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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 most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.""Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.""I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor.""The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes."

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Cons
"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 interface of solar winds could be improved.""On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data.""The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.""For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page.""Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases."

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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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"With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over and above that.""You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The presentation layer is pretty simple and straightforward.
Top Answer: The price is very high. It makes it very difficult with respect to the business because, with any other product, we have to look at a lower-cost licensing model. It would have to be much lower than… more »
Top Answer: The visual is good but it's a little archaic. I think it's the way it's compiled, because I've been struggling recently with deploying it in different departments. The software still uses a 32 bit… more »
Top Answer: It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.
Top Answer: The NCM is licensed per device. You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go. It scales from 50 to a hundred and so on. Also, they have an annual fee that… more »
Top Answer: Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look… more »
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CA Spectrum
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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.
Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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Sample Customers
National Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, Sicredi
United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm16%
Healthcare Company14%
Insurance Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise71%
REVIEWERS
Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about DX Spectrum vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
501,818 professionals have used our research since 2012.

DX Spectrum is ranked 1st in Network Management Applications with 9 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 6 reviews. DX Spectrum is rated 7.8, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.4. 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 SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". DX Spectrum is most compared with DX NetOps, SolarWinds NPM, Splunk, Zabbix and Nagios XI, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, Infoblox NetMRI, Ansible and IBM Tivoli NetCool. See our DX Spectrum vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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