Elastic Observability vs Grafana comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Jun 28, 2023

Categories and Ranking

Elastic Observability
Ranking in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
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IT Infrastructure Monitoring (10th), Log Management (14th), Container Monitoring (4th), Cloud Monitoring Software (8th)
Ranking in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability category, the mindshare of Elastic Observability is 6.6%, up from 4.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Grafana is 7.7%, up from 5.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
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IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Log Management
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Featured Reviews

SRIDHAR KARRA - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 3, 2023
A solution offering stability, good support, and a straightforward setup phase
Right now, I don't have any comments on what needs to be improved because I handle the delivery unit at a CEO's level. So, it's my team who works hands-on and on a day-to-day basis. Hence, they may be the right people to comment on this. The price of the solution can make a 100 percent difference. I think the licensing model may not have major issues because it's only a node-based one or something. However, the customers should first consume the existing features completely because quite a few customers do not use the complete capacity of Elastic's enterprise version. So that's how things are in India right now. The price is the only issue in the solution. It can be made better and cheaper.
Varaprasad - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 22, 2023
Great heat maps and dashboards with decent reliability
We primarily use the solution for site visibility It helps us monitor our applications and their performance, including CPU. The heat maps are great. We like the dashboards on offer.  It's a stable product. The solution can scale well. Pricing isn't overly expensive. Technical support is good.…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The Elastic User Interface framework lets us do custom development when needed. You need to have some Javascript knowledge. We need that knowledge to develop new custom tests."
"The product has connectors to many services."
"Good design and easy to use once implemented."
"The tool's most valuable feature is centralized logging. Elastic Common Search helps us to search for the logs across the organization."
"The solution allows us to dig deep into data."
"It is a powerful tool that allows users to collect and transform logs as needed, enabling flexible visualization and analysis."
"I have built a mini business intelligence system based on Elastic Observability."
"The most valuable feature of Elastic Observability is the text search."
"The comparison feature is very good."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is the UI dashboard because we need to create a dashboard on Grafana to monitor our data."
"Grafana's best features are live monitoring and alerts."
"It excels in providing comprehensive details when there are downtimes or fluctuations, offering thorough reports."
"What I found most valuable in Grafana is that it has a lot of integrations and features that I need for data processing and visualization."
"The most important feature of Grafana is its alarm formatting capability."
"Visualisation: It is easy to create beautiful, understanding graphs, snapshots to share the graphs with people who do not have access to Grafana, and templating to create powerful graphs."
"Compatibility with Prometheus databases and the Spring Boot application make it the first choice when moving toward an SRE model."


"More web features could be added to the product."
"There's a steep learning curve if you've never used this solution before."
"The tool's scalability involves a more complex implementation process. It requires careful calculations to determine the number of nodes needed, the specifications of each node, and the configuration of hot, warm, and cold zones for data storage. Additionally, managing log retention policies adds further complexity. The solution's pricing also needs to be cheaper."
"Elastic Observability needs to improve the retrieval of logs and metrics from all the instances."
"There could be more low-code features included in the product."
"Elastic Observability is reactive rather than proactive. It should act as an ITSM tool and be able to create tickets and alerts on Jira."
"Elastic Observability is difficult to use. There are only three options for customization but this can be difficult for our use case. We do not have other options to choose the metrics shown, such as CPU or memory usage."
"The interface could be improved."
"The technical support has room for improvement."
"I find issues with Grafana. For example, I am unable to open some services there. Then, we have to open ten different tabs to get it fixed. And it's annoying when there's something going on; we want to check Grafana, and it throws four different errors."
"It can take a considerable amount of time to learn the graphs if a long duration is selected."
"There is room for improvement when using multiple dashboards because they can become complicated to keep track of and use."
"The service dashboard is very hard and needs improvement."
"The main drawback is the necessity for endpoint monitoring."
"It would be helpful if Grafana provided more information and training on how to use Prometheus."
"Writing queries can be a bit difficult because the syntax must be maintained."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"One needs to pay for the licenses, and it is an annual subscription model right now."
"Pricing is one of those situations where the more you use it, the more you pay."
"So far, there are just the standard licensing fees. Several of the components are embedded in the license or are even open source. They're even free depending on what you use, which makes it even more appealing to someone that is discussing pricing of the solution."
"There are two types: cloud and SaaS. They charge based on data ingestion, ingest rate, hard retention, and warm retention. I believe it costs around $25,000 annually to ingest 30GB of data daily. That is the SaaS version. There is also a self-managed license where the customer manages their own infrastructure on-prem. In such cases, there are three license tiers that respectively cost $5,000 annually per node, $7,000 per node, and $12,500 per node."
"Since we are a huge company, Elastic Observability is an affordable solution for us."
"We have been using the open-source version."
"The price of Elastic Observability is expensive."
"We will buy a premium license after POC."
"We are using the open-source license."
"Since Grafana is an open-source solution, it is free of cost."
"My company uses the open-source version of Grafana, so it's free."
"We use the open-source version of Grafana."
"The solution is expensive."
"​Grafana is free and open source.​"
"It's free of cost; it operates as an open-source tool."
"For me, Grafana is a cheap tool because I don't have to spend much time learning the product since it is a simple solution."
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Top Industries

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Elastic Observability?
Elastic Observability significantly improves incident response time by providing quick access to logs and data across various sources. For instance, searching for specific keywords in logs spanning...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Elastic Observability?
I rate the pricing a five out of ten. The product is not that cheap.
What needs improvement with Elastic Observability?
The tool's scalability involves a more complex implementation process. It requires careful calculations to determine the number of nodes needed, the specifications of each node, and the configurati...
What do you like most about Grafana?
The product's initial setup phase was very easy.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Grafana?
For me, Grafana is a cheap tool because I don't have to spend much time learning the product since it is a simple solution. I don't know if there are different paid versions of the product.
What needs improvement with Grafana?
It was pretty complicated to integrate the product into our workflow. We relied on templates we found on the GitHub open-source repositories. It is pretty hard to integrate Grafana and set it up ac...



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