Second, because concurrent or parallel development encourages decentralization, your engineers are now responsible for a greater portion of the development lifecycle of the service they’re building. This means you need more of your team to adopt and self-serve within your observability tools, so they must be simple and straightforward to use. Splunk has a powerful but complex query language that most users don’t know and find difficult to learn. There are entire business practices focused on training and certifying engineers to become Splunk administrators. They are experts in the query language and serve as gatekeepers in their respective organizations, maintaining Splunk, building dashboards, and performing queries on behalf of others in their organization. This may work for an IT department that has organized around this work style for years, but engineering organizations that are responsible for revenue-generating applications and that need to move quickly in the cloud typically cannot afford to deploy their talented workforce in this manner. And given their parallel development work style, the far better choice is to encourage adoption of their log management solution across the whole team and to have users self-serve.
Finally, related to team adoption, you need to be able to share access to your log management solution with your team without paying a performance penalty. Our customers for whom Scalyr is a Splunk alternative describe having had performance degrade or their usage throttled as they increase the amount of data they are logging or have more users accessing and querying the system. The well-worn Splunk admin gatekeeper doesn’t work in this scenario because this method doesn’t align with today’s concurrent engineering practices.
Unlike Splunk, Scalyr scales as you scale. 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 troubleshooting process. 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 slow down or throttle your usage as you add collaborators, your whole team can adopt Scalyr.
(Scalyr is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with Splunk. The Splunk name and logo are registered by Splunk Inc.)