Broadcom Service Virtualization Review

It provides us with cost savings on hardware and earlier defect identification. We did, however, have a complex Linux setup that was due to our internal security process.

What is most valuable?

  • We mainly use it for performance testing.
  • Being able to spin up virtual services without buying additional hardware and being able to test.
  • Ability to shift left or simplify the SDLC process.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are cost savings on hardware and earlier defect identification. We have a bunch of metrics we just presented on this.

What needs improvement?

Currently we are in the early cycle. It meets our current needs. I see where there are things we potentially may need, but nothing in the near future.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Good. We haven't had any issues. This is beneficial because we had CA resources on site so they have been able to help us and the product dev team to be able to solve issues quickly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Good. It was part of our POC in which we made sure it would scale to fit our environment. It was our criteria in why we chose CA over other vendors.

How are customer service and technical support?

We really haven’t done a lot of that because we have CA resources on site who was able to handle the majority of them. The CA Resource on site has done everything and anything and solved problems quickly. We honestly haven’t run into many problems. Not much to answer.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've looked at Service Virtualization for the last few years because we knew the benefits of it but for which we never had the financial backing to purchase a tool. We've known that we've needed it for a long time just because of the benefits and abilities to transform the IT organization. It took a big change in our IT organization to buy it.

We considered HP SV, IBM GreenHat or whatever it is called now, Parasoft, and another smaller one.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward from CA's setup, but it was probably somewhere in between in terms of our internal process.

We set up on a Linux server which was complex due to internal security in our company that pose a challenge. Not a tool specific problem, but an internal process security issue.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered HP Service Virtualization, IBM Green Hat or whatever it is called now, Parasoft, and another smaller one.

We were looking for a tool that met the needs of what we're trying to do. We have specific criteria. Most tools can do the basic web services, message queues, etc. What set CA apart was the ability to do the Java Virtualization.

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework, do what’s right for your organization. While the tools try to be one size fits all. They each do something better than the other and you have to pick one that fits your IT organization.

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