CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued) vs. Oracle Enterprise Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)
Score 3.1 out of 10
N/A
Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Unicenter NSM) from CA Technologies reached end of life (EOL) in 2015.N/A
Oracle Enterprise Manager
Score 6.8 out of 10
N/A
Oracle’s Enterprise Manager is an on-premises monitoring and management tool. The console is designed primarily to manage other Oracle products, it but can integrate to manage non-Oracle components as well.N/A
Pricing
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)Oracle Enterprise Manager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CA Unicenter NSM (Discontinued)Oracle Enterprise Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)Oracle Enterprise Manager
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)Oracle Enterprise Manager
Monitoring Tasks
Comparison of Monitoring Tasks features of Product A and Product B
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)
6.0
1 Ratings
28% below category average
Oracle Enterprise Manager
8.3
14 Ratings
5% above category average
Automated alerts and notifications6.01 Ratings8.514 Ratings
Remote monitoring00 Ratings7.913 Ratings
Network device monitoring00 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Multiple Server Monitoring00 Ratings8.214 Ratings
Multi-device monitoring00 Ratings8.211 Ratings
Management Tasks
Comparison of Management Tasks features of Product A and Product B
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)
6.0
1 Ratings
21% below category average
Oracle Enterprise Manager
8.0
14 Ratings
8% above category average
Patch Management5.01 Ratings7.812 Ratings
Service configuration management8.01 Ratings9.011 Ratings
Software and hardware inventory5.01 Ratings6.413 Ratings
Policy-based automation00 Ratings8.811 Ratings
Reporting
Comparison of Reporting features of Product A and Product B
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)
5.5
1 Ratings
32% below category average
Oracle Enterprise Manager
7.0
14 Ratings
8% below category average
Performance data reports5.01 Ratings7.914 Ratings
Customizable reporting7.01 Ratings4.012 Ratings
Data visualization5.01 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Risk analysis5.01 Ratings8.010 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)
2.0
1 Ratings
107% below category average
Oracle Enterprise Manager
3.9
14 Ratings
51% below category average
Antivirus and malware management2.01 Ratings5.05 Ratings
Data backup and recovery00 Ratings3.212 Ratings
Administrator access control00 Ratings3.514 Ratings
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User Ratings
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)Oracle Enterprise Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(1 ratings)
7.9
(20 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
2.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management (Discontinued)Oracle Enterprise Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
It's a decent system if you're a pure IT shop and want to become ITIL-aligned. It forces everyone into an ITIL mentality - service level agreements, change management, and asset tracking. It's very rote, for better and for worse. It's not appropriate at all as a customer-facing or non-IT facing self-service tool. You will never get your end users to really understand how to use the interface.
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Oracle
OEM is very well suited for all Oracle products, especially Oracle databases and Exadata machines; even not Oracle hardware, it is very good and displaying high level details. OEM is not well suited for older hardware vendors like AIX, HP-UX, DEC/Digital, Microsoft (sql server). This is a big negative as most large companies have a heterogeneous environment with many different vendor hardware and (database) software products.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • ITIL ticketing (incidents, problems, etc.).
  • Change orders.
  • Matching up its asset management system with incidents/change orders.
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Oracle
  • Database status. Being able to see which databases are up/down, at a glance, allows us to quickly react to issues.
  • Reporting. We report on last backups, daily status, a host of metrics, and compliance levels of all our databases. With reporting we come into the office with a set of "status" reports and we know instantly if a database has issues.
  • Metrics. We have a number of KPI's and SLA's we need to meet. Metrics applied to the databases allow us to stay on top of those requirements as well as fix common issues without a DBA needing to log in to assess the issue.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • The user interface (UX) is antiquated and clunky. Compared to ServiceNow, it feels like it's 15 years behind.
  • It's complicated - We do routine internal training just to get people to use it correctly.
  • It doesn't have an automated way of discovering assets. Everything has to be force-fed.
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Oracle
  • We also use OEM to monitor SQL Server. However, OEM only provided limited features for SQL Server. It would be nice if we can schedule backup jobs for SQL Server in OEM.
  • The ability to run SQL queries. You can't run queries in OEM. I have to go to SQL Developer or SQL PLUS to run. queries.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
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Oracle
Navigation is clean and neat.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
We have to hire 2 full-time 3rd-party consultants to run this application. That tells me it's not a very IT-friendly, vendor-supported application. Compare that with, say, SolarWinds, which is much easier for regular IT staff to customize without sacrificing features and capability. Sure, we have to bring in Loop1 to consult for us when we need to do a major SolarWinds config change or need a really unusual custom query built, but we never need more than 10 hours of consulting per month.
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Oracle
I still rate OEM as a must-have tool for central management of Oracle fleet. The pros and cons of the product is prominent. Meanwhile, I also acknowledge that OEM was design about a decade ago. At that time, it did not have the landscape we have today, such as cloud, DEVOPS, machine learning, etc. I hope in future releases, the design will incorporate those features.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
I did not select CA. If it were up to me, I would migrate us to ServiceNow. The user interface on ServiceNow is 100% more modern and 200% more user friendly. With ServiceNow, the front page for end users makes it clear: one button that says "Ask for something" and one button that says "Report a problem". That's what our end users need. The biggest problem we have in our organization is that our end users don't report issues to the Help Desk often enough and rarely ask for things through the Help Desk. A clean, simple self-service option like this would open up a world of new information for our customer service team.
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Oracle
Toad for Oracle is more suited for individual users who have a strong focus on database development, and it is not as comprehensive as Oracle Enterprise Manager. While it is quite decent in logical database layer tasks, such as schema objects and SQL, it lacks visibility into host level and I/O layer performance stats.
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Professional Services
Discontinued Products
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Oracle
I work with OEM SCP team. They are great.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • It helped make us an ITIL shop.
  • It was integral during our large IT consolidation 10 years ago in merging 10 different IT departments into one by converging on one ticketing system for all IT issues.
  • Its lack of user-friendliness has gated us from being able to deploy a true self-service IT help desk.
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Oracle
  • When we were using Oracle GoldenGate, it made our life easy in terms of visually seeing the configuration and identifying issues easily
  • It also makes ASM management very easy instead of doing it in the command line
  • Creating policies and implementing certain standard configurations across all the databases is easy
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