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Great writeup! Do you use Sentry to store all your logs? That's what I do for front-end logs as well. But, back-end logs I store in Sematext.

 

Thanks Adnan,

I usually store only backend logs on Sentry. I hadn't heard of Sematext, but it looks cool. In my opinion, Elasticsearch is a very good tool to store logs and has great searching capabilities. Based on your experience, how many frontend logs can you store on the free 500MB/day plan?

 

Yeah, Elasticsearch is awesome! My team-mates are managing a huuuge cluster in our prod. I have nothing but immense respect for those guys. You have to be borderline genius to run that efficiently. πŸ˜„

Aha, so you're doing the opposite than me. I've been running Sematext for logs and monitoring across my whole back end and infra for my side-gig/startup for the last year. I've never crossed 500MB/day for logs. And mind you, I had both Node.js and Nginx logs set up. But, even if you do go over 500MB/day, it's not like you'll get charged crazy amounts like with CloudWatch or Datadog. I've heard crazy stories. The pricing model with Sematext is flexible and hard to understand at times. The gist of it is that the price increases at a fixed rate with retention while increasing the ingestion is super lenient because there's a reserved volume, not a limit. If you cross the reserved volume, you get charged peanuts. E.g. on the $50/month plan you get 30GB/month, and if you use 35GB/month, you'll get charged $58.35/month. There are no penalties whatsoever. If you don't want to go over 30GB/month you can define you own cap, and tell it to stop ingesting altogether. So yeah, flexible but sometimes hard to understand. πŸ˜„

I'm currently maintaining open-source repos at Sematext (if you see any Node.js-related things, that's me πŸ˜„) and building integrations. I can't give you more info about product-related things, but I can point you in the right direction if you want to know more. πŸ˜„

Sounds very interesting. I will definitely give it a try.

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