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What is Network Management Applications?

Network Management Applications (NMAs) are software applications that live on Network Management Stations (NMSs) and retrieve data from management agents (MAs). NMA agents monitor and control devices on the network, which is trying to efficient operate servers, databases, and routers. IT Central Station IT professionals maintain their networks for interdependent daily tasks that process and store data for large enterprises.

Network Management application software alerts IT to actionable incidents and protects the network from damage and failures caused by system errors. IT Central Station users are responsible for agile, organizational access to fast and seamless data. Information is power, so easily accessible and reliable network data is essential.

Comprehensive Network Management Applications and monitoring systems provide vital reliable data about the state of the network along with performance and usage. In order to effectively manage the health of networks, IT Central Station users look for network device discovery and monitoring at the device level, to determine whether performance matches capacity planning and SLAs. Professionals are concerned with performance analysis and track performance indicators including utilization of bandwidth, latency, packet loss availability and efficiency of routers and switches and integrated SNMP devices.

Network Management Applications provides intelligent notifications and configurable alerts that react to specific network scenarios by paging, emailing, calling or texting IT and DevOps administrators. Network Management must offer ease of management and configuration.

IT Central Station users require integrative technical support in aligning prominent open source market tools, and easy functionality. Network Management Applications have to deliver unquestionable accuracy, real-time reporting and event logging/auditing. ROI is measured by the success of IT Departments, which depend upon 24/7 monitoring of events, troubleshooting and service availability. Time and expenditure are what is at the forefront in today’s competitive markets.


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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
OSS Manager at Telefónica UK / O2
Feb 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* REST API: The single most undersold feature of CA Spectrum is the REST API! * Customisation: Very customisable under the hood and using standard features. * Reliable: It just works. I've been using Spectrum for more than five years and it... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The REST API work has allowed us to fully automate our deployment process, user creation, exception reporting, and much more. The device support is very comprehensive and vendor agnostic. Device certifications are added almost quarterly or... more»

What needs improvement?

CABI was a major issue for us, but the newly added Jaspersoft is a better-suited reporting toolset, so this has already been addressed. The OneClick UI is a little dated, but still very functional. They are also addressing this with the new... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Network Tools Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 14 2017

What is most valuable?

There are many valuable features but the ability to have all the inventory reports, event reports, configuration management. It does correlation so instead of producing 20 alarms if a site goes down, it only creates one. That's one of its... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the improvements is that we have a reliable inventory. Spectrum does such a great job of discovering our network that we have a high confidence in what our inventory is and because of that we're confident in the reporting we get. We... more»

What needs improvement?

The only pain point I have is some issues with support and the timeliness of getting a resolution. Other than that, we're very pleased with the functionality. They're coming out with Spectrum 10.3 and I'm sure it'll have some additional... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Senior NMS Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Spectrum is really good at discovering what I have out there just by giving it the list of things: my inventory. I feed in my inventory, and it discovers what is out there and how they are all connected to each other.

How has it helped my organization?

Spectrum is heavily loaded with alarm configuration, so it can detect whenever things go wrong. Things that I didn't even know could go wrong on my network. It picks up on those. I have integrated it into my ITIL management, incident... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them eliminate the Java console. The user interface for this is a Java applet that runs on your desktop, and it is very problematic for us in a large organization where Java is looked at as the big, bad evil thing that we... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Manager Network Operations at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The out-of-the-box dashboards, in terms of being able to visualize performance data in ways that we haven't in the past. As opposed to lines of threshold alerts or indications of degradation, we're seeing from a graphical perspective this... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The one thing it has helped us with, we're not in a completely predictive state at this point. Everybody wants to get to predictive now - analytics - and be able to stop the problems before they happen. What I will say is that we have been... more»

What needs improvement?

I'm still working on consuming all the features that I have today, so ask me this again in a year. I would say right now, we're in the midst of adaptation and adoption with this tool, so everyday it seems like there's something new I'm... more»
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Real User
Supervisor Of Event Management And Monitoring at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Its ability to probe the POLAR Network and tell us about a device. That is the most valuable. It is important we are able to alert based on what we find. It has become useful, because we can interact it with another tool, like Splunk, to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since the implementation of the tool, it has cut down on probably 60% of our outages and letting us know what is going on. That little component has created significant improvement for us that we were able to put in place. There is another... more»

What needs improvement?

Since the direction is more cloud-oriented, I would like to see what modules or functions they are putting out there to say, "Hey, this is what we are doing to monitor your cloud or help monitor that issue." As we move more towards the cloud,... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
TEM Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* NCM * Discovery: Scheduled, on-demand, synchronized with eHealth * REST API * Spectrum integration with CABI, eHealth, SOI, and EEM * Modelling of custom device models * MRTG graphs in real time for interfaces * Dynamic Global Collections *... more»

How has it helped my organization?

CA Spectrum allowed our client, a Tier 1 TELCO, to manage their E2E network infrastructure. The distributed architecture and eHealth integrations enabled a powerful solution for providing Hosted Managed Services to an Enterprise customer. It... more»

What needs improvement?

* NCM: Needs to be more user-friendly and refined. The ability to quickly see changes across various time configured backups helps to quickly identify changes which could be a root cause to a prevalent problem due to incorrect configurations.... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Sr. Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 21 2016

What is most valuable?

The feature that I find most valuable, but I don't see used often enough, is really applying the fault tolerance. In the last two companies I've worked with, they always categorized or contained different type of devices. There were routers... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are using Spectrum as a conduit for other tools. For instance, we are bringing in SystemEDGE to send traps. We are going to use that to replace NSM, which is an old tool that is not supported by CA anymore. This is our replacement for... more»

What needs improvement?

They really need to work out some bugs. Getting away from Java is a good step. I'm looking to see how well we can integrate performance manager into that, and see how they all play together. I've got a distinct feeling that there's going to... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
General Manager Strategic Programs at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 14 2016

What is most valuable?

The HPE suite is amazingly beautiful, has a fantastic user experience, and provides a high amount of simplification across transactions when adopting cloud technologies significantly.

How has it helped my organization?

NNMi is super robust and seamlessly connects everything across applications, infrastructure, server, storage, and networks. We wanted to connect the dots together. We have implemented not just NNMi, but the entire HPE suite. The trigger to do... more»

What needs improvement?

I want to have some of those nicer features for when networks go flapping. I want to receive alerts before problems occur rather than when it actually goes down. We need to have our service providers working very closely with us, which will... more»
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Real User
IT Specialist at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are tracing, SmartTrace; being able to look at packet traces; looking at SSH handshakes for the key certificates, as well as looking at protocols that are transferring over the wire before it leaves the mainframe.

How has it helped my organization?

It is fast getting work done over to banks. It's important to understand what the communication protocols are and get them fixed. There are a lot of banks that had to be converted from FTP to SFTP, and there were all sorts of things that were... more»

What needs improvement?

What was mentioned at a recent CA conference was NetMaster's getting tied in with the whole new infrastructure with the analytics. That would be great to get that over to z/Linux, to see if there are tools that could do the understanding of... more»
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CA Technologies
Daniel alejandro zuleta zahr li?1421765130
Real User
Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 01 2017

What is most valuable?

It has many great features, but in most of the companies that I have done consulting for, they rarely use them as it requires an advanced level of knowledge of the tool. Event Configuration: A tool in its simplest form creates business logic... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Reduces the false positives, by creating our own business logic with the Event Configuration. Allows us to have a single console/notification point, with the alarms of all the tools that we use for monitoring.

What needs improvement?

It’s like having a Ferrari, without a professional driver. Most companies don’t use all the good features. The out-of-the-box features are just too poor: (Ping, CPU, Disk and Memory, Process, and File Systems). CA Spectrum is an... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Enterprise Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The stability of the product is key. It never breaks, really. The stability and reliability of the Spectrum product have been top-notch. The only reason you're not going to know that your stuff is up and running is because you set it up... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since I put this solution in, over the last five years, we have actually reduced the number of alerts that go out and wake people up in the middle of the night by 70%.

What needs improvement?

Better integration with all the other products in the Agile suite of tools; anything they could do to make that less complex, would be great. They've made it less complex, it's getting better as time goes. It's just such a long road because... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Manager IT at New York Presbyterian Hospital
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is it’s ability to monitor our network. We have a fairly sizable network with over 4000 nodes. Ultimately, at a hospital, network integrity is a patient care issue, so you want to make sure that the network is up as... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Its ability to alert us on network issues before they become critical is a great benefit. For example, say one of the power supplies on a device that has more than one goes down. Spectrum alerts us so we're aware of it, we can go and take... more»

What needs improvement?

The web-based client that Spectrum has needs to be able to use multiple landscapes and multiple alarm filters. Right now, if you choose a landscape and then choose an alarm filter, you can have one or the other, but you can't pair them, which... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Infrastructure Services Engineer Sr, Enterprise Network at a insurance company
Nov 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The integration to the other products that we use: NFA, we use ADA, we use Spectrum; and CAPM integrates all those into a single pane of glass, for performance. CAPC is good for developing reports around those multiple data sources and giving... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past we've had multiple monitoring tools and products being used simultaneously. The goal of the product - and we're still working on eliminating some of the overlap that the other products have - is to allow us to have a single... more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the individual report views, the way some of the columns sort, there's room for improvement in giving us more flexibility in being able to sort reports based, for example, on what columns the metrics fall under. I would say for the... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Associate UEM Technologist at Sheetz inc
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

What I like about the latest that they came out with is that 10.2 looks like it's going to be better, and they added a web console. I like the HTML5 fact of it, because it's a lot easier for me to get to my admins and other elements like that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helped, basically, because we are working on root cause analysis. If we were to have outages, we really didn't know what the problem was, we just knew we had a server down. With Spectrum, we can do a root cause analysis by building... more»

What needs improvement?

If 10.2 goes completely to HTML5, I think that's going to be awesome. Just give everybody a website and tell them to log in and it'll be single-sign-on login, too, so they don't even have to remember another password. There is value in that... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 30 2017

What is most valuable?

It's a pretty complex product. There are a lot of parts to it. The biggest selling point is putting the power of creating dashboards and reports into end users' hands. They can create views that are most pertinent to them. That's been the big... more»

How has it helped my organization?

From a business standpoint, it's hard to quantify. It's been used in the capacity planning process, as far as our network infrastructure goes. We've been able to utilize data that's been collected by the tool to more accurately predict usages.

What needs improvement?

The one area where I think it could be improved is the reporting capability. The dashboard features are very function rich, but the reporting feature is probably not as rich as we'd like it to be. There are some limitations in using it. For... more»
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Michael wolff li?1414339191
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

It is amongst the most versatile NMSs on the market. It provides better device management for even some of their competitors' devices than their competitors' management software (particularly Cisco). The ability for IMC to interrogate a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I make a habit of installing IMC as the first step when I start analysing networks for issues and improvements. What I gain from 24 hours of analysis with IMC usually exceeds what I can derive from hundreds of pages of documentation. My... more»

What needs improvement?

Documentation is pretty weak. HPE have an excellent They have a Youtube channel that provides some excellent guidance but the content is sporadically released (there have only been 2 videos in the last year) and unstructured (it seems to... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer
Jan 31 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very easy to add devices; just be aware that it requires SNMP to be enabled. It is very easy to use because most of the administrative tasks through the UI are documented. If I have any doubt, I can just go to the CS support. In the UI itself, you have a lot of helpful information on each administrative task, such as adding a special profile, conferring... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if CA provided online training for its customers. Whenever a release happens, the latest version, we have meetings with CA meeting and they explain the latest features and enhancements, which is really helpful. But then I'm training my internal support on our tool, if there were any training that CA provided directly, online, that would be good.
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Telecommunications Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features start with the core feature fault management and then the Configuration Manager; Service Manager; Watches; event management and event correlation; MIB tools; and the fact that it is fully customizable.

How has it helped my organization?

CA Spectrum as a fault management tool from a service provider perspective, turns your network management team from reactive to proactive, minimizes the network management staff number requisite, and gives you a centralized view of all your... more»

What needs improvement?

There's always room for improvement! In order of importance, I would say that CA should start to get rid of Java on the OneClick console. They could highly improve the Configuration Management feature, the schedule manager and the watch's... more»
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CA Technologies
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Consultant
Presales Consultant at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 09 2016

What is most valuable?

The product is rich in features, so a lot of them are valuable. Network Configuration Manager - Backup network device configuration, enforce policies, enforce configuration and correlate configuration changes with network status. Also has an... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to move from an open-source solution using six servers to an enterprise solution using two servers to monitor the same number of elements. Also, of course, the product offered a lot of features ready to use that we didn’t have... more»

What needs improvement?

The Systems Performance Agent is powerful, but, for example, if you want to run a sql query and set a threshold against the returned value, you can’t directly. You need a script with the threshold set in the script and an exit different than... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Communication Systems Analyst
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact that I don't have to sit and watch things. They get monitored, and then I hear about them and take care of them as needed.

How has it helped my organization?

The monitoring just comes to us: "Oh, there's something wrong with that machine." It tells us. There are some 50,000 machines or so, all doing different things. And if they go down we hear about it. It's improved things because we know when... more»

What needs improvement?

If they could interact with the MIBs of vendors better, and have a lot more pre-loaded ones, that would be amazing for us right now.
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