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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server


What is SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server?

Solarwinds® Kiwi Syslog® Server is a syslog management tool for network and systems engineers. It receives syslog messages and SNMP traps from network devices (routers, switches, firewalls, etc.), and Linux®/Unix® hosts. Users can filter and view these messages based on…

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8 out of 10
September 29, 2023
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What is SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server?

Solarwinds® Kiwi Syslog® Server is a syslog management tool for network and systems engineers. It receives syslog messages and SNMP traps from network devices (routers, switches, firewalls, etc.), and Linux®/Unix® hosts. Users can filter and view these messages based on time, hostname, severity, etc., and set up custom alerts. Kiwi Syslog Server has built-in actions to react appropriately to syslog messages. There are also log archival and clean-up features to help comply with security policies.

SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server Features

  • Supported: Centrally manages syslog messages
  • Supported: Receives real-time alerts based on syslog messages
  • Supported: Automatically responds to syslog messages
  • Supported: Stores and archives logs for regulatory compliance
  • Supported: Schedules the generation of syslog reports via email
  • Supported: Allows to view syslog data anywhere with secure web access

SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server Screenshots

Screenshot of Manage syslog messages and SNMP traps from network devices, including Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems from a single console.Screenshot of Trigger email alerts, run scripts, log to file or ODBC database, forward messages, and more.Screenshot of Schedule automated log archival and cleanup to help you comply with SOX, HIPAA, PCI DSS, etc.Screenshot of View graphs of syslog statistics over specific time periods.Screenshot of Filter and monitor log messages on an intuitive syslog viewer web console with multiple custom views.Screenshot of Perform advanced message filtering by host name, host IP address, priority, or time of day.Screenshot of During heavy loads, receive messages with a buffer of up to 10 million syslog messages and 1,000 email messages.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows Server® 2016, 2012, 2012 R2, 2008 R2
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish

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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server is a highly useful tool used by small companies to fulfill the security requirements of their clients. It provides a centralized logging solution that allows users to store syslog messages from various network devices such as switches, routers, firewalls, servers, UPS, and storage. Users find the software easy to set up and have had no issues with it since installation. It meets their needs without being too robust or expensive.

In case of incidents, Kiwi Syslog Server proves to be helpful as users can easily filter logs based on IP and incident time to retrieve relevant information. The software has a user-friendly interface and an easy-to-read log viewer, making it simple for users to navigate and find the necessary data. With the licensed version handling around 2 million messages per hour and the free version handling about 300,000 per hour, users can trust that their logging requirements will be met.

Not only is Kiwi Syslog Server reliable in storing and reporting on log file entries across multiple devices, but it also serves as a replacement for SolarWinds Orion Syslog, handling logs more effectively. It is widely used by network engineering teams and IT administrators to retain logs of critical network devices. Additionally, the software is being utilized to monitor data center servers and network devices, helping to identify various issues across the infrastructure and server hardware.

Overall, system administrators recommend Kiwi Syslog Server for its ease of installation, user-friendly interface, and the support provided by SolarWinds. It proves to be a valuable asset for companies in meeting their security requirements and streamlining their logging processes.

User-Friendly Central Logging Solution: Many users have praised the central logging solution for its user-friendly interface and easy implementation process. Reviewers appreciate the fast and simple setup, allowing them to quickly store syslog messages and convert them into readable forms.

Real-Time Event Monitoring: Several reviewers have mentioned that the ability to mark critical events with different colors is helpful in identifying and managing syslog messages centrally. The software also provides real-time alerts based on critical events, keeping users updated on important information.

Affordable Price Point: Users consistently mention that the product is inexpensive, with the whole package usually costing less than $300 USD. This affordable price point makes it an attractive option for customers looking for a cost-effective solution.

Search Functionality: Some users have found the search functionality to be lacking and have suggested improvements to enhance its effectiveness. They feel that the current search capabilities do not meet their needs and would benefit from additional features or refinements. Node Organization: Users have expressed concerns about the organization of nodes within the system. They believe that it could be improved to provide a more intuitive and efficient user experience. Suggestions include implementing better categorization or sorting options for easier navigation and management of nodes. Failures with Web Services: Several reviewers have encountered issues with web services, leading to occasional failures that require them to restart the entire server. This interruption in service can disrupt workflow and cause frustration among users who rely on seamless connectivity with external web services.

Users commonly recommend Solarwinds Kiwi Syslog Server for its good monitoring capabilities and ease of management. It is highly recommended for monitoring network devices, web servers, and data center environments. Users also suggest that it is suitable for environments with thousands of devices and heavy syslog traffic. However, some users mention that Solarwinds Kiwi Syslog Server lacks integration with third-party ITSM tools, requiring workarounds for integration. Another common recommendation is to revamp the search and filter functionality as users find it very poor. Lastly, some users recommend building your own server to host Solarwinds Kiwi Syslog Server.

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September 29, 2023

Friendly Kiwi syslog Setup

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Main agenda to use kiwi syslog product to ingest network related logs . Initially I thought its expensive but its not that much per year they are charging $319 and unlimited technical support . The licensed version can handle around 2 million messages per hour, and the free version handles about 300,000 per hour and licensed version has default 500,000 message buffer, while the free version has a maximum 500 message buffer
  • Centrally manage syslog messages
  • Receive real-time alerts based on critical events
  • GUI is available to watch events in real-time
  • User-friendly software
  • version update alert feature should be improve
  • Syslog server connectivity Alerts should be popup
  • Email alerting should be improve
  • Bandwidth of log ingestion should be improve
To monitor syslog events Kiwi syslog much helpful and needed .Its saving human efforts and cost.Easy to check on GUI panel flow and status of server ,start and stop services we can do them from GUI panel it self . Recent version also no need C++ libraries to install .We can store the ingested events and archive based on our threshold criteria .We can import and export INI file which contain everything what we have configured
Ahmed Mujeeb | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server to store all the Syslog messages from our network devices which includes Switches, Router, Firewall, Servers, UPS and storage. It is very helpful and easy to use tool in case any incident happens on the device. We can simply filter the logs based on it's IP and incident time and get the last message sent by the affected device.
  • storing syslog messages
  • convert syslog messages into readable form
  • marking of critical and other events with different colors also helps
  • sometimes web services fails and due to which whole server needs to restart
  • there should be grouping for different types of devices
As managing the area of a mill on large area It is hard to keep an eye on each and every device. Here SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server really helps me in the cases where some incident happens and the device gets faulty.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
A small company I was working with needed a centralized logging solution to fulfill some security requirements of a client. They didn't need anything robust and powerful (e.g. Splunk or SolarWinds' other logging solution) and they didn't want to spend too much money on the solution. Based on those requirements, SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog worked perfectly. The solution did everything we needed it to do and was very user-friendly.
  • User-friendly
  • Inexpensive central logging solution
  • Fast and simple implementation
  • Better search functionality
  • Improve organization of nodes
  • Support other backend OSs
The SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server does what it's supposed to do. It's a bare-bones Syslog Server. If your company is just trying to fulfill security requirements or doesn't need all the advanced features of a product such as Splunk, then Kiwi will work well and not break the bank. Using the tool is very straightforward as there aren't a lot of options outside of just viewing logs.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server to accumulate and store all of the log entries from our network devices, firewalls, servers, and printers. SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server was very easy to set up and we have had no issues with it since it was installed. I recommend it to any system administrator that needs to store and report on log files entries across multiple devices. Excellent!
  • Stores log file entries from multiple devices.
  • Provides a simple easy to install and use interface.
  • The setup menu is a little cumbersome and could be improved and simplified.
  • Easier on-demand reporting would be useful.
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server is an excellent log file storage and reporting program and is also very inexpensive for unlimited nodes. That is unusual in today's systems and network administration market. Most software in those categories is way overpriced for small to medium-sized businesses. SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server is affordable and works well.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Kiwi Syslog is used only internally by our network engineering team. We consider it to be highly useful; as it's easy to set up and has minimal need for any additional configuration. We use it regularly as a replacement for the SolarWinds Orion Syslog that is part of their NPM package; as we find that the NPM syslog can't always keep up with logs.
  • Fast! Logging is close to real-time.
  • Simple set up
  • Cheap. The whole product is usually less than $300 USD.
  • Minimalistic; If you're looking for something with analysis features look elsewhere.
  • Operating System support is Windows only.
  • Some management features cannot be configured via web interface.
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server really thrives in environments where the network is small enough that high scalability or log analysis are not required. I would avoid using this in a network where automated log analysis is required, and would look more at a SIEM or something in that same vein. It should also be noted (and hopefully managers or product purchasers are reading) that this isn't the same as a SIEM, and therefore isn't a suitable alternative to one -- though it is great for what it is.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We're currently using it to monitor our data center servers and network devices. It's helping us a great deal in identifying all sorts of issues across our infrastructure and server hardware. The easy to read and view log viewer as well as the easy to set to setup logging capabilities are outstanding.
  • Collection of SNMP traps a reliable and stable collection server for these is crucial to troubleshooting and time to ROS. Kiwi excels at this.
  • Easy to install set up and train users on.
  • The free version is a good free tool and handy to use for personal labs and other smalle use cases.
  • SNMP traps to user readable format is great, sometimes syslog and smnp messages can be hard to interpret and read with out a knowledge of how to do this.
  • I think they could enhance their UI and update it a little.
  • More filter options would be a great quality of life improvement
I honestly don't think there is another Syslog server on the market that is as easy to use, manage, and set up as Kiwi Syslog. SolarWinds has created a great product. I think Kiwi Syslog is an excellent solution for really anyone in the market for a mid to large SNMP and Syslog collection agent. Kiwi has been a staple for almost as long as I've been in the IT industry. It's reliable, stable, and has years of excellent development behind it. Kiwi Syslog is one tool that, whether you use the free or the paid version, I believe a data center or any IT department truly needs.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This software is used by the IT team to retain our logs of all our critical network devices. It was purchased for ease of installation and for the support provided by SolarWinds. I have been pleased on both counts. This software was extremely easy to configure and get going in a matter of hours. I would certainly buy this again in the future.
  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to configure.
  • Support was top notch.
  • There are free options available so price is a concern.
If you have syslogs that you need to collect in an easy way this software would certainly do the job for you. It was easy to implement and has been a breeze to maintain. If you need to consider something opensource Graylog is a great alternative. If you are OK with the cost Kiwi is great.
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