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jSonar is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Database Security tools. It is most often compared to IBM Guardium Data Protection: jSonar vs IBM Guardium Data Protection

What is jSonar?

At JSonar we're passionate about solving today's complex and costly approach to database security. We empower enterprise organizations to meet the needs of their transforming business by delivering a 360-degree view of their database security and compliance program across any on-premise and cloud environments. We rapidly deploy a comprehensive database security platform at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions, delivering greater database coverage and richer, actionable security intelligence, all out of the box!

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DBA at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
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A database security solution with a valuable GBDI feature

Pros and Cons

  • "The centralization of the data is probably the most useful feature because we span multiple database technologies. We also find the GBDI portion of it very helpful."
  • "It would be better if it were more user-friendly. Right now, it's a little bit of a complicated product to use. Another problem that we have is with encrypted traffic on Oracle. This is because it requires a database outage. That's a pain in the butt because you're monitoring critical systems, and they don't like outages."

What is our primary use case?

We use jSonar for DBA activities like database activity monitoring and privileged database activity monitoring.

What is most valuable?

The centralization of the data is probably the most useful feature because we span multiple database technologies. We also find the GBDI portion of it very helpful. 

What needs improvement?

It would be better if it were more user-friendly. Right now, it's a little bit of a complicated product to use. Another problem that we have is with encrypted traffic on Oracle. This is because it requires a database outage. That's a pain in the butt because you're monitoring critical systems, and they don't like outages.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with jSonar for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

jSonar has been very stable for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

From a manageability and scalability perspective, supporting model databases and different databases in a cloud, on-prem, and so on just seems to be easier. It's a viable solution to move forward.

How are customer service and technical support?

We did use their technical support through IBM. It's kind of weird, and they're just a reseller, but jSonar's support has been very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty complex. 

What about the implementation team?

We had IBM Professional Services set it up just to get us started properly. We're still in the process of deploying it because it does take a while. It's not necessarily the tool's fault. We're very lean with staff, and that's probably a bigger problem.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I know it's not cheap.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When you compare jSonar and Guardium, they both look similar. They're collecting database activity, centralizing, reporting, and applying machine analytics and AI to it. I think jSonar is a little more mature as a product because it's been out a little longer. IBM is starting from scratch or relatively recently for the Insights product. We're going to look at it because we have to pick a direction, but we haven't done that yet.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would give jSonar an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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