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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's best use case is when you want to store loosely-structured data and be able to search for it near-instantly. And you want to do that in a highly tolerant distributed system. My company doesn't use it this way but I've heard of other companies using ES to store system logs. Another company uses it to store giant store-catalogs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.2
Elasticsearch
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
7.1
Elasticsearch
Correlation
AlienVault USM
7.7
Elasticsearch
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
7.7
Elasticsearch
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
6.7
Elasticsearch
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault USM
6.9
Elasticsearch
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.9
Elasticsearch
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.7
Elasticsearch

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

  • Super-fast search on millions of documents. We've got over 2 billion documents in our index and the retrieve speeds are still in the < 1-second range.
  • Analytics on top of your search. If you organize your data appropriately, Elasticsearch can serve as a distributed OLAP system
  • Elasticsearch is great for geographic data as well, including searching and filtering with geojson, and a variety of geospatial algorithms.
Anatoly Geyfman | 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

  • Setting Java memory thresholds can be a pain for those not accustomed to things like Eden Space & Old Generation which can lead to over allocation, or more likely, under allocation. Apache Solr had a similar issue. It would be nice if the program would take an extra step and dogfood it's own advice by analyzing the system & processes to return a solid recommendation for that configuration. The proper configuration information is outlined in the documentation, it would be nice if that was automated.
  • The only health check that ElasticSearch reports back is a "red" status without any real solid information about what is going on, though its usually memory thresholds or disk I/O. I am currently on ElasticSearch 1.5 so that may have changed for newer versions. When the status goes "red", I as the administrator of the software, feel like I lose control of whats going on which should rarely happen. Something more verbose would eliminate that.
  • This is more of a critique of the ElasticStack in general. The whole top to bottom stack is starting to get feature creep with things that are better suited in other software and increasing the barrier for entry for people to get started with setting up a robust logging infrastructure. ElasticSearch as a storage search engine, is pretty streamlined, but I can see that the tools that comprise the ELK Stack are going to require a certification with constant study at some point. During major release for Logstash a while back, it literally took a month to learn a new language because Elastic completely changed the syntax. For a medium sized organization of only a couple of admins, that is a pretty high bar where time is money. They really should work on refining/automating the tools & search engine they have, instead of shoehorning/changing things on to an already rock solid foundation.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.5
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 6.9
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 3 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 3 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 28 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 7.5
Based on 12 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 8.5
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 39 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 1 answer
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

  • Once you hit the 150 asset mark, you have to jump to their unlimited license. There is no middle ground. We were only 10 or so assets above the 150 so we had to chose to either not monitor those assets or pay the price of the upgrade.
  • AlienVault brings all the information to one place which makes it much quicker to track down problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Elasticsearch

  • Faster searches on our application have resulted in better usability and increased application use
  • Analytics dashboard has given our managers a better understanding of day-to-day activities
  • Being a backup data store, we need not touch SQL database while doing data dumps for local data science projects
Swastik Nath | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Elasticsearch

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

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

Elasticsearch Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$16.001
Gold$19.001
Platinum$22.001
EnterpriseContact Sales
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM
7.5
Elasticsearch
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
6.5
Elasticsearch
10.0

Usability

AlienVault USM
6.9
Elasticsearch
10.0

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Elasticsearch

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Elasticsearch

Support Rating

AlienVault USM
7.3
Elasticsearch
7.5

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Elasticsearch

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.5
Elasticsearch

Implementation Rating

AlienVault USM
6.4
Elasticsearch
9.0

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Elasticsearch

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