DX Spectrum vs. IBM Netcool Network Management

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
IBM Netcool Network Management
Score 8.3 out of 10
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IBM's Netcool is a network management offering, belonging to IBM since the acquisition of Micromuse (the original developer of Netcool) in 2006.N/A
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DX SpectrumIBM Netcool Network Management
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
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8.0
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User Testimonials
DX SpectrumIBM Netcool Network Management
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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IBM
This tool was integrated with Control-M, so whenever we receive any job failure, long-running job, job not started yet, etc, we receive an alert against it. This tool is also integrated with Maximo where we receive the incidents as well for it. Alert's color was as per the criticality of the job and that makes it very easy for an associate to act on it to resolve. We have the SLAs for the jobs as per the urgency of the jobs.
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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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IBM
  • This is one of the best monitoring tools.
  • Very simple to user.
  • Color code makes it very simple as per severity.
  • We receive the heartbeat alert every hour that shows the system is running up and fine.
  • We have black, red, yellow, and orange color alerts that show the critical, urgent, major, and minor incidents.
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Cons
Broadcom
  • NOC
  • Data Center/Telecom
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IBM
  • Sometimes color differences of the incidents as per the criticality .
  • We don't receive the heartbeat alerts sometimes.
  • If the tool is down and we don't receive the alerts on the console we wait for the heartbeat alert and it makes some extra delay in resolving things.
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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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IBM
This is one of the essential tools for monitoring. This tool was integrated with Maximo and Control-M in my organization. So whenever any job failed in Control-M, we receive an alert against it in the IBM Netcool/OMNIbus. We receive the alerts in different colors as per the criticality. Black for critical ones(Sev1), red for urgent (Sev2), yellow for major(Sev3), and orange for minor(Sev4). So it makes an easy to operate and act on the alerts as per the severity. This tool is very user-friendly and easy to use. No additional training is required for the tool to operate, just a simple KT is enough.
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Return on Investment
Broadcom
  • Proactive monitoring for networking
  • To many times to plan an update
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IBM
  • Color feature of the alerts as per the criticality is the amazing feature.
  • Heartbeat alert is also an unique feature.
  • No additional training is required to use this tool. just a simple KT is enough.
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