DX Spectrum vs. Spiceworks Connectivity Dashboard

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DX Spectrum
Score 7.0 out of 10
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DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum) is network fault management software, from Broadcom company CA Technologies.N/A
Spiceworks Connectivity Dashboard
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Spiceworks Connectivity Dashboard is a free network and systems monitoring tool. It emphasizes the website and application monitoring capabilities, as well as monitoring and identifying connectivity issues.N/A
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DX SpectrumSpiceworks Connectivity Dashboard
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DX SpectrumSpiceworks Connectivity Dashboard
Free Trial
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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 SpectrumSpiceworks Connectivity Dashboard
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
DX SpectrumSpiceworks Connectivity Dashboard
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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Spiceworks Ziff Davis
hassle free of IT resources is plus point. Monitoring the external resources related to Websites, service provider links or any hosted applications is a great feature in Spiceworks Connectivity Dashboard. Alert reporting on monitored resources is at ease. Integration with custom devices needs to be improved. devices integrated with snmp protocol is not reported with full details which needs to be rectified by Spiceworks Connectivity Dashboard.
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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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Spiceworks Ziff Davis
  • Monitoring Applications
  • External resources monitoring related to ISP
  • Alerting mechanism via email and dashboard monitoring
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Cons
Broadcom
  • NOC
  • Data Center/Telecom
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Spiceworks Ziff Davis
  • Integration with custom devices needs to be improved
  • providing more insight of device is required when added to monitoring list
  • the feel and look of dashboard needs some improvement
  • Agent is resource hungry, to be made light weight for systems
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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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Spiceworks Ziff Davis
Spiceworks Network Monitor being a free tool, can easily be overtaken against any other product which is cost involved and most of the features are available which are provided by any leading network monitoring tool available in the market. Few of the features which are not present in spiceworks tool (like autodiscovery of resources) needs to be added which will give a great competition for the product. Alerting features, response tickets, sending alerts via email is one of the great features in the product
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Return on Investment
Broadcom
  • Proactive monitoring for networking
  • To many times to plan an update
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Spiceworks Ziff Davis
  • if on premises cannot be deployed on Linux environment which needs windows license requirement
  • competitive price makes easy for decision
  • lacking in auto discovery of devices is the most negative point for ROI
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