ELK Log Analysis vs. XpoLog Logs Manager – Analyzer-Monitoring System

We performed a comparison between ELK log analysis tool and XpoLog log management tool. 

As an open source, ELK is highly attractive, but working with ELK has pitfalls as well.

The table below reviews some major elements you should consider to help you decide what is the best solution for you. 

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Parameter

ELK Stack (Elastic-search, Logstash, Kibana)

XpoLog

Cost/TCO 

(Total Cost of Ownership)

  • Far from being Free
  • Paid support
  • Licensing fees for essential components that are usually built-in. 
  • No security
  • Not predictable  
  • High TCO due to complexity in integration and maintenance  
  • Enterprise-scale fully featured commercial product
  • Offers additional important features such as Analytical Search and Robust security
  • Costs much less than ELK 
  • More sustainable
  • More predictable in terms of its future plans
Hosted solution     No     Hybrid
On premise Yes (but with limited security features)     Yes
Cloud support     No     Yes. 

     Includes integration with all major cloud providers.

Data Collection and Parsing
  • Agent-based collection based on Logstash. 
  • Customer is responsible for sending the data to ELK server
  • Requires highly technical expertise. 
  • Parsing is based on scripts that are developed by the user
  • Requires installation on each node and manual configuration.
  • Upgrade of agents is very difficult. 
  • No UI for data collection.
  • Even a small-scale deployment may take days.
  • Ongoing maintenance and upgrades is extremely difficult.
  • Agent-less 
  • Based on SSH. 
  • Parsing is automatic.
  • Includes a comprehensive UI.
Out of the box applications No. 

Relies on a community to build it

     Yes.

     Linux, Windows, IIS, Apache, Tomcat, NGINX, Log4net, Log4J,                 WebSphere, and more

     Amazon AWS – S3, CloudFront, CloudTrail, Linux AMI, ELB, RDS, 

Health statusRequires an additional product license called like Marvel – that is relatively new     Built-in no additional costs
Full Text Search
  • Provided by Elasticsearch and based on Lucene. 
  • Uses proprietary query language. 
  • The search is very basic. 
  • Depending on the manual parsing of the data (see parsing challenges above), any search query may yield a lot of irrelevant results (no sorting by criticality/severity, etc.).
     Built-in. 

     In addition includes Analytical Search, analytical layers on top of the         search. 

     Meaning that the search results are more relevant, include criticality         scoring, etc.

Visualization

Based on Kibana. 

Visualization is time-based only (no visualization of criticality, etc.).

     Extremely rich visualization including analytical layers that show                 critical events throughout the timeline. 

     Users can easily create dashboards and reports, including charts,                 geomaps, and more.

Semantic analysis No     Yes. 

     XpoLog uses analytics technologies like machine learning analysis,                semantic profiling and anomaly detection on all the gathered logs to              establish a meaning and importance of the various log event messages. 

     That knowledge is then used to establish the criticality level of the                 events. 

     The critically analysis is used to pro-actively surface important events             that require the user’s attention.

Real-time data Depends highly on implementation     Yes
Transaction Analytics No     Yes
Extraction of value from the dataHeavily dependent on the user’s experience,                    knowledge and acquaintance with a monitored environment.

In any case the extraction of value takes time.

     Less dependent on the user’s experience and technical know-how. 

     The system proactively surfaces important events that require the user’s       attention.

Security Coming soon     Yes. 

     Enterprise-grade security features.

SummaryConsidering the cost of the paid components (e.g. Marvel and Shield) and the complexity in deployment and integration, the “open source” solution is definitely not free. 

By adding a little bit to the licensing cost, clients can get XpoLog, which is much more robust and includes important features that enable users to extract more value from the data quickly without relying on their expertise.

ELK Log Analysis vs. XpoLog Logs Manager – Summary

Main points to notice when considering using ELK for your log analysis Vs. XpoLog:

1. XpoLog provides a unique auto mining technology which profiles systems and app log data.

XpoLog tool is able to build automatic IT intelligence which helps to understand the source of the problem and subsequently correlate and compute trends on those problems and then create the search analysis queries for the user. This allows application, systems and security groups to automate their log mining process and time to value on unknown data.

2. Our customers do not need to be superbly technically proficient in the area of searches.

XpoLog brings automation and AI technology to empower the admin – dozens of apps with ready to use reports and dashboards, auto-detection of problems, errors, exceptions, trends and more, predefined filters, monitors, automated log parsing. XpoLog allows simple use of the analytical console to: investigate, discover, and isolate their problems which affect their IT. 

3. XpoLog is agentless – for *nix systems we utilize SSH and therefore is able to collect thousands of servers/apps logs without the need for agent installation. This feature is a major advantage for MSPs. 

4. The price of our solution is considerably lower than the cost of an Open Source Logs management solution eventually and especially for an enterprise solution.

This is a major advantage for customers who are initially put off by the high cost of Splunk or are looking to switch to a more advanced system with a better ROI/TCO.  

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  • Agent-less End to End Data Collection – View huge live logs non-intrusively.
  • Search, Filter, Read & View Logs – Google-like search intuitive machine data viewer.
  • Automated In-Depth Analytics – date, geo location, devices, pages & URLs, referrers, resources, servers, visitors, performance, and all types of errors filters.
  • Analysis Visualization Dashboards – Visualize all hidden business values, Gadgets, NOC Views.
  • Out of the box Apps – Operational intelligence across multiple logs and platforms – Windows, Linux, Syslog, .Net, IIS, Log4J, MySQL, Apache, Network, VMware, Docker and more.

XpoLog Logs Analyzer for for ELK features advanced analytics, reports and Root Cause Analysis on all for ELK / Elastic search / Logstash / Kibana types and sizes to discover hidden faults and values, improve your system’s up time, reduce your IT problems thus increase your revenues.