SolarWinds LEM vs. LogRhythm vs. AccelOps: SIEM Review Roundup

This week’s review roundup includes a selection from recent reviews of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions, and was written by IT Central Station community members.

SIEM technologies provide real-time analyses of security alerts, can log and track security events, and can generate reports based on those data. Choosing the right SIEM solution for your business can help ensure the smooth operation and availability of your network. Our community members have shared a range of informative reviews, giving readers real world experiences with a range of SIEM solutions. Read what our real users have to say: system-lock-screen

SolarWinds LEM – “We were suffering from a lack of visibility into our logs, so we implemented SolarWinds LEM. After building a few rules and alerts, we were notified when events happened before our end users notified us. Many times we were able to fix an issue before a call to the helpdesk was made. The initial setup was very easy to start getting logs to the solution.” Read the full SolarWinds LEM review.

LogRhythm – “LogRhythm allows our IT/IS teams to quickly identify issues across the enterprise. Searches can be performed using any known value, IP address, hostname, username, event….Report-building is in Crystal Reports and has a limitation. A non-editable template must be created, then the report is created against the template.” Read the full LogRhythm review.

AccelOps – “It gives greater visibility via the dashboards into the real-time status of the network. Additionally, it also provides specific alerts and performance monitoring… Ping monitors (STMs) are highly configurable, but…we have to go through three different processes and 30 minutes to get the ping monitor up with email notifications. It should have an easier way to configure some of these more common monitors.” Read the full AccelOps review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more reviews of SIEM solutions, including SolarWinds LEM, and IBM Q-Radar, and HP ArcSight. You can also check out interesting side by side comparisons as well!

Roundup of Latest Reviews: Solarwinds NPM (Network Monitoring Tools)

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises. In today’s post, we’ll give you a taste of one of the latest reviews that have come in for Solarwinds Orion, one of the many network monitoring tools listed on IT Central Station. Here are a few highlights:

  • User anon375, who is on the network team at a retailer says NPM is “the most efficient Network Performance Monitor with its sniffing, alerting system, and fault discovery.”
  • User mgrntwrk381 who is a network manager at a healthcare company says Orion’s “resource utilization is heavy so you need to analyze the server before using it for multiple roles. We are unable to use web console to configure new alerts.”
  • User teenajain who is IT Director at a company with 1-500 employees gives it 4 stars but says one of its limitations is “building out a dependency structure.”
  • User network185 who is a networking expert at a company with 1-500 employees  says it is “quick to get up and running, but not as granular out-of-the-box as you would expect.”

On IT Central Station, you can read the full reviews of NPM by Solarwinds, and other network monitoring tools including Wireshark, OPNET, CA NetQoS Performance Center, Cisco Data Center Network Manager, Entuity, HP Network Management Center, InfoVista VistaInsight, ManageEngine OpManager, Microsoft Network Monitor and others.

These are the opinions of real users – not vendors, analysts, consultants or bloggers. IT Central Station protects the privacy of its user community–we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products, but the reviews are posted without personally identifiable information so that users can say what they really think and be heard.

These are just a sample of the many fine reviews you’ll find on IT Central Station. If you haven’t already sign up and browse reviews and write your own review.

Review Roundup: SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises. In today’s post, we’ll give you a taste of several real user reviews that have come in for SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, one of the many network monitoring tools listed on IT Central Station. Here are a few highlights:

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  • User NetmonGuy, who is a Network Engineer at a software r&d company says “Solarwinds NPM has lots of features not found in some other network performance monitoring tools e.g. seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory.” Read his complete review here.
  • User meu1124, who is Senior Manager of IT at a government organization says “Because data availability is critical to our decision makers and business operations, my team leverages SolarWinds as a central management platform for tracking all the connected resources on our networks and as an Asset Management capability.” Read his complete review here.
  • User nicodiablo, who is a Network Engineer at a manufacturing company says “We are very happy with the performance, features, and pricing, The company is very pro-active, as in adding additional features and being responsive to customer requests.” Read his complete review here.
  • User Aaron Leskiw who is a Network Engineer at a tech consulting company says “NPM is a powerful, scalable network monitoring tool. It has a vast range of features, and a large number of expansion plugins that can add functionality for almost any need.” Read his complete review here.

On IT Central Station, you can read the full reviews of SolarWinds NPM, and other Network Monitoring tools including Zabbix, Nagios, Wireshark, Microsoft SCOM and others.

These are just a sample of the many in-depth reviews you’ll find on IT Central Station. If you haven’t already, sign up, browse reviews and write your own review.

Inspect What You Expect: The Importance of Monitoring

We are once again featuring Eric Evans who is one of IT Central Station’s Expert Reviewers. Eric is a Senior Information Systems and Technology Manager at the 6th Marine Regiment Head Quarters. He has over 15 years of experience working with multi-disciplinary technology strategies and agile information systems management. Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers.

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with a few leaders from various disciplines within IT. One of the biggest concerns thatADD_Evans were voiced was the ability to effectively monitor the performance of their enterprise, systems and other assets. Having been in their position, I completely understood their frustration…one that’s played out almost daily in IT.

Yet, even in crisis situations, few IT leaders are able decipher the handwriting on the wall until it’s too late.

When the famous luxury ship Titanic struck the iceberg, it took two and a half hours to sink. But although the hull was ripped and water was rushing into the compartments, when the first lifeboat was launched, there were only 28 people in it, despite its capacity to hold 65. In life – like on the Titanic – there are only a few people who have the ability to discern the meaning of small events and have the courage to make a decision. The rest go down with the ship.

Monitoring performance should be a top priority for any organization because it allows us to make a transparent and objective evaluation of whether our process and project has been a success or not. Enterprise network management and monitoring – it’s not just routers, switches, and firewalls in today’s data centers. More than ever before, managing a network means managing devices and applications on the network. Across the world, network administrators are consolidating physical servers to VMware, monitoring Active Directory performance, troubleshooting VoIP phone systems, and more.

The implementation of a monitoring and evaluation plan will provide us with the information required to evaluate and demonstrate to stakeholders the success of our processes and projects. Communication of a process or project outcomes and success is a fundamental requirement of all processes and projects.

To coin a phrase that’s echoed by DOD leadership, ‘Inspect what you Expect’. In other words successful business management requires the ongoing monitoring of performance in order to generate data by which to judge the success or otherwise of specific strategies. Improvement in performance can only be realistically achieved when management is properly informed about current performance. To this end it is important to identify key performance indicators that enable management to monitor progress.

In our industry, uptime and availability are critical because downed services and systems can put lives at risk, in addition to costing money. It is our job and purpose to make sure that all services are up, running and healthy.

There are many tools on the market for monitoring performance; one that I have relied on heavily for years has been “SolarWinds”.

SolarWinds is a network monitoring tool that offers advanced fault and performance management functionality across critical IT resources such as routers, WAN links, switches, firewalls, VoIP call paths, physical servers, virtual servers, domain controllers & other IT infrastructure devices.

Further the network monitoring software, combines an easy-to-use interface that lets you quickly deploy the product for production and also apply your organization’s monitoring policies across multiple devices quickly.

Being able to quickly deploy a network monitoring tool is especially important to me, since I typically manage at least three networks at a minimum – often times in austere environments. SolarWinds, provide 24/7 network monitoring of devices which notifies my Help Desk when a critical event has occurred. This has allowed my teams identify, isolate and resolves issues/events more quickly.

Because data availability is critical to our decision makers and business operations, my team leverages SolarWinds as a central management platform for tracking all the connected resources on our networks and as an Asset Management capability.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the value that SolarWinds brought to our Incident Management program by giving my Help Desk the power to immediately visualize how everything is connected. Enabling, us to deliver high-value, cost-effective IT services that support our global businesses. Solar Winds solutions allow us to maximize our IT investments by protecting our critical data and systems. It empowers us to keep business activities moving forward at all times, helping the organization achieve its goals.

This was instrumental in the prevention of service outages and reduced down times significantly. Additionally our top-level decision makers were able to understand and capitalize on the strategic potential of information technology by integrating it into everything they do.

The business environment today offers few second chances for course correction.

Network uptime is a critical, and it’s the life blood of business operation. Our customers should be able to confidently rely on us to ensure that their mission-critical systems are available and running smoothly 24/7/365. Downtime means a loss of productivity, missed revenue opportunities, and potential brand damage.

Read reviews of Network Monitoring Software from real users at IT Central Station. See reviews of SolarWinds NPM, Wireshark and other Network Monitoring Software vendors.

The Weekly Roundup – Network Monitoring Software

This week’s roundup explores network monitoring solutions. There are so many solutions on the market and it’s hard to know which is best for your organization. Today, let’s see what our real users are saying about network monitoring solutions from Wireshark, Riverbed, and Solarwinds. Here are a few highlights direct from IT Central Station users:

Wireshark  was given an average of five stars from multiple reviews. Betty DuBois, owner of a network consulting firm, says: “The best thing about Wireshark is its community and ecosystem”. Aaron Leskiw, a networking expert for a technology consulting firm calls it a “must-have network analyzer”. Finally, Henry Steinhauer, an engineer for a technology services company calls it the “best general purpose tool for troubleshooting anything on the network”.

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AppResponse Xpert from Riverbed systems weighs in with an average of 4.8 stars. PerformanceGuy, owner of a technology services company gave it 5 stars and says: “Excellent for strategic metrics and as a troubleshooting/analysis tool, but needs better integration with AppInternals Xpert”. User network274, a networking and communications expert for a technology services company gave it 4 stars and says: “Flexible and feature-rich, but support cases often require escalation to R&D”. Last but not the least, Henry Steinhauer, an engineer for a technology services company gave it 5 stars and says: “Perfect for seeing the impact of SOA and complex applications.”

Network Performance Monitor from Solarwinds has been reviewed 9 times so far with an average rating of 4 stars. Our user PerformanceGuy, owner of a technology services company gave it 5 stars and says: “Feature rich, nice interface, and relatively inexpensive.” NetworkEng957, a networks and communications expert from a university gave it 5 stars and says: “Solarwinds network performance monitor adds flexibility and ease of management. It monitors network devices and their states.” NetworkAdmin375, a networks and communications expert for a retailer gave it 4 stars and says: “The most efficient Network Performance Monitor with its added characteristics like sniffing, alerting system, and fault discovery.” Real user mgrntwrk381, a networks and communications manager for a healthcare company gave it 4 stars and says: “Orion NPM is a great real time network activity & performance tracking utility. Web interface is great, but needs minor improvements”. User teenajain, an IT services director for a techology company gives it 4 stars and says: “Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is the SolarWinds Orion entry in the monitoring and alerting systems market.” User nicodiablo, a networks and communications expert for a manufacturing company gives it 4 stars and says: “We moved from nGenius to Orion NPM about 3 years ago and are very happy with the performance, features, and pricing”. Lastly, user network185, a networks and communications expert gives it 3 stars and says: “Quick to get up and running, but not as granular out-of-the-box as you would expect.”

Dozens of real users have written reviews about the network monitoring tools they use every day. IT Central Station guarantees that all reviews are 100% genuine. We protect the privacy of the user community – we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products so that users can say what they really think and be heard!

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