DX Spectrum vs. FortiManager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DX Spectrum
Score 8.0 out of 10
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DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum) is network fault management software, from Broadcom company CA Technologies.N/A
FortiManager
Score 8.5 out of 10
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FortiManager, available from FortiNet as an appliance, offers a set of tools to centrally manage 100,000+ devices such as firewalls, switches, and access points from a single console. With its single-pane view, FortiManager helps enterprises simplify oversight of security infrastructure and automate responses to potential problems.N/A
Pricing
DX SpectrumFortiManager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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DX SpectrumFortiManager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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DX SpectrumFortiManager
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DX SpectrumFortiManager
Small Businesses
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Veeam ONE
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Score 8.5 out of 10
Catchpoint
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Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
ignio AIOps
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
DX SpectrumFortiManager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
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User Testimonials
DX SpectrumFortiManager
Likelihood to Recommend
Broadcom
As I said before, not only for Spectrum, but for any monitoring tool, you need to know what is critical in your environment and think about how exactly you should monitor and treat it. If you have done that, everything will work just fine.
  • Well Suited - Networking Monitoring
  • Less Appropriate - When you need to customize some monitoring and to update the version
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Fortinet
FortiManager is well suited for any environment with multiple and dispersed FortiGate firewalls. It will not manage other firewall platforms. Therefore, you either have to use multiple centralized management software, one for each firewall vendor, or invest in alternative tools such as Tufin, AlgoSec, FireMon, SolarWinds, etc. However, you will not get a more inclusive tool for your FortiGate firewalls other than FortiManager.
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Pros
Broadcom
  • Polling and traps can be configured to take heartbeats at specified intervals and notify on an event in real-time, respectively.
  • Topology of devices gives a high-level overview of network architecture.
  • Discovery of devices is simple and secure with the use of community strings.
  • Details can be added per device or alarm type for actions to be taken to make troubleshooting easier.
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Fortinet
  • Centralized FortiGate FW Management in a single console
  • Available physical, virtual, or cloud deployment
  • Single console for next-generation FW features
  • Multiple Administrative Domains
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Cons
Broadcom
  • NOC
  • Data Center/Telecom
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Fortinet
  • Support contracts are difficult to manage or make changes to
  • Next Generation subscriptions are managed individually, i.e. pegged to specific firewalls
  • Cumbersome to bring existing firewalls to be covered under a single contract
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Alternatives Considered
Broadcom
Other tools I have used are more server/application-centric. CA Spectrum seems to work effectively and efficiently for network devices. Notification delays can be set to grant grace periods in case of network blips or false positives, which occur ALL the time. Other monitoring tools send event notifications immediately and would clear instantly, which while on-call can wake a technician for no reason.
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Fortinet
FortiManager is the best choice for managing numerous FortiGate firewalls. It allows for easy integration into ServiceNow and automates simple repetitive tasks that are very straightforward. Role-based access control is easy to enable and you can get quite granular with user permissions. Administrative Domains help segregate firewall management and compliance within the FortiManager console, by almost any classification method that makes sense to your organization.
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Return on Investment
Broadcom
  • Proactive monitoring for networking
  • To many times to plan an update
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Fortinet
  • Allowed for quick migration from legacy firewall platforms
  • NOC and SOC visibility of entire threat surface
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Extremely quick learning curve
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