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CrowdStrike Falcon

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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

CrowdStrike Falcon

It's a great solution with a massive deployment scenario with a lot of endpoints, and where the time is an issue and you need to be protected ASAP - thanks to its cloud-based architecture you will be up and running in almost 10 minutes (literally). There are no signatures, further refinements, or additional hardware and servers required. An always or almost always offline [scenario] is not well-suited for Falcon Pro.
Victor Rivera | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

SaltStack is a very well architected toolset and framework for reliably managing distributed systems' complexity at varied scale. If the diversity of kind or number of assets is low, or the dependencies are bounded and simple, it might be overkill. Realization that you need SaltStack might come in the form of other tools, scripts, or jobs whose code has become difficult, unreliable, or unmaintainable. Rather than a native from-scratch SaltStack design, be aware that SaltStack can be added on to tools like Docker or Chef and optionally factor those tools out or other tools into the mix.
Jeremy McMillan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Endpoint Security

CrowdStrike Falcon
8.9
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Anti-Exploit Technology
CrowdStrike Falcon
8.9
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
CrowdStrike Falcon
9.3
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Centralized Management
CrowdStrike Falcon
9.2
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Hybrid Deployment Support
CrowdStrike Falcon
7.8
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Infection Remediation
CrowdStrike Falcon
9.0
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Vulnerability Management
CrowdStrike Falcon
8.6
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
Malware Detection
CrowdStrike Falcon
9.3
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

Pros

CrowdStrike Falcon

  • Ransomware protection. We ran a ransomware simulation with obfuscated executables to hide malware signatures and CrowdStrike found and stopped 15 out of 15.
  • Malware/adware detection. Packaged adware in official installers are instantly blocked without interfering with the install of the primary application.
Randy Munroe | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

  • Targeting is easy and yet extremely granular - I can target machines by name, role, operating system, init system, distro, regex, or any combination of the above.
  • Abstraction of OS, package manager and package details is far advanced beyond any other CRM I have seen. The ability to set one configuration for a package across multiple distros, and have it apply correctly no matter the distrospecific naming convention or package installation procedure, is amazing.
  • Abstraction of environments is similarly valuable - I can set a firewall rule to allow ssh from "management", and have that be defined as a specific IP range per dev, test, and prod.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CrowdStrike Falcon

  • We get false positive detections when we run an email signature script for our users. These false positives can be a distraction. We've implemented a whitelist for those behaviors, but had some difficulty in figuring out how to configure CrowdStrike to recognize these executions since the file name and hash were always different (the executing file was firstname_lastname.exe, and that was too Vague to whitelist.
Mark Sauer | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

  • Managing network hardware should be more native and easy
  • SaltStack should buffer jobs and, when a client returns, make sure it is executed proberly
  • SaltStack should provide basic pillar and states structures to help get newbies started
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CrowdStrike Falcon

CrowdStrike Falcon 8.6
Based on 13 answers
When I receive support, it is always useful and informative. However, the support doesn't get back to me in the most timely manner. Often, by the time I hear back from support I have already resolved the issue. But for bigger issues, that need more in-depth help the support team has been incredibly valuable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config 8.2
Based on 2 answers
We haven't had to spend a lot of time talking to support, and we've only had one issue, which, when dealing with other vendors is actually not that bad of an experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CrowdStrike Falcon

Overall I found CrowdStrike Falcon's EDR capabilities superior to their competitors. Also, the user interface has taken its time to mature and is very intuitive and has a natural flow. Policy configuration and assignment as well as the features and settings within the config were more complete and met all our requirements. Lastly, the agent plays nice with everything else running on systems. We hardly ever have issues of Falcon interfering with users or services, and false positives are kept at a minimum.
David Reyes | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

We moved to SaltStack from Puppet about 3 years ago. Puppet just has too much of a learning curve and we inherited it from an old IT regime. We wanted something we could start fresh with. Our team has never looked back. SaltStack is so much easier for us to use and maintain.
Steven Marshall, RHCSA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CrowdStrike Falcon

  • CrowdStrike has cut our security costs.
  • Has given us more insight into our end points.
  • It has helped with our older PC's CPU usage.
  • Cut our cost and time from managing multiple platforms down to managing one platform with better insight than what we had with multiple security platforms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

  • We manage two complex highly available self-healing (all infrastructure and systems) environments using SaltStack. Only one person is needed to run SaltStack. That is a HUGE return on investment.
  • Building tooling on top of SaltStack has allowed us to share administrative abilities by role - e.g. employee X can deploy software Y. No need to call a sysadmin and etc.
  • Recovery from problems, or time to stand-up new systems is now counted in minutes (usually under eight) rather than hours. This is a strategic advantage for rolling out new services.
William Cannon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CrowdStrike Falcon

General

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

CrowdStrike Falcon Editions & Modules

Edition
Falcon Pro$6.991
Falcon Enterprise$14.992
Falcon Premium$17.992
  1. per endpoint/month (for 5-250 endpoints, billed annually)
  2. per endpoint/month (minimum number of endpoints applies)
Additional Pricing Details

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config

General

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

VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CrowdStrike Falcon
8.9
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
9.1

Support Rating

CrowdStrike Falcon
8.6
VMware vRealize Automation, with SaltStack Config
8.2

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