When comparing Logentries vs Cloudlytics, the Slant community recommends Logentries for most people. In the question“What are the best log aggregation & monitoring tools?” Logentries is ranked 1st while Cloudlytics is ranked 17th. The most important reason people chose Logentries is:
Alerts can be created based on tags or by setting criteria via the intuitive and powerful [search](https://logentries.com/doc/search/) capabilities of LogEntries. To not flood notifications it's possible to specify limitations for alerts, such as how many times an hour an event has to happen for it to trigger a notification. Notifications can be sent by email, mobile messaging or via [webhooks](https://logentries.com/doc/webhookalert/) (webhooks are sent server in real-time, so there's no need for polling for changes).
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Pro Real-time alerts
Alerts can be created based on tags or by setting criteria via the intuitive and powerful search capabilities of LogEntries. To not flood notifications it's possible to specify limitations for alerts, such as how many times an hour an event has to happen for it to trigger a notification. Notifications can be sent by email, mobile messaging or via webhooks (webhooks are sent server in real-time, so there's no need for polling for changes).
Pro Supports a diverse set of programming languages
Including Java, .Net, Ruby, PHP, node.js, Python.
Pro Free up to 5 GB
Logentries free product allows uploading up to 5 GB of logs a month and has a 7-day retention period. The free product is available after the 30-day trial ends.
Pro Works with multiple PaaS and IaaS
Logentries works with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Heroku, AppFog, Engine Yard and other platform as a service (PaaS) providers, along with Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and other infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers.
Pro Event and search updates can be viewed in real-time
In Live Tail mode events and searches update in real-time. Live Tail mode can be used in Aggregate View, that allows selecting a combination of logfiles to be viewed together, and with any log groups created. These events are supplemented with tags to allows getting an overview of current events quickly at a glance.
Pro Supports the most popular programming frameworks
Supports the most popular programming frameworks, including Ruby and node.js.
Pro Offers an easy way of visualizing data via graphs
LogEntries allows each logfile to have a separate dashboard of various graphs & widgets put together for visualizing data. A dashboard is put together by dragging & dropping graphs and widgets into place. Graphs and widgets include charts, tables, gauges, event counts among other forms of data visualization.
Pro Real-time tagging makes reading logs easier
Colored indicators can be set that highlight events in a log in real-time based on given criteria. Criteria are set via intuitive and powerful search capabilities of LogEntries.
Pro Easy to set up
Logentries can be set up quickly and with relative ease.
Pro Great search
LogEntries has human readable, intuitive and powerful search with support for logical expressions, comparison expressions, regular expressions and ability to search based on field, group based on approximations over time, use functions such as count, sum, average and unique as well as save searches.
Pro Timestamps are displayed in the local time zone
Unlike Loggly, LogEntries displays timestamps in your timezone. You don't even have to configure anything.
Pro Excellent documentation
LogEntries has comprehensive documentation that's easy to read and understand and includes lots of screenshots and examples.
Pro Good technical support
Answer incidents pretty quickly.
Pro Prepared viewlets
Easy to get information fast with integrated dashboards. Also I can change as I want easy by rewriting query
Pro Traffic analysis is provided using CloudFront logs
CloudFront analytics allows tracking what content is accessed and organize requests based on origin, amount, data transfered, OS/device/browser used, time, etc.
Pro Allows analyzing CloudTrail's API calls
Cloudlytics can be used to analyze CloutTrail's API calls to understand the geographical origin of requests and identifying unauthorized access attempts.
Pro Helps manage expenditure
Provides tools for analyzing bills.
Can schedule turning EC2 instances on and off to optimize resource cost.
Allows setting expenditure threshold values that will trigger an alert if a bill of a service has consumed 80%, 100% or more of set threshold.
Pro Provides AWS ELB insights
Cloudlytics provides insight into requests made to load balancer, including average response time, request path, server responses and client IP addresses.
Pro Allows scheduling when certain EC2 instances should be turned on or off
Usage of development and test environments can be optimized via scheduler. EC2 instances can be turned off when not needed.
Pro A free trial is available
The free trial lasts a month and allows uploading 200 MB of logs.
Pro Comprehensive log analytics solution for AWS Cloud
Cloudlytics can gather logs from Amazon's S3, CloudFront, CloudTrail and ELB services and provide insight into access patterns, API calls, requests made to load balancer as well as identify unauthorized access attempts, spam attacks, and help manage expenditure.
Pro AWS cloud audit allows identifying unauthorized access attempts
Cloud audit can be turned on via CloudTrail. It allows identifying unauthorized access attempts, IP addresses and request statuses.
Pro Allows identifying spam requests
Spam Reports can be used to identify possible spam requests and the IP address making them.
Pro Custom reports
Custom reports can be used to get insights for specific needs. For example, it's possible to add filters for parameters like edge locations, status, URL query etc. on various available fields like total requests, edge result type.
Con Confusing interface
The interface is packed with features and options, many of them I'm not sure what they do at all.
Con Limited search capabilites
Compared to Elasticsearch and other competitors, search syntax has few features, apart from regexp and NOT/AND/OR combining. E.g. has no syntax to determine if a field is absent.
Con Character limit for each log entry
Currently log entries are limited to 8192 characters, if your log entry runs over this amount then it will be truncated where the excess log will be a new entry in the UI. This can easily cause a problem JSON structure with java stacktraces.
The average plan is over $1.5 per GB, which can get very expensive for any sort of reasonable volume.
Con Short retention
The retention is very short (14 - 30 days).
Con There's a limit of 100 logs per server
Should you have a webserver that hosts many sites, you'll hit this undocumented limit. The token-based alternative solution is inconvenient to set up and maintain.
Con Can't track the source of errors in 3rd party libraries
Con Insufficiently secure web client logger
No progress since this was reported in September 2013.
Con Grouping is unsorted and limited
Eg. you can't really check what browsers people use, because the report is limited to 40 unique strings.
Con Blocked by ad blockers by default
https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/easyprivacy.txt includes logentries
Con Signing up requires phone number
Con No CDN for the web client logger
Con TypeErrors (X is not a function) are not tracked
Loggly catches them by default. LogEntries doesn't seem to catch them even if
catchall is set to
true. See the GitHub issue.
Con No Free Plan
Only 200 MBs are free for just the 1st month.
Con AWS services only
Highly focussed on AWS Cloud & if you are looking for analytics about your Cloud Infrastructure then this is your go to SaaS tool