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Graylog vs Nagios: What are the differences?

Graylog: Open source log management that actually works. Centralize and aggregate all your log files for 100% visibility. Use our powerful query language to search through terabytes of log data to discover and analyze important information; Nagios: Complete monitoring and alerting for servers, switches, applications, and services. Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.

Graylog can be classified as a tool in the "Log Management" category, while Nagios is grouped under "Monitoring Tools".

"Powerfull" is the primary reason why developers consider Graylog over the competitors, whereas "It just works" was stated as the key factor in picking Nagios.

Graylog and Nagios are both open source tools. It seems that Graylog with 4.88K GitHub stars and 757 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Nagios with 60 GitHub stars and 36 GitHub forks.

Twitch, Vine Labs, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Nagios, whereas Graylog is used by CircleCI, AppBrain, and Dial Once. Nagios has a broader approval, being mentioned in 176 company stacks & 39 developers stacks; compared to Graylog, which is listed in 75 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.

Decisions about Graylog and Nagios
Matthias Fleschütz
Teamlead IT at NanoTemper Technologies · | 2 upvotes · 64.5K views
  • free open source
  • modern interface and architecture
  • large community
  • extendable I knew Nagios for decades but it was really outdated (by its architecture) at some point. That's why Icinga started first as a fork, not with Icinga2 it is completely built from scratch but backward-compatible with Nagios plugins. Now it has reached a state with which I am confident.
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Pros of Graylog
Pros of Nagios
  • 17
    Open source
  • 12
    Powerfull
  • 7
    Well documented
  • 5
    Flexibel query and parsing language
  • 5
    User authentification
  • 5
    Alerts
  • 2
    User management
  • 2
    Alerts and dashboards
  • 2
    Easy query language and english parsing
  • 1
    Manage users and permissions
  • 1
    Easy to install
  • 1
    A large community
  • 53
    It just works
  • 28
    The standard
  • 12
    Customizable
  • 8
    The Most flexible monitoring system
  • 1
    Huge stack of free checks/plugins to choose from

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Cons of Graylog
Cons of Nagios
  • 1
    Does not handle frozen indices at all
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    What is Graylog?

    Centralize and aggregate all your log files for 100% visibility. Use our powerful query language to search through terabytes of log data to discover and analyze important information.

    What is Nagios?

    Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.

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