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Real User
Network Tools Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 14 2017

What is most valuable?

There are many valuable features but the ability to have all the inventory reports, event reports, configuration management. It does correlation so instead of producing 20 alarms if a site goes down… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the improvements is that we have a reliable inventory. Spectrum does such a great job of discovering our network that we have a high confidence in what our inventory is and because of that… more»

What needs improvement?

The only pain point I have is some issues with support and the timeliness of getting a resolution. Other than that, we're very pleased with the functionality. They're coming out with Spectrum 10.3 and… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Many enterprises have something called "tool sprawl." Over time you invest in tools and all of a sudden you step back and realize there is some overlap in the tool set that you have. You have tool X… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think you have to be aware of what steps you follow when you shut it down and bring it back up. You have to make sure you check that you are getting current alerts when it comes back on. Make sure… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Riverbed was one of the other vendors we looked at. Part of the reason CA was attractive is, we did have them come out and set up a demo and a look through. We went through a checklist of what was… more»
Stuart Weenig
Real User
Senior NMS Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Spectrum is really good at discovering what I have out there just by giving it the list of things: my inventory. I feed in my inventory, and it discovers what is out there and how they are all… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Spectrum is heavily loaded with alarm configuration, so it can detect whenever things go wrong. Things that I didn't even know could go wrong on my network. It picks up on those. I have integrated it… more»

What needs improvement?

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 in a large organization where Java is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution. I came onto the scene to help clean up and modernize a lot of our operations. This was one of the things we looked at. As one of my operation managers put it, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Every once in a while, you will run into somebody who will surprise you by being innovative or by showing you that they have a vision for something, and that they are working or striving towards… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a lot of different options and Spectrum was the one that met all of our criteria. Scalable and expansive enough to capture everything that we needed to capture, and even things that we… more»
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Real User
Senior Enterprise Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The stability of the product is key. It never breaks, really. The stability and reliability of the Spectrum product have been top-notch. The only reason you're not going to know that your stuff is up and running is because you set it up… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since I put this solution in, over the last five years, we have actually reduced the number of alerts that go out and wake people up in the middle of the night by 70%.

What needs improvement?

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. They've made it less complex, it's getting better as time goes. It's just such a long road because… more»

What other advice do I have?

You look around and see there are a lot of home-grown things, and multiple different solutions from different vendors that just don't work together, or they can't work together for whatever reason. One thing I like about the one-stop shop… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I think the short list for Spectrum was Solar Winds, Nagios, Spectrum, of course, and BMC.
Jason Hohmann
Real User
Communication Systems Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact that I don't have to sit and watch things. They get monitored, and then I hear about them and take care of them as needed.

How has it helped my organization?

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. It's improved things because we know when… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

A couple other solutions. It cancelled some of those out. We switched because it was a bigger thing. We swapped so we could have support for just one monolithic thing, as opposed to a lot of little things. It just had more support, we could… more»

What other advice do I have?

My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * knowledgeable tech support * reasonable forums * documentation. I give it an eight out of 10 because it's not perfect, but it's better than a lot of what's out there. There is still a… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 04 2017

What is most valuable?

The flexibility. It is so customizable. You can about make it do anything you want it to do, if you can figure out how to make it do it. There are things you can do in it to customize it to your environment and make it meet your business… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We see events that we would not typically see. Thus, it helps us find things that we may not have known were wrong. It creates transparency and makes everything work by being more transparent.

What needs improvement?

CA is going in the right direction. What we want is more integration between the tools and it looks like they are doing more of that. That is probably the big thing. Better integration between the tools, being able to take all the data from… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a really good product, though it is very complicated. You need to make sure that you have the staffing, because of the complexity of the product. You will need staff to be able to use it to its fullest extent. Most important criteria… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had HPE OpenView, SolarWinds, and OPNET tools. We chose CA because we can consolidate all of those tools down. This is why the integration is important. It has allowed us to eliminate a whole bunch of other tools, so we were able to… more»
Parag Pujari
Real User
Director IT at CNO Financial Group, Inc.
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The main thing is obviously notifications about alerts, getting ahead of the curve to make sure that we do not have system going down, or if it is down we get to know it earlier. If it is going to go… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is mainly trying to avoid disasters that might be coming, especially with service degradation. It has improved the way our organization has functioned over the last 10 years. It has had some… more»

What needs improvement?

Once something goes down, that is when we get alerted versus we need more predictive analytics in place so we know a case based on patterns putting AI in place, or something along those lines, so we… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was before my time at the company.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Spectrum. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The product needs to meet our needs. * It has to pass Enterprise Architectures conditions and be secure. The product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was before my time at the company.
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at GEICO
Nov 30 2017

What is most valuable?

The quick notification of issues, quick alerting because timeliness is always valuable, it's very important for us.

How has it helped my organization?

Again, that's a little tough because we aren't using it to it's full potential right now. We're hoping for greater visibility into our network, not just for us but for our customers as well.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using CA Performance Center, and CA Spectrum is a logical extension of CA Performance Center. Between our management and CA themselves putting on the full-court press for sales, we decided to go that route.

What other advice do I have?

In the vendor selection process what is important to us are * reputation * reliability. It also helps if you have a current relationship, and we have a long-standing relationship with CA. That made it rather easy for us. I give it a nine… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did consider two other vendors. We considered SolarWinds, and I can't remember the other company but that company didn't last very long. It was somewhat close between CA and SolarWinds, but we decided to go with CA.
John Simpkins
Real User
Network Systems Integration Engineer at University of Michigan Health System
Feb 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Spectrum allows us to have a holistic view of our network architecture. We have a pretty heterogeneous topology at U of M, we're a half Cisco, half Juniper shop, and we have multiple layers to our network topology. So, it's really important for us to be able to do that topological map, and be able… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

Spectrum is interesting because it's a super-mature product for CA, and it works really, really well the way it is. In terms of new features and functionality, I feel like there has to be a transition there. The Spectrum OneClick is a Java-based client, and that's aging. Really, before any new… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, the most important consideration is product; it has to be product and features. I'd give it an eight out of 10 right now, because it does what we need it to do. It could go an extra 20 percent somewhere.
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CA Spectrum can enable your organization to discover, optimize and improve its infrastructure and the business services running on top of it. By delivering large-enterprise scalability, robust features and superior root cause analysis, this solution can help your organization effectively manage its dynamic, complex IT infrastructure including physical, virtual and cloud environments as well as network virtualization.
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