The number of tools for IT Ops professionals to choose from is overwhelming. For this reason, we created the periodic table of IT Ops tools to better define, organize, and explain the IT Ops tooling landscape. It is our hope that it will help IT professionals find, explore, and choose tools for their future IT Ops stack.

In a portion of this table we dive into Log Management tools specifically. Below you will find a list of the top log management tools per the interactions we measure on the table.

What is Log Management?

Log management is the collective processes and policies used to administer and facilitate the generation, transmission, analysis, storage, archiving and ultimate disposal of the large volumes of log data created within an information system. Log management software automates many of the processes involved. An event log manager (ELM), for example, tracks changes in an organization's IT infrastructure. These changes are reflected in audit trails that must be produced for a compliance audit.

The best Log Management tools:


Graylog is an open source, centralized log management alternative to Splunk. Graylog captures, stores, and enables real-time search and analysis against terabytes of machine data from any component in the IT infrastructure.


Logentries makes machine-generated log data easily accessible to IT operations, development, and business analysis teams of all sizes.


Loggly is a cloud-based log management and analytics service provider. It does not require the use of proprietary software agents to collect log data. Loggly records log data from any device and reports it in a real-time management platform with trend data.

Logsene Sematext

Logsene (Sematext) is a log management and analytics platform for IT infrastructure, operations and development teams. It makes all application and server logs searchable and provides log alerting and anomaly detection. Together with SPM it makes log events “correlatable” with performance metrics, thus providing a unified view of all key operations data.


Logstash is an open source, server-side data processing pipeline that ingests data from a multitude of sources simultaneously, transforms it, and then sends it to your favorite “stash.” is an Israel-based company which provides log management and log analysis services. The platform combines ELK as a cloud service and machine learning to derive new insights from machine data.


Papertrail delivers frustration-free log management for developers, systems engineers, and entrepreneurs. Papertrail was acquired by SolarWinds in January 2018.


Scalyr offers an integrated suite of server monitoring, log management, visualization and analysis tools that aggregates all the metrics into a centralized system in real time, which can be integrated with cloud services.

View the periodic table here