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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.
We are able to diagnose problems before our customers.
It helps a lot because we can troubleshoot issues pretty easily.
We have used it many times to find a root cause of a live issue, then fix the problem in the applications.
Support has been excellent. Sumo Logic's support staff is really good, both their account management staff and direct support.
It provides easy visibility. I also like the shareable queries because we share a lot across groups.
For many of our services, we use Sumo Logic to track errors and send notifications to our Slack channel, if there are issues. Then, we have our support people monitoring this, and they can react quickly.
Scalability has been good for our needs. We haven't run into any scaling issues in regards to size so far.
I have no concerns about the stability of the product. I feel it handles the stress we put on it very well.
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.
There are some API gaps that are missing.
We would like to have some type of predefined setup for the logs, making the setup easier by default.
We would like the ability to drill down into a dashboard and get into deeper levels.
There needs to be improvement on imported data which can be used within Sumo Logic to do more advanced queries.
I would like better UI-driven functionality to create alerts and reports. Now, we have to understand the syntax, so it is a little difficult for someone to pick it up without using the manuals. If there was more of a graphical user interface, it would be beneficial.
It would be nice to have an improved ability to scroll through logs within a time frame. Right now, we can search for specific errors. However, if we want to look for "before and after" within a specific time frame, it's not easy using the tool. This would be an improvement.
It took a bit of trial and error to get it set up correctly based on everything we had to do. In the end, we had to send everything over HTTP, which was sort of a stop-gap.
If you want to up your subscription through the AWS Marketplace, it can be difficult. You can't just go back to the AWS Marketplace, and say, "I want a bigger one now." You have to contact the sales team, then they do it on the back-end. This could definitely be improved.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
The AWS Marketplace pricing is borderline. Every annual renewal, we always contemplate if we are getting what we think we could out of it or could we do it cheaper with some other product.
The pricing is a little high, but for the features that we receive from Sumo Logic, it suits the price. For some small organizations, the price might be a little high.
I don't pay the bill. I've heard the AWS Marketplace pricing is high, but I like the value.
Pricing has been cheaper than some of the competing tools, like Splunk.
If we went to ELK Stack, which is open source, it would have been less costly, but it would have required more development from our side.
The only limit to the scalability of the product for us is how much we are willing to pay.
The price scaling comes in a bit expensive.
Purchasing the solution through the AWS Marketplace is very easy.
out of 44 in Log Management
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Graylog is purpose-built to deliver the best log collection, storage, enrichment, and analysis. Graylog is:
|Sumo Logic simplifies how you collect and analyze machine data so that you can gain deep visibility across your full application and infrastructure stack. With the Sumo Logic service, you can accelerate modern application delivery, monitor and troubleshoot in real time and improve your security and compliance posture.|
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