DX Spectrum Reviews

DX Spectrum is the #2 ranked solution of our top Network Troubleshooting tools. It's rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to SolarWinds NPM - DX Spectrum vs SolarWinds NPM

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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.
Kelechi Njokuoma
Reseller
Techincal Support at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 06 2020

What is most valuable?

This product provides good visibility into applications at the backend. Some of our customers like the Service Desk aspect of it.

How has it helped my organization?

Some of our customers are large banks and government agencies, and they are getting value from using it.

What needs improvement?

IP conflicts cannot be resolved automatically in the case where an IP address changes. This is one of the capabilities that SolarWinds has. There should be a facility to integrate with other monitoring applications that are currently… more »

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

One of our customers was using SolarWinds, but have since switched to DX Spectrum because they were issues with it. Once they implemented DX Spectrum, they were able to determine the root cause of their problem and solve it.

What other advice do I have?

One of the issues that we have is that our customers are not aware of the product's full capabilities and what it can do for them. We are running our own campaign to give our customers a better understanding of the benefit they can get from… more »
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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 »

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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CA Spectrum
DX Spectrum customers
National Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, Sicredi
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