Device42 vs BMC Discovery

Bringing a powerful CMDB in house with advanced discovery features is a great idea, and we want to make your decision as easy as possible. Below, you will find information that will help familiarize you with the commonalities between Device42 & BMC Discovery, and will also highlight some of the main differences between the two solutions.

Device42 focuses on complete and accurate discovery, identifying all the details about what you have running in your environment today, and clearly highlighting the interdependencies. Similarly, BMC Discovery automatically discovers your IT inventory and the details around it, including software, hardware, network, storage, and versions.

Both Device42 and BMC Discovery have a number of use cases and benefits. Some of the more common use cases, and their supporting features are found below:

Common Benefits & Use Cases:

  • Discover, consolidate, and decommission servers
  • Identify old, inefficient servers & save on operating expense
  • Orchestrate migration planning after discovery of applications & dependencies
  • Plan rack layouts to optimize utilization of space & power
  • Troubleshoot more efficiently with shorter MTTR
  • Reduce audit time & effort significantly
  • Eliminate the majority of manual infrastructure documentation
  • Ensure security by identifying & locating vulnerable software for remediation

Common Features:

  • Advanced visualizations
  • Powerful, customizable reporting
  • IP address, MAC, Subnet, and other network details
  • Dependency diagrams
  • High level of well organized detail
  • Customizable fields
  • Integrations with 3rd party software

Some of the more common use cases, and their supporting features are found below:

Solution ComparisonDevice42 CoreBMC Discovery
Native Windows Discovery
Native Linux Discovery
Other OS Discovery (Mac, BSD)
Native Discovery for Popular Hypervisors
Application Dependency Discovery
Cisco UCS Support
SNMP Support
Mainframe Support
Self-contained auto-discovery
Storage Discovery
Exportable Data
Netflow Traffic Monitoring

Ease of Setup & Use

Both Device42 and BMC Discovery ship as virtual appliances, and the downloads are similar in size.

Setup for both simply entails import of the virtual appliance into your chosen virtualization platform, and a few brief configuration steps such as configuring DHCP vs. static IP assignments, re-naming the servers & creating DNS entries for them.

Both products feature neat, modern, and responsive web-based user interfaces, accessible from all end user platforms with a modern web browser.


BMC doesn’t list pricing on their website. However, customers have told us that they were able to purchase Device42 and still slash their allotted budget by an order of magnitude when the switch was made away from BMC.

The Device42 Solution

A complete solution from BMC requires the purchase and integration of numerous standalone components including their Discovery product, their CMDB product, Riverbed Netflow, and storage discovery product.

In contrast, Device42 is fully integrated with no standalone modules (though some components are licensed separately). Device42 is truly a one-stop single source of truth because it includes a fully integrated suite of enterprise DCIM features: A CMDB, IPAM, Password Management, Certificate Management, Inventory and Lifecycle Management, Automatic Rack Diagrams, Cable Management, Drag-and-drop Room Layouts, Advanced Visualizations, Powerful, Customizable Reporting, and an advanced, well documented RESTful API.

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