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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

The system works very well for 'legacy' perimeter defense based networks that rely on centralized network traffic and remote management solutions for the internal networking and endpoint devices. For architectures adopting a zero-trust/BeyondCorp mentality, the system can still be useful but requires either investment in third-party tools to collect information otherwise unavailable to the system, or significant custom infrastructure tools to support many orchestration functionalities.
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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 USM
7.3
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
7.9
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
9.5
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
8.0
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
8.0
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
10.0
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
7.0
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault USM
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
5.0

Pros

AlienVault USM

  • AlienVault USM Anywhere is easy to deploy with their cloud-based model and deploying the required agents on-prem (or in the cloud) is quick and easy.
  • Custom rules allow for alerting based on content from events and you can even trigger agents in response to threats, shutting down computers or grabbing forensic info for incident response.
  • USM Anywhere also takes care of reporting for ISO and PCI, allowing you to pull reports for auditors at a moment’s notice.
  • With many integrations out-of-the-box, you can pull in all the data from products you use and other sources, such as Amazon CloudWatch Logs.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

  • 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

AlienVault USM

  • Walking through all the devices after a Nmap or device discovery scan can be tedious to get the data correct
  • When deploying HIDS, it would be better if the system gave more detail as to the deployment error
  • Offline updating of licenses can be a little time-consuming
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

  • 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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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 9.1
Based on 13 answers
It is a great product and has been instrumental to our security posture.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

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Usability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.4
Based on 34 answers
We have been using AlienVault USM Appliance for nearly 3 years. The power and flexibility of the device for IPS and IDS is amazing. We are able to identify threats and stop them before damage can be done.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

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Support

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.6
Based on 24 answers
I have contacted support many times and every time they addressed the issue and continued until it was resolved. The product is solid, so the overall operation is trouble free.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

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Implementation

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.0
Based on 37 answers
The best recommendation I can offer is understand the system that is being installed. Knowing how to configure and specific expectations that you expect from the machine. I would say to watch the tutorials and the online video's, get yourself involved with the community forum and ask the questions if you do not understand.Our company did not make the best choice on the computer that the service was installed on and it has led to some adverse effects that did not appear until now, almost 2 years later and needing to re-install the entire system all over again.If you need the help, ask for it. The technical support team at alienvault and community forum members are always there to answer questions.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM works well for any company size. LogRhythm might be too much if your company is not already big, and the same can be said of McAfee Enterprise Security Manager. If this is your first SIEM, it's a really good choice and has nothing to envy from the others I'm comparing it with. I also recommend the cloud version of AlienVault, the USM Anywhere, which the interface is a bit different, but the principles remain the same. Also, the McAfee Enterprise Security Manager has a Flash-based interface, for which Adobe is phasing out. AlienVault USM is HTML5 and can even be used mobile.
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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

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

AlienVault USM

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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

  • 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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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

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