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119 Ratings
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Score 7.4 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)

    Nagios Core

    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

    • Nagios Core is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
    • SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.5

    Nagios Core

    75%
    42 Ratings
    8.1

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    81%
    46 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.9

    Nagios Core

    99%
    3 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    73%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    4.0

    Nagios Core

    40%
    1 Rating
    6.7

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    67%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.7

    Nagios Core

    77%
    18 Ratings
    7.4

    SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

    74%
    26 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Nagios Enterprises

    Nagios monitoring is well suited for any mission critical application that requires per/second (or minute) monitoring. This would probably include even a shuttle launch. As Nagios was built around Linux, most (85%) plugins are Linux based, therefore its more suitable for a Linux environment.
    As Nagios (and dependent components) requires complex configurations & compilations, an experienced Linux engineer would be needed to install all relevant components.
    Any company that has hundreds (or thousands) of servers & services to monitor would require a stable monitoring solution like Nagios. I have seen Nagios used in extremely mediocre ways, but the core power lies when its fully configured with all remaining open-source components (i.e. MySQL, Grafana, NRDP etc). Nagios in the hands of an experienced Linux engineer can transform the organizations monitoring by taking preventative measures before a disaster strikes.
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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

    Nagios Enterprises

    • Monitoring of services is one of the biggest benefits for our company. Being able to respond in a timely fashion keeps business smooth.
    • Hardware and device monitoring are easy to set up with proper parameters.
    • Notification to key staff to be able to respond quickly makes issues go away faster.
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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

    Nagios Enterprises

    • Nagios could use core improvements in HA, though, Nagios itself recommends monitoring itself with just another Nagios installation, which has worked fine for us. Given its stability, and this work-around, a minor need.
    • Nagios could also use improvements, feature wise, to the web gui. There is a lot in Nagios XI which I felt were almost excluded intentionally from the core project. Given the core functionality, a minor need. We have moved admin facing alerts to appear as though they originate from a different service to make interacting with alerts more practical.
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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

    Nagios Core

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Nagios Core editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Single LicenseFree1
    Single LicenseFree2

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    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

      Nagios Enterprises

      We're currently looking to combine a bunch of our network montioring solutions into a single platform. Running multiple unique solutions for monitoring, data collection, compliance reporting etc has become a lot to manage.
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      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

      Nagios Enterprises

      The Nagios UI is in need of a complete overhaul. Nice graphics and trendy fonts are easy on the eyes, but the menu system is dated, the lack of built in graphing support is confusing, and the learning curve for a new user is too steep.
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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

      Nagios Enterprises

      I haven't had to use support very often, but when I have, it has been effective in helping to accomplish our goals. Since Nagios has been very popular for a long time, there is also a very large user base from which to learn from and help you get your questions answered.
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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

      Nagios Enterprises

      Because we get all we required in Nagios [Core] and for npm, we have to do lots of configuration as it is not as easy as Comair to Nagios [Core]. On npm UI, there is lots of data, so we are not able to track exact data for analysis, which is why we use Nagios [Core].
      Read full review

      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

      Nagios Enterprises

      • With it being a free tool, there is no cost associated with it, so it's very valuable to an organization to get something that is so great and widely used for free.
      • You can set up as many alerts as you want without incurring any fees.
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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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