When comparing Splunk vs Logsniffer, the Slant community recommends Splunk for most people. In the question“What are the best log management, aggregation & monitoring tools?” Splunk is ranked 10th while Logsniffer is ranked 28th. The most important reason people chose Splunk is:
It's human readable, intuitive, fast and with auto-complete to boot. And if you need more advanced functionality out of your queries, [120+ page search manual](http://docs.splunk.com/index.php?title=Documentation:Splunk:Search:Whatsinthismanual:6.0beta&action=pdfbook) will give you an insight in how much is actually possible.
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Pro Easy to use, powerful search
It's human readable, intuitive, fast and with auto-complete to boot. And if you need more advanced functionality out of your queries, 120+ page search manual will give you an insight in how much is actually possible.
Pro Widely used
De facto standard for log aggregation, monitoring, analysis and reporting.
Pro Scales effortlessly
It is built for enterprise use, meaning it scales easily.
Pro Real-time graphs
You can create visualizations that update in real time.
OS X, Linux & Windows are supported. You can also access Splunk from iOS and Android devices.
Pro Free version
With restrictions on log size and devices a free version is available.
Splunk can turn searches into alerts.
Pro Understands data in any format or language
Pro Extendable via a large selection of apps
Additional functionality can be added with over 500 apps.
Pro Monitoring and alerting
Scans logs in real-time using powerful search routines and publishes identified events to several channels. Storing events in an Elasticsearch index enables extensive analysis.
Pro UI first approach
Everything can be managed by the great UI: Configuring logs, start/stop alerts etc.
Pro Endless scrolling through logs – forward and backward
There is no need to adjust time filter ranges etc. to scroll up or down in the sequence of log messages.
Pro Lightweight on-premise app
All-in-one bundled web application, 30MB with a low memory footprint. Only Java is required.
Pro Real-time log tailing
Logs are accessed and tailed directly from files in real-time.
Splunk is pretty expensive compared to other solutions.
The interface and service are very antiquated
Con Seriously SLOW ingest
Their docs and sales say it will ingest up to 20k EPS, but reality is more like 1k eps per server.