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"The ability to have high performance, high-speed search capability is incredibly important for us. When it comes to doing security analysis, you don't want to be doing is sitting around waiting to get data back while an attacker is sitting on a network, actively attacking it. You need to be able to answer questions quickly. If I see an indicator of attack, I need to be able to rapidly pivot and find data, then analyze it and find more data to answer more questions. You need to be able to do that quickly. If I'm sitting around just waiting to get my first response, then it ends up moving too slow to keep up with the attacker. Devo's speed and performance allows us to query in real-time and keep up with what is actually happening on the network, then respond effectively to events.""The strength of Devo is not only in that it is pretty intuitive, but it gives you the flexibility and creativity to merge feeds. The prime examples would be using the synthesis or union tables that give you phenomenal capabilities... The ability to use a synthesis or union table to combine all those feeds and make heads or tails of what's going on, and link it to go down a thread, is functionality that I hadn't seen before.""The thing that Devo does better than other solutions is to give me the ability to write queries that look at multiple data sources and run fast. Most SIEMs don't do that. And I can do that by creating entity-based queries. Let's say I have a table which has Okta, a table which has G Suite, a table which has endpoint telemetry, and I have a table which has DNS telemetry. I can write a query that says, 'Join all these things together on IP, and where the IP matches in all these tables, return to me that subset of data, within these time windows.' I can break it down that way.""The user interface is really modern. As an end-user, there are a lot of possibilities to tailor the platform to your needs, and that can be done without needing much support from Devo. It's really flexible and modular. The UI is very clean.""The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable.""In traditional BI solutions, you need to wait a lot of time to have the ability to create visualizations with the data and to do searches. With this kind of platform, you have that information in real-time.""The most valuable feature is definitely the ability that Devo has to ingest data. From the previous SIEM that I came from and helped my company administer, it really was the type of system where data was parsed on ingest. This meant that if you didn't build the parser efficiently or correctly, sometimes that would bring the system to its knees. You'd have a backlog of processing the logs as it was ingesting them.""Those 400 days of hot data mean that people can look for trends and at what happened in the past. And they can not only do so from a security point of view, but even for operational use cases. In the past, our operational norm was to keep live data for only 30 days. Our users were constantly asking us for at least 90 days, and we really couldn't even do that. That's one reason that having 400 days of live data is pretty huge. As our users start to use it and adopt this system, we expect people to be able to do those long-term analytics."

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"The most useful features are directories, price, and live reporting.""It is a very useful tool for intelligence building because it has many use cases and many rule sets.""I am satisfied with the solution's stability.""The user interfaces are quite good and speedy.""The reports that we are from getting from ArcSight are very valuable. The reporting in ArcSight is good. Our regulators ask us for the reports on a regular basis, and we have been able to provide the required data. Its overall functionality in terms of log analysis and the speed at which it does that is also valuable. It is very quick. Whatever alerts we had configured were extremely fast. We immediately get alerts when there is unauthorized access or unknown access, or even positive access. This is where we found the difference between ArcSight and other solutions.""The product is quite mature. It's been around for a long time.""I really like the correlation part and the way the logs are correlated. I have never faced issues with parsing in this product. I like the way it parses, and everything is so clear to me.""ArcSight gives us better visibility into threats that were unknown earlier."

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"The most valuable feature is the reporting.""It's easy to build rules and actions based on the logs and event types we collect with the software.""Some of the rules are most valuable because you can be notified about various things, such as spyware or things that are going on in the internal network.""This tool is simple to use.""It has in-depth monitoring capabilities and an easy way for setting up dashboards. I can expand in various areas, or I can reduce areas. It supports different types of breakdowns, filters, and rules. It is very simple for an out-of-the-box type of product. It doesn't take a lot of time to figure it out, which is unlike some of the solutions that I have looked at. It meets all the aspects.""SolarWinds' stability is fine. I don't think we've had any software issues.""It's extremely easy to deploy."

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Cons
"We only use the core functionality and one of the reasons for this is that their security operation center needs improvement.""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.""I would like to have the ability to create more complex dashboards.""There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make the machine data simpler.""One major area for improvement for Devo... is to provide more capabilities around pre-built monitoring. They're working on integrations with different types of systems, but that integration needs to go beyond just onboarding to the platform. It needs to include applications, out-of-the-box, that immediately help people to start monitoring their systems. Such applications would include dashboards and alerts, and then people could customize them for their own needs so that they aren't starting from a blank slate.""From our experience, the Devo agent needs some work. They built it on top of OS Query's open-source framework. It seems like it wasn't tuned properly to handle a large volume of Windows event logs. In our experience, there would definitely be some room for improvement. A lot of SIEMs on the market have their own agent infrastructure. I think Devo's working towards that, but I think that it needs some improvement as far as keeping up with high-volume environments.""An admin who is trying to audit user activity usually cannot go beyond a day in the UI. I would like to have access to pages and pages of that data, going back as far as the storage we have, so I could look at every command or search or deletion or anything that a user has run. As an admin, that would really help. Going back just a day in the UI is not going to help, and that means I have to find a different way to do that.""Technical support could be better."

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"It is quite complex and could use a better UI. So the improvement would be a simplification. It is pretty complicated to use. The architecture is not complex but the setup and use are.""When I asked our networking juniors for a comparison between LogRhythm and ArcSight, they said that both platforms are almost the same. It is just that LogRhythm is more modern with a digital platform, which probably gives it some advantage over ArcSight. ArcSight is a very old and mature product that is running on an old platform. It is an old legacy platform. In terms of new features, it just requires platform upgrades so that it becomes lighter and easily adaptable, specifically in the cloud. It would be a good thing if they can also make reporting easier.""The customer experience could be improved.""Could benefit from a more modern interface.""The way that scaling is set up isn't very cost-effective.""I would like to have a feature that gives us an entire report listing what devices are integrated.""Its search part can be improved. When I go to the console and search for a few logs or something else, it takes a lot of time. When I try to search for three days or one week, it takes too much time. This is a major area of improvement. I wanted them to include features like SOAR, threat intelligence, and automation, and they seem to have included all these features in version 7.3 or 7.4.""The biggest requirement is that there is no cloud solution for this product yet. They need to create a cloud version. It's the biggest thing they can do to make the solution better."

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"It is a very technical program. They can simplify it so that it isn't so hard to deal with.""It won't tell you when your backups are failing, but it will give you hints when your database is running on full recovery.""There are no multiple dashboards which would allow you to see information side-by-side.""SolarWinds should improve its correlation capabilities. The correlation does not automatically detect and reduce the events fast enough. You have to manually do a correlation report, which means the tool is not scalable in many ways.""There is no correlation made between log entries, so no threat information is presented.""I would like to have a more customizable dashboard.""Under the new system, it is not upgradable the way they say. When you try to do an upgrade, it doesn't really work unless you dump everything and start from scratch. You lose a lot of your nodes. Whenever you set your nodes up and everything else, they don't want to bring those nodes back in, so you have to really go back and restructure all your nodes. I went from version 6.5 to version 6.6 and then to version 6.7. I then went to version 2019, and now it is version 2020. It would be good if we can upgrade without having to delete everything and start from scratch. They can maybe build more KPIs and other things for the dashboard. Some of the other systems already have built-in KPIs. SolarWinds is starting to catch up, but it is not there yet. They can include some of the business or industry standards for tracking the time, that is, the meantime to detect (MTTD) and the meantime to resolve (MTTR). They can also find a way to build a KPI that measures the number of instances of port scans experienced in a week or a month."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the same way as any other customer, e.g., we use the backroom."
  • "I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money."
  • "Devo is definitely cheaper than Splunk. There's no doubt about that. The value from Devo is good. It's definitely more valuable to me than QRadar or LogRhythm or any of the old, traditional SIEMs."
  • "[Devo was] 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."
  • "Be cautious of metadata inclusion for log types in pricing, as there are some "gotchas" with that."
  • "Devo was very cost-competitive... Devo did come with that 400 days of hot data, and that was not the case with other products."
  • "Our licensing fees are billed annually and per terabyte."
  • "I like the pricing very much. They keep it simple. It is a single price based on data ingested, and they do it on an average. If you get a spike of data that flows in, they will not stick it to you or charge you for that. They are very fair about that."
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  • "It's a good price, it's one of the cheaper solutions."
  • "ArcSight can be a little bit expensive because of the area that we work in and the cost. Licensing is mostly on a yearly basis, not monthly."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
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  • "Licenses can only be purchased in blocks of fifty at a time."
  • "It is in the appropriate mid-range. It is not as expensive as some of the other solutions. It is also not cheap."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Devo, like other vendors, doesn't charge extra for playbooks and automation. That way, you are only paying for the side… more »
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    I need more empowerment in reporting. For example, when I'm using Qlik or Power BI in terms of reporting for the… more »
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    Also Known As
    Micro Focus ArcSight, HPE ArcSight, ArcSight
    SolarWinds LEM, Solarwinds SIEM, TriGeo, Log and Event Manager
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    Overview

    Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

    ArcSight is Micro Focus' leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution. ArcSight helps businesses protect their data through compliance solutions and security analytics.

    There are a number of different products and solutions in the ArcSight family so you are able to pick and choose those that are best suited to your business requirements.

    With ArcSight, IT can:

    • Monitor IT infrastructure.
    • Manage insider security with secure identity and access control.
    • Automate compliance.
    • Monitor applications.
    • Manage security risks.
    • Identify APTs.

    When TriGeo was acquired by SolarWinds, TriGeo SIM became known as SolarWinds Log & Event Manager. This product is a leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) product and log management solution, which provides log collection, analysis, and real-time correlation.

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    Sample Customers
    United States Air Force, Rubrik, SentinelOne, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText, IGT, OneMain Financial, SurveyMonkey, FanDuel, H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, Manulife, Moneylion, Chime Bank, Magna International, American Express Global Business Travel
    Lake Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bank AlJazira, Banca Intesa, and Obrela.
    NetSuite, EasyStreet, Legacy Texas Bank, and Energy Federal Credit Union, to name a few.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company57%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Retailer14%
    Insurance Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm34%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Insurance Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Government8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise36%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise58%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise2%
    Large Enterprise83%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Find out what your peers are saying about ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. SolarWinds Security Event Manager and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,208 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is ranked 9th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 17 reviews while SolarWinds Security Event Manager is ranked 16th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 7 reviews. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is rated 7.6, while SolarWinds Security Event Manager is rated 6.8. The top reviewer of ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) writes "A mature and simple to use product, but needs a cloud deployment option". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Security Event Manager writes "Provides in-depth monitoring capabilities and an easy way to set up dashboards". ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is most compared with Splunk, IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM, McAfee ESM and DNIF, whereas SolarWinds Security Event Manager is most compared with Splunk, IBM QRadar, ManageEngine Log360, Fortinet FortiSIEM and AT&T AlienVault USM. See our ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. SolarWinds Security Event Manager report.

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