Graylog vs. Splunk Cloud

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
Splunk Cloud
Score 8.2 out of 10
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A data platform service thats help users search, analyze, visualize and act on data. The service can go live in as little as two days, and with an IT backend managed by Splunk experts, users can focus on acting on data. Search any kind of data in real-time to detect and prevent issues before they happen with access to streaming and machine learning capabilities. Search any kind of data in real-time to detect and prevent issues before they happen with access to the latest streaming and machine…N/A
Pricing
GraylogSplunk Cloud
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GraylogSplunk Cloud
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
GraylogSplunk Cloud
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
Graylog
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Ratings
Splunk Cloud
9.0
15 Ratings
14% above category average
Centralized event and log data collection00 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Correlation00 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management00 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Deployment flexibility00 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools00 Ratings9.313 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces00 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection00 Ratings8.713 Ratings
Data integration/API management00 Ratings8.75 Ratings
Behavioral analytics and baselining00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Rules-based and algorithmic detection thresholds00 Ratings8.36 Ratings
Response orchestration and automation00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Reporting and compliance management00 Ratings8.76 Ratings
Incident indexing/searching00 Ratings9.36 Ratings
Best Alternatives
GraylogSplunk Cloud
Small Businesses
SolarWinds Papertrail
SolarWinds Papertrail
Score 8.9 out of 10
AlienVault USM
AlienVault USM
Score 7.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
SolarWinds Papertrail
SolarWinds Papertrail
Score 8.9 out of 10
InsightIDR
InsightIDR
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
Splunk Log Observer
Splunk Log Observer
Score 8.5 out of 10
InsightIDR
InsightIDR
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
GraylogSplunk Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(7 ratings)
9.0
(15 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
3.6
(3 ratings)
7.2
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
GraylogSplunk Cloud
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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Splunk
Splunk is excellent when all your data is in one location. Its ability to correlate all that data is intuitive (once the hurdle of learning the query language is overcome). It is also easy to standardize the presentation of information to the company. When data is siloed/standalone, other systems can be cheaper and faster to implement.
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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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Splunk
  • This SIEM consolidates multiple data points and offers several features and benefits, creating custom dashboards and managing alert workflows.
  • Splunk Cloud provides a simple way to have a central monitoring and security solution. Though it does not have a huge learning curve, you should spend some time learning the basics.
  • Splunk Cloud enables me to create and schedule statistical reports on network use for Management.
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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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Splunk
  • The SPL programming language that the queries are built in is not very intuitive.
  • There should be a better repository of pre-built queries for what I would think of as common Active Directory usage monitoring.
  • I would like to see more free training/familiarization information made available.
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Usability
Graylog
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Splunk
Overall, it is very usable. I would like if recent searches were saved for longer because I always have to refer to my notes when I'm looking for something specific and it's been a few weeks. But that's a small issue, and the actual search and browsing interface is easy to use and powerful.
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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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Splunk
Splunk Cloud support is sorely lacking unfortunately. The portal where you submit tickets is not very good and is lacking polish. Tickets are left for days without any updates and when chased it is only sometimes you get a reply back. I get the feeling the support team are very understaffed and have far too much going on. From what I know, Splunk is aware of this and seem to be trying to remedy it.
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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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Splunk
Splunk Cloud blows Sumo Logic out of the water. The experience is night and day. We went from several highly stressed IT security professionals who were unsure if the data they were getting was valuable, to very happy IT security professionals who can now be more proactive and get all the information they need.
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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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Splunk
  • End-end visibility across your departmental silos
  • Strengthen the overall global monitoring posture
  • Move from Reactive to Proactive Monitoring
  • Highly secure environment at your finger-tips
  • Takes you away from managing infrastructure/administration, allows saving time & money. Reduce the overall TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
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