CA Service Virtualization Review

Very easy to learn and implement. Doesn't require extensive technical knowledge.


What is most valuable?

Service visualization for almost all types of protocols. Version 7.5.1 has many improved features compared to version 6.5 which we were previously using.

How has it helped my organization?

Has lead to cost savings and helped improve the project life cycle. Teams are more streamlined and helpful not only for testers but even for developers.

What needs improvement?

It's not really meant for Services Testing and reporting functionality from the CA SV console - it's a very basic one. I'd like to see improvements in these two areas.

For how long have I used the solution?

6 Months

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I have not experienced any deployment issues. The deployment process is really simple and straight forward. It certainly has improved in the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not really, sometimes we face minor issues with the registry server but that is more of an environment issue. Other than that we didn't encounter any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Right now we're only using it for pre-production, so we haven't yet seen how it scales if we use it for production volumes.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I'm very satisfied with the tool CA has produced and the level of support they provide. I'm only a bit disappointed with the knowledge repository.

Technical Support:

8 out of 10. Most of the issues I raised with CA support were addressed within 24 hours. Also, CA actively follows up on the open issues - I've found this to be very good.

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

I used SOAP UI briefly. I switched to CA SV as it has more advanced features, supports almost all types of services and moreover has better support.

How was the initial setup?

I'm not aware of any issues we faced during the implementation. We have a separate environments team which did the setup for us.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented through an in-house team working with the parent company. However, our environment support team actively monitors all the servers.

What was our ROI?

It really depends on various factors like the type of project and timeline of the project. Definitely ROI is a lot better then earlier projects when we didn't use virtual services.

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

Initial setup was done by the parent company and we are just using licenses and servers provided by the parent company.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We analyzed the tools on the market including: HP, IBM Green Hat and CA SV. Each product has its own merits but we found that CA SV is more mature and matches our requirements best so we selected it for our service virtualization needs.

What other advice do I have?

Very easy to learn and implement. Doesn't require extensive technical knowledge. Use virtual services instead of stubbed data.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarKumar Gaurav Jain
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Indeed, its really good tool. Download DevTest 8.0.2 latest code drop from CA which far better features than anyother tool even earlier versions of CA LISA tool family.