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Information Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
Top 5Leaderboard
Good monitoring, analytics, and data loss prevention capability
Pros and Cons
  • "From the perspective of analysis and prevention, this product is pretty accurate."
  • "Sometimes the connectors to the databases need to be manually updated and we have to configure them again, which is something that should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for ensuring compliance with databases. It allows monitoring of what kind of statements and alterations are going on, as well as who is accessing what data.

How has it helped my organization?

IBM Guardium is useful for organizations that require compliance such as banks, insurance companies, and pension plans. Having it available allows us to focus on those clients.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are data loss prevention and data protection.

From the perspective of analysis and prevention, this product is pretty accurate.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes the connectors to the databases need to be manually updated and we have to configure them again, which is something that should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a reliable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easy to scale. There are more than 5,000 users in total, although it does not run on all of the servers or user workstations.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support from IBM for this solution is pretty good. Support via email is available and overall, it is reliable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is the first database security solution that I have worked with.

How was the initial setup?

I found the initial setup to be complex. There are a lot of connections between different components and it is not straightforward. Our deployment took approximately three days.

What about the implementation team?

We had the assistance of a system integrator.

What other advice do I have?

From my experience, I find that IBM Guardium is pretty good and I would recommend it.

The monitoring and analytics capabilities make it a very good product, although we have had intermittent problems with our database connectors so it is not perfect.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Junior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Secure, easy to scale, easy installation, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "IBM Guardium Data Protection is very good at keeping your database secure."
  • "It would be helpful, and convenient to improve the Chat support."

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for a PoC.

IBM Guardium Data Protection is used to create policies, and rules for database access management.

What is most valuable?

IBM Guardium Data Protection is very good at keeping your database secure.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful, and convenient to improve the Chat support.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Guardium Data Protection for four months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not had any issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM Guardium Data Protection is a scalable solution.

Currently, as we are conducting PoCs, I am the only user. We created an in-house environment at my office. It is not yet ready to be used at the commercial level.

How are customer service and technical support?

They have good support when they are opening a case, but when on the Chat, the support is not good.

It would be helpful, and convenient to improve the Chat support.

How was the initial setup?

We had IBM appliances, which made it very easy to add. 

We added it to the virtual machine.

The installation was complete in 20 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I was able to complete the installation myself.

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

We are working with the trial version.

Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.

I don't have all of the information regarding the pricing, but my understanding is that it is on the high side. 

What other advice do I have?

IBM, in general, is the best. I would recommend this solution to others.

I am not familiar with other products. I only know IBM Guardium.

I would rate IBM Guardium Data Protection a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Technical Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Effective monitoring, scalable, but less coding requirements needed
Pros and Cons
  • "There are different modules but the most valuable ones are firewalling and masking. Additionally, the auditing of the entire database is helpful, which includes all the activity of the database users and administrators. We can monitor everything and log as well."
  • "If IBM Guardium Data Protection could find a way to not have a lot of coding and development required to get the solution up and running it would be an advantage. The information of the agent could improve, which is necessary for us to monitor the databases would be a great benefit."

What is our primary use case?

We use IBM Guardium Data Protection mostly for data masking and firewalling. We restrict the administrators and other users from altering or deleting anything from the databases.

What is most valuable?

There are different modules but the most valuable ones are firewalling and masking. Additionally, the auditing of the entire database is helpful, which includes all the activity of the database users and administrators. We can monitor everything and log as well.

What needs improvement?

If IBM Guardium Data Protection could find a way to not have a lot of coding and development required to get the solution up and running it would be an advantage. The information of the agent could improve, which is necessary for us to monitor the databases would be a great benefit.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used IBM Guardium Data Protection within the last 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable compared to the other solutions that we have worked with. However, it requires a lot of development, or it requires a lot of effort to make it deployable in a customer location, which makes it very difficult.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM Guardium Data Protection is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is good and stable but you need some manual efforts in terms of development and programming or coding to get the solution up and running, which does make it a bit challenging if you don't have a large team.

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM Guardium Data Protection a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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Security Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
No crashes and great accountability
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features of this product are activity monitoring on the database servers, discovery capabilities, and vulnerability scanning."
  • "An area for improvement would be the user interface - currently, it takes around two to three months to become comfortable using it."

What is our primary use case?

My primary use of this solution is for database activity monitoring.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this product are activity monitoring on the database servers, discovery capabilities, and vulnerability scanning.

What needs improvement?

An area for improvement would be the user interface - currently, it takes around two to three months to become comfortable using it. In the next release, I would like to see more integration with other vault vendors.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable - during my time using it, I have not had any crash problems with the servers, and I haven't needed to do any restarts.

How are customer service and support?

I haven't had any problems with the global and local support for this product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was basic and easy and didn't take much time.

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

The cost of this product is reasonable but could be lowered to a more competitive level.

What other advice do I have?

Guardiam's accountability is good - by design, it doesn't give any root privilege to customers, which means we don't have highly important privilege for access to Guardiam. They use only a user level, so kernel-level users are prohibited, which means there aren't any accidental effects from the customer side. I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Deployment is complex but the tech support is good

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for IBM Guardium Data Protection is audit logging. We monitor transactions and access particular tables in the database with it. 

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements in scalability and easier installation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Guardium Data Protection for three years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Personally, I have not been very involved with IBM Guardium Data Protection for the last couple of years. However, I think we've had some problems scaling it, but I'm not the right person, really, to answer questions about scalability. My understanding is that there has been some frustration with scaling it, but those may be local issues. …

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for IBM Guardium Data Protection is audit logging. We monitor transactions and access particular tables in the database with it. 

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements in scalability and easier installation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Guardium Data Protection for three years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Personally, I have not been very involved with IBM Guardium Data Protection for the last couple of years. However, I think we've had some problems scaling it, but I'm not the right person, really, to answer questions about scalability. My understanding is that there has been some frustration with scaling it, but those may be local issues.

How are customer service and support?

I think IMB's technical support is good. 

How was the initial setup?

The installations are complex. They take several days.

What about the implementation team?

We had help from IBM with deployment.

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

We pay yearly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We initially looked at Oracle's own products, but we had legacy databases so we didn't really have many options. We had old flavors of Oracle in place.

What other advice do I have?

Personally, I would not recommend this product. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Supports many databases, scalable, and straightforward installation

What is our primary use case?

We are using IBM Guardium Data Protection for activity monitoring, blocking users,  entitlement for knowing the privilege for users, and Guardium data features.

What is most valuable?

The solution supports a lot of databases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Guardium Data Protection for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM Guardium Data Protection is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. We have approximately six people using the solution.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support has been very good.

How was the initial setup?

IBM Guardium Data Protection's installation is straightforward and…

What is our primary use case?

We are using IBM Guardium Data Protection for activity monitoring, blocking users,  entitlement for knowing the privilege for users, and Guardium data features.

What is most valuable?

The solution supports a lot of databases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Guardium Data Protection for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM Guardium Data Protection is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

We have approximately six people using the solution.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support has been very good.

How was the initial setup?

IBM Guardium Data Protection's installation is straightforward and takes a few hours.

What about the implementation team?

We have five people that do the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

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

The price of the solution could be better.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate IBM Guardium Data Protection a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Has good document protection features

What is most valuable?

I like Guardium's document protection features.

What needs improvement?

Guardium's storage capabilities could use some improvement. I'd also like to have some better integration using digital technology or a connector.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Guardium is scalable. I've been able to integrate it with other solutions.

How are customer service and support?

I have initiated tickets for various reasons, and IBM support was very good.

How was the initial setup?

Setting up Guardium was easy and straightforward. 

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

It's an enterprise license.

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM Guardium nine out of 10. I would absolutely recommend the solution to others. …

What is most valuable?

I like Guardium's document protection features.

What needs improvement?

Guardium's storage capabilities could use some improvement. I'd also like to have some better integration using digital technology or a connector.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Guardium is scalable. I've been able to integrate it with other solutions.

How are customer service and support?

I have initiated tickets for various reasons, and IBM support was very good.

How was the initial setup?

Setting up Guardium was easy and straightforward. 

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

It's an enterprise license.

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM Guardium nine out of 10. I would absolutely recommend the solution to others.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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