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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault OSSIM

Small, medium or large, every company can benefit from this tool. Even if you decide to supplement your existing SIEM this is the way to go and chances are you might end up switching to this as your primary.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

I honestly don't think there is another Syslog server on the market that is as easy to use, manage, and set up as Kiwi Syslog. SolarWinds has created a great product. I think Kiwi Syslog is an excellent solution for really anyone in the market for a mid to large SNMP and Syslog collection agent. Kiwi has been a staple for almost as long as I've been in the IT industry. It's reliable, stable, and has years of excellent development behind it. Kiwi Syslog is one tool that, whether you use the free or the paid version, I believe a data center or any IT department truly needs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
7.9
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.4
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
9.5
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
8.0
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
8.0
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
10.0
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
5.0
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
7.0
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

Pros

  • Most of the configuration comes out-of-the-box suited for most environments. Setting it up is really easy, with the wizard, you can have it working in less than 3 hours of deployment, without counting asset installation.
  • Out-of-the-box dashboards are really useful. You can modify or add new widgets to suit your needs, but you'll most likely agree with what already comes configured.
  • The tickets feature for handling alarms is really easy to use.
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  • Collection of SNMP traps a reliable and stable collection server for these is crucial to troubleshooting and time to ROS. Kiwi excels at this.
  • Easy to install set up and train users on.
  • The free version is a good free tool and handy to use for personal labs and other smalle use cases.
  • SNMP traps to user readable format is great, sometimes syslog and smnp messages can be hard to interpret and read with out a knowledge of how to do this.
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Cons

  • The correlation directives that come out of the box are very few. I understand more correlation directives are a premium product, but one can hardly see the value of having very few. It makes new customers think they will not get better directives when they switch to the full USM or USM Anywhere.
  • Same with reports, the few reports it comes out of the box can be retrieved using other tools that are better prepared for the task. I understand that compliance reports aren't free, but at least I'd expect more security reports.
  • The OTX tab in dashboards sometimes takes too long to load, even if you have a fast internet and plenty of resources in the VM.
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  • I think they could enhance their UI and update it a little.
  • More filter options would be a great quality of life improvement
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Usability

AlienVault OSSIM8.0
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AlienVault OSSIM is far easy to use and manage - provided you know what you're doing. As any SIEM application, there is some background knowledge required in order to take advantage of the product's functionalities, such as the log correlation and analysis. Other than that, the application is quite usable and robust.
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM has the upper ante in initial deployment price, being that it's open source. Also, with perhaps the exception of SolarWinds, it has a lower optimal requirements for onsite deployment, hence your OPEX won't be hit very hard by investing in new hardware to suit the appliance. The correlation engine is somewhat more robust that their counterparts in LogRhythm and SolarWinds, and the IDS (both NIDS and HIDS) are more reliable as well in terms of results. Finally, although Tenable SecurityCenter is more robust in dashboards, alerts and reports, it comes short in front of OSSIM in terms of real-time IDS and SIEM correlation.
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I've not had any other interaction with other Syslog servers. The main reason for that is that Kiwi works outstandingly well at what it does. Simply put, I believe this product is a staple in the IT industry and will remain as such as long as they keep the tool current and improve it in the future.
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Return on Investment

  • The only investment here is setting it up and I think seeing it's performance it's a fantastic tool and has a great positive ROI!
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  • Kiwi Syslog has dramatically improved our ability to correlate and identify problems across our infrastructure.
  • This product has improved our turn around to ROS times.
  • Syslog has allowed us the ability to collect and save multiple logs for troubleshooting issues with vendors. The ability to send log packages to vendors for troubleshooting is excellent.
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Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details