CA UIM (DX Infrastructure Manager) Review

MCS allows for monitoring policies to be created for groups of devices.


What is most valuable?

  • Ease of setup - install is quick and easy. For small environments, all components can be installed on a single server. Even larger, more-distributed environments are easy to install, given all required network ports are open.
  • Automated robot deployment makes it easy to select targets for performance management.
  • Justifiably, local and remote options are available for agent-based and touchless monitoring.
  • Most probe configurations are OOTB best practices. The probe GUI is easy to navigate.
  • A new feature, MCS, allows for monitoring policies to be created for groups of devices. You can monitor just about anything.

How has it helped my organization?

We are a managed services organization. Knowing about performance issues before our customers is key. To have reports ready at the beginning of the day is even better. Report scheduling is priceless.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see enhancements to core probes for bulk uploads. Some probes have the capability to monitor multiple targets. You either must enter them one by one or use scripting to bulk load the targets. I would like to see that functionality built into the probes.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this product for about seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not encountered any scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is excellent. 24 x 7 support is awesome, not to mention that their support staff really knows the product. What makes it better is that support and development work close together so that turnaround on bug fixes is expedient.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used Solarwinds NPM but it wasn't as scalable.

How was the initial setup?

Setup was easy.

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

Buy what you need. The product is worth every bit of its cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other products beforehand.

What other advice do I have?

Plan and commit people and processes. Build a service, don't just implement a tool.

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