SolarWinds cuts price of PC event manager

SolarWinds has lowered the price of its event management software to encourage organizations to adopt it over other solutions for PCs.

The company said Wednesday it has changed the pricing structure of its Log & Event Manager (LEM) software to differentiate its offering for desktops and laptops from other devices.

The PC pricing for the desktop agent is now called the Work Station Edition, to separate from the version of LEM that goes on a server.

LEM can be used on Windows-based PCs and servers, but the company realized its pricing structure was inhibiting adoption. The new node-based structure makes it easier to add PCs, and costs less.

“Recognizing that users may have tens of thousands of workstations versus the number of servers monitored, we’ve now made it easier for IT pros to deploy log analysis across an entire IT infrastructure cost effectively,” SolarWinds’ VP Sanjay Castelino said in a statement.

Users will still need an instance of SolarWinds Log and Event Manager on a server,  he said, but by paying per workstation they can add more PCs at a lower cost than under the old pricing schedule.

LEM is a virtual appliance for Windows XP, Vista and 7 starts at US$4,995, including one year of maintenance. The Work Station edition agent starts at US$2,495 for 250 PCs. The next tier, for covering 500 PCs, costs US$3,995.

LEM collects log and event data from devices and performs real-time correlation, says SolarWinds. The solution lets administrators create rules for each for allowing or preventing actions such as downloading data to a USB stick. Or a download can be allowed, but the system logs what was moved or copied.
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There are data visualization tools allowing administrators to create word clouds, treemaps and other search parameters.

It can also generate compliance reports for a number of standards such as the PCI reports for PCI’s data security standard (DSS), the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC) CIP and others.

LEM comes under the category of security information and event management (SIEM) software. Among the competitors it faces are IBM’s Q1 Labs’ QRadar line, Novell’s NetIQ Sentinel, HP ArcSight, Quest Software’s InTrust, Symantec’s Security Information Manager, Splunk Inc. Splunk Enterprise and Tripwire Inc. Log Center.



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