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Feature Set Ratings

    Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

    6.6

    AlienVault USM

    66%

    Elasticsearch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    AlienVault USM ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Centralized event and log data collection

    6.8
    68%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Correlation

    7.1
    71%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Event and log normalization/management

    6.7
    67%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Deployment flexibility

    6.0
    60%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools

    6.6
    66%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Custom dashboards and workspaces

    6.1
    61%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Host and network-based intrusion detection

    6.7
    67%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Elasticsearch is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    AlienVault USM

    80%
    389 Ratings
    9.0

    Elasticsearch

    90%
    46 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.1

    AlienVault USM

    71%
    19 Ratings
    10.0

    Elasticsearch

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    6.7

    AlienVault USM

    67%
    35 Ratings
    10.0

    Elasticsearch

    100%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    6.4

    AlienVault USM

    64%
    6 Ratings

    Elasticsearch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    7.3

    AlienVault USM

    73%
    6 Ratings

    Elasticsearch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.3

    AlienVault USM

    73%
    51 Ratings
    7.8

    Elasticsearch

    78%
    18 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    4.5

    AlienVault USM

    45%
    1 Rating

    Elasticsearch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.3

    AlienVault USM

    83%
    6 Ratings

    Elasticsearch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    6.4

    AlienVault USM

    64%
    76 Ratings
    9.0

    Elasticsearch

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    6.3

    AlienVault USM

    63%
    3 Ratings

    Elasticsearch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    AlienVault USM

    At this point I'm saying a 4. While the marketing material make it appear to be easy to use and it was relatively easy to set up, as previously mentioned, each event description is based upon the individual asset making it nearly impossible for the administrator to be a SME for each asset. For example, if one of the assets reporting is a router, the administrator monitoring alerts would need to know what the various events are that can be triggered as an event for the particular router; however, if the asset is a workstation, the administrator would need to know the various events that are triggered for workstations.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    Elasticsearch is a really scalable solution that can fit a lot of needs, but the bigger and/or those needs become, the more understanding & infrastructure you will need for your instance to be running correctly.Elasticsearch is not problem-free - you can get yourself in a lot of trouble if you are not following good practices and/or if are not managing the cluster correctly.Licensing is a big decision point here as Elasticsearch is a middleware component - be sure to read the licensing agreement of the version you want to try before you commit to it.Same goes for long-term support - be sure to keep yourself in the know for this aspect you may end up stuck with an unpatched version for years.
    Borislav Traykov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    AlienVault USM

    • AlienVault USM is simple and easy to deploy. Sensors can be deployed in as little as 15 minutes through the setup wizard.
    • The USM UI is easy to understand. I've trained multiple analysts who are able to perform their duties on their first day, in part because of USM Anywhere's ease of use.
    • Top-notch built-in compliance templates and reporting features.
    Matthew Stacks | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    • As I mentioned before, Elasticsearch's flexible data model is unparalleled. You can nest fields as deeply as you want, have as many fields as you want, but whatever you want in those fields (as long as it stays the same type), and all of it will be searchable and you don't need to even declare a schema beforehand!
    • Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, is super strong financially and they have a great team of devs and product managers working on Elasticsearch. When I first started using ES 3 years ago, I was 90% impressed and knew it would be a good fit. 3 years later, I am 200% impressed and blown away by how far it has come and gotten even better. If there are features that are missing or you don't think it's fast enough right now, I bet it'll be suitable next year because the team behind it is so dang fast!
    • Elasticsearch is really, really stable. It takes a lot to bring down a cluster. It's self-balancing algorithms, leader-election system, self-healing properties are state of the art. We've never seen network failures or hard-drive corruption or CPU bugs bring down an ES cluster.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    AlienVault USM

    • Personally, I've wished I could purchase a service that would configure AV for my environment. I get a lot of traffic on a daily basis and I almost need to hire an analyst that just works on AV.
    • Some of the filters when looking for a specific alert aren't that easy to use.
    Christian Holton | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    • Joining data requires duplicate de-normalized documents that make parent child relationships. It is hard and requires a lot of synchronizations
    • Tracking errors in the data in the logs can be hard, and sometimes recurring errors blow up the error logs
    • Schema changes require complete reindexing of an index
    Keith Lubell | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    AlienVault USM

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    $1,075 per month

    AlienVault USM Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Essentials$1,0751
    Standard$1,6951
    Premium$2,5951
    1. per month
    Additional Pricing Details

    Elasticsearch

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0

    Elasticsearch Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Standard$16.001
    Gold$19.001
    Platinum$22.001
    EnterpriseContact Sales
    1. per month
    2. none
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 7.1
    Based on 19 answers
    The centralized logging and retention for PCI compliance was our main driver, and it is meeting that need. Otherwise there has been enough frustration with the lack of documentation and the need to customize through the CLI that I would be open to alternatives.
    Aaron Rothstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    Elasticsearch 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We're pretty heavily invested in ElasticSearch at this point, and there aren't any obvious negatives that would make us reconsider this decision.
    Aaron Gussman | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 6.7
    Based on 35 answers
    Once you are able to navigate the different panels, finding what you need is quite easily. Before getting used it it can be a bit of challenge .Each panel is quite well laid out and the filtering search capabilities are quite strong.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    Elasticsearch 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    To get started with Elasticsearch, you don't have to get very involved in configuring what really is an incredibly complex system under the hood. You simply install the package, run the service, and you're immediately able to begin using it. You don't need to learn any sort of query language to add data to Elasticsearch or perform some basic searching.If you're used to any sort of RESTful API, getting started with Elasticsearch is a breeze. If you've never interacted with a RESTful API directly, the journey may be a little more bumpy. Overall, though, it's incredibly simple to use for what it's doing under the covers.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 6.4
    Based on 6 answers
    We do have issues with maintenance on the AlienVault USM as the disk fills up from time to time with other data sources. Sources for scanning logs and net flow data isn't calculated in regular disk maintenance and can easily fill up our disk if we do not keep an eye on it with some custom Nagios plugins. The system does properly trim logging data from logging sources properly.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 7.3
    Based on 6 answers
    With the latest release of AlienVault USM overall performance has not been an issue. We have noticed single source events per second does not scale well with the overall system. 2,000eps on a vmware system with a single source produces delays of up to an hour for us. Pages, reporting and even raw log searches are rather quick though.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 7.3
    Based on 51 answers
    The support we received from alienvault was excellent. They went above and beyond in making sure everything was working as it needed to be. They REALLY want their product implementation to be a success and our security goals be achieved. They are like a member of our security team.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    Elasticsearch 7.8
    Based on 18 answers
    We've only used it as an opensource tooling. We did not purchase any additional support to roll out the elasticsearch software. When rolling out the application on our platform we've used the documentation which was available online. During our test phases we did not experience any bugs or issues so we did not rely on support at all.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    In-Person Training

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 4.5
    Based on 1 answer
    I did not have any experience with "in person" training directly. The free online classes offered for a half a day are based on the actual training offered. These little teasers are very good and well worth your time to learn a few quick and dirty ways of getting more information from your SIEM
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 8.3
    Based on 6 answers
    It was very well organized and helpful in using the product to the fullest extent. The instructor allowed time for folks who were involved with managed services to receive tuning tips in order to better support their customers. In addition, the course materials were automatically updated when the new version came out.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 6.4
    Based on 76 answers
    AlienVault USM was a very simple to implement and get up and running. We started with a trial version and had that up and going within an hour of receiving email instructions from the sales engineer. We never had to contact support to get the system up and going. It was extremely easy to convert over to a full license once we started with a paid version.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    Elasticsearch 9.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Do not mix data and master roles. Dedicate at least 3 nodes just for Master
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    AlienVault USM

    Splunk's ES is a paid add-on on top of an already pricey product. Finding a MSSP that supports Splunk and isn't a 6 figure annual commitment seems unlikely. LogRhythm did not have a cloud-based solution when we were considering SIEMs. Fantastic product though and have a good MSSP base.Devo did not have a MSSP partner base when we looked. Their product is fantastic too.AlienVault USM has good partners to choose from as well as an affordable cloud model, that's why we chose it.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    As far as we are concerned, Elasticsearch is the gold standard and we have barely evaluated any alternatives. You could consider it an alternative to a relational or NoSQL database, so in cases where those suffice, you don't need Elasticsearch. But if you want powerful text-based search capabilities across large data sets, Elasticsearch is the way to go.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    AlienVault USM

    AlienVault USM 6.3
    Based on 3 answers
    The AlienVault USM is not very scalable. Some scalability can be achieved by installing additional sensors, but this only offers 500eps per sensor and is still overall limited by the installation type of VM or physical. We have also noticed the EPS (events per second) is rated overall and not towards a single source. A single source on a very healthy VMware partition tops out at 2,000eps for us, no matter how we configure it. Maybe this is a problem of the 5.2 release?
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    AlienVault USM

    • Compliance
    • Threat detection
    • Easy asset management
    • Save on vulnerability scanning
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Elasticsearch

    • We have had great luck with implementing Elasticsearch for our search and analytics use cases.
    • While the operational burden is not minimal, operating a cluster of servers, using a custom query language, writing Elasticsearch-specific bulk insert code, the performance and the relative operational ease of Elasticsearch are unparalleled.
    • We've easily saved hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing Elasticsearch vs. RDBMS vs. other no-SQL solutions for our specific set of problems.
    Anatoly Geyfman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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