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Executive Summary
Updated on May 25, 2022

We performed a comparison between Elastic Security 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: All Elastic Security users agree that its setup is a straightforward and easy process. While many Splunk users say the initial setup is straightforward, several users disagree and say it is complex.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability. Elastic Security reviewers report that it is fast and flexible but needs better AI capabilities. Splunk users are happy with its performance, flexibility, log management, and ease of use, but mention that it is difficult to configure.
  • Pricing: Elastic Security users feel that it is fairly priced. In contrast, Splunk users feel that the price of the product is high.
  • ROI: Elastic Security users do not mention ROI. Splunk users report an impressive ROI.
  • Service and Support: Elastic Security users give mixed reviews for the level of support they receive. Most Splunk users report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Splunk comes out on top in this comparison. It is easier to use and has better support than Elastic Security. Splunk users also report a significant ROI. Elastic Security does come out on top in the pricing and ease of deployment categories, however.

To learn more, read our detailed Elastic Security vs. Splunk Report (Updated: October 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What are the advantages of ELK over Splunk?
Answer: First of all, we need to understand what those two softwares are; Splunk is a finished SIEM that is mainly used to analyze data, such as logs, net flows, etc. Splunk comes in different flavors, below I will include a link of all the products they have. https://www.splunk.com/en_us/software.html Some of them can be even downloaded or you can try them in the cloud, below I will give you a link of Splunk enterprise, in the link you can see that you can download it, as a trial. https://www.splunk.com/en_us/software/splunk-enterprise/features.html ELK can be used for the requirements that you included, such as log analysis, the difference is that you will have to write the normalizers (this is a configuration file based on regex that reads the raw log and devices the log in small pieces), you will have to write the configuration file of the different widgets in the dashboard, alerts will have to be also written, etc. Elastic.co has already made an app that works as a SIEM, from all the products I think this will be the one that will make the most sense, as a log storage/analyzer, below is the link and you can try it as a cloud deployment. https://www.elastic.co/products/siem Also, this is a more complete list of all the features that are included in the enterprise version, here you can check them out and decide if this is something that will work for you. https://www.elastic.co/subscriptions Those two softwares are very good, but it will be better if you give them a try by yourself and try to compare them to see which one is the best for your network environment.
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Pros
"The querying and the log-retention capabilities are pretty powerful. Those provide some of the biggest value-add for us.""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.""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.""One of the biggest features of the UI is that you see the actual code of what you're doing in the graphical user interface, in a little window on the side. Whatever you're doing, you see the code, what's happening. And you can really quickly switch between using the GUI and using the code. That's really useful.""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 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 user interface is really modern. As an end-user, there are a lot of possibilities to tailor the platform to your needs, and that can be done without needing much support from Devo. It's really flexible and modular. The UI is very clean.""It's very, very versatile."

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"The indexes allow you to get your results quickly. The filtering and log passing is the advantage of Logstash.""Elastic has a lot of beats, such as Winlogbeat and Filebeat. Beats are the agents that have to be installed on the terminals to send the data. When we install beats or Elastic agents on every terminal, they don't overload the terminals. In other SIEM solutions such as Splunk or QRadar, when beats or agents are installed on endpoints, they are very heavy for the terminals. They consume a lot of power of the terminals, whereas Elastic agents hardly consume any power and don't overload the terminals.""ELK is open-source, and it will give you the framework you need to build everything from scratch.""The solution is quite stable. The performance has been good.""It's not very complicated to install Elastic.""It is very quick to react. I can set it to check anomalies or suspicious behavior every 30 seconds. It is very fast.""The most valuable features of the solution are the prevention methods and the incident alerts.""I like the indexing of the logs."

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"Easy to deploy and simple to use.""The additional vendors we've brought on board, particularly the elastic, have been quite beneficial.""The SIEM is the most valuable feature of the product.""The ability to ingest different log types from many different products in our environment is most valuable.""It has quite extensive support in terms of integration. If you want to do anything, there are tools for that.""It's better than IBM, in my opinion, because it's an independent entity.""We have found all the features useful. However, the dashboarding and logging have been very helpful. Additionally, the log analysis does a great job.""What is nice about the solution is that it makes it easy to build the queries, search for the events and then do analysis."

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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.""I would like to have the ability to create more complex dashboards.""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.""There are some issues from an availability and functionality standpoint, meaning the tool is somewhat slow. There were some slow response periods over the past six to nine months, though it has yet to impact us terribly as we are a relatively small shop. We've noticed it, however, so Devo could improve the responsiveness.""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.""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.""One major area for improvement for Devo... is to provide more capabilities around pre-built monitoring. They're working on integrations with different types of systems, but that integration needs to go beyond just onboarding to the platform. It needs to include applications, out-of-the-box, that immediately help people to start monitoring their systems. Such applications would include dashboards and alerts, and then people could customize them for their own needs so that they aren't starting from a blank slate.""From our experience, the Devo agent needs some work. They built it on top of OS Query's open-source framework. It seems like it wasn't tuned properly to handle a large volume of Windows event logs. In our experience, there would definitely be some room for improvement. A lot of SIEMs on the market have their own agent infrastructure. I think Devo's working towards that, but I think that it needs some improvement as far as keeping up with high-volume environments."

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"The problem with ELK is it's difficult to administer. When you have a problem, it can be very, very difficult to rebuild indexes.""The Integration module could be improved. It is a pain to build integration with any product. We have to do parking and so on. It's not like other commercial solutions that use profile integration. I would also see more detection features on the SIEM side.""There isn't really a very good user experience. You need a lot of training.""The price of this product could be improved, especially the additional costs. I would also like to see better-quality graphics.""It is difficult to anticipate and understand the space utilization, so more clarity there would be great.""Its documentation should be a bit better. I have to spend at least a couple of hours to find the solution for a simple thing. When we buy Elastic, training is not included for free with Elastic. We have to pay extra for the training. They should include training in the price.""We're using the open-source edition, for now, I think maybe they can allow their OLED plugin to be open source, as at the moment it is commercialised.""Better integration with third-party APMs would be really good."

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"An area of improvement would be the licensing of the solution. They need a free license, which would allow faster lead times.""The solution could improve by giving more email details.""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.""It would be nice if they had a wizard to construct searches, including more complex searches that include math or statistics.""It needs integration with a configuration management solution.""In the next releases, I would like to see more pricing flexibility.""Its user interface for everything other than the charts can be improved. Some parts of it can be simplified a bit, such as when importing documents that have the network traffic. When you're going through the information about the network traffic, you have to have the expertise, but even if a program is supposed to be for IT support, it is good to make it user-friendly because it gets easier to train people. When something goes wrong, the more difficult a program is in terms of UI, the harder it is to fix the issue.""Queries are not always as easy or straightforward as they might be, so it can be difficult to figure out what you need to look for."

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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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  • "It is easy to deploy, easy to use, and you get everything you need to become operational with it, and have nothing further to pay unless you want the OLED plugin."
  • "Compared to other products such as Dynatrace, this is one of the cheaper options."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "Its price is fine. Its licensing works on a yearly basis. We have to renew the license every year. I also have a good experience with Darktrace. When we buy Darktrace, we get training free of cost, which is not there in Elastic. We have to pay extra for training. There is certainly room for improvement."
  • "I find it better than Splunk in terms of cost-effectiveness. For cost-effectiveness, I would rate it a nine out of 10."
  • "Affordable but with additional costs"
  • "When compared to other products, the price is average or on the low side."
  • "The standard license's features are very similar to the free version, so if you don't need to use Elastic Security as an emergency service, you could go for the free version."
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  • "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."
  • "The pricing model is based on the number of gigabytes that you ingest into the Splunk system. So it can be an expensive solution."
  • "My customers have found the price of the solution to be high."
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    Answers from the Community
    Vivek Vijayan
    reviewer1182204 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1182204 (Director of Marketing, US)
    Vendor

    Generally Elastic is very strong in datasearch, and Splunk has a strong security solution. However Elastic has partnered with SIEM provider empow and together this integration provides a very strong platform both in datasearch and next generation SIEM.

    Here's a thorough article on ELK vs. Splunk and here's a description from Elastic on what's included in the different versions.

    Alex Boz - PeerSpot reviewerAlex Boz (Logrhythm)
    Vendor

    Splunk: hard to use, expensive with predatory pricing, few OOTB rules, SOAR is a premium, good luck training analyst on their platform in under six months. SPLUNK SEARCH.

    ELK Stack: easy to use, open-source, no predatory pricing, more robust use cases OOTB, loved and used by millions all over the globe, open ecosystem that can integrate with almost any major IT stack out of the box. LUCENE.

    Norman Freitag - PeerSpot reviewerNorman Freitag
    Real User

    We use ELK or other freeware stacks in isolated small scenarios.

    Think of a small or medium company with a „midsized“ webshop. You can easily do your Log management with an ELK-Stack, let's say size 5 up to 10 GB, no Problem. Please keep in mind to order Hardware. The best thing on ELK is that you can start immediately you don't have to wait for licensing and it's easy to build the first small things.

    Another Example:
    Your Marketing Dep. wants to do some singular evaluations and very specialized marketing stuff. It is temporary and they don't have the budget for licensing. The results are not for permanent use. Just use ELK.

    In my opinion, ELK is only cost-effective if you don't need to buy their professional service. You must leave the cases small.

    If you are looking for bigger scenarios or you want to build-up a SIEM, SOC or even doing elevated things like SOAR it is a very different kind of thing.
    There can be account issues that a developer usually won't mind at the first glance but a Controller will.
    You have to look at the Total Cost of Ownership, Scalability, Time to Market, Secureness of future development, maintenance e.g.

    If you want to build up a complex scenario with the secureness of scalability you should go with SPLUNK. If tomorrow there is a better tool with lower costs and less need for input of manpower I will refer to this.

    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:With Datadog, we have near-live visibility across our entire platform. We have seen APM metrics impacted several times… more »
    Top Answer:The stability of the solution is good.
    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
    Elastic SIEM, ELK Logstash
    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.

    Unify SIEM, endpoint security, and cloud security
    Elastic Security modernizes security operations — enabling analytics across years of data, automating key processes, and bringing native endpoint security to every host.
    Elastic Security equips teams to prevent, detect, and respond to threats at cloud speed and scale — securing business operations with a unified, open platform.

    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
    Texas A&M, U.S. Air Force, NuScale Power, Martin's Point Health Care
    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
    Computer Software Company50%
    Insurance Company10%
    Recreational Facilities/Services Company10%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm36%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government9%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise58%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Elastic Security vs. Splunk
    October 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Elastic Security vs. Splunk and other solutions. Updated: October 2022.
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    Elastic Security is ranked 8th in Log Management with 18 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Log Management with 61 reviews. Elastic Security is rated 7.4, while Splunk is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Elastic Security writes "It is quite comprehensive and you're able to do a lot of tasks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Very versatile for many use cases". Elastic Security is most compared with Wazuh, Graylog, Datadog, Microsoft Sentinel and Fortinet FortiSIEM, whereas Splunk is most compared with Microsoft Sentinel, Wazuh, Azure Monitor, Dynatrace and AppDynamics. See our Elastic Security vs. Splunk report.

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