Splunk feels the heat from stronger, cheaper open source rivals

Ask most any sys admin what the No. 1, go-to product is for log analysis in the server world, and odds are you’ll get the same answer from just about every corner: Splunk.

Splunk started strong and has only grown stronger as it’s branched out to become a wide-ranging analytics platform. But the free version of Splunk is quite limited, and the enterprise version’s pricing is based on the amount of data indexed, which adds up to prohibitive costs for some.