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Score 8.4 out of 100

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

    Datadog

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    76%
    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Centralized event and log data collection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    18 Ratings

    Correlation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    15 Ratings

    Event and log normalization/management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    36 Ratings

    Deployment flexibility

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    18 Ratings

    Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    13 Ratings

    Custom dashboards and workspaces

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.9
    49%
    34 Ratings

    Host and network-based intrusion detection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    4 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Datadog is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.8

    Datadog

    98%
    19 Ratings
    8.1

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    81%
    46 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Datadog

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    73%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    Datadog

    100%
    1 Rating
    6.7

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    67%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.9

    Datadog

    89%
    10 Ratings
    7.4

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    74%
    26 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Datadog

    Datadog is a no-brainer for any environment that relies on multiple servers. Even for one server, it's so much better to use for monitoring and alert capability than anything else I remember looking at before we started using Datadog. Teams can even use it to track their progress of investigating an alert so multiple people aren't unknowingly looking into the same exact issue unnecessarily.
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    SolarWinds

    Solarwinds SEM is great for generating reports for investigation purposes. Once you set up the connectors you can walk away and the product runs without needing maintenance. It was however pretty difficult to create the reports and alerts when now starting out and it can be very intimidating for new users.
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    Pros

    Datadog

    • APIs, the ability to interact with the data we pull into data dog is key. We port the information over to Servicenow, so the ability to pull everything into DataDog, then Servicenow, is a key component of our success here at Wayfair.
    • Simple Interface - clean, useful, effective. Allows users to use DataDog for one reason, get work done.
    • Lightweight agent on hosts
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    SolarWinds

    • It does a great job of notifying us when accounts have been locked out. We can then find out the device on the network where the login attempt occurred.
    • Searching for incidents is now a lot faster with the implementation of the HTML 5 interface.
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    Cons

    Datadog

    • User interface could be improved in some areas, looking for host information and the agent install link takes a bit of time.
    • Configuration of the agent is generally done via a config file which is a pro and a con. It would be nice to have some UI to configure various agent options.
    • Billing isn't entirely straightforward, they could use more reports to figure out the source of your monthly costs.
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    SolarWinds

    • All SolarWinds product suffer from slow response times in management portals. SolarWinds SEM is no exception. While it is much preferred over a "thick client" there is much room for improvement in speed.
    • If you use the email alert features with SolarWinds make sure to prepare you staff and team for the large amount of emails they could receive. Make sure to reduce the number of alerts so your team does not ignore the alerts.
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    Pricing Details

    Datadog

    Starting Price

    $0 Up to 5 hosts

    Editions & Modules

    Datadog editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Free$01
    Standard$15/host2
    EnterpriseCustom3
    Infrastructure$15.004
    Log Management$1.275
    APM$31.006

    Footnotes

    1. Up to 5 hosts
    2. Up to 500 hosts
    3. 500+ hosts
    4. Per Host Per Month
    5. Per Million Log Events
    6. Per Host Per Month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      Datadog

      No answers on this topic

      SolarWinds

      It is pretty likely that we will renew SEM when the time comes up. It is easy to use and maintain so there isn't much of a need to replace this product. It is also a pretty fair price for the capabilities provided by the SEM
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      Usability

      Datadog

      The user interface is quite intuitive with the exception of the network map. As a deployer of software, it is trivial to setup.
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      SolarWinds

      If you are familiar with SolarWinds then you can use this product it's as easy as that. If you have never used a SolarWinds product then it will take a minute to get how they do reports and make dashboards but that being said the tool is great and can make things very easy once you get a feel for how it works and get everything setup how you like it.
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      Support Rating

      Datadog

      The support team usually gets it right. We did have a rather complicate issue setting up monitoring on a domain controller. However, they are usually responsive and helpful over chat. The downside would be I don’t think they have any phone support. If that is important to you this might not be a good fit.
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      SolarWinds

      The quality of support can vary depending on whom you end up speaking with. I was fortunate enough to work with a support representative who was very familiar with the product. He had even authored some of the support documentation on the website. On the flip side, I had two other experiences where I was simply directed to online training material.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Datadog

      We are still trying other products, but people still like Datadog. After setting up a dashboard, it's great for monitoring instances on Datadog. Also, the DevOps team had a good time setting up Datadog. It means Datadog was way easier to set up compared to those others.
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      SolarWinds

      Splunk was a pretty good product but the licensing structure needed a lot of work. They changed the structure three times that I am aware and I still had problems understanding LogRhythm had a lot of issues correlating users to IP addresses, the mappings were frequently wrong so this product could not be trusted in my environment as all our access logs are IP based and this needs to be matched to usernames from AD Fortianalzyer is a great product but it can only do logs from Fortigates so that was not helping for anything other than our firewalls.
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      Return on Investment

      Datadog

      • One of our critical production databases went down a couple of weeks back. Just because we had the Datadog monitoring enabled for that database, Datadog sent the alerts to PagerDuty and we were instantly notified via pager and email alert. We could act right away and bring up the database within a few mins.
      • Ability to create custom screenboards have allowed us to track the critical and warning alerts in front of our eyes all the time
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      SolarWinds

      • For the price, it produced a decent value. It did a lot of the easy stuff well. I can't give any specific data given the objective of the product was to monitor very basic events in the environment.
      • There are free options that can do a better job.
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