Compare Elastic Beats vs. Graylog

Elastic Beats is ranked 14th in Log Management with 1 review while Graylog is ranked 8th in Log Management with 4 reviews. Elastic Beats is rated 8.0, while Graylog is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Elastic Beats writes "A robust solution with a whole spectrum of features that's extremely scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Graylog writes "Captures our financial logs and preserves them and it covers many environments ". Elastic Beats is most compared with Splunk, ELK Logstash and IBM QRadar, whereas Graylog is most compared with Splunk, ELK Logstash and LogRhythm NextGen SIEM.
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There's a whole spectrum of features on the solution that users can take advantage of. It's a very robust product.

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I am very proud of how very stable the solution is.Real-time UDP/GELF logging and full text-based searching.UDP is a fast and lightweight protocol, perfect for sending large volumes of logs with minimal overhead.Storing logs in Elasticsearch means log retrieval is extremely fast, and full text search is available by default.We run a containerized microservices environment. Being able to set up streams and search for errors and anomalies across hundreds of containers is why a log aggregation platform like Graylog is valuable to us.Allowing us to set up alerts and integrate with platforms we already use, such as Slack and OpsGenie to alert users of these errors proactively, is also a very useful feature.It is used as a log manager/SIEM. It provides visibility into the infrastructure and security related events.The build is stable and requires little maintenance, even compared to some extremely expensive products.

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The dashboard is not user-friendly. The solution, in general, isn't great from a user's perspective.

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I would like to see a date and time in the Graylog Grok patterns so that I can save time when searching for a log. I like how the streams and the search query work, but adding a date and time will allow me to pull out a log in a milli-second.More complex visualizations and the ability to execute custom Elasticsearch queries would be great.With technical support, you are on your own without an enterprise license.Elasticsearch recommendations for tuning could be better. Graylog doesn't have direct support for running the system inside of Kubernetes, so it can be challenging to fill in the gaps and set up containers in a way that is both performant and stable.We ran into problems with Elasticsearch throwing a circuit-breaking exception due to field data size being too large. It turned out that the heap size directly impacted this size in a high-throughput environment, causing unexplained instability in Graylog. We were able to troubleshoot on the Elasticsearch size, but we should have been able to reference some minimum requirements for Graylog to know that our settings weren't sufficient.Since container orchestration systems are popular and Graylog fits the niche well, perhaps they could officially support running in docker containers on Kubernetes as a StatefulSet as a use case. That way, the declarative nature of Kubernetes config files would document their best case deployment scenario-Dashboards, stream alerts and parsing could be improved.Over six months, I had two similar issues where searches were performed on field "messages". It exhausted all the memory of the ES node causing an ES crash and a Graylog halt.

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I use the free version of Graylog.​You get a lot out-of-the-box with the non-enterprise version, so give it a try first.Consider Enterprise support if you have atypical needs or setup requirements.​If you want something that works and do not have the money for Splunk or QRadar, take Graylog.​​

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Overview

Beats is the platform for single-purpose data shippers. They install as lightweight agents and send data from hundreds or thousands of machines to Logstash or Elasticsearch.

Graylog is purpose-built to deliver the best log collection, storage, enrichment, and analysis. Graylog is:

  • Considerably faster analysis speeds.
  • More robust and easier-to-use analysis platform.
  • Simpler administration and infrastructure management.
  • Lower cost than alternatives.
  • Full-scale customer service.
  • No expensive training or tool experts required.
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