Elastic Beats Review

A great addition to our security monitoring system

What is our primary use case?

We're using it as part of our security monitoring system — essentially collecting logs and metrics and analyzing it for security at times.

What is most valuable?

The security aspects in general have been very useful to use.

What needs improvement?

At some level, the documentation, the information as far as the components, it's sometimes a little difficult to find the information necessary to implement aspects.

The documentation the vendor provides and even in the user groups and stuff, some of the information is very scarce.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for roughly seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's also been very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't to this point had to scale very large, we want to continue to evolve, but it's a slow process for us. From what I've used so far, and my reading on it, I don't think we're going to have any problems scaling to really whatever size we need.

How are customer service and technical support?

I did contact them one time when an upgrade process went awry and they were able to resolve the issues and take care of it. I just chatted with them online and they were able to recover the process and force it to complete appropriately.

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

We did not. It was part of our evolving and we really weren't using log management.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I pretty much just set it up and moved forward on my own and continued to evolve with it.

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

We're paying monthly on our AWS still. I don't remember the cost right now. It wasn't cheap, but it was cost-effective compared to many of the other solutions. But I don't remember offhand. I believe it was on the cheaper side compared to similar solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I had looked at many solutions over the years. It was actually the one we're working with, the security operation center and that was their preferred method and since we didn't have any preference, that was the direction we went.

What other advice do I have?

As with most SIEM solutions — it takes time. It takes time and you have to evolve the system and configure it to meet your needs.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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