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IBM Security QRadar EDR on-premises provides organizations with freedom of deployment

By ANDIE SCHROEDER posted Tue October 24, 2023 11:07 PM


Managing a fleet of endpoints can be a challenging task. In particular, organizations that are driven by security goals or requirements, regulatory or compliance laws, or data sovereignty concerns may not be able to use security solutions delivered as SaaS. These organizations need a vendor that offers flexible deployment options to best deploy their endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution in their environment. Therein lies the challenge: With many EDR solutions only available as SaaS, how can these organizations safeguard their business continuity and successfully defend against endpoint threats, while meeting stringent compliance requirements?

Customizable endpoint security for each unique environment

QRadar EDR remediates known and unknown endpoint threats in near real time with easy-to-use intelligent automation that turns security analysts into security rockstars. Leveraging continuous learning AI capabilities, QRadar EDR allows security analysts to easily manage their endpoints via a single console that can provide full visibility into all endpoint and threat activity – whether this is cloud-based or on-premises.

But, each security environment is unique. Clients need customizable security, with the autonomy to decide how to scale and deploy their EDR solution. QRadar EDR, now available on-premises, provides organizations with the freedom to select a deployment option that works for their environment, empowering organizations to easily meet compliance goals and requirements, or government-specific mandates. As one of the few EDR vendors to provide this option, QRadar EDR on-premises is essential for clients who deal with sensitive data and want greater or full autonomy over their data residency. Additionally, QRadar EDR supports air-gapped environments (meaning, environments with limited or no connection to the internet). 

How is QRadar EDR On-Premises different?

Firstly, QRadar EDR leads in the market with superior, out-of-the-box EDR detections.

This year marks the fourth year in a row that QRadar EDR has been validated in the MITRE ATT&CK Evaluations, where we achieved 100% visibility across all evaluated stages of the MITRE ATT&CK framework, without configuration changes or delays.

QRadar EDR is differentiated by its ability to provide trustworthy endpoint protection and to secure endpoints from cyberattacks, detect anomalous behaviors and remediate threats in near real-time – even without a working internet connection. 

Unlike some EDR tooling that requires internet connection to a back-end server to offer complete protection, QRadar EDR’s clients stay protected even while offline as our agents detect and block malicious activity as soon as they are detected, delivering protection against advanced threats like ransomware.

Powered by AI, QRadar EDR autonomously detects and stops ransomware and provides exceptional visibility across endpoint estates via a proprietary NanoOS technology. A lightweight agent monitors activity from outside the operating system, and is designed to be tamper-proof and invisible to attackers. Having a modern EDR platform that can provide superior out-of-the-box detections, even while offline is critical for organizations to stay safe.

Customers can choose to deploy anywhere with Bring Your Own License (BYOL), whether this is located at an onsite datacenter, or is cloud-based (IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or at an external datacenter (Amazon Web Services, as covered by QRadar EDR).

Technical diagram of On-Premises Deployment

Staying agile and scaling confidently with Red Hat OpenShift 

A key challenge that also comes to mind is this: How can cybersecurity protection be scaled for a growing business? 

Organizations may be concerned over the scalability of their on-premises EDR solution, and whether this might be less flexible compared to cloud-based options. Aside, another key challenge is staying agile while fulfilling compliance mandates.

QRadar EDR addresses these concerns by running on Red Hat OpenShift (RHOS), which allows organizations to focus on their core business while offloading tedious tasks to IBM’s security experts who quickly and securely containerize and deploy enterprise workloads in Kubernetes clusters. 

RHOS also offers long-term elasticity, so QRadar EDR clients can start small and scale later, or vice versa, addressing endpoint scalability needs. And unlike organizations that operate solely on open-source Kubernetes infrastructure, our clients who are on Enterprise RHOS licensing are entitled to fast, managed support through an open line where OpenShift experts are dedicated to solve your questions from start to finish.

QRadar EDR is part of the QRadar Suite, empowering customers with complete flexibility in licensing. QRadar Suite customers can customize and flex across a mix of security capabilities (SIEM, SOAR, NDR, EDR) according to their needs.

And finally, for organizations that are strapped for time and resources, a managed detection and response (MDR) service can be a perfect solution, providing 24x7 coverage against cyberattacks. Powered by AI and delivered by the experts of IBM Managed Security Services, the QRadar MDR service offers continuous, real-time monitoring for clients. In particular, it is useful as a cost-effective alternative for smaller or resource-strapped businesses that might not be able to build and sustain an in-house security operations center.


Against the backdrop of evolving endpoint threats, organizations should be empowered to regain full control over their security goals, and have the autonomy to decide how to deploy their EDR to find the best fit for their security needs. Adaptable, customizable security is critical to stay ahead of the curve.

To learn more about QRadar EDR and how it can help you secure your environment, please visit