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Real User
Director, Global Network Engineering at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The ability to view assets from a single-pane-of-glass in our present environment is the most valuable feature at this point-in-time. That role will be changing in the short term.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization by offering a single pane of glass that allows views into inventory, code version management, and inner operations with our ITSM (IT Service Management) service via a middleman server. It is just… more»

What needs improvement?

Typically within IT technology and network security, you are worried about the LSI (Linear Shift-Invariant). That would be measured as one (or really zero) to four output-to-session level. Once you start moving into the cloud, then your… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have a combination of management support products that we are using concurrently. We have applications from our security provider, Panorama, for Palo Alto. We have Cisco products, which include Cisco DNA Center ( Digital Network… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people looking at this solution would be to validate the strategy with the needs. Do not go with a vendor you are locked into right now just because things are as is and it might be difficult to change. Digital transformation… more»
Real User
IT Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Feb 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The topology correlation for layers one, two, three, and four significantly reduces the number of false positives (>98% ratio). By using Spectrum, we did not need to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to standardize the internal processes across all internal departments, resulting in almost an elimination of non-standard process flows through our… more»

What needs improvement?

This solution is missing the in-depth SDN correlation due to the late arrival of Spectrum VNA features and supported SDN networks. The various setups of the SDN networks… more»

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

In general, the license cost will be about 30% of the total TCO for this tool (hardware/support team, OS costs, and OS management). It turned out to be cheaper than other… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used several solutions prior to this one. The reason we switched is that the combination was causing a problem and we needed to standardize.

What other advice do I have?

We hope that the speed of the improvement and product growth will soon again be at the same level as when this was a CA product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated IBM Netcool, different public domain-based SNMP solutions, HP OpenView NNM, and SolarWinds.
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Real User
IT Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Feb 20 2020

What is most valuable?

I have found the cross-analysis feature to be the most valuable. The many alerts you get have an impact on the connectivity, so you need a very good correlation for layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, and layer 4, layered at the understanding of the technology, which locates the spectrum. It's really unique in this type of solution.

What other advice do I have?

We going more for a solidified network so we need some improvement there, based on the current level of support for our network. And a more detailed integration with NetFlow data is important for us as well. I also feel that the CIS lock-based correlation needs to be developed as well. So on a scale from one to 10, I will rate CA Spectrum an eight.
Marais David
Real User
Network Manager at SMA
Mar 12 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new component. It will just supervise the links.

How has it helped my organization?

Good vision of devices problems

What needs improvement?

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»

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

The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are moving from CA Spectrum because it is not a solution for us. We are moving to an open-source solution that is less expensive.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution and I would recommend it for a big company. However, for a small business like ours, we need something that is less complex and easier to use. I would rate this solution a six… more»
Ilson Baltazar
User
Coordenador de Suporte - Command Center at Agility Networks
Jun 20 2018

What do you think of DX Spectrum?

What is our primary use case?

We migrated all monitoring, which was previously monitored by the Applications Manager for CA Spectrum/CA eHealth.

How has it helped my organization?

All networks (or network equipment) are monitored through CA Spectrum. However, the service monitoring part of the tool is not the best solution.

What is most valuable?

For networks: CA Spectrum CA eHealth For applications: CA UIM Zabbix has always supported us in custom monitoring, scripting, etc.

What needs improvement?

OS monitoring needs to be better developed, as well as their services, e.g., cluster monitoring, URLs, etc.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.
Scotty Orr
Real User
Advanced Solutions - Sr. Strategy Advisor at GDT - General Datatech
Jul 03 2018

What do you think of DX Spectrum?

What is our primary use case?

Global deployment for AIG NOC Deployment in customer networks, as well as multi-tenant deployment at Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) 

How has it helped my organization?

The Spectrum tool improved our network assurance levels for our business units. However, the CA Technologies sales team destroyed their relationship with our business units.

What is most valuable?

Monitoring The dashboard 

What needs improvement?

It needs better integration with other CA products.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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What is DX Spectrum?

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.
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