CA Spectrum Review

The valuable features are topology discovery, configuration management, and service management.


What is most valuable?

These features are core requirements for infrastructure management:

  • Topology Discovery
  • Configuration Management
  • Best network root-cause analysis
  • Service management
  • Integration with CA SOI and CA SDM

How has it helped my organization?

  • Reduces system fails
  • Reduces time to resolve issues
  • Gives a clear picture about device usage: Not in terms of performance, but in terms of roles

Sometimes customers use network equipment which does not solve any business tasks and can be simply switched off.

What needs improvement?

It's a mature product for a classic network.

New areas (NFV, SDN, APM) are covered by new technologies. As such, products should have tight integration with modern data science platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the solution for over ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's the most reliable product I have used.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did not encounter any scalability issues. However, we don't have a large number of devices. We only have 10-15,000 devices for a distributed arch, which is normal.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

4

Technical Support:

The technical support is professional.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I work as a System Integrator and we sell all known NFMs. Spectrum is the best.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

Implementation fully ourself

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

I don't have any specific advice regarding this.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Comarch, EMC, HPE, IBM, WANDL and TEOCO.

What other advice do I have?

Don't freeze your selection. This product is mature and is the best. Start your project and move forward to solve business issues

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are business partners.
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