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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."

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"The webpage algorithm is the most valuable feature because it was the fastest feature for searching the logs, events, and correlation.""We do consulting and I get feedback from our clients that the product really helped them with compliance, especially with GDPR.""When WannaCry attacks I can minimize the damage. My company had no protection at the time. We get alerts in ArcSight and then whenever a user got a copy of WannaCry and the WannaCry malware wants to connect to the mother ship, it alerts me in the ArcSight dashboard, and that helps us a lot. We then just go to the user and erase the malware.""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."

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"It's extremely scalable. It's a very robust solution and certainly has the capability of handling far bigger data requirements than a lot of the other tools. Generally what ends up happening with me is that my clients tend, for the most part, to be mid-tier organizations where the cost of that solutions would be accompanying requirements for people just becomes way too prohibitive. Especially considering the model that they use for costing, which is based on the volume of data. Of course, they're going to put everything including the Coke machine as the ability to collect data off of it, because of course the more they can put through the tool the more money they make.""It's very flexible. If you look from the cloud implementation it is there. Reports are made quickly. Unlike other tools, it caters to all kinds of technical information on the front very easily. There's no need to put in any technical information. You can pull on the reports very easily, take action, and notify stakeholders.""The search function for spam is like a google search. You just enter and it will quickly show you the results.""The initial setup is simple, not very complex. Initial deployment takes around 10 to 15 minutes to set up the entire base for Splunk including all three tiers.""We can present to our management in real time the security of the batch management for the PCs, security regarding the network equipment. We're currently working in the Azure Cloud project, so we can send any logs from the cloud to Splunk. We can monitor them and we can present to the managers and customers. It's a very good solution for reporting. We use Splunk for reporting and monitoring of any solution in the company.""It can log more logs than other solutions. It's a good way to troubleshoot problems.""The most valuable feature of Splunk is the log monitoring.""It helps us uncover bottlenecks in the network."

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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."

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"The security area has room for improvement.""I would like for them to integrate mobile devices. Integration or any kind of functionality which will act as a substitute for IBM so that we can really track our mobile devices as well as look at SIEM.""In other products, I have found that they use some kind of GUI that is drag and drop. While in ArcSight they use still scripting. They should keep scripting because some people prefer scripting but they should have the option for those who prefer using drag and drop.""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."

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"The tool itself is very difficult to configure. It's great for its number of inputs, for the different types of systems devices, and things that it could collect information from. To actually make good use of it, you need a fairly dedicated team of people that have some reasonably good programming or modeling skills to be able to do the things that you need to do with it. Whereas a lot of the other tools are better packaged for that, and so require a lot less training and a lot less dedication.""It does not give us permission to implement on-premise so we implement them on the cloud.""Spam has different plugins but by default, the logs are not organized, it shows that there are roll-ups that are out of the box. I saw many plugins that can help improve or extend Splunk's functionality but I haven't tried any of them.""Splunk does not build apps. They only go back and validate the apps that somebody has already built. They should have remote consulting support. They have a wonderful solution. They have 24/7 security. Nobody needs to depend on any third party and will therefore just buy Splunk on the cloud.""The security can be improved.""Cybersecurity and infrastructure monitoring have room for improvement.""If possible, we would like to have not only a log monitoring system but a network monitoring feature in this solution as well.""The product was difficult to back up the first time."

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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."

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"The pricing is great compared to others.""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."

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"It's a little bit expensive for a small to medium enterprise.""Splunk's cost is very high. They need to review the pricing. They have to go back and totally readdress the market.""Splunk should be able to integrate with other product using the free version.""The pricing and licensing of the product are quite high.""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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of… more »
Top Answer: We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the… more »
Top Answer: There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make 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: ArcSight gives us better visibility into threats that were unknown earlier.
Top Answer: The following needs to be improved: * We would like the ability to easily identify either unused resources or those that… more »
Top Answer: Dynatrace and Splunk are two different solutions that provide insight from different perspectives. Dynatrace is… more »
Top Answer: Focused on log collection and analysis. IT Operations - Predict and prevent problems with log (trap/syslog/Windows… more »
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Overview

Devo, the cloud-native logging and security analytics company, empowers security and operations teams to maximize the value of all their data. 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, OpenTextLake 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
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
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Financial Services Firm37%
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company11%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Energy/Utilities Company15%
Computer Software Company9%
Insurance Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government6%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise41%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise63%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise65%
Find out what your peers are saying about ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. Splunk and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,962 professionals have used our research since 2012.

ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is ranked 9th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 14 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 31 reviews. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is rated 7.2, while Splunk is rated 8.0. 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, NetIQ Sentinel and RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM), whereas Splunk is most compared with Datadog, Dynatrace, IBM QRadar, Graylog and vRealize Log Insight. See our ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) vs. Splunk report.

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