Devo Review

Decreased our MTTR with its immediate visibility, prepackage dashboards, and alerting


What is our primary use case?

We use it for visibility and alerting in a cybersecurity security use case. 

It is a very specific deployment in the sense that it's not general. We integrated it with our own technology. We are a SaaS vendor. The way we integrated Devo was to put it into our platform as an alerting layer. Because you will be doing executables at your computer all the time, such as opening an email, a browser, or Word, all these things are tracked via telemetry. We take all that raw data for events, essentially enriching it with the classification service that we have as a unique part of our own service. So, if you're opening Word or sending an email, we enrich that with our classification, e.g., malware, then we send it to Devo. We build dashboards and alerts based on that. 

Before, you would have a tool just for cybersecurity. Now you have an impressive tool that takes no effort at all. Suddenly, because of the Devo layer, you have an intelligence tool with no extra deployment effort on the side of the customer to see visibility.

Devo is a powerful interface and platform which will ingest our data coming from an endpoint protection solution, putting it in a format and dashboard, then connecting tools where you extract them into an intelligence platform, oversight, or security. That's essentially what we do.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution manages 400 days of hot data for us, which is amazing. We just send it to the Devo platform, then it is there for our customers. It is quite a unique feature because other cybersecurity players typically have a lot of limitations. They normally offer two weeks of historic data with a pain offering of a month. We are sort of unique in the industry because we can offer a year due to Devo. When you're looking at cybersecurity breaches, you will notice that normally attackers have been in your network for more than 300 days. This is the average time that you've been breached and you didn't know, and it's actually close to what we have with Devo. A shorter period of time would be less useful to us.

Because of the module, our customers now have immediate access to telemetry in a way that they didn't have before. The way that we integrate it with a click of a button, activating the Devo module, suddenly they will have immediate access to it. Therefore, the automation and value for customers is quite impressive. 

What is most valuable?

Ease of use: Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of the user interface. The UI has a graphical interface with the raw data in a table. The table can be as big as you want it, depending on your use case. You can easily get a report combining your data, along with calculations and graphical dashboards. You don't need a lot of training, because the UI is relatively very intuitive.

We find the solution’s Activeboards and widgets to be understandable and flexible. Before the summer, we are looking to expand the ability for people to do their own dashboards and variations off-the-shelf.

It performs well. There is a lot of telemetry in our case, and it is cybersecurity. The telemetry is integrated with a lot of data. You need to look at it in real-time because if you are under attack, then you need to see that immediately: What's going on, where it's coming from, where is the zero patient, etc. This is all the while that you're conducting threat detection. The performance is amazing.

The solution’s real-time analytics of security-related data works well for us. It's a module that we buy from the Devo platform and have as a vertical for the customization of our sessions and alerting. It's great for us to know that they will be taking care of our customers. We don't touch it and are very satisfied.

What needs improvement?

There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make the machine data simpler. 

Lookup tables could be used to minimize the performance impact in bringing together two different sources of data together and correlating them. This could be something that they could improve, but maybe this has already been fixed.

For how long have I used the solution?

Five to six years, going back to 2014.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Maybe two to three times over six years we have found some issues in the system, but normally it is immediately sorted out.

We don't have to worry about how it is maintain and managed over time. That is in their hands, and it is working great.

We have a product manager who maintains the Devo modules part-time (50 percent). There are also five to seven people from our development team who ensure everything is properly integrated. Once every two years, we do a professional services project from them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've never found any limitations or drawback included in the data to ingest, map, and integrate into the platform. There have been no issues with scalability.

From a machine data and ingestion perspective, it would be probably be something around a million devices. People actually using the platform is probably several tens of thousands because that's the number of our partners who have sold a Devo module at some point.

Devo is part of our performance, so the more we grow, the more we will need it as part of that blend of growth.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. Devo is a typical vendor with very capable, technical people who can get to the root cause quickly.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We implemented Devo into our platform from scratch. McAfee and other solutions don't have this offering yet. This was a new thing in 2014 when we implemented it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite straightforward. The deployment was a few months, then we were up and running.

The only thing we needed to do for implementation was to choose what part of the event information that we would send to Devo, who would need to map that, parse it, and put it into their platform in a way that was understood in order to give the information back to users in a way that it would make sense. For dashboards, prepackaged, and off-the-shelf cybersecurity intelligence, we needed to choose the information that we would send them. They needed to ingest it and make sense of the dashboards that we needed to show our customers. It was a relatively simple, straightforward project on both sides. We saw very huge volumes immediately.

We first launched the product in 2014, then did a major lifting in 2015. On a continuous basis, we are adding new features that Devo releases. 

What about the implementation team?

We have a big development team as we are a vendor. 

It took two people from our company a few months to deploy the solution with seven people (max) from Devo.

What was our ROI?

The solution has decreased our mean time to remediation (MTTR) because of the immediate visibility, the prepackage dashboards, and the alerting that we built. With Devo, even if you didn't have any patch solution in place, you could just click in the platform and it could tell you when, where, and what endpoints were seen by Devo in the last year. Then, you can print a list of those computers and the IT people can just go to those to upgrade the patches. In a situation like WannaCry, as long as you know what you're looking for, the fix is immediate. For example, we have one customer who had a situation where they were waiting months for remediation. With Devo, it is immediate because it is available with a report.

The way that we charge our customers is not the same way we are charged by Devo. We need to keep it under control so it makes economical sense for us to sell our model based off of Devo. That's why we don't expand in an infinite way what we send to the Devo platform. We charge on an endpoint basis per license, subscription, or input annually. That's our business model. Devo charges based on ingestion and the time you store, which can be different one month to three months to a year. Therefore, it was difficult to build a model in the beginning that would work for us. That's why we limit the amount of ingestion that we do in the customers' platforms.

The ROI been great. The fact that we could launch it in a few months instead of a couple of years, that's a return on investment. Also, when you put all the costs together, it is less to have done it than with the open source approach.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the same way as any other customer, e.g., we use the backroom. However, we built this vertical model extending our portfolio, which is actually a Devo based model.

We have a very simple invoice every month based on ingestion and the seniority of the data stored, which I think is the standard way they charge. Then, every other year we make a charge on a specific professional services project based on our module integration, which is probably unique for us compared to a standard customer.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were thinking of going with Elasticsearch or an open source solution, but it would have been one to two years of development internally.

We went with Devo which represented more of our core: scalability, stability, and ingestion. All these things are where Devo really excels. We were looking for something focused on enterprise environments.

For patching, the MTTR is immediate compared to a typical Microsoft tool. 

What other advice do I have?

Internal development is underrated. It is a good choice not to invent it all yourself. You should focus on your core business. It made sense to choose Devo to focus on the machine data issues while we focused on cybersecurity and the intelligence that we could build with the platform.

Open source is a good option in some cases, but not for us and our needs.

I would rate the solution as a nine (out of 10).

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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