DX Spectrum vs. PacketTrap (Discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DX Spectrum
Score 7.3 out of 10
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DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum) is network fault management software, from Broadcom company CA Technologies.N/A
PacketTrap (Discontinued)
Score 1.0 out of 10
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PacketTrap was network monitoring software acquired by Dell but discontinued in 2013.N/A
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DX SpectrumPacketTrap (Discontinued)
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DX SpectrumPacketTrap (Discontinued)
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
DX SpectrumPacketTrap (Discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
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User Testimonials
DX SpectrumPacketTrap (Discontinued)
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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Discontinued Products
I would have said 10 if they didn't kill the product. I know Blue Folder took a piece of this, but we never got into it and just changed to Auvik and PRTG.
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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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  • Network monitoring was pretty on point. Not a lot of false positives.
  • Easy to deploy.
  • Easy to use.
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Cons
Broadcom
  • NOC
  • Data Center/Telecom
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Discontinued Products
  • Come back! After Dell purchased this, they ended support for it. In my experience, it was one of the better tools.
  • Integration with other systems, but again, it is EOL, so doesn't matter.
  • MiB library needs a refresh, but again, EOL.
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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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Discontinued Products
Again, the main piece was config backups. That is a real big deal, when you are dealing with a lot of customers that don't have a change management process. So changes can be done to a networking device and we need to be able to review what it was one day and what it changed to the next. This happens a lot with internal IT departments, that break something and you support them as an MSP.
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Return on Investment
Broadcom
  • Proactive monitoring for networking
  • To many times to plan an update
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