CA Spectrum Review

The application is not well written but the WAN modeling is a valuable feature.

Valuable Features

  • Alerting via SNMP traps
  • Inventory
  • WAN modeling
  • Serial numbers, etc.

Improvements to My Organization

Before this product we used a simple product that just used ping to verify devices were up.

Room for Improvement

  • MIB database needs to be more up to date
  • The software needs to be more tunable
  • CA has a one size fits all model
  • The application is not well written. You could throw 10 CPU’s and 20 Gig of memory at a database server and it will only use so much. This is running on Windows 2003 Server 64-bit and the CA Spectrum application is supposedly a true 64 bit application

Use of Solution

I've used it for 10 years.

Deployment Issues

Yes, in a large environment working with CA engineers we ended up doing it three times. They had a different vision of how it should be done.

Stability Issues

In the beginning very much so, we are now at a point where it’s pretty stable.

Scalability Issues

It scales, but each time you up scale it, more or less, you need to rebuild it.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It's poor.

Technical Support:

It's poor.

Previous Solutions

The previous product did not scale and it was very basic. If you need enterprise network and server monitoring & alerting there are very few options out there.

Initial Setup

It's complex for an enterprise. For example, we have three database servers and one web server for our environment.

Implementation Team

CA support sent a field engineer out for the initial installation, and then a different one to fix it because it kept crashing,

Other Advice

This product requires, in larger environments, one full time employee dedicated to it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Ravi SuvvariReal UserTOP 5LEADERBOARD

Thanx John for sharing this valuable info about CA spectrum

09 April 15
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