Sumo Logic is log management tool built for IT and information security audiences. For years it has served as a cloud-based alternative to Splunk. While traditional log management tools like Sumo Logic may serve IT audiences well, today’s engineering teams find them lacking. If you are responsible for building customer-facing applications that generate revenue, you’re probably moving quickly, taking advantage of modern tools, and pushing code into production frequently. You need your operational visibility stack to keep pace. Unlike log management tools made for IT, we built Scalyr expressly for engineers who are on the front line. Our platform is the fastest in the industry and supports the way your team works.

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Founded nearly a decade ago, Sumo Logic is an in-the-cloud alternative to Splunk. It has helped IT and information security teams understand the status of their systems and find and track security events. Though Sumo Logic has been an effective tool for IT use cases, it has not been as useful for engineers who deliver revenue-generating software. If you are on the front line of software delivery, it’s likely that you are taking advantage of modern tools and processes such as cloud infrastructure and tools, delivering microservices, using containers or serverless platforms, organizing your team around parallel or concurrent programming, and pushing code into production on a rapid or continuous basis. As someone who builds software in a modern way, you need observability tools that can keep up with your delivery pace and align to your team’s work style. Your log management solution needs to be fast, simple, and shareable.

Use Cases

Troubleshoot quickly

  • Run complex queries in less than a second
  • Rapidly filter and pivot your query results
  • Instantly visualize graphs and distributions

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 having to pay by the user
  • More users won’t slow you down
  • We scale as you scale

As you handle an increasing amount of log data, and you are under more time pressure to turn software issues around quickly, you may find that Sumo Logic does not meet your performance requirements. Our customers for whom Scalyr is a Sumo Logic alternative report that Scalyr gives them far higher performance, especially when it comes to query response times. Even for long, complex queries, the time it takes to render a response in Scalyr is usually less than one second, versus minutes in Sumo Logic. In a more traditional IT setting, a 15-minute query response time might be acceptable, but if you’re an engineer who is pushing code multiple times per day and you have software issues that you need to track down and fix in minutes, you may need to run several consecutive queries to find the source of the problem. You simply can’t afford to do this in a traditional tool if each query will take you minutes.

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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“We went from paying a lot for a tool that nobody liked to paying less for one that people loved. Plus, Scalyr solved more problems for us.”

A customer who chose Scalyr as a Sumo Logic alternative

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 that you need more of your team members to adopt and self-serve within your observability tools, so those tools must be simple and straightforward to use. Sumo Logic has a powerful, but complex, query language that most users don’t know and find difficult to learn. This has led Sumo Logic users to identify administrators who run queries and build dashboards on behalf of their colleagues. 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 need to move quickly in the cloud typically cannot afford to deploy their talented workforce in this manner. And given many teams’ parallel development work style, the far better choice is to encourage adoption of their log management solution across the whole team and have users self-serve.

Finally, you need to be able to share access to your log management solution with your team without having to break your budget. Our customers for whom Scalyr is a Sumo Logic alternative describe out-of-control costs as they allow more users to take advantage of Sumo Logic. Additionally, they experience a performance slow-down as more users join and query the system.

Unlike Sumo Logic, 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 charge by the user or slow down as you add users, your whole team can adopt Scalyr.

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