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"The most valuable feature is automatic discovery.""Scalability is a highly rated feature of this solution. It is better than some of the other tools that I've used in terms of scalability. We scaled it to tens of thousands of devices.""The most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new component.""Spectrum is great for root cause analysis. It has excellent correlation event management. Spectrum's stability and scalability are also amazing.""What I like best is the configuration management functionality.""The most valuable feature is the event correlation mechanism.""The containerization of different objects was very helpful in building an org structure. Being able to separately manage your MSP clients with separate visibility was also helpful.""The fault management is perfect."

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"The most valuable feature is the event management capability.""It is customer-centric. Customers can access the event list from their location or desktop and view the event. There is no need to go and connect to any other server and run events to have a view of all the events happening in the environment. We get a good response from customers about this feature and the main architecture of NetCool. Its processing is very good. Deduplication and correlation functionalities are good in this solution as compared to other solutions. A big advantage of NetCool is that it also supports multi-layered protocols. We can receive multiple events from different protocols like UDP, HTTP, and those events can be captured in NetCool."

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"I think the management or configuration of devices needs some improvement.""The interface is not nice and needs to be improved.""The visual is a little archaic.""For my use case, incident coordination was an area of improvement. The internal software engine for coordinating outages could use improvement because sometimes, we used to get false alerts for unrelated devices. They did a really good job of trying to make sure that you got one major alert and any of the subsequent devices downstream were just additions to that, but occasionally, the engine wouldn't properly catch the right things, and we used to get a flood of alerts.""It's not a great performance management tool. Its reporting capabilities are not very good at all.""Huawei devices are not properly supported, and there are incompatibility issues related to certain protocols.""If the integration is simplified or improved, it will be a unique selling point in comparison to the competition on the market.""For us, the implementation was quite complex but it's because of the large number of different environments we're dealing with."

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"Its integration could be better. They should provide an easier integration for all the monitoring stuff, and it will make things easier for us. Currently, there is a complexity in integrating it with a vendor application, and we have to use another tool to integrate it with a vendor application. To integrate some applications with NetCool, I need to install an IBM tool on top of it. It would be good if they can provide an API or any kind of interface that we can leverage while developing a new protocol interface or application. We should be able to use an API or interface with NetCool. Its GUI can also be better. As compared to other tools, it is not user friendly, and it is not easy to do stuff through GUI. Whenever we do anything on the GUI, it takes time. They need to focus on the GUI part, especially the dashboard. They should focus on how users can effectively drill down from one box to another. The visual appeal of the dashboard is as important as the data and functionality.""The web portal and typical event controls are a little outdated."

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  • "In general, the license cost will be about 30% of the total TCO for this tool (hardware/support team, OS costs, and OS management)."
  • "The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another solution."
  • "The price is very high."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "Currently, a perpetual license but some services are moving to a subscription"
  • "The price is good enough to expect an ideal solution. It's expensive."
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  • "You have to have the right level of budget to afford this solution."
  • "Its license cost is a little bit more than other solutions. Our customers expect a standard market price that is comparative to other products. For each and every NetCool OMNIbus component, we have to purchase a separate license. These components are not free with the product."
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    The presentation layer is pretty simple and straightforward.
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    The visual is good but it's a little archaic. I think it's the way it's compiled, because I've been struggling recently with deploying it in different departments. The software still uses a 32 bit… more »
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    Our use cases for the solution are configuration backup, performance monitoring and presentations for the upper management. I'm an assistant admin and we are customers of DX Spectrum.
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    CA Spectrum
    Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus
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    Overview
    CA Spectrum can enable your organization to discover, optimize and improve its infrastructure and the business services running on top of it. By delivering large-enterprise scalability, robust features and superior root cause analysis, this solution can help your organization effectively manage its dynamic, complex IT infrastructure including physical, virtual and cloud environments as well as network virtualization.
    Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus provides near real-time service assurance for business infrastructure, applications, servers, network devices and protocols, Internet protocols, storage and security devices.
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    Sample Customers
    National Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, Sicredi
    Consolidated Communications, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Capgemini
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise2%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    DX Spectrum is ranked 1st in Network Management Applications with 14 reviews while IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is ranked 5th in Event Monitoring with 2 reviews. DX Spectrum is rated 8.0, while IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of DX Spectrum writes "Good monitoring, alerting capabilities, and improved visibility, but AIOps is restricted to Broadcom". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus writes "It is customer-centric and has support for multi-layered protocols, but it needs better integration and GUI". DX Spectrum is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, DX NetOps, Zabbix, Zenoss Service Dynamics and NetBrain, whereas IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is most compared with IBM Tivoli NetCool Impact, BigPanda, ScienceLogic, SCOM and Micro Focus Operations Manager.

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