Grafana vs Splunk Enterprise Security comparison

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We performed a comparison between Grafana and Splunk Enterprise Security based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Grafana vs. Splunk Enterprise Security Report (Updated: May 2023).
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"The most valuable thing was that it had a good visualization tool.""There are multiple kinds of models there to create dashboards, which is quite useful.""Grafana is able to connect with multiple data sources, unlike Elasticsearch.""Almost any kind of visualization is possible with Grafana and all dashboards are configurable.""It gives us the visibility we need. I like that when we add deployment markers or release markers, we know exactly when an issue arises. For instance, if there is an increased usage of CPU, we can link it directly to the deployment that might have caused the issue. It increases productivity and observability. We can now easily tell when a certain issue arises. It's way easier to debug because it can point you to certain things based on these markers, and we can debug easier.""Great capacity planning and the solution has a great GUI.""The dashboards are very easy to work with.""It has good stability."

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"Splunk's advantage is its search capability. Its search is notably faster. With Splunk, I can search easily on keywords. That is great.""Integration with the cloud is pretty important and good for us. We found the integration with a lot of tools, not all tools yet, valuable. It does make the transfer of data, log files, and other things easier for us.""The product has a good security posture.""The ability to ingest different log types from many different products in our environment is most valuable.""The solution helped reduce our alert volume.""You can integrate Splunk with third-party security automation solutions and set rules for automatic response.""Splunk Enterprise Security is able to process a huge amount of data without any issues.""We have found all the features useful. However, the dashboarding and logging have been very helpful. Additionally, the log analysis does a great job."

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"It would be helpful if they simplified the data source.""It is limited on the reporting type supported, which is important for managerial-level officers who want reports that are either general or specific.""The service dashboard is very hard and needs improvement.""It's difficult to see the trends on the graph when the range is too long.""There is room for improvement when using multiple dashboards because they can become complicated to keep track of and use.""The solution should include online support.""If there was an issue on one node, we couldn't drill down and see all the issues on other nodes.""Lacks in-depth graphs and sufficient AI."

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"Its pricing is extremely high. There are other tools out in the market that are competitive. They do not necessarily have all the functionality, but they are competitive. The professional services we have used have been high as well in comparison to the market.""When we do a rollout from the server or host or anything, we'd like to see more automation. It would save us time.""The upgrading process could be smoother.""The prices are complicated as we operate in a small third-world country.""Splunk could be improved by reducing the cost. The cost is one of the biggest challenges for us in keeping to our production requirements.""The biggest problem is data compression. Splunk is an outstanding product, but it is a resource hog. There should be better data compression for being able to maintain our data repositories. We end up having to buy lots of additional storage just to house our Splunk data. This is my only complaint about it.""It is important to make sure that everything is built off of the threat models and all the underlying items within Splunk.""It works as intended for us, and we are getting everything that we need out of it. If anything, its initial setup can be improved a bit."

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  • "I use the open source model so it is free."
  • "My company uses the open-source version of Grafana, so it's free."
  • "We use the open-source version of Grafana."
  • "We are using the open-source license."
  • "I give the price an eight out of ten."
  • "You need to purchase the solution's license for its commercial use."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "Since Grafana is an open-source solution, it is free of cost."
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  • "The price of Splunk is reasonable."
  • "The subscription is monthly."
  • "It can be cost-prohibitive when you start to scale and have terabytes of data. Its cost model is based on how much data it processes a day. If they're able to create scaled-down niche or custom package offerings, it may help with the cost. Instead of the full-blown features, if they can narrow the scope where it can only be used for a specific purpose, it would kind of create that market for the product, and it may help with the costing. When you start using it as a central aggregator and you're pumping tons of logs at it, pretty soon, you'll start hitting your cap on what it can process a day. Once you've got that, you're kind of defeating the purpose because you're going to have to scale back."
  • "It's a yearly subscription."
  • "This product could use better pricing in general."
  • "The pricing modules could be improved."
  • "This solution is costly. Splunk is obviously a great product, but you should only choose this product if you need all the features provided. Otherwise, if you don't need all the features to meet your requirements, there are probably other products that will be more cost-effective. It's cost versus the functionality requirement."
  • "It is expensive. I used to buy it early on, but then they combined it into a higher-up organization. They buy it for multiple systems now. Last time, I paid around 60K for it. There is just the licensing fee. That's all."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hi @Faustine Chisasa,  I will go with ELK + Grafana. Elasticsearch is highly distributed, scalable and fast. You got power of storage. Logstash is highly pluggable and rich in plugins. You can use… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable aspect is customization. There are many customizations possible, so I like that.
    Top Answer:For tools I’d recommend:  -SIEM- LogRhythm -SOAR- Palo Alto XSOAR Doing commercial w/o both (or at least an XDR) is asking to miss details that are critical, and ending up a statistic. Also,… more »
    Top Answer:It would really depend on (1) which logs you need to ingest and (2) what are your use cases Splunk is easy for ingestion of anything, but the charge per GB/Day Indexed and it gets expensive as log… more »
    Top Answer:Splunk handles a high amount of data very well. We use Splunk to capture information and as an aggregator for monitoring information from different sources. Splunk is very good at alerting us if we… more »
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    Grafana is a powerful open-source analytics and visualization platform that allows users to monitor, analyze, and understand their data in real-time. 

    With its intuitive and user-friendly interface, Grafana enables users to create customizable dashboards, charts, and graphs to visualize data from various sources such as databases, cloud services, and IoT devices. It supports a wide range of data sources including Prometheus, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and more. 

    Grafana also offers a vast library of plugins and extensions, allowing users to extend its functionality and integrate with other tools seamlessly. With its alerting and notification features, users can set up alerts based on predefined thresholds and receive notifications via various channels. 

    Grafana is highly scalable and can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, making it suitable for organizations of all sizes. Whether you are a developer, data analyst, or IT professional, Grafana provides a comprehensive solution for data visualization and monitoring.

    Splunk Enterprise Security is a SIEM, log management, and IT operations analytics tool. The solution provides users with the ability to secure their information and manage their data in the cloud, data centers, or other applications. Splunk Enterprise Security also offers visibility from different areas, levels, and devices, rather than from a single system, thus, providing its users with flexibility. Splunk Enterprise Security can monitor data and analyze, detect, and prevent intrusions. This benefits users as it provides alerts to possible intrusions, helps users to be proactive, and reduces risk factors. 

    Full visibility across your environment

    Break down data silos and gain actionable intelligence by ingesting data from multicloud and on-premises deployments. Get full visibility to quickly detect malicious threats in your environment.

    Fast threat detection

    Defend against threats with advanced security analytics, machine learning and threat intelligence that focus detection and provide high-fidelity alerts to shorten triage times and raise true positive rates.

    Efficient investigations

    Gather all the context you need and initiate flexible investigations with security analytics at your fingertips. The built-in open and extensible data platform boosts productivity and drives down fatigue.

    Open and scalable

    Built on an open and scalable data platform, you can stay agile in the face of evolving threats and business needs. Splunk meets you where you are on your cloud journey, and integrates across your data, tools and content.

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    Sample Customers
    PayPal, eBay, Staples,, Intel, NS1, TED, NetApp, Vimeo, RackSpace, SquareSpace, OpenTable, MediaMath, Fermilab
    Splunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Grafana vs. Splunk Enterprise Security
    May 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Grafana vs. Splunk Enterprise Security and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    Grafana is ranked 7th in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 33 reviews while Splunk Enterprise Security is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 71 reviews. Grafana is rated 8.0, while Splunk Enterprise Security is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Grafana writes "Agent-free with great dashboards and an active community". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk Enterprise Security writes "Can be used to find any threats or vulnerabilities inside a user’s environment". Grafana is most compared with Azure Monitor, Dynatrace, New Relic, Sentry and Datadog, whereas Splunk Enterprise Security is most compared with Wazuh, Microsoft Sentinel, Dynatrace, Elastic Security and IBM Security QRadar. See our Grafana vs. Splunk Enterprise Security report.

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