Most Helpful Review
Good monitoring, alerting capabilities, and improved visibility, but AIOps is restricted to Broadcom
Find out what your peers are saying about CA Spectrum vs. CA UIM (DX Infrastructure Manager) and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
397,983 professionals have used our research since 2012.
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
It is a central solution in terms of how to actually use it. It has a very easy dashboard. Everything is concise. We are able to create custom sensors. For different parts of the business, we have many products across many environments, and it works for everything.
The fact that I can use custom MIB files to customize my sensors for the things that are not there as a default is a good feature.
The most valuable feature is the ability to span multiple technologies and multiple vendors.
We can see trends for a lot of different things, such as hard drive space and bandwidth usage. We can see and plan for the future by knowing, "We're sort of at 75% capacity now. In three months time, we know we're going to be up to 90%,so we need to plan ahead for it, getting upgrades booked in place." Since things like this take time and effort, it's handy to see trends into the future of where our company is going.
The solution provides us with needed feedback on our IT infrastructure. It gives us really good quality of service when it comes to monitoring of available space and available resources. It allows us to preempt issues before they become a problem for the business.
It is easy to use and intuitive, which is really important. It does what it says on the box by giving you a visual of the state of what is going on at any one time.
It is pretty simple to use, which is always a good thing. It's been very reliable in updating us if any issues crop up.
We use the remote probes a lot for our branch offices. Instead of deploying the full instance of PRTG, we'll put a remote probe out there. This simplifies the whole deployment for us.
I have found the cross analysis feature to be the most valuable.
We were able to standardize the internal processes across all internal departments, resulting in almost an elimination of non-standard process flows through our organization.
The Spectrum tool improved our network assurance levels for our business units.
All networks (or network equipment) are monitored through CA Spectrum.
It is easy to understand and determine when and/or where the network is failing.
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 gives us visibility inside applications. It helps us to dig down and find the root cause of any issue within the network.
It is easy to implement but requires good planning.
It is reliable when it comes to monitoring.
With custom sensors, there is a lot of work which needs to be done in the background, just for it to be tailor-made for the specific thing that we are actually monitoring. We take a lot of time with the custom sensors. I would like to see the customer sensor be more robust and a bit more varied.
I have an issue with DFS, distributed file services... there isn't one by default. Taking into account the difference between DFS and DFSR as well would be great.
The dashboarding definitely needs improvement.
The only sort of limitation is the actual probes. So, if you don't have enough probes on there, you can over flip them and cause the WMI sensors and SNMP sensors to sort of overload. Sometimes, they might timeout for a minute, but they do come back.
The desktop app is the one area where it do with some improvement. From a user's perspective, I would like to be able to get more out of the desktop app as opposed to where we are now with it.
While the desktop app is good, they could slightly improve it. We would like it to be a single pane of glass. At the moment, you can only see certain portions of information. You have to scroll through to make it more granular. We want them to develop the desktop app to be more user-friendly.
Once you start going above 5000 sensors, things do start to get a bit shaky. There are some best practice out there that you will need to adopt and be aware of.
We would like more cloud native sensors for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, etc. A lot of businesses are moving in that direction, so having something where we can pull performance stats out of these cloud services would be great for us.
For us, the implementation was quite complex but it's because of the large number of different environments we're dealing with.
We want to make our own choice for the AIOps solution and do not want to be forced to use the Broadcom OI solution by default.
The CA Technologies sales team destroyed their relationship with our business units.
It needs better integration with other CA products.
OS monitoring needs to be better developed, as well as their services, e.g., cluster monitoring, URLs, etc.
Make it easier to certify devices.
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.
There is also room for improvement in the reporting. It is not really good enough, according to our customers. So what we now usually do is use Power BI to get them the kinds of reports they want.
Reporting capability can be improved especially when it comes to availability.
Pricing and Cost Advice
We used a product called SolarWinds in the past, and its cost was high. Whereas, PRTG came in at a third of SolarWind's cost.
Cost was a factor when selecting this solution, but it just did everything we wanted it to do.
Our licensing costs are 10,000 euros over three years.
At the moment I'm only using 500 sensors. I pay yearly, so it's a cost that's easily swallowed.
We have an unlimited perpetual license, so we just pay support costs and it can scale throughout the organization.
We looked at PRTG and SolarWinds. From a cost side perspective, compared to PRTG, and from what you get back from it, PRTG was sort of a hands down the winner.
While I am not the person who deals with pricing, I would say that we pay around 1000 pounds a year.
It is about £4,500 for the first year, then about another 15 to 20 percent annually after that. So, we are looking at about £1000 running costs a year. When you think about how much an outage costs per minute, it's negligible.
In general, the license cost will be about 30% of the total TCO for this tool (hardware/support team, OS costs, and OS management).
Information Not Available
Compared 13% of the time.
Compared 11% of the time.
Compared 11% of the time.
Compared 21% of the time.
Compared 8% of the time.
Compared 8% of the time.
Compared 12% of the time.
Compared 11% of the time.
Compared 9% of the time.
Also Known As
|PRTG||CA Nimsoft Monitor, CA UIM, DX Infrastructure Manager|
|PRTG Network Monitor runs on a Windows machine within your network, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which you designate. PRTG comes with an easy-to-use web interface with point-and-click configuration. You can easily share data from it with non-technical colleagues and customers, including via live graphs and custom reports. This will let you plan for network expansion, see what applications are using most of your connection, and make sure that no one is hogging the entire network just to torrent videos.||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.|
CA UIM provides a single, unified platform that allows you to monitor your entire IT environment, both inside and outside the data center. It offers the ease-of-use and simplicity associated with point IT monitoring tools, featuring a unique powerful architecture with a lightweight footprint. At the same time, it delivers enterprise scalability and multi-tenancy that power some of the most complex infrastructures.
Get ahead of IT infrastructure issues
With PRTG Network Monitor you can identify and solve potential issues before it affects anyone. Download a free 30-day trial today and experience the benefits of 24-hour IT Infrastructure Monitoring.
Learn more about CA Spectrum
Learn more about CA UIM (DX Infrastructure Manager)
|Jameson Bank, Sidnix, RungeICT, MedicalAnimal, Truck-lite, GamingGrids, The Covell Group, Forsythn County Schools, NetMass, Musgrove Park Hospital, Lanes Health, Columbia Southern University, Vodafone, Intrust Bank||National Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, Sicredi||CBNCloud, IIJ Global Singapore, AT&S, AXSOS, Aozora Bank, HCL Technologies, IntelliNet, Securex|
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Marketing Services Firm4%
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm25%
Comms Service Provider10%
Comms Service Provider32%
Software R&D Company24%