DX Spectrum vs. ThousandEyes

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DX Spectrum
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum) is network fault management software, from Broadcom company CA Technologies.N/A
ThousandEyes
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
ThousandEyes offers Digital Experience Monitoring that integrates application performance monitoring within a broader network monitoring platform. It primarily focuses on connectivity monitoring and supports SaaS and hybrid systems monitoring.N/A
Pricing
DX SpectrumThousandEyes
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DX SpectrumThousandEyes
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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User Ratings
DX SpectrumThousandEyes
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
DX SpectrumThousandEyes
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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Cisco
At least for me, it is a very important tool to diagnose bandwidth / Routing issues. Any global company should have ThousandEyes, it will avoid you many headaches. You'll need to invest in servers (on-prem and remote) in all locations in which you need, you can take advantage of all the monitoring tools.
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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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Cisco
  • Alerting on outages. ThousandEyes provides a few different options to receive alerts: you can have alerts emailed to a subset of (or all) users, there is a basic Slack integration, and if more flexibility is required (or your preferred method of being alerted isn't built-in) webhooks can be used to hit another API.
  • Speeding up mean time to resolution (or mean time to innocence if you're a more siloed and blame-happy organization). Failure alerts can be configured to include the cause of the failure instead of just "resource x is down." For example, the alerts can come out and say that a website was down due to an HTTP 500, which will help prevent staff from spinning their wheels trying to diagnose the network from the client to the web server.
  • Post mortems and root cause analyses. After an outage has been resolved, it is possible to go back for up to 30 days without losing any level of detail for the test in question, and to view information like the DNS response received, the network path taken by the traffic, and any added latency incurred by an individual link. It can also be used to view Internet routing changes surrounding the incident.
  • Support. Every ticket or chat I have opened has been met by a friendly and helpful staff member that has been able to provide helpful insight into what is causing a particular issue, and what steps they will take on their side to resolve an issue or provide suggestions of steps to take on our side if necessary.
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Cons
Broadcom
  • NOC
  • Data Center/Telecom
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Cisco
  • Continue to innovate and support more and more services. In the world of IOT and point to point traffic being more and more prevalent creating a flexible product is fantastic. Build on the end user product, last mile and even more sharing.
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Likelihood to Renew
Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Cisco
We will definitely renew and maybe even extend our usage of ThousandEyes. We have been using ThousandEyes now for a couple of years and it has shown us major benefits. With the new options it offers for SD-WAN for us it is a no brainer to renew our current licenses
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Usability
Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Cisco
I'm happy with the monitoring part, now if you want to know the benefits cost related and usability I'm not the person who can answer that.
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Support Rating
Broadcom
No answers on this topic
Cisco
You have online support from the tool itself 24/7 and they are very responsive. We also have a specific account manager and specific engineer assigned to help us with very specific questions for our environment. The level of response to our requirements is always super high. We have requested specific features to be added and these have been developed and introduced very quick tot he product (within weeks). Their DevOps and agile approach seems to pay off.
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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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Cisco
Simple Network Management Protocol cannot achieve what an agent-based monitoring solution can. Access layer testing gives you visibility into the user's endpoint. ThousandEyes is able to provide both telemetry and user experience in a bundled solution. The way that Cisco has built in the enterprise agents to their 9300 and 9500 switches has made exposure to the platform widespread.
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Return on Investment
Broadcom
  • Proactive monitoring for networking
  • To many times to plan an update
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Cisco
  • Real time visibility about network health can prepare us for outages
  • Less time wasted troubleshooting end user network issues when ThousandEyes can give clarity which saves time doing extra work
  • Before doing business with a SaaS product we can use ThousandEyes to give historical datat on network uptime.
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ScreenShots

ThousandEyes Screenshots

Screenshot of Path visibility demonstrates outages.Screenshot of ThousandEyes End User Monitoring delivers both on-demand and real-time visibility into each employee’s experience of SaaS and Internally-hosted applications, as well as underlying wireless LAN, WAN, Internet connectivity and system health.Screenshot of ThousandEyes Internet Insights™ combines a massive data set with algorithmic outage detection to provide near real-time insights into the SaaS applications and networks your business relies on. With Internet Insights, you can manage digital experience at Internet scale.Screenshot of