Compare Graylog vs. IBM QRadar

Graylog is ranked 6th in Log Management with 8 reviews while IBM QRadar is ranked 3rd in Log Management with 46 reviews. Graylog is rated 8.6, while IBM QRadar is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Graylog writes "Provides the ability to write custom alerts, which are key to information security and compliance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM QRadar writes "Enables us to handle the most critical attacks and integrates well with other solutions". Graylog is most compared with Splunk, ELK Logstash and LogRhythm NextGen SIEM, whereas IBM QRadar is most compared with Splunk, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and ELK Logstash. See our Graylog vs. IBM QRadar report.
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Pros
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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It is very stable. We have not faced interruptions in the past four and a half years.It has improved comprehensive visibility for what is going on in the perimeters, and on the inside, as well.This solution has allowed us to correlate logs from multiple sources.We get events and make the correlation, or rules. In IBM, we can implement our customer's rules. We can have very clear status threats and severity of antigens.Provided that the report is prebuilt and I can find what I am looking for, the reporting is the most valuable feature in this solution.This solution provides me with various alarms, and I have found security issues with some of my other products.It is a very optimized engine.Providing real-time visibility for threat detection and prioritization - QRadar SIEM provides contextual and actionable surveillance across the entire IT infrastructure.

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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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Technical support is good, but not great.We would like to see better instrumentation for debugging changes in the log flow.The interface is very old. IBM should remake it into a more modern interface.There are reports that I would like to generate that are either not included, or I cannot find.There is a lot of manual configuration required in order for the product to run smoothly, and I think that it could be made more automatic.It is very difficult to activate all of the network equipment, and it would help if it were made easier.AI is superb but need improvements.The tool is very complicated. One place for improvement would be to have a more user-friendly interface. Having better support in Spanish would be cool.

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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.​​I am using a community edition. I have not looked at the enterprise offering from Graylog.Having paid official support is wise for projects.

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The pricing needs to be such that they are more competitive with other vendors.There are additional costs, such as the cost associated with the different hardware required for implementation and deployment. Along with the add-on apps, these are all additional costs, and they require licensing as well.In terms of additional costs, it depends on the subscription that you choose. There are plenty of options to choose from.Our licensing costs for this solution is on a yearly basis.It's too expensive. The licensing is also a little bit difficult to understand because you have to license it per event and per number of flows.QRadar is quite expensive. It wouldn't be worth it for a small business...I would like for them to lower the price.The pricing is good.

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6th
out of 44 in Log Management
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16,853
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14,133
Reviews
8
Average Words per Review
427
Avg. Rating
8.5
3rd
out of 44 in Log Management
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39,617
Comparisons
28,338
Reviews
38
Average Words per Review
421
Avg. Rating
8.4
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Graylog2QRadar SIEM, QRadar UBA, QRadar on Cloud, QRadar
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Overview

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.

The IBM QRadar security and analytics platform is a lead offering in IBM Security's portfolio. This family of products provides consolidated flexible architecture for security teams to quickly adopt log management, SIEM, user behavior analytics, incident forensics, and threat intelligence and more. As an integrated analytics platform, QRadar streamlines critical capabilities into a common workflow, with tools such as the IBM Security App Exchange ecosystem and Watson for Cyber Security cognitive capability.

With QRadar, you can decrease your overall cost of ownership with an improved detection of threats and enjoy the flexibility of on-premise or cloud deployment, and optional managed security monitoring services.

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Sample Customers
Blue Cross Blue Shield, eBay, Cisco, LinkedIn, SAP, King.com, Twilio, Deutsche Presse-AgenturClients across multiple industries, such as energy, financial, retail, healthcare, government, communications, and education use QRadar.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company28%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Construction Company6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm26%
Transportation Company15%
Security Firm6%
Comms Service Provider6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company18%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company8%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise52%
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