Graylog vs. LogDNA

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Graylog
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Graylog, headquartered in Houston, offers their eponymous platform for centralized log management that helps users find meaning in data faster so as to take action immediately. Graylog is available via Enterprise and Cloud plans, but also has a Small Business Plan, and an Open (free) plan with limited features.N/A
LogDNA
Score 7.9 out of 10
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LogDNA headquartered in Mountain View offers their eponymous cloud log management or on-prem/self-hosted log management solution.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GraylogLogDNA
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses
SolarWinds Papertrail
SolarWinds Papertrail
Score 8.9 out of 10
SolarWinds Papertrail
SolarWinds Papertrail
Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
SolarWinds Papertrail
SolarWinds Papertrail
Score 8.9 out of 10
SolarWinds Papertrail
SolarWinds Papertrail
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
PRTG
PRTG
Score 8.7 out of 10
PRTG
PRTG
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
GraylogLogDNA
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(7 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
3.6
(3 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
GraylogLogDNA
Likelihood to Recommend
Graylog
For small companies, Graylog is the best solution possible. It's easy to configure and "just works." Above everything else, it's free. The only thing I hold against it is the fact that it's Linux-based. [This] makes sense because Elasticsearch is Linux-based. But Linux adds a layer of complexity that we don't need for something basic as a logging server. I'm pretty sure that we would have had a logging server years earlier if I had to convince quite a few decision-making people to go ahead with it anyway.
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LogDNA
Anytime we need to make any kind of log on any platform that we use, LogDNA is well suited. It is primarily used for logging errors on our server but also used for checking issues within our iOS apps when we need to identify a critical issue that is occurring. The search feature is very very good!
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Pros
Graylog
  • Graylog does a great job of its core function: log aggregation, retention, and searching.
  • Graylog has a very flexible configuration. The backend for storage is Elasticsearch and MongoDB is used to store the configuration. You have to option to make your configuration as simple as possible by storing everything on one box, or you can scale everything out horizontally by using a cluster of Elasticsearch nodes and MongoDB servers with several Graylog servers pointed to all the necessary nodes.
  • Graylog does a good job of abstracting away a fair portion of Elasticsearch index management (sharding, creation, deletion, rotation, etc).
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LogDNA
  • The UI is simple to use and hasn't ever been confusing for anyone to use on our team.
  • Backups are great since we do occasionally need to access logs from the past and it has helped us solve some problems.
  • Searching/filtering is great and I've always been able to get exactly what I need.
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Cons
Graylog
  • Support for more log sources
  • Event alerts/emails - Some cases where unable to separate data from multiple clients, and no easy fix
  • API - Limits results to 10,000 and can cause server to lockup on queries that exceed the limit
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LogDNA
  • There isn't really much I would change
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Support Rating
Graylog
Community support does not give simple straightforward answers; simply search up Graylog Issues and look at some of the responses on the forums. The documentation is your only hope if you are on the free version, as you can NOT purchase only support. The few times I have worked with Graylog Enterprise support they were great though.
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LogDNA
It is very very good. They are responsive and very helpful. They also take the time to walk you through the issues you are having. But honestly, it is so straightforward that you rarely need to get support from their team. They are very helpful when you do need their support though.
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Alternatives Considered
Graylog
In terms of log aggregation, the free product fully stacks up with the competitors listed. Full control over the data ingests for flexible configuration. Graylog even better on that front than AlienVault USM because you cannot configure the variable mapping. We haven't used the threat exchange stuff or correlation. But with regex searches, we have created function dashboards that show threat theater pictures of our network based on logs from our firewall.
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LogDNA
LogDNA was already setup when I started and it is offered through Heroku so that's why it was chosen. It's also cheaper I believe. Compared to Logentries, it does the same thing.
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Return on Investment
Graylog
  • Graylog is just less expensive than some other options which meant it fit into our budget otherwise we might not be able to justify a higher cost.
  • Being able to track issues that we normally couldn't track using other tools is a bonus to help us know of any issues we have and can fix before an outage or failure that could potentially cost money.
  • We have had to spend more time than I would like to understand and customize Graylog which has taken time away from other tasks and projects.
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LogDNA
  • It has helped a lot when trying to debug issues with customers or internal employees. It's a positive overall because it has saved us a lot of time debugging issues.
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