CA Spectrum Pros and Cons

CA Spectrum Pros

NetworkT71ba
Network Tools Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We can plan changes and replacement of end-of-life products in our environment very well because it's very accurate.
Spectrum does such a great job of discovering our network that we have a high confidence in what our inventory is.
It does correlation so instead of producing 20 alarms if a site goes down, it only creates one.
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Stuart Weenig
Senior NMS Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I can use it to detect whenever things go wrong on my network.
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SeniorEndd0d
Senior Enterprise Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
​The stability of the product is key. It never breaks, really. The stability and reliability of the Spectrum product have been top-notch.​
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Jason Hohmann
Communication Systems Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The monitoring just comes to us: "Oh, there's something wrong with that machine." It tells us. There are some 50,000 machines or so, all doing different things. And if they go down we hear about it.
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John Simpkins
Network Systems Integration Engineer at University of Michigan Health System
It helps our NetOps group actually handle alarms in a way that lets them see the bigger picture of those alarms, and how they might affect our services. It helps us communicate information about the network state better to services that might be impacted by a specific network condition.
As the kind of enterprise that straddles the line between telco size and enterprise size, it scales for us, because we're not all the way at telco yet.
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ITOperateadf
IT Operations Manager at Delta Air Lines, Inc.
​Stability has been good. We really have not had any issues.​
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SeniorTe351a
Senior Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
​It covers a lot of different types of hardware. It can do a lot and saves us time.​
It is very stable. We have not had any major issues in over 10 years.
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Ilson Baltazar
Coordenador de Suporte - Command Center with 51-200 employees
All networks (or network equipment) are monitored through CA Spectrum.
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Scotty Orr
Advanced Solutions - Sr. Strategy Advisor at GDT - General Datatech
The Spectrum tool improved our network assurance levels for our business units.
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Juan Pablo Ferrari
Support Engineer Management Area with 201-500 employees
It is easy to understand and determine when and/or where the network is failing.
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CA Spectrum Cons

NetworkT71ba
Network Tools Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Our consultant was four months on-site doing Spectrum setup and working through issues.
There's a little bit of complexity to the initial install because you're dealing with operating systems. You have to make sure all the prerequisites are done, anti-virus exceptions, etc. Then there's the bringing it up and then there's discovery of the network and setting that up. It takes time.
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Stuart Weenig
Senior NMS Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have had one support issue that's been open for a couple of months, and it is currently open.
​I would like to see them eliminate the Java console. The user interface for this is a Java applet that runs on your desktop, and it is very problematic for us.
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SeniorEndd0d
Senior Enterprise Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Needs better integration with all the other products in the Agile suite of tools; anything they could do to make that less complex, would be great.
If nobody else has said the documentation needs improvement, let's go there. I understand, you can either write about it or you can do it. And most of us would rather they do it, but now that they've done it, those of us that didn't do it, we need to go and find: "Where did they write about this to tell us how to do it?" That's always lacking.
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Jason Hohmann
Communication Systems Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
If they could interact with the MIBs of vendors better, and have a lot more pre-loaded ones, that would be amazing for us right now.
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John Simpkins
Network Systems Integration Engineer at University of Michigan Health System
The Spectrum OneClick is a Java-based client, and that's aging. Really, before any new feature integration, I'd love to see a comprehensive rebuild of the UI.
The upgrade process could be smoother. More of the steps around upgrading could be automated.
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ITOperateadf
IT Operations Manager at Delta Air Lines, Inc.
We have a lot of different monitoring tools in the background, so orchestration has been a little bit of a challenge.
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SeniorTe351a
Senior Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
A better integration with the UIM, as far as being able to do root cause analysis and that type of analytics.
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Programm0ef8
Programmer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We have had some issues with the spec server and the high availability replication of data. It fails over well, but it does not come back very well. We get duplicated events.
I would like to see better scalability, and maybe, a more intuitive user interface. ​
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Ilson Baltazar
Coordenador de Suporte - Command Center with 51-200 employees
OS monitoring needs to be better developed, as well as their services, e.g., cluster monitoring, URLs, etc.
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Scotty Orr
Advanced Solutions - Sr. Strategy Advisor at GDT - General Datatech
The CA Technologies sales team destroyed their relationship with our business units.
It needs better integration with other CA products.
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