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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Ideal for monitoring AWS services and workloads. We have several of our websites entirely hosted on AWS and we're able to get a Grafana dashboard of all the relevant metrics from CloudFront, S3, EC2, RDS, and Elastic Beanstalk. This can be set up within the hour or templated on your code for infrastructure (we do this with terraform & cloud formation). By design, it isn't suited for non-AWS workloads.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

If you have a small-to-large company looking for a SIEM solution that "does the job" and is easy to deploy/use, QRadar is your tool. If you're looking for a complex solution that supports integration with data-mining solutions (e.g. ELK), then you may need a different solution. Overall, QRadar fits the needs of 99% of the companies. It is one of the easiest SIEM solutions to deploy and use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
8.6
Centralized event and log data collection
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
9.2
Correlation
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
9.8
Event and log normalization
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
9.2
Deployment flexibility
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
8.4
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
7.7
Custom dashboards and views
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
8.5
Host and network-based intrusion detection
Amazon CloudWatch
IBM QRadar
7.6

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
Brian Dentino | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

  • It allows us to have visibility to potential problems both on premise and in the cloud which was key as we have become a hybrid consumer.
  • It has automated monitoring which has allowed us to see threats faster and also allowed us to be proactive.
  • By having over 20,000 employees, QRadar has also allowed us to be aware of internal threats that are brought into the company by unsuspecting employees.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch doesn't monitor things outside of the cloud, it's not what it is intended for.
  • Billing is confusing as it bills on Dashboard, metrics called, custom metrics, etc. Hard to forecast the charge.
  • Paradigm is confusing sometimes and difficult to learn.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

  • There is a steep learning curve compared to other platforms. Qradar is incredibly powerful but does require some homework.
  • There is a glaring lack of threat feed utilization outside of STIXX/TAXII which remains very limited at this time.
  • May require a considerable amount of tuning during deployment with very little "out of the box" offense information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The tool collects a great deal of data, and data that's not available many other places. But the data is hidden in obscure places, and the logs are hard to read and follow. The user interface could use a heavy rework, and several companies have made a business out of scraping the data and presenting it better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.6
Based on 16 answers
Support is effective, and we were able to get any problems that we couldn't get solved through community discussion forums solved for us by the AWS support team. For example, we were assisted in one instance where we were not sure about the best metrics to use in order to optimize an auto-scaling group on EC2. The support team was able to look at our metrics and give a useful recommendation on which metrics to use.
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

IBM QRadar 8.5
Based on 4 answers
I've had many issues with QRadar, and the support would hear and respond to my question all the time (more so than in the case of IBM Resilient support). They were very quick to respond, were helpful, and provided remote access.
larbi belmiloud | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch

I can only speak to how it's positively benefited my organization. The problem was that hosting in-house servers is no longer a cost-effective solution vs. containerization in the cloud. But once you rely on hosting servers in the cloud you need a tool to manage every aspect of that including log monitoring, resource utilization, and application performance. Amazon CloudWatch is exactly the tool you need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

Splunk Enterprise Security I've found is the easiest of all major SIEM's to deploy due to its event normalization capabilities. It lags behind QRadar in event correlation but is better in user GUI customization. One issue where QRadar beats it is in cost. Splunk starts off cheap, but as you expand (due to it's licensing model), it quickly becomes very expensive. It is the monster that keeps on feeding.
Douglas Concepcion | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Scalability. Saving us cost when we can downgrade underperforming instances.
  • Great monitoring and peace of mine without always having to check logs to any services failure.
  • Support cost is high. It would be nicer if documentation would be easier to follow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM QRadar

  • QRadar has helped us improve our rating when going through an IT audit.
  • It has allowed us to answer some security related contract questions much more positively when going through contract negotiation.
  • It helps us to protect our company and investors from Outside and Internal threats.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon CloudWatch Editions & Modules

Edition
First 10,000 Metrics$0.301
Next 240,000 Metrics$0.101
Next 750,000 Metrics$0.051
Over 1,000,000 Metrics$0.021
  1. Per Metric
Additional Pricing Details
With Amazon CloudWatch, there is no up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use. You will be charged at the end of the month for your usage.

IBM QRadar

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM QRadar Editions & Modules

Edition
Cloud$800.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch
8.8
IBM QRadar
8.8

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch
7.0
IBM QRadar

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch
7.6
IBM QRadar
8.5

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