product for that price."
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  • "I think that most of the monitoring solutions are expensive."
  • "I think that most of the log analytics solutions are expensive and I'm not sure if it's worth it."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Morne' O'Kennedy - PeerSpot reviewerMorne' O'Kennedy
    Real User

    As far as I know, Splunk is used as a syslog system only and DynaTrace is an application monitoring system. So you will use Splunk to collect events/logs from servers and devices and you will use DynaTrace to monitor applications and send alerts to end users, provide dashboards etc.

    HansChen  - PeerSpot reviewerHansChen
    Reseller

    Dynatrace is for APM / ITOM solution. Dynatrace trace can inspect the .net, Java, PHP Program. Splunk is for Log management and SIEM which Dynatrace does not focus on.
    They are two different function products.

    Gregor Oesch - PeerSpot reviewerGregor Oesch (Julius Baer)
    Vendor

    We use Dynatrace for deep dive transaction tracking to find performance issues of applications. We use Splunk various log analysis tasks mainly in the area of security.

    Stacy Ness - PeerSpot reviewerStacy Ness
    User

    It really depends on the use case. Dynatrace can actually enrich the data collected by Splunk and Dynatrace has an out of the box connection to Splunk. If the goal is application performance and end-user analytics then Dynatrace is the better solution. If the goal is security and threat analytics then Splunk is the right solution.

    informat792312 - PeerSpot reviewerinformat792312 (Information Technology Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)
    Consultant

    Splunk and Dynatrace are two different solutions. Most organizations use both of them. Splunk can aggregate logs from Dynatrace. It also depends on what is the purpose of the usage. If you intend to measure end to end application performance and the application logs are instrumenting the metrics, then Splunk alone can do the job. It also allows you to correlate other events like firewall, network and other dependent applications/services.

    Dawid Van Der Merwe - PeerSpot reviewerDawid Van Der Merwe (SUSE)
    Vendor

    Dynatrace and Splunk are two different solutions that provide insight from different perspectives. Dynatrace is installed on servers/applications to provide APM and Splunk is more a log and data analytics solution that processes logs (traps/syslog/Windows Events/Firewall Logs/etc.).

    Dynatrace provides application performance management (APM), artificial intelligence for operations (AIOps), cloud infrastructure monitoring, and digital experience management (DEM), with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. The company's services include performance management software for programs running on-premises and in the cloud. This software manages the availability and performance of software applications and the impact on user experience in the form of deep transaction tracing, synthetic monitoring, real user monitoring, and network monitoring.

    Splunk (the product) captures, indexes, and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards, and visualizations.
    Splunk makes machine data accessible across an organization by identifying data patterns, providing metrics, diagnosing problems, and providing intelligence for business operations. Splunk is a horizontal technology used for application management, security and compliance, as well as business and web analytics.

    Ref - from experience, their own websites and other related sites.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many factors and we know little about your requirements (size of org, technology stack, management systems… more »
    Top Answer:The monitoring so far has been good and we are happy with it.
    Top Answer:While we do pay for the solution on a monthly basis, I can't speak to the exact cost of the product. There might also be… more »
    Top Answer:The key is to have a holistic view over the complete infrastructure, the ones you have listed are great for APM if you… more »
    Top Answer:While the environment does matter in the selection of an APM tool, I prefer to use Dynatrace to manage the entire stack… 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 »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    New Relic Mobile
    Splunk Enterprise Security
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    Overview

    New Relic is a software analytics and application performance management solution that gives users in-depth data visibility and analytics. By going right to the source, the code, New Relic enables users to develop quicker software, build improved products,and consistently impress their customers. Data tells a story and New Relic interprets what it is telling you.

    Dynatrace is an AI-powered software intelligence monitoring platform that accelerates digital transformation and simplifies cloud complexities. Dynatrace is an entirely automated full-stack solution that provides data and answers about the performance of your applications and deep insight into every transaction throughout every application, including the end-user experience. By modernizing and automating enterprise cloud operations, users can deliver an optimal digital experience with higher quality software to customers faster.

    Dynatrace offers an all-in-one automated artificial intelligence solution that brings together application performance, cloud and infrastructure, and digital experience monitoring. Dynatrace accelerates performance-driven results through operations, development, and business teams with a shared metrics platform. In addition, users are provided a full-stack monitoring experience with three patented technologies:

    • Smartscape - visualization mechanism that maps the totality of everything working in your environment and detects any casual dependencies between your applications, processes, websites, services, hosts, cloud infrastructure, and networks.

    • OneAgent - a technology that analyzes, gathers ,and unifies all business performance metrics throughout every layer of your technology stack.

    • PurePath Technology - code-level context and timings are captured from the mainframe to the cloud for all end-to-end transactions.

    What does Dynatrace offer?

    Dynatrace redefines how organizations monitor their digital ecosystems. The solution offers:

    • Cloud Automation: With AI engine Davis®, users can see the exact reason for problems and facilitate quick auto-remediation and intelligent cloud orchestration.

    • Application Security: With automated application vulnerability management, users can deliver applications faster and more securely.

    • Infrastructure Monitoring: Convenient broad visibility across your environments is provided with streamlined, automated infrastructure monitoring.

    • Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM): Optimize your applications, provide better support, and improve user experience with a combination of Real User Monitoring (RUM), Session Replay, and synthetic monitoring throughout your environment.

    • Applications and Microservices: For complex cloud environments, Dynatrace can automatically provide visibility and root-cause answers. It can also monitor microservices.

    • Digital Business Analytics: Get AI-powered, real-time answers to analytical business queries with KPIs and metrics that are already flowing through applications.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Dynatrace is the only solution that provides answers to organizations based on deep insight into each user, transaction, and organization's environment.

    Barry P., a managing performance engineer at Medica Health Plans, writes, "With Dynatrace, we have synthetic checks and real-user monitoring of all of our websites, places where members and providers can interact with us over the web. We monitor the response times of those with Dynatrace, and it's all integrated into one place."

    A consultant at a tech service company notes, "A feature that's one of the highlights of Dynatrace is the AI. The second most valuable feature is OneAgent. Between infrastructures, applications, operating systems, you can deploy with just a single agent and can practically install and forget about it."

    Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

    Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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    Sample Customers
    Dow Jones, Microsoft, Nike, Groupon, NBC, Sony, Fox, Adobe, Best Buy, Walmart, and WebMD, Cirque du Soleil, FlightNetwork.com, France Télévisions SA, Hachette Book Group, Hy-Vee, Inc., Isolation Network, Inc., Lighthouse eDiscovery, Major League Soccer, NYC-DOT, New Zealand Media and Entertainment, Office Depot International in Europe, Royal Opera House, Adobe Systems Incorporated, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Citrix, Despegar.com, Eastern Bank Corporation, Fox Sports, Globosat, Hogg Robinson plc, iHeartMedia, Jive, Kent State University, Multiplus, NBCUniversal, Ocado, REI, Sensis, VenueNext, Yellow Pages Limited and Zenefits
    Audi, Best Buy, LinkedIn, CISCO, Intuit, KRONOS, Scottrade, Wells Fargo, ULTA Beauty, Lenovo, Swarovsk, Nike, Whirlpool, American Express
    Splunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Media Company11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Retailer5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Insurance Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Application Performance Management (APM)
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dynatrace, Datadog, AppDynamics and others in Application Performance Management (APM). Updated: August 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dynatrace is ranked 1st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 36 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 69 reviews. Dynatrace is rated 8.8, while Splunk is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dynatrace writes "Gives us very deep visibility into both user actions and systems interactions, including a view inside containers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Very versatile for many use cases". Dynatrace is most compared with Datadog, AppDynamics, Azure Monitor, Elastic Observability and SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor, whereas Splunk is most compared with Microsoft Sentinel, Elastic Security, IBM QRadar, Azure Monitor and Wazuh.

    We monitor all Application Performance Management (APM) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.