SolarWinds Security Event Manager Review
October 13, 2020

SolarWinds Security Event Manager Review

Brandon Demko | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

We have a deployment of SolarWinds SEM that monitors our Windows and Linux servers currently for login attempts across the whole organization. This allows us to see any possible vulnerabilities in real-time.
  • It is flexible with a variety of system connectors.
  • Setup is easy.
  • Monitoring log size and system resources is simple.
  • It is a robust product so, not clear out of the box exactly what it can do.
  • Agent installs can sometimes need manual removal.
  • If you're running an older version of SEM, migrating clients to a new install isn't clear-cut.
  • It allows us to see in real-time events as they happen, saving us time.
We had an older version of SolarWinds SEM, however, it was not being utilized.
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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Overall, the system is easy to implement and maintain. Also, adding a connector to a system is pretty simple. Knowing what you want to monitor and watch for, however, can be a bit daunting.
SolarWinds SEM is a great cost/performance balance. It scales well and doesn't require a lot of babysitting. If you're not familiar with what you're looking for it can seem daunting.