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"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 most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new component.""This product provides good visibility into applications at the backend.""What I like best is the configuration management functionality.""The most valuable feature is automatic discovery.""The fault management is perfect.""The most valuable feature is the ability to put health checks in place not only for the infrastructure but for some of the services that are on top of the infrastructure."

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"The monitoring is the solution's most valuable feature.""The most valuable feature is the event management capability.""It is customer-centric. Customers can access the event list from their location or desktop and view the event. There is no need to go and connect to any other server and run events to have a view of all the events happening in the environment. We get a good response from customers about this feature and the main architecture of NetCool. Its processing is very good. Deduplication and correlation functionalities are good in this solution as compared to other solutions. A big advantage of NetCool is that it also supports multi-layered protocols. We can receive multiple events from different protocols like UDP, HTTP, and those events can be captured in NetCool."

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"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 interface is not nice and needs to be improved.""There should be a facility to integrate with other monitoring applications that are currently running in the environment.""Huawei devices are not properly supported, and there are incompatibility issues related to certain protocols.""Event correlation only works on one server, rather than on all of the servers in the same cluster environment.""I think the management or configuration of devices needs some improvement.""Integration with some other tools, and integration with some Network Packet Broker, need some improvement."

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"The cost of the product is quite high. They should work to adjust their pricing models.""The web portal and typical event controls are a little outdated.""Its integration could be better. They should provide an easier integration for all the monitoring stuff, and it will make things easier for us. Currently, there is a complexity in integrating it with a vendor application, and we have to use another tool to integrate it with a vendor application. To integrate some applications with NetCool, I need to install an IBM tool on top of it. It would be good if they can provide an API or any kind of interface that we can leverage while developing a new protocol interface or application. We should be able to use an API or interface with NetCool. Its GUI can also be better. As compared to other tools, it is not user friendly, and it is not easy to do stuff through GUI. Whenever we do anything on the GUI, it takes time. They need to focus on the GUI part, especially the dashboard. They should focus on how users can effectively drill down from one box to another. The visual appeal of the dashboard is as important as the data and functionality."

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"In general, the license cost will be about 30% of the total TCO for this tool (hardware/support team, OS costs, and OS management).""The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another solution.""The price is very high."

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"You have to have the right level of budget to afford this solution.""Its license cost is a little bit more than other solutions. Our customers expect a standard market price that is comparative to other products. For each and every NetCool OMNIbus component, we have to purchase a separate license. These components are not free with the product."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new component.
Top Answer: The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another solution.
Top Answer: This solution is too complicated to use for us, especially if you have many components. It's too big for us, which is one of the reasons that we will no longer be using it. It’s Cloud be difficult to… more »
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Overview
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. Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus provides near real-time service assurance for business infrastructure, applications, servers, network devices and protocols, Internet protocols, storage and security devices.
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Sample Customers
National Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, SicrediConsolidated Communications, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Capgemini
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm16%
Healthcare Company14%
Insurance Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise70%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
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DX Spectrum is ranked 1st in Network Management Applications with 8 reviews while IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is ranked 5th in Event Monitoring with 3 reviews. DX Spectrum is rated 8.0, while IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of DX Spectrum writes "Good monitoring, alerting capabilities, and improved visibility, but AIOps is restricted to Broadcom". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus writes "It is customer-centric and has support for multi-layered protocols, but it needs better integration and GUI". DX Spectrum is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, DX Performance Management, Zabbix, Splunk and Micro Focus Network Node Manager, whereas IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is most compared with IBM Tivoli NetCool Impact, ScienceLogic, SCOM, BMC TrueSight Operations Management and DX Infrastructure Manager.

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