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"The user interface is really modern. As an end-user, there are a lot of possibilities to tailor the platform to your needs, and that can be done without needing much support from Devo. It's really flexible and modular. The UI is very clean.""The ability to have high performance, high-speed search capability is incredibly important for us. When it comes to doing security analysis, you don't want to be doing is sitting around waiting to get data back while an attacker is sitting on a network, actively attacking it. You need to be able to answer questions quickly. If I see an indicator of attack, I need to be able to rapidly pivot and find data, then analyze it and find more data to answer more questions. You need to be able to do that quickly. If I'm sitting around just waiting to get my first response, then it ends up moving too slow to keep up with the attacker. Devo's speed and performance allows us to query in real-time and keep up with what is actually happening on the network, then respond effectively to events.""In traditional BI solutions, you need to wait a lot of time to have the ability to create visualizations with the data and to do searches. With this kind of platform, you have that information in real-time.""The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable.""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 graphically 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.""Being able to build and modify dashboards on the fly with Activeboards streamlines my analyst time because my analysts aren't doing it across spreadsheets or five different tools to try to build a timeline out themselves. They can just ingest it all, build a timeline out across all the logging, and all the different information sources in one dashboard. So, it's a huge time saver. It also has the accuracy of being able to look at all those data sources in one view. The log analysis, which would take 40 hours, we can probably get through it in about five to eight hours using Devo.""One of the biggest features of the UI is that you see the actual code of what you're doing in the graphical user interface, in a little window on the side. Whatever you're doing, you see the code, what's happening. And you can really quickly switch between using the GUI and using the code. That's really useful.""The real-time analytics of security-related data are super. There are a lot of data feeds going into it and it's very quick at pulling up and correlating the data and showing you what's going on in your infrastructure. It's fast. The way that their architecture and technology works, they've really focused on the speed of query results and making sure that we can do what we need to do quickly. Devo is pulling back information in a fast fashion, based on real-time events."

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"The user interfaces are quite good and speedy.""ArcSight gives us better visibility into threats that were unknown earlier.""The solution offers very good monitoring.""I am satisfied with the solution's stability.""The feature that I have found the most useful is that it can be deployed to the cloud.""The reports that we are from getting from ArcSight are very valuable. The reporting in ArcSight is good. Our regulators ask us for the reports on a regular basis, and we have been able to provide the required data. Its overall functionality in terms of log analysis and the speed at which it does that is also valuable. It is very quick. Whatever alerts we had configured were extremely fast. We immediately get alerts when there is unauthorized access or unknown access, or even positive access. This is where we found the difference between ArcSight and other solutions.""We have been satisfied with the support.""The solution is pretty stable."

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"The most valuable feature is the reporting.""The graphical user interface is very user-friendly. SolarWinds is a hybrid solution so you can use it across many platforms.""SolarWinds' stability is fine. I don't think we've had any software issues.""It has in-depth monitoring capabilities and an easy way for setting up dashboards. I can expand in various areas, or I can reduce areas. It supports different types of breakdowns, filters, and rules. It is very simple for an out-of-the-box type of product. It doesn't take a lot of time to figure it out, which is unlike some of the solutions that I have looked at. It meets all the aspects.""Some of the rules are most valuable because you can be notified about various things, such as spyware or things that are going on in the internal network.""This tool is simple to use.""It's easy to build rules and actions based on the logs and event types we collect with the software.""It's extremely easy to deploy."

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Cons
"There's room for improvement within the GUI. There is also some room for improvement within the native parsers they support. But I can say that about pretty much any solution in this space.""There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. I would go as far as to say the product is deficient in its ability to parse multiple, different log types, including logs from major vendors that are supported by competitors. Additionally, the time that it takes to turn around a supported parser for customers and common log source types, which are generally accepted standards in the industry, is not acceptable. This has impacted customer onboarding and customer relationships for us on multiple fronts.""I would like to have the ability to create more complex dashboards.""Some basic reporting mechanisms have room for improvement. Customers can do analysis by building Activeboards, Devo’s name for interactive dashboards. This capability is quite nice, but it is not a reporting engine. Devo does provide mechanisms to allow third-party tools to query data via their API, which is great. However, a lot of folks like or want a reporting engine, per se, and Devo simply doesn't have that. This may or may not be by design.""From our experience, the Devo agent needs some work. They built it on top of OS Query's open-source framework. It seems like it wasn't tuned properly to handle a large volume of Windows event logs. In our experience, there would definitely be some room for improvement. A lot of SIEMs on the market have their own agent infrastructure. I think Devo's working towards that, but I think that it needs some improvement as far as keeping up with high-volume environments.""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.""Some third-parties don't have specific API connectors built, so we had to work with Devo to get the logs and parse the data using custom parsers, rather than an out-of-the-box solution.""Technical support could be better."

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"Currently lacks SOAR feature.""The roadmap is not clear.""The stability isn't quite perfect. We occasionally run into problems.""The biggest requirement is that there is no cloud solution for this product yet. They need to create a cloud version. It's the biggest thing they can do to make the solution better.""The way that scaling is set up isn't very cost-effective.""I am having issues with report generation with older versions. I don't know if this is because of compatibility issues, but report generation has been a little bit difficult in older versions. It is not similar to the newer and current versions. We are looking at moving to the cloud. It would be good if ArcSight ESM can move to the cloud. They already seem to be working on this. It would also be very helpful and great if we can integrate external threat intelligence, machine learning, and AI into this solution. It has good dashboards, but they can always be better. Its stability can also be improved.""The solution could be more stable.""I would like to have a feature that gives us an entire report listing what devices are integrated."

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"It won't tell you when your backups are failing, but it will give you hints when your database is running on full recovery.""Under the new system, it is not upgradable the way they say. When you try to do an upgrade, it doesn't really work unless you dump everything and start from scratch. You lose a lot of your nodes. Whenever you set your nodes up and everything else, they don't want to bring those nodes back in, so you have to really go back and restructure all your nodes. I went from version 6.5 to version 6.6 and then to version 6.7. I then went to version 2019, and now it is version 2020. It would be good if we can upgrade without having to delete everything and start from scratch. They can maybe build more KPIs and other things for the dashboard. Some of the other systems already have built-in KPIs. SolarWinds is starting to catch up, but it is not there yet. They can include some of the business or industry standards for tracking the time, that is, the meantime to detect (MTTD) and the meantime to resolve (MTTR). They can also find a way to build a KPI that measures the number of instances of port scans experienced in a week or a month.""It is a very technical program. They can simplify it so that it isn't so hard to deal with.""SolarWinds should improve its correlation capabilities. The correlation does not automatically detect and reduce the events fast enough. You have to manually do a correlation report, which means the tool is not scalable in many ways.""I would like to have a more customizable dashboard.""The reporting could be more robust. It can be a lot more granular and that will make it a lot more useful in comparison to how it is incorporated at the moment.""There is no correlation made between log entries, so no threat information is presented.""There are no multiple dashboards which would allow you to see information side-by-side."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Be cautious of metadata inclusion for log types in pricing, as there are some "gotchas" with that.""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.""Devo is definitely cheaper than Splunk. There's no doubt about that. The value from Devo is good. It's definitely more valuable to me than QRadar or LogRhythm or any of the old, traditional SIEMs.""[Devo was] in the ballpark with at least a couple of the other front-runners that we were looking at. Devo is a good value and, given the quality of the product, I would expect to pay more.""I like the pricing very much. They keep it simple. It is a single price based on data ingested, and they do it on an average. If you get a spike of data that flows in, they will not stick it to you or charge you for that. They are very fair about that.""I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money.""Devo was very cost-competitive... Devo did come with that 400 days of hot data, and that was not the case with other products.""It's a per gigabyte cost for ingestion of data. For every gigabyte that you ingest, it's whatever you negotiated your price for. Compared to other contracts that we've had for cloud providers, it's significantly less."

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"ArcSight can be a little bit expensive because of the area that we work in and the cost. Licensing is mostly on a yearly basis, not monthly.""There is a license required for this solution.""It's a good price, it's one of the cheaper solutions."

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"It is in the appropriate mid-range. It is not as expensive as some of the other solutions. It is also not cheap.""Licenses can only be purchased in blocks of fifty at a time.""The pricing model would benefit from having package deals with other SolarWinds products."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It's very, very versatile.
Top Answer: Devo, like other vendors, doesn't charge extra for playbooks and automation. That way, you are only paying for the side… more »
Top Answer: I need more empowerment in reporting. For example, when I'm using Qlik or Power BI in terms of reporting for the… more »
Top Answer: In my market, a lot of financial companies had or have an ArcSight installation. Just because in former times it was… more »
Top Answer: SolarWinds' stability is fine. I don't think we've had any software issues.
Top Answer: SolarWinds should improve its correlation capabilities. The correlation does not automatically detect and reduce the… more »
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Also Known As
Micro Focus ArcSight, HPE ArcSight, ArcSight
SolarWinds LEM, Solarwinds SIEM, TriGeo, Log and Event Manager
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Overview

Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

ArcSight is Micro Focus' leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution. ArcSight helps businesses protect their data through compliance solutions and security analytics.

There are a number of different products and solutions in the ArcSight family so you are able to pick and choose those that are best suited to your business requirements.

With ArcSight, IT can:

  • Monitor IT infrastructure.
  • Manage insider security with secure identity and access control.
  • Automate compliance.
  • Monitor applications.
  • Manage security risks.
  • Identify APTs.

When TriGeo was acquired by SolarWinds, TriGeo SIM became known as SolarWinds Log & Event Manager. This product is a leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) product and log management solution, which provides log collection, analysis, and real-time correlation.

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Sample Customers
United States Air Force, Rubrik, SentinelOne, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText, IGT, OneMain Financial, SurveyMonkey, FanDuel, H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, Manulife, Moneylion, Chime Bank, Magna International, American Express Global Business Travel
Lake Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bank AlJazira, Banca Intesa, and Obrela.
NetSuite, EasyStreet, Legacy Texas Bank, and Energy Federal Credit Union, to name a few.
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company57%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer14%
Insurance Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm34%
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company10%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm7%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm17%
Government8%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise69%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise36%
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise59%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise83%
REVIEWERS
Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise28%
Find out what your peers are saying about ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. SolarWinds Security Event Manager and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,139 professionals have used our research since 2012.

ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is ranked 9th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 15 reviews while SolarWinds Security Event Manager is ranked 14th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 8 reviews. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is rated 7.4, while SolarWinds Security Event Manager is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) writes "A mature and simple to use product, but needs a cloud deployment option". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Security Event Manager writes "Can be used across many platforms and has a user-friendly GUI". ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is most compared with Splunk, IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM, McAfee ESM and DNIF, whereas SolarWinds Security Event Manager is most compared with Splunk, IBM QRadar, ManageEngine Log360, Fortinet FortiSIEM and AT&T AlienVault USM. See our ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. SolarWinds Security Event Manager report.

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