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CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy to use and has comprehensive monitoring options
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features have been how easy it is to deploy and use, as well as the comprehensive monitoring options. These are a few things that customers like most about this product."
  • "The analysis part of this product could be improved. It's a very comprehensive product, so the features it has complement customer requirements. But I would like to see more emphasis on analytics, and it would be great if they added machine learning. They already have analysis insights, but a comprehensive analytical feature that's already incorporated into the solution would be very helpful."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for most of our customers is for monitoring and compliance. It's mostly deployed on-premises and it's a database activity monitoring solution. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features have been how easy it is to deploy and use, as well as the comprehensive monitoring options. These are a few things that customers like most about this product. 

What needs improvement?

The analysis part of this product could be improved. It's a very comprehensive product, so the features it has complement customer requirements. But I would like to see more emphasis on analytics, and it would be great if they added machine learning. They already have analysis insights, but a comprehensive analytical feature that's already incorporated into the solution would be very helpful. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with IBM Guardium for the past 10 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. That's one of the missions of this product—it can scale. 

How are customer service and support?

I think technical support is generally helpful, but it depends on the situation and the complexity of the problem. Most of the time, we resolve customers' issues ourselves, but technical support is helpful whenever I do require their help. 

How was the initial setup?

Most of the time, the deployment process is straightforward. There is a specific process which isn't too complicated or difficult. The amount of maintenance that will be required depends on the deployment. When we set up the solution, we usually try to optimize it so that it requires little maintenance. 

What about the implementation team?

My company provides implementation services to customers. 

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

Guardium is most suitable for large scale enterprises because the pricing model is better if you are implementing a large number of databases. It may be suited to medium enterprises, but to a lesser extent. It depends on customer requirements, but it's best suited to large companies because of affordability. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have experience with Oracle Audit Vault and Imperva SecureSphere Database Security, which are the two main competitors. If you compare Guardium with Audit Vault, the main differences are in the deployment model, how they work, and the focus of each product with regard to monitoring. Audit Vault has a different deployment method. Imperva is more similar to Guardium. 

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking to implement Guardium, you first need to understand your requirements. The objective of these database and security monitoring solutions is for compliance and auditing. You want a solution that will monitor everything, but the main objective is to monitor the right areas or the key parts of the area that should be monitored. This is the one thing customers should consider before choosing any database or similar solution. 

We have good relationships with our customers, so whenever they're looking for a solution, we try to partner with them and align them with a product that will meet their needs. Usually when we go with this product, we go with SQL first, then go for integration deployment. Our recommendations are based on customer requirements. Even if it's a good product, it may not be a good fit for the customer. 

I would rate this product an eight out of ten, just because there's always room for improvement. 

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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Personal Banker at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scalable, with good support, but the stability could be improved

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for developing and hosting our environment to orient them.

What needs improvement?

There are features available in Imperva that are not included in Oracle Audit Vault. It would be helpful to have more features added. Stability could be improved, we have had some challenges

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for between six and seven years. We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have some challenges with stability, but it's okay considering the entire industry.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution.  Depending on the instances that we have, we have approximately 1,000 users. We have plans to…

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for developing and hosting our environment to orient them.

What needs improvement?

There are features available in Imperva that are not included in Oracle Audit Vault. It would be helpful to have more features added.

Stability could be improved, we have had some challenges

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for between six and seven years.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have some challenges with stability, but it's okay considering the entire industry.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution. 

Depending on the instances that we have, we have approximately 1,000 users.

We have plans to continue using Oracle. If they have a better version, we will move towards that.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is perfect. We don't have any issues with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is handled by a different department, but I haven't received any complaints about it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have completed an analysis on Imperva and found some features that are not available in Audit Vault.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely, I would recommend Oracle Audit Vault for others.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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.
Sr. Product Management Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Reasonably-priced with knowledgeable technical support, but they could be more responsive

What is our primary use case?

We are a managed service provider and the McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases is one of the products that we refer to our customers.

What is most valuable?

The technical support is good; they are knowledgeable.

What needs improvement?

Technical support could be more responsive.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Vulnerability Manager for between three and four years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately1,000 users in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good, but it could be better.

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

It's not expensive compared to other products that are available. …

What is our primary use case?

We are a managed service provider and the McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases is one of the products that we refer to our customers.

What is most valuable?

The technical support is good; they are knowledgeable.

What needs improvement?

Technical support could be more responsive.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Vulnerability Manager for between three and four years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately1,000 users in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good, but it could be better.

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

It's not expensive compared to other products that are available.

What other advice do I have?

We are decommissioning McAfee over the next three years and will be switching to Imperva.

This is a product that I can recommend to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate McAfee Vulnerability Manager for Databases a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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