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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM Anywhere is a great SIEM and if you need to deploy a SaaS solution then it is suited very well. It works very well for us being 100% AWS and integrates well with our toolset and AWS features. The AT&T Alien Labs Open Threat Intelligence (OTX) is perfect for providing context on events and feeding our incident response processes.
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Zabbix

Zabbix is probably the best classical monitoring software out there that is also FOSS. It is superior to Nagios and other similar software from implementation to utilization, and equal in capabilities. It is equally capable to SolarWinds (and competitors), and more expandable (thanks to the support of user-generated XML templates), but at the cost of time, knowledge, and effort. It serves a different market than pure cloud monitoring solutions, though they do overlap heavily, so it probably is not as well suited to cloud-only monitoring (though it can be set up to work effectively in this role as well). However, given the flexibility of on-prem monitoring as well, it can be an option in conjunction with, or in place of the cloud-only monitoring if that is a need.Overall, I would put Zabbix on par with SolarWinds and the main differentiator is where are the costs going to be paid - in end-user training and support of Zabbix or in the commercial, ease of use provided by SolarWinds (and competitors).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
Zabbix
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
Zabbix
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
Zabbix
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
Zabbix
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
Zabbix
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
Zabbix
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
Zabbix

Pros

AlienVault USM

  • AlienVault enables integration with external technologies, thereby broadening its scope and possibilities.
  • AlienVault has a dashboard customization and reporting scheme that makes it flexible to query your data, allowing you to model the tool according to your needs.
  • AlienVault will make you forget the need to consult some information on AWS Cloudtrail. It extracts the data from there and delivers in a much more efficient way.
  • With a single tool you can monitor your cloud and on-premises environment.
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Zabbix

  • Alerting, while it can be difficult to initially learn, Zabbix's alerting system allows you fantastic control over how and when each of your team members receives alerts. This has caused a large decrease in "Friendly Fire" spam, preventing our staff members from getting complacent when they see a alert come through.
  • In a couple of clicks, you can turn any monitorable data into a graph, which can then be deployed to any number of systems. Its ease of use makes it a fantastic tool.
  • Zabbix makes adding new devices for monitoring very easy due to its template system.
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Cons

AlienVault USM

  • At times I do find navigating the dashboard for very specific functions to be difficult.
  • For entry level security analysts or administrators I feel can get overwhelmed with the amount of data available from a single platform (in a good way)
  • helpful to understand Linux for certain tasks
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Zabbix

  • Zabbix could benefit from integrating with Logstash in a more formalized way. Utilizing these two open-source services compares to the much more expensive Splunk.
  • I think it's important to deploy Zabbix to core systems first, then build more granular monitoring as false alarms are minimized. If you mass deploy Zabbix to all servers with very granular alert thresholds, you will have a hard time sifting through all the noise to get to the actionable alerts you really wanted to see.
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 9.1
Based on 13 answers
It is a very well built software and solution for meeting our cybersecurity needs. The staff is always very well responsive with any issues that we have and it is perfect for satisfying FINRA's cybersecurity regulations.
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Zabbix

Zabbix 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is free. It didn't cost anything to implement (other than my time and the cost incurred for it) and it is filling a badly needed gap in our IT infrastructure. Support is available if we have issues and can be done annually or paid for on a per incident basis as needed. Expansion, updates, and all other future lifecycle activities are likewise free of cost, so as long as someone is able to implement/maintain the software (and the OSS project is maintained) then I imagine the company will never leave it.
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Usability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.4
Based on 34 answers
Almost all functions are intuitive, custom logging is not very easy to configure.
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Zabbix

No score
No answers yet
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Support

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.6
Based on 24 answers
Based on previous experience we had to explain and demonstrate the problems several times; fixes takes long time to be implemented and rolled out to end users. Several times we had to guide the support contact to fully understand the problem
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Zabbix

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.0
Based on 37 answers
Initial deployment was great compared to all the research I had read about deploying SIEM solutions. The basic setup gives excellent information about what is occurring on your enterprise network.
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Zabbix

Zabbix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
We are a mainly Windows environment, so it would be useful if we could have used Active Directory to deploy agents. As of version 4.2, Zabbix has announced a new agent MSI file to allow exactly that. Unfortunately, we didn't have that option.Also, for Linux and MAC deployments, there is no simple way to deploy that. Using remote scripts you may be able to create something, but most places will opt for either SNMP (agentless) or manual installation of agents to add to Zabbix. A way of deploying agents via discovery would go a long way to helping in the adoption of the tool.
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM

None at the time as the product was purchased before I joined the organization.
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Zabbix

I have had feedback that Splunk is a more out-of-the-box solution. With some fine tuning, it is possible to get the same robust functionality from a Logstash and Zabbix integration. The setup is more taxing, but you avoid paying the costly Splunk fees. So it all really depends on the organizations goals and how they currently invest in monitoring.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

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Zabbix

  • Zabbix has helped our NOC team become the center for service configuration management. The mantra has become "if it is not monitored, it does not exist."
  • Zabbix has helped train our NOC team to be responsive, and understand the threat levels of varying alerts.
  • Zabbix is robust. Often times you might turn on the Zabbix agent and immediately get alerted to high disk usage when certain processes are running, or a low % of disk volume is available. Having this feedback in real time is crucial for maintaining dozens of servers per sysAdmin.
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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

Zabbix

General

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

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