If you are growing and still using Loggly (acquired by SolarWinds) for your observability use cases, that solution may not be scaling with your needs. Some engineering teams begin using Loggly when their data sets grow too large for their rudimentary log analysis process, but these teams end up becoming frustrated because they can’t move as quickly as they would like. Our customers for whom Scalyr is a Loggly alternative make the swap for three principal reasons. First, they don’t get the performance they need with Loggly, especially when it comes to log ingestion and alerting. Second, Loggly’s query language is not straightforward. And finally, as more users access and query the system, overall performance suffers.

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SolarWinds/Loggly, a commercial product combining Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana open-source tools, has become an alternative for engineering teams like yours that have outgrown their rudimentary log analysis processes or traditional observability tools brought in by IT.

As your data set grows and your team needs to move even faster than before, you might find that Loggly doesn’t meet your needs. Our customers for whom Scalyr is a Loggly alternative make the switch first and foremost because they demand faster performance. Even though most engineers identify alerting speed as one of their top log management requirements, it is their major pain point in Loggly, stemming from slow data ingestion. They describe the problem as needing to make a tradeoff between ingesting all of the data needed to populate the alert versus sending out the alert in a timely manner. Either they get a correct alert that’s too late, or they get it on time but it’s inaccurate, and therefore unusable!

Use Cases

Send real-time alerts

  • Ingest data and send alerts immediately
  • Generate alerts based on your queries
  • Integrate alerting with your third-party tool

Query simply

  • Search free text and wildcards
  • Point-and-click your way to the answer
  • Enable your users to self-serve

Share with the whole team

  • Share without extra cost
  • More users won’t slow you down
  • We scale as you scale

A second reason you may find Scalyr a better alternative to Loggly is that Scalyr’s query language is far simpler. Our customers who choose Scalyr as an alternative to Loggly require widespread adoption of their observability tools across their teams. Not everybody knows Loggly’s arcane query language, thus ultimately the few people who do know how to query efficiently become overloaded with requests from the rest of the team. That’s fine if the company can afford to have some of its highly-qualified engineers become Loggly admins, but most find engineers in short supply and want to deploy that talent to activities that are core to the business. Moreover, given these teams’ parallel development work style, the far better choice is to encourage adoption across the entire team and have users self-serve.

Why Scalyr


Go fast. Blazing-fast. Ingest logs and alert on them in real time. Perform split-second searches and visualizations, across your entire environment.

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Skip the learning curve. Point and click to search, pivot or visualize your data.  No query language expertise required.

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Using our time-series database and massive compute capacity, Scalyr will easily scale with your systems.  You also won’t break the bank as you grow with us.

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“With Loggly, we had to make a tradeoff: Either get our alerts out on time but incomplete, or complete but really late. With Scalyr, our alerts are complete and snappy.”

A customer who chose Scalyr as a Loggly alternative

Finally, you need to be able to share access to your log management solution with your team without paying a performance penalty. Our customers who switch from Loggly describe a performance degradation as they scale data and add users to the system. The solution becomes more sluggish and searches, pivots, and visualizations become slower to execute.

Unlike Loggly, Scalyr scales with you. Both our data ingestion and queries are blazing fast, even across very large data sets. Our unique architecture, which combines a purpose-built, streamlined, no-keyword-index database and massively-parallel cloud cluster, removes the bottlenecks in your alerting and troubleshooting processes. Our simple and straightforward query language, which you can actually invoke by pointing and clicking directly in the log lines on the screen, makes Scalyr easy to use for anyone. And finally, because we don’t charge by the user or slow down as you add users, your entire team can adopt Scalyr.

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