SolarWinds Security Event Manager Review
April 03, 2020

SolarWinds Security Event Manager Review

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Security Event Manager

We use SolarWinds SEM to monitor all production systems Canada-wide. Often times when troubleshooting devices or applications from a administrative position or help desk it can be very time consuming to pull logs from each device and filter out what you're looking for. By using the SolarWinds SEM tool you can forward all relevant logs and filter out what you don't want to see, which reduces time spent resolving tickets and helps to better locate those pesky problems.
  • Log Filtering
  • Alerting
  • Monitoring
  • SEM does have some efficiency issues, other tools have been able to handle millions of logs per hour but SEM seems to get overloaded quickly.
  • The UI is slow to respond after the solution has been running for a while.
  • Some of the logic is fairly limited with the UI, maybe they could improve the usability of the UI.
  • Reduced amount of time spent unlocking accounts.
  • Reduced amount of downtime on critical applications.
  • Initially SEM is a significant investment to get started, but after it has been fully configured the amount of time spent on operational tickets has been reduced.
SolarWinds provides support so when you have problems you don't need to turn to information bases as you can just get a hold of SolarWinds support. I would say another reason for getting SEM is that it is generally easier to configure and easier to learn than the other solutions available, this means that IT staff at any level can easily learn how to start monitoring and alerting using a log-based solution. SEM also does a lot of the leg work for you whereas other solutions you have to get from point A to B on your own.
I have had no issues with SolarWinds Security Event Manager support so far. They have always been able to solve my problems in a timely manner. Unfortunately the more complex the problem is the more difficult it is to get support to resolve it, so you will have to learn a lot about the application either way.

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SolarWinds SEM is great for alerting when applications are misbehaving, sometimes if an application gets stuck in a logic loop you will immediately know with SolarWinds SEM because you can see the logs generated on that application would have skyrocketed. It also provides useful information to really track down what computers are locking your account out (we all deal with this). SolarWinds SEM will only benefit you if it can see the logs on the device or forward them to SolarWinds SEM.

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) Feature Ratings

Centralized event and log data collection
Event and log normalization/management
Deployment flexibility
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Custom dashboards and workspaces