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"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.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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 thing that Devo does better than other solutions is to give me the ability to write queries that look at multiple data sources and run fast. Most SIEMs don't do that. And I can do that by creating entity-based queries. Let's say I have a table which has Okta, a table which has G Suite, a table which has endpoint telemetry, and I have a table which has DNS telemetry. I can write a query that says, 'Join all these things together on IP, and where the IP matches in all these tables, return to me that subset of data, within these time windows.' I can break it down that way.""The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable."

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"This process has helped to improve our organization because we have centralized the intra-group security equipment logs.""I think that the overall experience with this solution is good, but in particular, I think that the dashboards are quite interactive.""For the typical malware or intrusion, this solution assists us by identifying the symptoms based on network traffic from the application servers.""ArcSight gives us better visibility into threats that were unknown earlier.""The product is quite mature. It's been around for a long time.""The user interfaces are quite good and speedy.""The correlation feature is good.""The feature that I have found the most useful is that it can be deployed to the cloud."

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"The initial setup is really straightforward. It's one of the easiest installations.""Provides very good features and a large open source community.""The completeness of the solution is what we like the most.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is the dashboard. It's very intuitive.""It's the completeness of the solution that we like the most.""The flexibility of the solution is quite good.""This is a straightforward solution, easy to configure.""The logs on the solution are excellent."

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"Their documentation could be better. They are growing quickly and need to have someone focused on tech writing to ensure that all the different updates, how to use them, and all the new features and functionality are properly documented.""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.""There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. The breadth of overall log parsers that exists right now is an area that they could improve. Natively, there's more that could be done by Devo then what it can and can't understand from a parsing perspective.""Devo has a lot of cloud connectors, but they need to do a little bit of work there. They've got good integrations with the public cloud, but there are a lot of cloud SaaS systems that they still need to work with on integrations, such as Salesforce and other SaaS providers where we need to get access logs.""The Activeboards feature is not as mature regarding the look and feel. Its functionality is mature, but the look and feel is not there. For example, if you have some data sets and are trying to get some graphics, you cannot change anything. There's just one format for the graphics. You cannot change the size of the font, the font itself, etc.""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.""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."

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"There are several improvements that we would like to see, including: Building a system based on a log collection (SOC), a scenario for external encroachment, and Operator training.""It would be nice if the interface were more user-friendly, with, for example, a minimal number of tabs to navigate.""The weakness in this system comes about because, with so many different logs, it is possible that the security analyst will lose information.""We would like the ability to easily identify either unused resources or those that are being used sub-optimally.""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.""Deployment typology could be improved. Difficult to scale across all the different lines of businesses.""The roadmap is not clear.""The centralized dashboard for the hybrid cloud environment needs to be more focused. It needs to be redefined because it's missing most of the information. It should be a little bit easy to use. Currently, integration with various applications and connectors is not that easy. Deployment is easy, but integration is not that easy. ArcSight also has a very high bandwidth consumption to pull the local servers. It should have some kind of better process or ability to transfer files from on-premises to the cloud, from the cloud to on-premises, and from a cloud to another cloud."

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"They should make data onboarding easier.""This is a costly solution.""It's difficult to set up initially, and their billing model is also a bit complicated.""There are a lot of competitive products that are doing better than what Splunk is doing on the analytics side.""Our two main complaints are about the difficulty of the initial setup and the licensing model.""The solution has a high learning curve for users. It's a little complicated when you're trying to figure out all the features and what they do.""This is a costly solution.""It could be more user friendly, in terms of the end-user experience."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""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.""We have seen ROI. We have seen cost savings in maintenance, upkeep, and support.""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 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."

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"The cost of the solution is not very high, although hiring a qualified analyst to work with the product is expensive.""It's a good price, it's one of the cheaper solutions.""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."

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"Splunk is really expensive.""I think that most of the monitoring solutions are expensive.""I think that most of the log analytics solutions are expensive and I'm not sure if it's worth it.""Our customers often complain that the price of Splunk is too high.""Licensing is a yearly, one-time cost.""The price is comparable.""The pricing model is expensive and a nightmare based on the amount of data.""The solution is a little expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly… more »
Top Answer: Regarding pricing they were in the ballpark with most of the others we looked at, but one of the things that put them… more »
Top Answer: If all of the connectors for the third-parties were there, it would be a solid 10. Everything else about it is right… 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: I really like the correlation part and the way the logs are correlated. I have never faced issues with parsing in this… more »
Top Answer: ArcSight can be a little bit expensive because of the area that we work in and the cost. Licensing is mostly on a yearly… more »
Top Answer: The integration is seamless with many devices and operating systems.
Top Answer: Cost versus volume in the medium/long term are heavy. It is a great tool but you have to be careful in storing a lot of… more »
Top Answer: Being a SIEM solution with a centralized dashboard, we would like to have more options to customize it. It should be… more »
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Also Known As
Micro Focus ArcSight, HPE ArcSight, ArcSight
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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.

Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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Sample Customers
United States Air Force, Rubrik, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText
Lake Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bank AlJazira, Banca Intesa, and Obrela.
Splunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm36%
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company11%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm18%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Computer Software Company11%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise71%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise62%
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise60%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise59%
Find out what your peers are saying about ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. Splunk and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
474,857 professionals have used our research since 2012.

ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is ranked 8th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 15 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 26 reviews. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is rated 7.2, while Splunk is rated 7.8. 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 Splunk writes "Good support with an intuitive dashboard but the cost is too high". ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is most compared with IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM, McAfee ESM, RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM) and NetIQ Sentinel, whereas Splunk is most compared with Dynatrace, Datadog, IBM QRadar, Graylog and AppDynamics. See our ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. Splunk report.

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