CA Spectrum Review

With CA Spectrum Southbound Gateway, it is possible to receive alarm data and turn it into events.


What is most valuable?

With CA Spectrum Southbound Gateway, it is possible to receive alarm data and turn it into events. With events, it is possible to correlate ICs, other events and shape any function to its will.

The southbound gateway can receive data from third party sources, other monitoring products, like SCOM from Microsoft, using the Southbound Gateway you can centralize all Management in one view, you receive SNMP data from other tools and turns in events, events in CA Spectrum turns in to Alarms, QOS or reports.

How has it helped my organization?

With CA Spectrum, we are now able to monitor more proactively network assets, reduce the total downtime of these and prevent money from being lost for device stoppages. The tool also gave us an event integrator for all other solutions, including non-CA solutions, forming a consolidated view of all information sent. From customized polices, we can standardize device nomenclature, facilitating the opening of external tickets and improve tracking them.

What needs improvement?

The EventDisp Logic (Code) is too complex.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I have not encountered any deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service is excellent.

Technical Support:

Technical support is an expert team.

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

I previously used Nagios and Zabbix, but CA Spectrum is more efficient.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is easy, but configuration properties and EventDisp is quite complex.

What about the implementation team?

A vendor team implemented it, but I participated.

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

CA Spectrum have a good model of licensing; the prices are based on types of models. If you understand the event processing code (Southbound Gateway), you will reduce the licensing price by more than 50%.

What other advice do I have?

CA Spectrum is a powerful product for monitoring network ICs; if you master the EventDisp logic and the Southbound Gateway Toolkit everything, becomes easier.

It is important to remember that with the size of product, some caution should be taken.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is a CA partner, working with CA solutions to support our own customers.
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