DX Spectrum vs. Observium

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DX Spectrum
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum) is network fault management software, from Broadcom company CA Technologies.N/A
Observium
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Pricing
DX SpectrumObservium
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DX SpectrumObservium
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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User Ratings
DX SpectrumObservium
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
DX SpectrumObservium
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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Observium
  • If you are on a budget, this is one heck of a tool for the price (including the ~$200/year for the Pro subscription).
  • If you are OK with maintaining and updating open source tools, this is a great tool.
  • If you are afraid of the Linux command line or live in a Windows-centric world, this might not be the tool for you.
  • If you can't stand things occasionally not working, this is probably not a good fit.
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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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Observium
  • Automatic device discovery.
  • Scalability
  • Real-time monitoring.
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Cons
Broadcom
  • NOC
  • Data Center/Telecom
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Observium
  • Documentation
  • Community support
  • Easy to set up but hard to customise fully
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Support Rating
Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Observium
It's open source. Your mileage may vary. Sometimes the provided documentation is beyond frustrating, other times it's right on the mark.
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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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Observium
I haven't used other products that are similar to Observium. Observium is an open tool, with a robust feature set. There are elements of comparable monitoring across other tools, but nothing I've seen that is a complete parallel in terms of feature set and visualizations. If I were asked, I wouldn't have another tool to recommend over Observium.
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Return on Investment
Broadcom
  • Proactive monitoring for networking
  • To many times to plan an update
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Observium
  • It is good for DC admin.
  • Only positive impact.
  • Highly recommended.
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