CA Spectrum Review

Enables us to be proactive with any sort of network issues, address problems up-front


What is our primary use case?

Network monitoring.

It has performed very well, as expected. It allows us to be proactive with any sort of network issues, address the problems before they become critical problems.

What is most valuable?

Allows us to be proactive.

How has it helped my organization?

If we can be proactive, we maintain maximum uptime of our network infrastructure. It allows us to address issues before they take a network down, for example.

What needs improvement?

HTML5. Right now, it is a very Java driven application. We have lots of issues. If we do have any issues with the front end side of it, it would be Java. Dealing with Java and all the changes that are constantly happening with Java.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has been very good. I've never noticed any issues. I've used the product on a 2000-node network and on a 10,000-node network.

How are customer service and technical support?

Tech support is very good. I've never had any issues.

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

We weren't using anything before Spectrum. We needed a product to monitor our network equipment for these type of things.

How was the initial setup?

I'd say it's medium. You need to know how to tailor the product to your environment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a couple of different products; I can't remember which ones, exactly.

What other advice do I have?

When we are selecting a vendor, what is important to us are

  • stability
  • proven background of actually doing it 
  • cost to actual functionality.

I would say to seriously take a look at Spectrum. It is a very stable and good product.

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