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AlienVault USM

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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

Zendesk Support Suite

ZenDesk is great if you have a large source of incoming data. For us, we managed over 500 endpoints with a lot of users who have something to ask/request/complain about. So we need a system that will take all that data in. If your source of data is smaller and can be handled by a group email - then ZenDesk may not be a fit for you, but consider it as your company grows.
Justin Esgar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Incident and problem management

AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.8
Organize and prioritize service tickets
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
7.0
Expert directory
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.5
Subscription-based notifications
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
5.4
ITSM collaboration and documentation
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
7.5
Ticket creation and submission
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
7.5
Ticket response
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
7.1

Self Help Community

AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.9
External knowledge base
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
7.1
Internal knowledge base
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.8

Multi-Channel Help

AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.8
Customer portal
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.1
IVR
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.0
Social integration
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
8.1
Email support
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
7.3
Help Desk CRM integration
AlienVault USM
Zendesk Support Suite
6.4

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

Zendesk Support Suite

  • Triggers - we're able to automate a significant amount of tasks and repetitive work by relying on Zendesks flexible trigger options.
  • Macros - The ability to create complex message templates with autofilled information is a significant time saver.
  • Collaboration - since Zendesk implemented more transparent communication controls for CC contacts we're able to have more effective communication with customers and relevant stakeholders. This was a much appreciated improvement.
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

Zendesk Support Suite

  • The workflow was fixed, so if your ticket flow didn't fit with how ZenDesk thought it should it was difficult to manage. For example, I like to separate tickets where we are waiting for something from the customer from tickets where I'm waiting for an employee to deliver something. This was impossible, and when I gave that feedback I was told that wasn't a valid way of looking at support. This meant I had to inspect each and every "Pending" ticket every day to separate them to generate a list of tasks.
  • Their ticket UI is weird and difficult to understand.
  • As a manager, I wanted to see what tickets my customer service agents submitted over the past week, but their "View" feature doesn't include OR logic making it impossible to create a proper search. Even just getting a list of all of the tickets that were completed in the past week was impossible without a lot of massaging of the data, and tech. support refused to even answer the question. I had to do two searches, one for "solved" tickets and one for "closed" tickets, and you couldn't change the state workflow since their crazy system doesn't allow it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.4
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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 10.0
Based on 37 answers
There has not been a reason to consider anything else as the core functions work perfectly for ticketing. Also Zendesk continues to focus on new functionality, growth of the API and Apps framework and add more partner application to the list. Not only will be renew but it is likely we will add seats as we grow and expand our customer focused teams.
Lou Gallo | 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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 8.0
Based on 17 answers
The usability is great, but I do have to be honest and say that I still have a little trouble with the user interface sometimes. I have poor ability to differentiate between similar colors and sometimes if I am not directly in front of my screen I have trouble with the text inputs
Chase Sheaffer | 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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 8.6
Based on 26 answers
• Occasional issues, but generally very stable.
• Any scheduled downtime was always communicated effectively with frequent updates on system status. No issues here
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 8.0
Based on 20 answers
There has been minor performance degradation on a very few days out of the two years I have been using the product.
Taylor Wielage | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 6.3
Based on 52 answers
Every time I contacted them they were not only very responsive and knowledgable, but always seemed to have a positive upbeat attitude. It probably helps that we did not have significant service outages or sev 1 level issues, but even my lower severity issues were quickly answered. And the positive and upbeat attitude really made things feel comfortable.
Kevin Pearce | 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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 7.9
Based on 9 answers
Zendesk has tons of available material for training - videos, webinars, articles, etc. The only reason this is not a 10 is because it can be hard to figure out how to navigate to these things and find what you are looking for.
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 9.0
Based on 34 answers
I was very satisfied. They have a free trial for 30 days and I recommend you do that and use it. It is very easy to get started with the basics and the build on over time.

The only thing technically complex was single sign-on and integration to Salesforce.com required some tweaks – otherwise setting up system was very easy
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

Zendesk Support Suite

We used Freshdesk when it was a relatively new product. We switched to Zendesk later to take advantage of better user management, easier interface and user experience, better reporting tools and to align ourselves with a recognised brand.We use Intercom to engage with customers, however have decided not to use it as our support desk as Zendesk has better ticket prioritisation tools and reporting. However we would consider moving to Intercom if they improved their support desk offering so that our team only had to use one system.
Nikhil George | 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

Zendesk Support Suite

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

Zendesk Support Suite

  • Zendesk has allowed us to create a support infrastructure for a relatively low cost, allowing us to spend our money on hiring great agents who work with the tool.
  • Integrating other tools into Zendesk is easy and allows our agents to work more efficiently, reducing the touches they perform and the costs associated with that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Zendesk Support Suite

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

Zendesk Support Suite

General

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

Zendesk Support Suite Editions & Modules

Edition
Suite Team$49.001
Suite Growth$79.001
Suite Professional$99.001
Suite Enterprise$150.001
Additional Enterprise-Ready Plans, starting at...$215.001
Support Team (Foundational Support Only)$19.001
  1. per agent/month billed annually
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM
7.6
Zendesk Support Suite
5.9

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
6.4
Zendesk Support Suite
10.0

Usability

AlienVault USM
6.9
Zendesk Support Suite
8.0

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Zendesk Support Suite
8.6

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Zendesk Support Suite
8.0

Support Rating

AlienVault USM
7.3
Zendesk Support Suite
6.3

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Zendesk Support Suite
10.0

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.5
Zendesk Support Suite
7.9

Implementation Rating

AlienVault USM
6.4
Zendesk Support Suite
9.0

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Zendesk Support Suite

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