Devo Review

Makes it easy to see all our network, endpoint, and cloud on one dashboard, instead of having to jump from system to system

What is our primary use case?

We use it for monitoring our core set of network devices, our key systems. We're collecting all the log traffic and using it as a platform to correlate and set up alerts to monitor, and looking for any suspicious behavior.

How has it helped my organization?

One of our early use cases is for compliance and we've set up dashboards that pull in the logs that we need. We have formatted it the way we need it to look and when we meet with internal audit we just show them the dashboard and they have all the information that they need. That's one of the early wins that we've had with it.

When it comes to network, endpoint, and cloud visibility, Devo makes it easy to see all of that. It's all on one dashboard, it's all visible. Instead of having to jump from system to system to system, we can see all of our web traffic and we can see endpoint stats, and whether we need to investigate anything. It's very useful. It definitely raises the level of confidence when we need to take action, compared to our last tool. When a forensic investigation moves forward and we have to do a deeper dive, all that data is there. And the integration team that we're working at Devo is very good at tuning it and showing us what we need. They show us how to extract the relevant pieces and not worry about the less relevant pieces of information.

The solution has saved us time, although we're still in the learning stage. We've only had it in place for three months. I would venture that it's probably saving a few hours a week per analyst, but I expect that to grow as we get better at using it.

What is most valuable?

It's very intuitive. The interface is extremely useful. You can perform many functions from one page. In other tools that we looked at, you'd have to toggle back and forth between screens and you'd have to exit one menu and copy and paste things into another section. With Devo you can do everything using drop-downs. It's very user-friendly when creating queries and dynamic lists. You can modify the interface to look the way you want with columns and sorting. It's very well thought out.

It provides high-speed search capabilities and near real-time analytics. These things are extremely important. 

It's also very easy to pull data into it from various log sources, even if they're custom homegrown apps. The parsers are also very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

If all of the connectors for the third-parties were there, it would be a solid 10. Everything else about it is right there. It's a newer product, so we knew going in that there would be some growing pains and that some things might not be available because not all third-parties would be included.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Devo for about three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, it's been rock-solid. There have been no issues at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It should be able to grow as we need it to. It is a SaaS solution, so if we need more data we just purchase more bandwidth.

The size of our environment is about 14,000 users, globally, and about 20,000 endpoints.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't had to use their technical support yet. We've only been working with the integration team.

They've been great through the deployment. Obviously, there are going to be little bumps in the road and their team has been very helpful. I've worked with other integration teams that wouldn't even look at the possibility of an issue being at their end until you exhaustively proved that it wasn't at your end. Devo, on the other hand, was very willing to help. They would jump on a call, review the config with us and look through it. They're very willing to spend time and investigate with you; not just push it back on you to double-check everything. They have also pulled in other resources. If the integration engineer didn't know an answer, he would very quickly, usually on the same call or later that day, get another engineer on the phone who was knowledgeable, and we would work through the issue. They're very responsive and it's a very good customer experience. Customer service is very important to them.

Their willingness to go the extra mile and just jump on a call anytime, without having to schedule a call, is an example of where they have exceeded expectations. The project lead would just jump on a call and answer questions anytime.

How was the initial setup?

It was fairly easy to deploy. We had a good deal of on-premises devices where we installed a relay that forwards the log information to the cloud. We also use a large number of SaaS tools. With those it was just a matter of an API connector. Things went very smoothly.

Getting logged in to it and getting logs identified took a week and a half to two weeks.

There were three members of my team involved. One was more focused on getting the collector built and connected, and getting all of our internal log sources forwarding to that. I had two other engineers working on the deployment side, working on rules and carving out the data to send it to specific buckets. Those three are also the ones who take care of maintenance of the solution. We're still in the early stages so we're tweaking things and constantly modifying and figuring out our internal processes.

What about the implementation team?

We used Devo's integration professional services. They worked alongside with my team and they have been excellent.

What was our ROI?

So far we've seen ROI from the fact that when the auditor comes in quarterly and looks at it, as happened the other day, they are extremely impressed. The return value is going to be there. It's already starting, where we're creating custom dashboards for various groups to look at their own data. We don't have to provide reports anymore. We just give them the data and they can log in and look at whatever they want in real time.

It's going to be huge as we move further down the road and we learn to better utilize the tool. We have some big plans for it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Regarding pricing they were in the ballpark with most of the others we looked at, but one of the things that put them above and beyond is the 400 days of storage. That's big. 

They're a newer company so they may have cut better deals, but they were in the ballpark with at least a couple of the other front-runners that we were looking at. Devo is a good value and, given the quality of the product, I would expect to pay more.

The fact that Devo only charges for ingestion works great for us. In some of the other solutions we looked at, depending on what you were doing with the data, extra charges were assessed. If you wanted to pull playbooks in, that was an extra charge. If you wanted to ingest certain types of logs from certain systems, that was an upcharge. In our environment and our business model, the month-to-month fluctuating charges just weren't an option, and many of the other solutions are going down that road. Devo provides good value: "Hey, here's your ingest, here's what you're licensed for, and here's what your annual bill is going to be. And if you go over that, then you true-up the next year." So it is a beneficial model for us.

Overall, with the pricing model, Devo enables us to ingest more data compared to other solutions we evaluated. We don't have to worry about being billed more if we use any additional functionality or that we may have to set a cap on the ingest for the month or the week.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The fact that the solution keeps 400 days of hot data to look for historical patterns was extremely important because many of the competitors kept 90 days or maybe six months. We looked at the big choices that most other companies use. And with those competitors, if you wanted the extra data, it would be put into warm or cold storage and to utilize it you'd have to pull it back in.

Another one of Devo's advantages is, as I've mentioned, the user experience. It's well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable.

There are a few drawbacks to it. Some third-parties don't have specific API connectors built, so we had to work with Devo to get the logs and parse the data using custom parsers, rather than an out-of-the-box solution. Most of our third-parties are working on them because it seems that Devo is making some waves in the industry and more and more people are using them. But that has been what we've had to do with three of our third-parties that didn't have a connector. Devo had to create one, and, once again, their customer service was great. They just built it for us and it worked.

When it comes to analyst threat-hunting and incident response, because there are so many options, and Devo has the ability to do many things from one screen, the workflow is a lot more organic and natural. That means you can drill down to the level you need to and pull in the data you need from one screen. You don't have to keep moving around in Devo. It's much more configurable and the options are there to pretty much dig as deep as you need, from one screen.

Overall, Devo approached things a little differently and that's why we ended up going with them.

What other advice do I have?

We did a pretty good job of this, but with hindsight it is always something that we could have done better: the planning of the project. So have a good idea of what logs you want to ingest, right out of the gate, and have the necessary internal teams ready to get you what you need. The pre-planning is the most important thing. We had the relay built and functional for getting the data from site to cloud, literally in 20 minutes. If we had been a little better organized on our end, the implementation would have taken one week instead of a week and a half to two weeks.

So the most important piece of advice in a deployment like this is to know your data. Know what you want and make sure your teams, including the IT teams that need to build the virtual machines, are ready to get the hardware in place quickly.

From my point of view, and from what my team has told me, everything is intuitive and user-friendly. From a logistics point of view, everything is well laid out and well thought out.

**Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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