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We performed a comparison between DX Spectrum and OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two DX NetOps solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"Spectrum is great for root cause analysis. It has excellent correlation event management. Spectrum's stability and scalability are also amazing.""We can monitor MPLS network VPN, network configuration, and backups. It's highly scalable for network configuration management.""The most valuable feature is the auto-discovery, which is nice because you don't have to do anything to add a new component.""​It covers a lot of different types of hardware. It can do a lot and saves us time.​""It helps our NetOps group actually handle alarms in a way that lets them see the bigger picture of those alarms, and how they might affect our services. It helps us communicate information about the network state better to services that might be impacted by a specific network condition.""The fault management is perfect.""Allows us to have a single console/notification point, with the alarms of all the tools that we use for monitoring.""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."

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"The documentation is simple, easy to follow, and use. A limited, first-time systems programmer can do it, in that it is out-of-the-box almost functional.""​The service has been wonderful. I like the people that I have had to deal with. The process is very straightforward. I call or use the website.""It alerts the operators when it is time to repair the communications and the IPLs.""It reduces the number of repetitive motions required by a human to respond to the system.""Once automatic IPL has been defined, anyone can perform an IPL with very little intervention. We know that all of the components will be started correctly.""With the automation pieces we can bring this region up or take this region down, and it allows us to always meet our time critical requirements.""Valuable features include: SSM, which provides for orderly startup and shutdown; OPSLOG, which enables filtering by message-id, and/or jobname(s); Rules, as OPS/REXX interface streamlines deployment, interfaces easily with JES2 and z/OS.""If something breaks and it goes down when it's not supposed to, automation brings it right back up."

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"The visual is a little archaic.""Our consultant was four months on-site doing Spectrum setup and working through issues.""I think the management or configuration of devices needs some improvement.""OS monitoring needs to be better developed, as well as their services, e.g., cluster monitoring, URLs, etc.""For us, the implementation was quite complex but it's because of the large number of different environments we're dealing with.""I would suggest improving the web GUI to improve the device monitor configuration and to improve or to integrate the new tool for reporting.""​I would like to see them eliminate the Java console. The user interface for this is a Java applet that runs on your desktop, and it is very problematic for us.""We have had some issues with the spec server and the high availability replication of data. It fails over well, but it does not come back very well. We get duplicated events."

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"The interfaces to USS, CA UIM could be better. CA Common Services interfaces - namely Zdata Mover, Zmessage Service, Zdatacolletcor - are poorly documented.""Performing a stop/restart of OPS/MVS could be a little smoother. Without special coding, some undesired tasks will be started and some necessary tasks will be stopped if we have to bounce OPS/MVS during the day.""​It’s a complex product. The initial installation is easy, but implementing various functions is a constant process.​""The further expansion of the mainframe teamcenter interface. Also, the web services support is something that I am looking into.""Some of the command sequences are too long.""Scalability is zero. It cannot be scaled because of its age.""The GUI interface could be improved, but that is coming. They are working on that.""One thing that comes to mind is the MQ interface. The last time we tried to use it, it seemed a little clunky."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is very pricey. With the current trend of enterprises moving towards cheaper and more modern looking solutions like ManageEngine, SevOne, ServicePilot, and Paesller."
  • "It’s a great tool, but an expensive one. Learn how to use it properly."
  • "The cost of some of these products are a little cost prohibitive, which is unfortunate. We have to find lower cost solutions for some of the things that we have to pull in. For the most part, CA has capabilities in pretty much everything that you would need. You just have to figure out where are you going to spend the most money for what you have to actually get done. You can do all these things but, which ones do you have to do? And that's hard to choose sometimes because you want to do them all."
  • "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"
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    Top Answer:The solution's most valuable features are its integration with Broadcom tools and scalability.
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    Also Known As
    CA Spectrum
    CA OPS MVS Event Management and Automation, CA OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation, Unicenter CA-OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation
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    DX Spectrum is a complete event and fault management system for network operations teams. The tool provides powerful capabilities for managing your dynamic, complex IT infrastructure, which includes physical, virtual, and cloud environments.The technology allows you to manage and optimize the infrastructure and the professional services that operate on top of it. DX Spectrum is a unified platform that helps your company enhance network service levels while lowering monitoring costs.

    DX Spectrum has intelligent event correlation and root-cause analysis capabilities. It can pinpoint the precise components that are causing issues with availability and network settings. Reports and dashboards can be customized with role-based views. Change management solutions can also be used by teams to govern, track, and remediate changes across network devices.

    DX Spectrum can identify multi-technology and multi-vendor stacks, as well as new software-defined networks (SDNs). It supports Multicast, MPLS, VPN, and VRF, among other routing protocols and technologies.

    DX Spectrum Features

    DX Spectrum has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Service management: DX Spectrum assists personnel in discovering, modeling, visualizing, monitoring, and managing the links between infrastructure and the business services it supports.
    • Fault detection: DX Spectrum offers unique solutions that automate device discovery and root cause analysis, allowing for faster issue detection and resolution.
    • Change management capabilities: DX Spectrum gives administrators the visibility and control they need to prevent erroneous modifications from causing network performance problems and outages.
    • Comprehensive visibility: With DX Spectrum, managers can receive comprehensive insight across physical, virtualized, and cloud environments, as well as a variety of technologies, platforms, and suppliers.
    • Customization: DX Spectrum provides administrators, users, and customers with pre-packaged, easily configurable dashboards and reports that may be adjusted to their individual needs. For maximum performance and visibility, it is intimately connected with other solutions within the DX Service Assurance and DX Service Management systems.

    DX Spectrum Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing DX Spectrum. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Reduce symptomatic alarms and hasten resolution with DX Spectrum’s root-cause analysis and robust event correlation. Automatically map the relationships between your network infrastructure to find the source of service issues for faster resolution. Whether it's a network configuration or availability issue, our network fault management system pinpoints the exact component responsible for the issue.
    • DX Spectrum supports network access from wireless wearables, mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Provide network operators with the tools they need to manage their wireless networks, decrease outages, and make them as stable as their wired networks. For wired and wireless networks, DX Spectrum offers a unified view.
    • Fault and event management can be integrated across the Agile Ops, Network Operations, and Analytics portfolios. Fault, inventory, and topology knowledge are combined with performance, application, and log monitoring and a unified view across a full-stack NetOps solution. Additional connections include business service and service desk management.

    Reviews from Real Users

    DX Spectrum stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust root cause analysis and its event correlation tool. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Umair A., Enterprise Solutions & Services Head at Duroob Technologies, writes of the product, “It covers networks very well. It has all the capabilities that you're looking for when it comes to monitoring. Spectrum is great for root cause analysis. It has excellent correlation event management. Spectrum's stability and scalability are also amazing. If you have a CA Service Desk, then it can be integrated so that if you have open tickets they can be closed automatically.”

    Itarchit, an IT Architect at a comms service provider, notes, “The most valuable feature is the event correlation mechanism. I also like the product's multi-customer approach.” He adds, “We haven't seen a better product. Overall, I am happy with this solution. Based on the current market, I would rate DX Spectrum a nine out of ten.”

    z/OS, its subsystems, databases, middleware, applications, and software generate thousands of event messages daily. IT professionals need a tool to filter, prioritize, and respond quickly to these events before they impact availability and threaten business processing and associated service level agreements. CA OPS/MVS EMA automates processes, enabling you to resolve problems as they arise. It also automates more routine tasks, simplifying IT management and operations.
    Sample Customers
    National Informatics Centre India, Banese, Olympus, AlphaServe Technologies, Sicredi
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Insurance Company10%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm57%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Insurance Company10%
    Financial Services Firm35%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business4%
    Large Enterprise96%
    Small Business6%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise88%
    Buyer's Guide
    DX Spectrum vs. OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about DX Spectrum vs. OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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    DX Spectrum is ranked 1st in DX NetOps with 11 reviews while OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence is ranked 14th in Event Monitoring. DX Spectrum is rated 8.4, while OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of DX Spectrum writes "Makes it easier to understand root cause and troubleshoot". On the other hand, DX Spectrum is most compared with DX NetOps, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, Cisco DNA Center and HPE Intelligent Management Center, whereas OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence is most compared with BMC MainView, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON, BMC TrueSight Operations Management, SCOM and SYSVIEW Performance Intelligence. See our DX Spectrum vs. OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence report.

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