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Kibana vs Stackdriver: What are the differences?

Developers describe Kibana as "Explore & Visualize Your Data". Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch. On the other hand, Stackdriver is detailed as "Monitoring, logging, and diagnostics for applications on Google Cloud Platform and AWS". Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.

Kibana and Stackdriver are primarily classified as "Monitoring" and "Cloud Monitoring" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Kibana are:

  • Flexible analytics and visualization platform
  • Real-time summary and charting of streaming data
  • Intuitive interface for a variety of users

On the other hand, Stackdriver provides the following key features:

  • Monitoring
  • Logging
  • Diagnostics

"Easy to setup" is the top reason why over 76 developers like Kibana, while over 10 developers mention "Monitoring" as the leading cause for choosing Stackdriver.

Kibana is an open source tool with 12.4K GitHub stars and 4.8K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kibana's open source repository on GitHub.

Airbnb, DigitalOcean, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Kibana, whereas Stackdriver is used by Kalibrr, Nuuvem, and Verba. Kibana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 907 company stacks & 479 developers stacks; compared to Stackdriver, which is listed in 58 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We need better analytics & insights into our Elasticsearch cluster. Grafana, which ships with advanced support for Elasticsearch, looks great but isn’t officially supported/endorsed by Elastic. Kibana, on the other hand, is made and supported by Elastic. I’m wondering what people suggest in this situation."

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For our Predictive Analytics platform, we have used both Grafana and Kibana

Kibana has predictions and ML algorithms support, so if you need them, you may be better off with Kibana . The multi-variate analysis features it provide are very unique (not available in Grafana).

For everything else, definitely Grafana . Especially the number of supported data sources, and plugins clearly makes Grafana a winner (in just visualization and reporting sense). Creating your own plugin is also very easy. The top pros of Grafana (which it does better than Kibana ) are:

  • Creating and organizing visualization panels
  • Templating the panels on dashboards for repetetive tasks
  • Realtime monitoring, filtering of charts based on conditions and variables
  • Export / Import in JSON format (that allows you to version and save your dashboard as part of git)
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I use both Kibana and Grafana on my workplace: Kibana for logging and Grafana for monitoring. Since you already work with Elasticsearch, I think Kibana is the safest choice in terms of ease of use and variety of messages it can manage, while Grafana has still (in my opinion) a strong link to metrics

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After looking for a way to monitor or at least get a better overview of our infrastructure, we found out that Grafana (which I previously only used in ELK stacks) has a plugin available to fully integrate with Amazon CloudWatch . Which makes it way better for our use-case than the offer of the different competitors (most of them are even paid). There is also a CloudFlare plugin available, the platform we use to serve our DNS requests. Although we are a big fan of https://smashing.github.io/ (previously dashing), for now we are starting with Grafana .

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I use Kibana because it ships with the ELK stack. I don't find it as powerful as Splunk however it is light years above grepping through log files. We previously used Grafana but found it to be annoying to maintain a separate tool outside of the ELK stack. We were able to get everything we needed from Kibana.

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Kibana should be sufficient in this architecture for decent analytics, if stronger metrics is needed then combine with Grafana. Datadog also offers nice overview but there's no need for it in this case unless you need more monitoring and alerting (and more technicalities).

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I use Grafana because it is without a doubt the best way to visualize metrics

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Povilas Brilius
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@Kibana, of course, because @Grafana looks like amateur sort of solution, crammed with query builder grouping aggregates, but in essence, as recommended by CERN - KIbana is the corporate (startup vectored) decision.

Furthermore, @Kibana comes with complexity adhering ELK stack, whereas @InfluxDB + @Grafana & co. recently have become sophisticated development conglomerate instead of advancing towards a understandable installation step by step inheritance.

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Leonardo Henrique da Paixão
Student, QA Developer at SolarView Business · | 15 upvotes · 144.3K views

The objective of this work was to develop a system to monitor the materials of a production line using IoT technology. Currently, the process of monitoring and replacing parts depends on manual services. For this, load cells, microcontroller, Broker MQTT, Telegraf, InfluxDB, and Grafana were used. It was implemented in a workflow that had the function of collecting sensor data, storing it in a database, and visualizing it in the form of weight and quantity. With these developed solutions, he hopes to contribute to the logistics area, in the replacement and control of materials.

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Pros of Kibana
Pros of Stackdriver
  • 88
    Easy to setup
  • 61
    Free
  • 44
    Can search text
  • 21
    Has pie chart
  • 13
    X-axis is not restricted to timestamp
  • 8
    Easy queries and is a good way to view logs
  • 6
    Supports Plugins
  • 3
    More "user-friendly"
  • 3
    Can build dashboards
  • 3
    Dev Tools
  • 2
    Easy to drill-down
  • 2
    Out-of-Box Dashboards/Analytics for Metrics/Heartbeat
  • 1
    Up and running
  • 19
    Monitoring
  • 11
    Logging
  • 8
    Alerting
  • 7
    Tracing
  • 6
    Uptime Monitoring
  • 5
    Error Reporting
  • 4
    Multi-cloud
  • 3
    Production debugger
  • 2
    Many integrations
  • 1
    Configured basically with GAE
  • 1
    Backed by Google

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Cons of Kibana
Cons of Stackdriver
  • 5
    Unintuituve
  • 3
    Elasticsearch is huge
  • 3
    Works on top of elastic only
  • 2
    Hardweight UI
  • 2
    Not free

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What is Kibana?

Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.

What is Stackdriver?

Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.

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