Compare SolarWinds LEM vs. Splunk

SolarWinds LEM is ranked 15th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 4 reviews while Splunk which is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 59 reviews. SolarWinds LEM is rated 7.2, while Splunk is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of SolarWinds LEM writes "We’re most impressed by LEM’s ease of deployment, automated reporting, and easy interface navigation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk writes "Its AMIs make it easy to spin up a Splunk cluster or add a new node to it". SolarWinds LEM is most compared with Splunk, AT&T AlienVault USM and IBM QRadar, whereas Splunk is most compared with IBM QRadar, Dynatrace and Graylog. See our SolarWinds LEM vs. Splunk report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about SolarWinds LEM vs. Splunk and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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The product satisfies our compliance, and thus, all of our auditors. All of the data that we use and store for all security events is required by our auditors to be kept in a central storage location.If we need to do a search for user lockouts, we can go, search, and find locations where they have been locked out, then keep track of those events, historically.The network alert is the most valuable feature. That way, we in the IT department are aware of user lockout and invalid password attempts way before a user ever even calls in.The most important feature is keeping track of when accounts are created and deleted, when permission groups are changed, and memberships are changed in groups; and overall, how many errors are occurring on the various systems that we're monitoring.The SIEMs and managed service are its most valuable features. We get a weekly report from them which provides a culmination of them combing through millions of events which are triggered across our network every day and minute. Their information security experts basically boil that down to a report which I get emailed once a week. It identifies potential threats and the remediation that I should take to be able to quell those threats.

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It performs network behavior monitoring, log monitoring, and disaster recovery monitoring.The most valuable feature is the ease of use for the end user.The out of the box reports and dashboard. It was easy to trim down these windows to something we could quickly use.

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With good domain knowledge, one can build almost anything. If you throw in Alert Manager or an integration with ServiceNow. Then, you have your own SIEMOur clients are easily able to modify and evolve their implementations.The initial setup is really straightforward. It's one of the easiest installations.It helps us uncover bottlenecks in the can explain to management about what kind of traffic is visiting the network. It can also explain other traffic coming in and out, along with protecting against malware.The most valuable feature of Splunk is the log monitoring.It can log more logs than other solutions. It's a good way to troubleshoot problems.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.

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The biggest problem is that we have too many domain controllers. So, we have to keep all the clients and main system updated with the latest versions along with making sure all the firewalls are open.There are some issues with searches taking a long period of time, but they assured me that they have implemented a new search function that's available in version 9, but which requires a solid-state hard drive... Depending on how many logs you have it could take a long time to return the results if you're looking back prior to the last 30 days.I'd like to see improvement in the ease of generating reports. It seems fairly cumbersome whenever you decide to start tracking new categories of events. It seems a little kludgy when trying to generate those reports.The deployment of the agents could be a bit easier. We always seem to have a bit of a challenge with that. A lot of times the agents either don't deploy or they quit responding, then we have to go and redeploy them.

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Training for this solution needs to be improved, as new employees are sometimes unfamiliar with the product.It can be difficult for users who are inexperienced with the solution.I imagine we will have to develop our own reports soon, this seems to be more cumbersome.

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It needs a better way to export dynamic views without requiring a ton of code and user/pw.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.They should make data onboarding easier.The product was difficult to back up the first time.Splunk needs local technical support.If possible, we would like to have not only a log monitoring system but a network monitoring feature in this solution as well.Cybersecurity and infrastructure monitoring have room for improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The upfront costs have increased, and we have been locked into this contract. The cost of changing over from it is way too high.The solution is fairly expensive, but in my experience, all of the SIEM applications that I've evaluated or looked at cost about the same.Licensing is very easy. Our CIO takes care of the billing, but in terms of price point, he hasn't complained, so it must be good.The pricing and licensing seem very reasonable. The managed service part of it feels like it gives me the equivalent of a full-time engineer for a lot less money. So, I feel it's a good value.

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Licensing is on devices, so if you have many, then this may be high.

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Splunk is really expensive.Splunk should be able to integrate with other product using the free version.The pricing and licensing of the product are quite high.Splunk's cost is very high. They need to review the pricing. They have to go back and totally readdress the market.It's a little bit expensive for a small to medium enterprise.I think the price could be improved.I am not personally involved with the pricing of the solution.Some of the insights that we have obtained as a part of using Splunk have greatly helped us in increasing our revenue in terms of selling our products.

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Answers from the Community
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Chingiz AbdukarimovUser

I would prefer SolarWinds LEM for environments with high log volumes (e.g. network equipment at local providers, because with LEM you pay for nodes). And I would choose Splunk for wide network of any connected devices, if I need to dig logs later (because with Splunk you pay for GBs per day)

14 July 18
Johney ShadeUser

Comparing SolarWinds to Splunk is unwise. One responds to active monitoring where as the other uses stored data to analyze trends and can alert on events stored in the Log Files.

12 July 18

Like the name says SolarWinds LEM is broadly a "Log and Event Monitoring Solution". It is fantastically doing that for ages till today however, when it come to "Security Information and Event Monitoring", that solution must be able to work with all types of logs in raw / structured format, it must be able to provide a correlation between the logs and then must be able to provide the clear view on the incident that took place. Additionally, some of the vendors do provide vulnerability assessment module to help you having tight grip on your infrastructure items such as desktops, laptops, servers, manageable network devices etc. On top of these features the SIEM must provide the ready templates of reports which you may use to comply with specific needs of your industry standards or regulatory needs. Splunk has all these qualities and it also provides vulnerability assessment as one of the add on module, Unlike Solarwinds, you can also use splunk to pull specific parameters from system and then build a custom report on Infrastructure monitoring. There for I would suggest the following:

If you are looking forward to buy an SIEM solution go with Splunk

If you just need to maintain the logs in human readable format and want to be able to pull the reports based on point in time needs such as internal audit, regulators etc. and you are ok with this reactive approach then you should go with Solarwinds.

I have specifically not considered the cost in this discussion since that parameter will change according to the business needs.

15 July 18
Sadiq Panjwani (CISSP, ITIL, ISMS-LA, CCNP)Real User

It all depends on your specific requirement and preference, the convenience of use. In a small business environment like up to 1000 users, SolarWinds will suffice but when we go from medium to large environments, Splunk is a perfect choice. However one must look at their licensing costs for each.

Hope this helps.

13 July 18
Colin Jackson, CISSP, MMIS, GMONReal User

Splunk. Go with Splunk. Even Splunk light is better than LEM.

At a prior company, we got the SolarWinds suite and that included LEM. I set it up, onboarded data feeds. It could barely handle maybe 500MB/minute of data. It was flash-based, I had to restart the service a couple times a day and didn't provide value for us. That same company has since dumped LEM for Splunk Enterprise.

Splunk is scalable, very very fast, storage compression rates are around 97%, extensible, integrations off the charts, etc. I'll go with Splunk every time. Splunk vs LEM, I'd go with Wireshark 24/7 watching than LEM.

12 July 18
Ayodeji AbimbolaReal User

Splunk is a more robust and analytically sound tool for Log monitoring. My view is that Solarwinds will be suitable for SMEs with less network security heterogeneity while Splunk can perfectly serve a Large Enterprise with wide Log Analysis needs.

12 July 18
MS AlamReal User

SolarWinds is good for network monitoring but analyzing for critical logs splunk is best. As my opinion splunk is best.

12 July 18
Jeffrey RobinetteUser

I've been able to correlate across devices and logs using nDepth in SolarWinds LEM. Many people don't realize SolarWinds has a Log analyzer, ie LEM. Most know about NPM and SAM, which should be part of your Security Tool box as well. You can see denial attacks in NPM, my old Cyber team used it for that. Is SolarWinds LEM a SIEM? appears to be. I agree with several people, Splunk for large enterprises(Large), SolarWinds LEM for Medium to small. We did very little dashboard work in LEM but the long term archiving and retrieval of old logs is clunky. Splunk is my better with its aging of logs. Costing goes to LEM.

07 January 19
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Also Known As
Solarwinds SIEM, TriGeo, Log and Event Manager

EventTracker by Netsurion delivers actionable security intelligence that empowers organizations of any size to effectively detect and respond to advanced threats.

EventTracker Security Center
EventTracker Security Center is one platform for all critical SIEM capabilities necessary for real-time security monitoring, advanced threat detection and response, and audit-ready compliance. With Security Center, you are able to quickly identify security threats, malware, unusual behavior and suspicious network traffic, and respond more effectively.

EventTracker SIEMphonic
EventTracker SIEMphonic is our Co-Managed SIEM service that functions as an extension of your team to strengthen defenses, respond in real-time, control costs, and optimize your team's abilities. EventTracker SIEMphonic is includes our own award-winning platform that has been included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM for 11 consecutive years. Whether on-premise or in the cloud, our 24/7 ISO/IEC 27001-certified Security Operations Center (SOC) provides expertise so you can focus on the unique requirements of your organization.

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.

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
The Salvation Army, The FRESH Market, Pacific Western Bank, AAOS, Vanderbilt University, TalbotsNetSuite, EasyStreet, Legacy Texas Bank, and Energy Federal Credit Union, to name a few.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
Financial Services Firm28%
Manufacturing Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Insurance Company8%
Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company9%
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