Device42 vs RISC Networks Discovery

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. In contrast, RISC Networks provides tools centered around workload migration, and RISC’s tools focus on helping to compare the costs of migrating identified workloads (e.g. discovered VMs and/or applications) to competing cloud providers.

In Device42, once you have identified what you have running and where and how it all interacts, identifying candidates for migration and creating a migration plan is a much more straightforward process. The hardest and most important part of any migration project is gaining a thorough understanding of the current state of your network. A comparison of the critical features needed for migration projects are shown below:

Solution ComparisonDevice42 CoreRISC Networks CloudScape
Option To Keep Data On-Premise
Native Windows Discovery
Native Linux Discovery
Other OS Discovery (Mac, BSD)
Native Discovery for Popular Hypervisors
Application Dependency Discovery
Cisco UCS Support
SNMP Support
NetFlow Support
Workload Migration Suggestions

Our Solution

Unlike RISC, Device42 is a comprehensive CMDB solution. Offering more than just the ability to discover your infrastructure, Device42 is your one-stop single source of truth because it includes a fully integrated suite of enterprise CMDB features: A DCIM, 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. Device42 provides far more value than any single solution "point product" ever could.

Device42 can quickly and thoroughly discover your entire network using a variety of auto-discovery methods, automatically correlating the information:

  • SNMP Discovery (v1/v2c/v3):
    • Network switches, routers and firewalls
    • Load balancers (such as BIG-IP F5 & Cisco NetScaler)
    • Blade systems to get chassis/blade system information
    • Discovery and monitoring of power devices like PDUs, UPS, CRAC, etc.
    • Console switches, fiber switches, SAN switches, etc.
  • WMI based discovery for Windows based machines (and servers)
  • SSH based discovery for different UNIX and Linux flavors.
  • Hypervisor and VMs discovery with support for all major virtualization platforms
  • Cloud discovery support for Amazon, Azure, Joyent, Linode, Digital Ocean etc.
  • Cisco UCS
  • DNS sync and ping sweep for network discovery
  • Pull inventory data from tools like Puppet, Chef, Microsoft SCCM, monitoring systems
  • IPMI discovery for BMC boards
Fast and Easy Integration

Fast and Easy Integration

Device42 includes a very granular and secure set of RESTful APIs for integration with other applications used to manage your IT infrastructure.

Some out-of-the-box integrations include:

Confluence ServiceNow Chef Ansible Puppet Labs JIRA


  • See all CIs from Device42 in ServiceNow
  • View or Edit CI details from ServiceNow requests
  • Choose Device42 CIs when creating new requests


  • Device42 utilizes system information data stored in puppet manifests to populate asset inventory
  • Eliminating the need to run redundant auto-discovery processes across the IT infrastructure


  • Streamline the task of provisioning, configuring, and maintaining servers
  • Device42 utilizes Chef-discovered system information data to populate asset inventory
  • Integration connector works with all Chef-supported versions of Chef software


  • Link CMDB items to issues in JIRA
  • View CI details from JIRA issues
  • Search JIRA issues by CI names
  • Display racks and devices inside JIRA when adding/creating/modifying issues

And many more are under development...

SeeIT All in One Place!

Once your data is loaded, it's time to reap the benefits. Device42 offers an extensive and highly-customizable set of reports and inquiry screens to access your CI data. But even better, Device42 provides an extensive set of visualizations including:

  • Your computer rooms and racks with power and capacity heatmaps
  • Your full IP connectivity and power chain
  • Your hardware, software, and application dependencies

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