IBM Guardium Review

The query rewrite and redaction functions provide flexible/dynamic control of our data.


What is most valuable?

The database activity monitoring and firewall features of Guardium address our database security requirements. The combination of policies, alerts, baselines, reports, and query rewrite functions are easy to use and provide enough room for customization.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides us more visibility and control of our business functions. The query rewrite and redaction functions also provide flexible/dynamic control of our data, which is indeed helpful for complex scenarios.

What needs improvement?

The backend database requires improvement for faster searching. This makes it easier for analysts to investigate older data.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Guardium since mid-2013.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I did not encounter any major stability issues in the last three years, except a couple of minor issues with S-TAP agents.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is easily scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

I mostly get quick support although I did not encounter any complex error yet. I rate technical support at 7/10.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and configuration of a collector is simple and straightforward. The ease of deployment is dependent on whether you choose agent-based monitoring or network traffic, SPAN-based monitoring.

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

The Guardium licensing is based on PVU and as a result, the solution became a bit costly. I am not aware of the licensing and pricing model of its competitors. But if the focus is pricing, then one can consider other options as well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were considering DbProtect but at that time, DbProtect had no support for Teradata.

What other advice do I have?

If you have enough budget for database security, you must evaluate this product for your use cases.

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

Thanks Farhan for unbiased comments with Guardium

20 November 17
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