Best Log Analysis Software

Log analysis software helps to document application log files for records and analytics. This type of software provides tools to increase the collection of logs and to supply centralized databases to store the data. From there, log analysis tools provide analytics components to identify the cause and impact of events. Monitoring features also form a large component of log analysis. These features help detect, predict, and prevent future anomalies. Companies use this data to better understand performance failures, remediate them, and learn how to prevent them in the future. As a result, application performance and reliability is improved. Some application performance monitoring (APM) software software and container monitoring software software have log analytics features, but typically do not focus on log management specifically.

To qualify for inclusion in the Log Analysis category, a product must:

  • Document operations and authentication events
  • Store logs in a centralized location
  • Provide analytics features to identify causation and event prediction
  • Assist in mapping, tagging, and classifying logs

Log Analysis Software Grid® Overview

The best Log Analysis Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Splunk Enterprise
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders. High Performers include: Logz.io and Scalyr
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Datadog
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them.
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    Splunk is a software platform for machine data that enables customers to gain real-time Operational Intelligence.


    Built for engineers by engineers, Scalyr is the blazing fast log management platform for the DevOps front line. Unlike log management tools that were made for IT cost centers, only Scalyr is architected for revenue-generating software whose creators need to go fast, keep things simple, and empower their teams. Scalyr's rapidly-growing customer base includes OkCupid, Zalando, Grab, CareerBuilder, and Wistia.


    Logz.io provides a popular open-source log analysis platform - ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana), as a simple, secured and scalable service on the cloud. Logz.io also provides advanced enterprise-grade enhancements and features on top of the ELK stack, such as alerting, user control, archiving and pre-made Kibana visualizations tailored for specific log types. Extremely easy to set up, Logz.io allows you to ship as many logs as you like, securing the data and providing high-availability and accessibility.


    Datadog is the essential monitoring service for hybrid cloud environments. The platform assists organizations in improving agility, increasing efficiency and providing end-to-end visibility across dynamic or high-scale infrastructures. By collecting metrics and events from over 200 out of the box services and technologies, Datadog enables Dev and Ops teams to ensure application uptime and accelerate go-to-market efforts. Start monitoring with Datadog effortlessly in minutes. With 200+ turn-key integrations, Datadog seamlessly aggregates metrics and events across the full devops stack: - SaaS and Cloud providers - Automation tools - Monitoring and instrumentation - Source control and bug tracking - Databases and common server components - All listed integrations are supported by Datadog


    The easiest log management system you will ever use, LogDNA provides deep insights into your business’ production environment. With LogDNA, your team is free to focus on what’s important: building great products. We believe in a world with Zero Downtime and continue to build tools and applications that help developer operations and engineering teams achieve that goal. LogDNA enables engineering and devops teams to easily and quickly aggregate all system and application logs into one efficient platform.


    Cloud log management service delivering application intelligence. No Software. No Downloads. No Sweat


    Graylog is an open source, centralized log management alternative to Splunk. Graylog captures, stores, and enables real-time search and analysis against terabytes of machine data from any component in the IT infrastructure.


    SignalFx is a streaming operational intelligence platform for data-driven DevOps. The service discovers and collects streaming metrics across every component in the cloud, replacing traditional point tools and providing real-time visibility into today’s dynamic cloud and container environments. The massive scalability of the service is optimized for container, microservices, and function based architectures and provides powerful visualization, proactive alerting, and collaborative triage capabilities for organizations at any stages of their cloud transition. SignalFx is used by Fortune 500 enterprises across financial services, apparel, industrials, telecommunications, media, and by web-scale players like Yelp, Hubspot, Acquia, and Kayak. SignalFx was founded by Facebook, Google, and VMWare alumni and is venture-funded by Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures.


    Jaeger, inspired by Dapper and OpenZipkin, is a distributed tracing system released as open source by Uber Technologies. It can be used for monitoring microservice-based architectures.


    Netwrix Auditor is a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation i n hybrid IT environments that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid IT environments to protect data regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs. Netwrix Auditor includes applications for Active Directory, Azure AD, Exchange, Office 365, Windows file servers, EMC storage devices, NetApp filer appliances, SharePoint, Oracle Database, SQL Server, VMware and Windows Server. Empowered with a RESTful API and user activity video recording, the platform delivers visibility and control across all of your on-premises and cloud-based IT systems in a unified way.


    Azure Log Analytics is a visual and analytic tool for IT administrators to help them easily manage datacenter environments.


    Network flow analysis, monitoring, and bandwidth utilization made easy


    Papertrail delivers frustration-free log management for developers, systems engineers, and entrepreneurs.


    Apache BookKeeper is a scalable, fault-tolerant, and low-latency storage service optimized for real-time workloads.


    Apache Chainsaw is a java-based GUI software tool to view and analyze computer log files - specifically logs generated by the Log4j logging system.


    Apache Log4j 2 is an upgrade to Log4j that provides significant improvements over its predecessor, Log4j 1.x, and provides many of the improvements available in Logback while fixing some inherent problems in Logback architecture.


    Apache log4php is a versatile logging framework for PHP which comes with Configuration through XML, properties or PHP files, Various logging destinations , Several built-in log message formats and Nested (NDC) and Mapped (MDC) Diagnostic Contexts.


    Fluentd is an open source data collector, which lets you unify the data collection and consumption for a better use and understanding of data.


    Sysdig is an open source, system-level exploration that capture system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze.


    SysTools SQL Log Analyzer enables users to open and view SQL .ldf file transactions like insert, update, delete with both online and offline options.


    vRealize Log lnsight delivers heterogeneous and highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments.


    Wavefront is a metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments.


    Apache log4cxx is a logging framework for C++ patterned which uses Apache Portable Runtime for most platform-specific code and should be usable on any platform supported by APR.


    The Apache log4net library is a tool to help the programmer output log statements to a variety of output targets.


    AppDash simplifies the process of coordinating your job search. It is an aggregator, letting you easily store jobs from any other site.


    Spring Cloud Sleuth implements a distributed tracing solution for Spring Cloud, borrowing heavily from Dapper, Zipkin and HTrace.


    elmah.io is a cloud based error logger and management tool for .NET web applications. Based on the de-facto standard error component ELMAH, logging errors from your webserver requires nothing more than installing a NuGet package. We support both ELMAH as well as popular .NET logging frameworks like log4net, NLog and Serilog. When installed, all exceptions on your webservers will automatically be synced to elmah.io’s powerful infrastructure based on Elasticsearch and Windows Azure. Everything from full-text to time-based searches fly at supersonic speed. We integrate with Slack, HipChat, GitHub and more to help integrate error management into your workflow.


    Log Management and Analytics Built for the Cloud.


    Logsene alerting integrates with ChatOps services and WebHooks by Converting any query to an Alert,


    LogSentinel provides an advanced secure audit trail application leveraging multiple layers of sophisticated encryption to ensure data integrity with no compromise.


    Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI-powered log analysis platform that helps IT and DevOps teams predict and troubleshoot problems before they affect production. Loom predicts problems, provides their root cause and crowd-sources expert knowledge to recommend resolutions in real time. Loom is a Stevie® American Business Awards 2016 winner. Our platform mathematically models the analytical prowess of the human mind and infuses it with computational speed, accuracy and tirelessness. Our technology ingests every type of machine data, including unstructured data such as log files, learns its unique behavior over time, automatically detects anomalies and trends and recommends actions. Built for low-touch operational simplicity and usability, our solution empowers IT, DevOps, System Admins, NOC teams and Security specialists by transforming reactive users into proactive power-users. Our approach leads not only to lightning-fast identification and resolution of IT issues, but also to their prediction, allowing for preemptive measures to be taken. The four founders of Loom Systems share more than 50 combined years of experience generating actionable insights from Big Data. With deep technological and methodological background in elite technology intelligence units, as well as leadership positions at innovative companies in the private sector, they have spent their careers at the cutting edge of analytical process automation. After struggling daily with the tools currently in use in Big Data analysis, they've teamed up to create the definitive technological solution to the problem. Out of this effort grew Loom Systems - an end-to-end platform that mathematically models human analytical skills, and combines it with machines' calculation speed and diligence.


    An operational intelligence solution that leverages machine data to help IT identify insights hidden in system silos to resolve root cause of failures faster and improve operational performance with predictive analytics.


    Scrutinizer is the foundation for Plixer's network traffic analytics system. It stands out in the industry by offering the most scalable solution on the market, delivering the fastest reporting, and providing the richest data context available anywhere. Role-based access automatically presents the network and security teams with the data they need to support fast, efficient network and security incident response. Scrutinizer is available as both physical and virtual appliances, as well as through a software-as-a-service cloud-based offering.


    A premium Log Management and Analysis solution to uncover hidden values in IT Big Data and increase systems quality and availability with quick ROI. XpoLog making any log data easily accessible for search, visualization and monitoring. XpoLog saves critical time in the investigation of problems, analysis of IT security incidents, optimization of application performance across the application lifecycle, and identification of trends in IT operations. Creating speed and efficiency, XpoLog's technology automates the entire log management process - * Automated Data Collection and Parsing - dynamic parsing rules * Automated Problem Detection, Severity Tagging, Autotag Errors- Augmented analytic layers to the search engine * Statistical anomaly detection - Finding the unknown patterns * Out of the box Analytics Apps - Predefined dashboards and reports for system and infrastructure - get insights in a click. Extracting value from IT data made so simple with our unique patent technology. We are also officially cool (Gartner as a Cool Vendor in ITOA).


    Zipkin is a distributed tracing system. It helps gather timing data needed to troubleshoot latency problems in microservice architectures.


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