SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) vs. Splunk Enterprise

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds LEM is security information and event management (SIEM) software.N/A
Splunk Enterprise
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Splunk is software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style interface. It captures, indexes and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards and visualizations.N/A
Pricing
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)Splunk Enterprise
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)Splunk Enterprise
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)Splunk Enterprise
Considered Both Products
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
We use Splunk to also collect Syslog data across our enterprise. However, it is quite different in the correlation process. Splunk is less user-friendly and requires advanced-level training to manage. Solarwinds SEM is a lot easier to manage and set-up.
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
SEM is much better value proposition due to being priced by node and not by size of the event database. It's also much easier to configure that Splunk and needs much less infrastructure to run. Out of the box SEM beats Splunk on functionality. We looked at many products and …
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
It came down to price on this one. SolarWinds gave us a great break on it. For the features that we were looking for, SolarWinds is a great value for our dollar. As far as features go, we were looking for some
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
easier to use than Splunk, light linux core
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
  • Ease of deployment
  • Good UI
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
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 …
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
We found that SolarWinds performed poorly when the Architecture included many large data centers spread across the globe. When evaluating the SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) solution we quickly realized that we needed a distributed architecture with log aggregation to …
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Solarwinds LEM lacks a lot of the features and power of their competitors. It also appears, at least at the outside of the competitors, that it is less user friendly and out of the box ready. We ended up with the Solarwinds solution because of budgetary constraints and …
Splunk Enterprise
Chose Splunk Enterprise
Splunk is the industry leading log correlation company. After a presentation and POC, it was clear to go with the best.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)Splunk Enterprise
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.7
17 Ratings
1% below category average
Splunk Enterprise
7.5
54 Ratings
4% below category average
Centralized event and log data collection8.517 Ratings6.553 Ratings
Correlation7.614 Ratings6.052 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management7.317 Ratings6.053 Ratings
Deployment flexibility7.917 Ratings7.549 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools7.912 Ratings7.549 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces4.916 Ratings8.554 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection10.03 Ratings7.037 Ratings
Data integration/API management00 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Behavioral analytics and baselining00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Rules-based and algorithmic detection thresholds00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Response orchestration and automation00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Reporting and compliance management00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Incident indexing/searching00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)Splunk Enterprise
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(45 ratings)
7.0
(70 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(2 ratings)
10.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
6.7
(5 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.5
(17 ratings)
8.4
(17 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)Splunk Enterprise
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Splunk
Pros: Splunk is very well suited if you have multiple log sources of related data. All of them can be correlated and tasks can be automated based on the requirement. Other than alerts, Splunk can also run a specific script of your choice, based on some defined conditions. Cons: If you have a few logs but a large number of log sources, Splunk can be very expensive.
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Pros
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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Splunk
  • Real-time + Scheduled alerts - i-e you can set up alerts which are actively monitoring your logs
  • Pretty good response time for search results. With our key/value logging, Splunk makes it blazing fast to query the data.
  • Dashboards provide insights into historical data
  • Love how Splunk indexes all of the data and provides keys to search on
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Cons
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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Splunk
  • At times some queries can run slowly if indices are not on a portion of the query you use.
  • Setup time initially can be difficult if your logs aren't stored in common locations or in a common way to write the log.
  • Ability to ingest logs from different locations without having to change code to put logs in a certain place (pro and con).
  • Searches can be a bit more difficult to look through if your log isn't pulled in a manner that is easy to read through splunk.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Splunk
We are using Splunk extensively in our projects and we have recently upgraded to Splunk version 6.0 which is quite efficient and giving expected results. We keep track of updates and new features Splunk introduces periodically and try to introduce those features in our day to day activities for improvement in our reporting system and other tasks.
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Usability
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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Splunk
You can literally throw in a single word into Splunk and it will pull back all instances of that word across all of your logs for the time span you select (provided you have permission to see that data). We have several users who have taken a few of the free courses from Splunk that are able to pull data out of it everyday with little help at all.
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Reliability and Availability
SolarWinds
No answers on this topic
Splunk
When properly setup and configured, Splunk is extremely reliable.
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Support Rating
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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Splunk
Splunk maintains a well resourced support system that has been consistent since we purchased the product. They help out in a timely manner and provide expert level information as needed. We typically open cases online and communicate when possible via e-mail and are able to resolve most issues with that method.
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Online Training
SolarWinds
No answers on this topic
Splunk
The online course was simple clear and described the main capabilities of the solution. There is also an initial module that can be done for free so anyone can familiarize themselves with the functionality of this solution. On the other hand, however, there could be more free online courses. Maybe even with a certificate, this would broaden the group of people who are familiar with the platform while increasing familiarity with the solution itself.
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
No answers on this topic
Splunk
Smooth without too many major issues.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Splunk
I wanted to learn a new language that I can quickly master and implement. Splunk is easy, fun to use and best of all, it can be developed in hours not days or weeks. Splunk is fundamentally a programming language that is minimal but yet powerful enough to collect, analyze and visualize data.
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Scalability
SolarWinds
No answers on this topic
Splunk
Splunk can scale in to the petabyte per day range which of course is awesome
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Return on Investment
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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Splunk
  • Overall very positive. It has provided visibility to what is going on within our network.
  • One drawback is the time it takes to get up to speed with the application, but this is up to the user, and Splunk education is excellent.
  • In my field, IT Security, there are few other friends to have in your back pocket better than Splunk. They are just that good.
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