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ELKonomics: The real costs of Elastic Stack

By Pranay Kamat 26 Jul 2017

Elastic Stack (aka ELK Stack) appears on many companies’ log management shortlists. Although getting started seems easy and cheap, our total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis shows that a business with average daily log volumes growing from 100 GB to 800 GB over a four-year period will likely spend close to $4.2 million to operate and maintain a production-grade Elastic Stack.

You can see all of the cost drivers that make up ELKonomics in the infographic below:

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If you want a deep dive into all of the factors that turn an initially low-cost commitment into something much bigger, check out our new white paper. Spinning up an ELK cluster using ELK’s default values works for testing, but it does not give you a production-ready system.

The paper taps into our own experience with log management and with running one of the biggest and most complex Elasticsearch deployments supporting thousands of large- and medium-sized businesses across different industries. It covers some of the decisions that Elastic Stack users have to make as well as the money and effort expended on:

  • Planning the architecture and deployment
  • Procuring infrastructure or selecting a hosting vendor
  • Customizing the system for production-grade log management
  • Operating and maintaining the system
  • Training users on how to use Elasticsearch

Read it. Digest the tradeoffs. Apply ELKonomics to your own business situation.

And remember: the beauty of a SaaS log management system like Loggly is that you can see the value you’re getting without investing a lot of time and money up front. After you’ve read the white paper, it’d be a great time for a free 30-day trial of Loggly.

Pranay Kamat

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