best syslog filter tool?

We are receiving our firewall and switch logs via syslog on a central server. there are lots of tools out there to receive them and also those to read and filter them. our budget is very limited (under $1K) and we have multiple sites to grab them from.

we were thinking of going with kiwi from solarwinds for receiving them. I liked Splunk, but the cost is very high compared to kiwi.

is there a tool people recommend for both filtering through the logs easily and getting alerts? We are a windows shop exclusively. anyone have any special preference over kiwi for a limited budget?

Thanks!
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eeRootCommented:
You can look at Kiwi, Syslog-ng, or PRTG.  And there are many others, but I think these are the most popular.
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/freetools/kiwi_syslog_server/
http://www.balabit.com/network-security/syslog-ng
http://www.paessler.com/free_syslog_server

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MrVaultAuthor Commented:
besides kiwi, those seem to have tiered pricing which would put us over the $1K number easily. the biggest part of kiwi I don't like is the limited filter views and alerts. any thoughts?
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MrVaultAuthor Commented:
actually just saw this product from solarwinds. looks like they bought someone else. still too pricey for us, but the demo looked awesome (aside from citrix slowness).

http://www.solarwinds.com/products/log-management/log-management.aspx
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