CA Spectrum vs. Nagios XI

CA Spectrum is ranked 5th in Network Monitoring Software with 54 reviews vs Nagios XI which is ranked 3rd in Network Monitoring Software with 9 reviews. The top reviewer of CA Spectrum writes "It has a REST API and is customisable using standard features". The top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "The Administrative GUI Provides Improved Configuration". CA Spectrum is most compared with Nagios XI, CA Unified Infrastructure Management and IBM Tivoli NetCool. Nagios XI is most compared with Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM and PRTG. See our CA Spectrum vs. Nagios XI report.
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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 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.​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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I can monitor a phone on a desk to very big servers of any company.I can monitor a software made in-house to software of bigger companies.BPI: It allows defining peripherals to map business criticality for efficient monitoring, as required.Nagios XI helped me to draw the network and check for system failures.The ability to set up templates and groups of checks, as well as customize the checks themselves.Since this is an open source technology, if we are capable of writing the plugins in any scripting language, this product allows us to monitor anything we want.You want to monitor a specific metric that nobody else has? You can do it even with the most basic of scripting skills, and you can always share it with the vast community of Nagios Exchange.Though I downplayed the administrative NCC GUI, this is by far the strongest aspect of the Nagios XI product.

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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.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.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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The product uses the backend as Perl and could be modified to a more lightweight solution like what's being offered by other vendors.The Configuration Wizard needs improvement, because not all vendors are present.Improve the documentation, examples, and best practices, therefore users can understand how to do things.Nagios XI can improve its GUI for users with a new look.The PNP4Nagios plugin not working easily with XI is an issue for me, because some open source monitoring plugins do not work out of the box. But in the end, you learn to live with it.The product could be optimized to improve the administrative user experience via the Nagios Core Configuration (NCC) GUI module.The reporting part should be made simpler. While we can obtain all the reports we need, we always have to create work-arounds to get them.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The cost of some of these products are a little cost prohibitive, which is unfortunate. We have to find lower cost solutions for some of the things that we have to pull in. For the most part, CA has capabilities in pretty much everything that you would need. You just have to figure out where are you going to spend the most money for what you have to actually get done. You can do all these things but, which ones do you have to do? And that's hard to choose sometimes because you want to do them all.It’s a great tool, but an expensive one. Learn how to use it properly.It is very pricey. With the current trend of enterprises moving towards cheaper and more modern looking solutions like ManageEngine, SevOne, ServicePilot, and Paesller.

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It is good to contact experts for advice about what is the best solution for your specific infrastructure and enterprise.For the cost of the commercial product and support, and taking into account the open source characteristics of it, I believe it is difficult to a better value.You can grow into the higher-priced scale as they learn how to utilize the features for Nagios XI.The pricing is really cost efficient. The licensing is perpetual and can be renewed very easily.

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Overview
OverviewCA 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.

Nagios XI provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, systems metrics, and network infrastructure. Hundreds of third-party addons provide for monitoring of virtually all in-house and external applications, services, and systems.

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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersNational Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, SicrediNagios has over one million users globally, including AOL, DHL, McAfee, MCI, MTV, Yahoo!, Universal, Toshiba, Sony, Siemens, and JPMorgan Chase.
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company
17%
Financial Services Firm
14%
Insurance Company
12%
Manufacturing Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider
25%
Financial Services Firm
23%
Retailer
9%
Healthcare Company
6%
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Manufacturing Company
25%
Hospitality Company
8%
University
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider
16%
Financial Services Firm
14%
Manufacturing Company
10%
University
7%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
13%
Midsize Enterprise
16%
Large Enterprise
72%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
19%
Midsize Enterprise
24%
Large Enterprise
58%
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Small Business
31%
Midsize Enterprise
41%
Large Enterprise
28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
25%
Midsize Enterprise
25%
Large Enterprise
50%
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