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frank.tonjes
Real User
OSS Manager at Telefónica UK / O2
Feb 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* REST API: The single most undersold feature of CA Spectrum is the REST API! * Customisation: Very customisable under... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The REST API work has allowed us to fully automate our deployment process, user creation, exception reporting, and much... more»

What needs improvement?

CABI was a major issue for us, but the newly added Jaspersoft is a better-suited reporting toolset, so this has already... more»

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

Work out exactly what you need and negotiate. CA are very flexible and are always happy to help. They are not very 'Big... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I've never had to switch from another product to CA Spectrum. Most places I have worked either already had Spectrum or... more»

What other advice do I have?

The CA Infrastructure tools on offer from CA work well with each other and are being more and more closely integrated... more»
NetworkT71ba
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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
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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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
it_user394989
Consultant
TEM Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* NCM * Discovery: Scheduled, on-demand, synchronized with eHealth * REST API * Spectrum integration with CABI,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

CA Spectrum allowed our client, a Tier 1 TELCO, to manage their E2E network infrastructure. The distributed... more»

What needs improvement?

* NCM: Needs to be more user-friendly and refined. The ability to quickly see changes across various time configured... more»

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

It is very pricey. With the current trend of enterprises moving towards cheaper and more modern looking solutions like... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I am not aware of any previous solutions.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product. It is easy to setup if technically strong resources are available. It reduces the cost of... more»
Engineer0ca8
Consultant
Sr. Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 21 2016

What is most valuable?

The feature that I find most valuable, but I don't see used often enough, is really applying the fault tolerance. In the last two companies I've worked with, they always... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are using Spectrum as a conduit for other tools. For instance, we are bringing in SystemEDGE to send traps. We are going to use that to replace NSM, which is an old tool that is... more»

What needs improvement?

They really need to work out some bugs. Getting away from Java is a good step. I'm looking to see how well we can integrate performance manager (PM) and UIM into that, and see how... more»

What other advice do I have?

I know CA might not like this but I would suggest looking at other vendors in the market and really see what the completion has to offer. CA has got a large footprint and that's... more»
Daniel Alejandro Zuleta Zahr
Real User
Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 01 2017

What is most valuable?

It has many great features, but in most of the companies that I have done consulting for, they rarely use them as it... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Reduces the false positives, by creating our own business logic with the Event Configuration. Allows us to have a... more»

What needs improvement?

It’s like having a Ferrari, without a professional driver. Most companies don’t use all the good features. The... more»

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

It’s a great tool, but an expensive one. Learn how to use it properly.

Which solutions did we use previously?

It was the first solution that we used when I started working. Right now, we are trying Naemon (Nagios). Here is my... more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to learn, at least, the following: Event Configuration Device Certification Watches Alarm Notification Manager... more»
SeniorEndd0d
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... 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... 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... more»
Lee Mullican
Real User
Manager IT at New York Presbyterian Hospital
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is it’s ability to monitor our network. We have a fairly sizable network with over 4000 nodes. Ultimately, at a hospital, network integrity is a patient... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Its ability to alert us on network issues before they become critical is a great benefit. For example, say one of the power supplies on a device that has more than one goes down.... more»

What needs improvement?

The web-based client that Spectrum has needs to be able to use multiple landscapes and multiple alarm filters. Right now, if you choose a landscape and then choose an alarm filter,... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would say that Spectrum is a great network monitoring tool, and it has a lot of features that most people probably don't even use. They just use it kind of like an up-down tool,... more»
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