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2018-06-03T09:17:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM QRadar?

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Top 5Reseller

Licensing costs are reasonable.

2021-10-04T15:20:38Z
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Top 20Real User

SIEM is quite a pricey solution so we only offer it to enterprise companies that can pay the fees. For smaller companies, it's an extremely expensive product.

2021-09-24T02:06:16Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

On-premises is pretty expensive as opposed to the cloud. You do need to pay for a year subscription. You are charged at events per second as well.

2021-09-07T12:23:57Z
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Top 10Real User

It is overly expensive and overly complex in terms of licensing. They have many different appliances, which makes it extremely difficult to choose the technology. It is very difficult to choose the technology or QRadar components that you should be deploying. They have improved some of it in the last few years. They have made it slightly easy with the fact that you can now buy virtual versions of all the appliances, which is good, but it is still very fragmented. For instance, on some of the smaller appliances, there is no upgrade path. So, if you exceed the capacity of the appliance, you have to buy a bigger appliance, which is not helpful because it is quite a major cost. If you want to add more disks to the system, they'll say that you can't. If they ship a disk with 2 terabytes that the older appliances have, and you say to them that you can commercially get 10 terabyte disks, they will say this is not possible, even though there is no technical reason why it cannot be done. So, they're not very flexible from that point of view. For IBM, it is good because you basically have to buy new appliances, but from a customer's point of view, it is a very expensive investment.

2021-08-06T10:41:11Z
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Top 5Real User

There is a license required for this solution.

2021-07-17T03:01:11Z
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Top 20Real User

IBM QRadar is a little bit expensive compared to other products.

2021-07-15T07:35:31Z
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Top 20Real User

IBM QRadar is pricey, and therefore, usually small enterprises are not able to afford it. Usually, probably most of the customers are usually large enterprises.

2021-06-24T13:07:45Z
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Top 20Real User

As compared to LogRhythm, IBM QRadar's pricing is moderate.

2021-06-08T18:53:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

They can give us some scalability and flexibility on pricing. If its pricing can be reduced, it would help a lot of customers in bringing in a new SIEM environment and grow business in the market. If I start a license today and take around 10,000 EPS, and after a month, there is an increase in the number of clients on my platform, I can increase the number of licenses. I can add 5,000 EPS on a yearly basis.

2021-05-15T12:05:17Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

When it comes to the initial pricing there can be a huge discount from there side and also I think they are open to competing with other products. Even though the price can be a little high sometimes there product is number one. They have a wide range of products.

2021-03-05T20:13:36Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Customers have to purchase a license based on the number of users, devices, and applications they want to protect. It allows you to take a license on a subscription basis for three years or five years.

2021-03-05T17:23:52Z
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Real User

The solution is priced fairly, there is a license for the solution, and we pay annually.

2021-03-04T08:07:20Z
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Top 20Real User

We use QRadar as a managed service and we pay licensing fees to the partner.

2021-02-11T16:07:00Z
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Top 20Reseller

The NEMA licensing structure is very easy. It's far better than the previous licensing structure they had. They charge you based on the number of events per second and flows per second, and that's the beauty of it. The rest of the components are complimentary. That's it. It's not a complex process of licensing anymore. It's very simple and straightforward.

2021-02-10T18:53:33Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It would be great if this product were cheaper.

2021-01-24T15:38:21Z
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Top 20Real User

Our licensing is yearly. But it's based on Event Per Second, which is one of the models. Storage capacity for log management is also considered with the fees. Licensing is a bit complex in IBM, as well. Different aspects needs to be considered.

2021-01-24T11:57:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I think that the price is fair, but we can always say that the price could be cheaper.

2021-01-12T16:38:34Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It is costlier as compared to the other alternatives available in the market.

2020-12-24T16:58:24Z
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Top 20Real User

The price can be expensive, however, it's all relative, as it helps speed up development, which can save money for the organization. The payments for the product are made on a yearly basis.

2020-12-19T07:31:11Z
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Top 10Real User

Its price is good in terms of efficiency and the number of people required for implementing various things. You might pay more in terms of money, but you might save on the number of people. For example, if you are using Kibana, you have to pay more for people or experts, which is not the case with IBM QRadar.

2020-12-17T01:08:54Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I feel that the price is reasonable but compared to other products that are on the market, such as an offering by Microsoft, it is more expensive.

2020-12-04T14:16:02Z
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Top 20Real User

The IBM QRadar Licensing for the core Events(EPS) and Flows(FPS) is per second based. The licensing is perpetual and surely expensive but the output of the Product makes it worth your money.

2020-11-27T11:20:17Z
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Top 20Real User

It's very expensive but it fits our budget. Because it's very expensive, we had to come up with ways of filtering our logs before they get into QRadar because otherwise, we'd have to buy a much greater amount of events per second, and that would be very expensive. Splunk is virtually the same price.

2020-11-13T11:30:59Z
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Top 20Reseller

The pricing is okay, it's comparable to other vendors. It's not expensive for the resources that it gives you.

2020-11-11T16:49:23Z
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Top 5Real User

This is not a trivial undertaking. You will need at least one experienced user and considerable infrastructure to support this if you use the on-prem version which we did. The cloud version has less overhead but there are some limitations so choose carefully.

2019-12-05T02:59:00Z
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Real User

The licensing is every year. There are additional costs, such as the cost associated with the different hardware required for implementation and deployment. Along with the add-on apps, these are all additional costs, and they require licensing as well.

2019-04-29T07:11:00Z
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Real User

The solution is a subscription-based model. It is a yearly subscription from my understanding. In terms of additional costs, it depends on the subscription that you choose. There are plenty of options to choose from. There is the EPS licensing cost (Event per second licensing), which is a parameter that you choose. By adding countries to our solution, we have to increase the EPS.

2019-04-17T08:37:00Z
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Real User

Our licensing costs for this solution is on a yearly basis.

2019-04-17T08:37:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We do licensing on a yearly basis. It's for deployment. If the client wants more services, we support the license. There are no other costs for the product.

2019-04-11T06:16:00Z
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Reseller

QRadar is quite expensive. It wouldn't be worth it for a small business unless, through a third-party company, they used it in a software-as-a-service type of arrangement, rather than buying the licenses outright. There are additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees. For example, there are add-ons like the QRadar Vulnerability Manager.

2019-03-31T09:41:00Z
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Real User

IBM has subscriptions plans that run for one year.

2019-03-28T08:19:00Z
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Real User

We do licenses once a year.

2019-03-28T08:19:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The licensing depends on the customer. The pricing is good.

2019-03-10T16:43:00Z
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Real User

It's too expensive. The licensing is also a little bit difficult to understand because you have to license it per event and per number of flows. So you have to understand the difference between a flow and an event, and then you have to forward that to the resellers, the distributors, and to IBM. That part took a long time for us. Now we're adjusted to the process.

2019-03-06T07:40:00Z
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Consultant

It's too expensive.

2019-02-26T08:25:00Z
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Reseller

Licensing is very expensive, IBM QRadar is a very expensive solution. If you want to minimize costs then IBM QRadar is not for you.

2019-02-25T08:45:00Z
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Real User

It is cheaper than ArcSight.

2019-02-07T12:28:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The cost of this product is expensive.

2018-10-29T15:46:00Z
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LeaderboardConsultant

It is a pricey product. It is very expensive.

2018-09-09T05:40:00Z
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Reseller

I do not have control over pricing, though I do help customers with their sizing.

2018-07-22T08:31:00Z
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Real User

IBM is a Ferrari if you are beginning with a concept. If it will be a pilot project, take a look at Red Hat Process Automation Manager or jBPM. Be realistic about the users' quantity. A good approach would be to begin with an On Cloud subscription, then later on do a more exact sizing.

2018-06-26T12:31:00Z
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Real User

Pricing and licensing are competitive. Their new licensing options allow logs to bypass the correlation engine for a flat rate, which is also appealing for log data that is compliance-driven for a small amount of money.

2018-06-26T12:31:00Z
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Consultant

Think what you will integrate into QRadar. It is a SIEM. You need to send it logs, but not everything. Pricing (based on EPS) will be more accurate.

2018-06-11T06:45:00Z
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Real User

It is expensive. It is not a product that I can provide for SMBs. It is a program that I can only provide for really large enterprises. Also, the maintenance costs are high.

2018-06-03T09:17:00Z
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