Logstash vs Uptime Robot: What are the differences?
Developers describe Logstash as "Collect, Parse, & Enrich Data". Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana. On the other hand, Uptime Robot is detailed as "Free website uptime monitor". Uptime Robot is all about helping you to keep your websites up. It monitors your websites every 5 minutes and alerts you if your sites are down.
Logstash belongs to "Log Management" category of the tech stack, while Uptime Robot can be primarily classified under "Website Monitoring".
Some of the features offered by Logstash are:
- Centralize data processing of all types
- Normalize varying schema and formats
- Quickly extend to custom log formats
On the other hand, Uptime Robot provides the following key features:
- http(s): that's perfect for website monitoring. The service regularly sends requests (which are the same as if a visitor is browsing your website) to the URL and decides if it is up or down depending on the HTTP statuses returned from the website (200-success, 404-not found, etc.)
- ping: this is good for monitoring a server. Ping (ICMP) requests are sent and up/down status is decided according to the "if responses are received or not". Ping is not a good fit for monitoring websites as a website (its IP) can respond to ping requests while it is down (which means that the site is down but the server hosting the site is up)
- keyword: checks if a keyword exists or not exists in a web page
"Free" is the top reason why over 60 developers like Logstash, while over 12 developers mention "Free tier" as the leading cause for choosing Uptime Robot.
Logstash is an open source tool with 10.3K GitHub stars and 2.76K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Logstash's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Logstash has a broader approval, being mentioned in 551 company stacks & 270 developers stacks; compared to Uptime Robot, which is listed in 61 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.