When comparing Cloudlytics vs Timber, the Slant community recommends Timber for most people. In the question“What are the best log management, aggregation & monitoring tools?” Timber is ranked 15th while Cloudlytics is ranked 19th. The most important reason people chose Timber is:
The Timber interface stands out in the space: 1. It's beautiful, easy, and modern. 2. It's fast. It uses advanced front-end technologies to maximize performance and usability (react, redux, etc).
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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.
Pro Beautiful, modern, easy interface
The Timber interface stands out in the space:
- It's beautiful, easy, and modern.
- It's fast. It uses advanced front-end technologies to maximize performance and usability (react, redux, etc).
Pro Great search
Timber offers a really great simple search, with a support for advanced features like: term negation, condition grouping (parenthesis), regex, field searches and conditions, etc.
Pro SQL query your logs (w/ join support)
Timber allows you to SQL query your logs just like you would a traditional database. The JOIN support is very powerful.
Pro Six month searchable retention
The retention Timber offers is exceptionally longer. The default is generally 2 - 4 weeks, Timber offers 6 months.
Pro Real-time graphing
Because Timber fully embraces structured data, graphing is simple, real time, and fast. They provide a number of aggregates you can graph on.
Pro Automatic context & structured data
Timber provides native libraries that automatically attach metadata to your logs. They've designed a schema that defines events and context, which normalizes the data and makes querying, alerting, and graphing simple and reliable.
Pro Easy installation
Timber can be installed in < 1 min and usually with a single command. It asks your for your application details and provides 1 set of simple instructions.
Pro Simple pricing and plans. No feature matrices.
Besides the free plan, Timber doesn't impose limits on the number of users, alerts, etc. It's entirely based on the amount of data allowed for the plan. It's refreshingly straightforward.
Pro Real-time alerts with thresholds
The alerts are real-time and the approach is thoughtful. Instead of blasting you with alerts every time it's triggered, they change the state of the alert once, notify you once, and then notify you again when the alert is no longer an issue.
Pro Excellent documentation
Timber's docs are detailed and thoughtful, both for the service as well as the libraries they offer.
Pro No rate limiting
Beyond the space your plan is allowed to use, there is no rate limiting.
Pro Logs show up quickly
Logs show up < 3 seconds of when they are generated
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
Con Not really a centralized log management tool
It only takes in events from specified "apps", not all unstructured data. And, if you select "other" (apps), it just says:
Bummer! We don't support apps of this type yet.