Compare SolarWinds LEM vs. Splunk

SolarWinds LEM is ranked 12th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 5 reviews while Splunk is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 58 reviews. SolarWinds LEM is rated 7.6, while Splunk is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of SolarWinds LEM writes "Provides good visibility for login events". 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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The most valuable feature of this solution is the visibility into both attempted and failed logins.We did previously use a different solution, but SolarWinds is much better. It's easy to interact with SolarWinds. It's easy to operate, easy to configure and is generally easier compared to what we were working with before.It performs network behavior monitoring, log monitoring, and disaster recovery monitoring.The most valuable feature is the ease of use for the end user.

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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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I would like to be able to dig deeper into the visibility of events or incidents to determine whether they are malicious, such as by doing behavior analysis.The solution's technical support is okay, but we don't have an SLA, and sometimes the response times are very slow.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.

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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
We do a yearly license renewal. For a year, the solution costs roughly $500,000 USD. There are no costs beyond this yearly fee.

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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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author avatarChingiz Abdukarimov

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)

author avatarJohney Shade

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.

author avatarKedarKulkarni

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.

author avatarSadiq 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.

author avatarColin Jackson, CISSP, MMIS, GMON
Real 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.

author avatarAyodeji Abimbola
Real 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.

author avatarMS Alam
Real User

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

author avatarJeffrey Robinette

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.

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Also Known As
Solarwinds SIEM, TriGeo, Log and Event Manager

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
NetSuite, 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 Firm29%
Healthcare Company14%
Cloud Provider14%
Software R&D Company22%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider8%
Healthcare Company7%
Financial Services Firm20%
Energy/Utilities Company16%
Insurance Company8%
Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm10%
Media Company6%
Company Size
Small Business73%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise18%
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise59%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise63%
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