Device42 vs BMC Discovery (or ADDM)

Looking for an alternative for BMC Discovery (previously ADDM)? 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 Discovery Products have a number of similar 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
  • Troubleshoot more efficiently with shorter MTTR
  • Reduce audit time & effort significantly
  • Eliminate the majority of manual infrastructure documentation

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

Though Device42 and BMC Discovery have much in common, some key features differentiate the two. These are shown below.

Solution ComparisonDevice42 CoreBMC Discovery (ADDM)
Cloud and On Premise Option
Discovered Data Stays On-Premise
Native Windows and Linux Discovery
Native VMware Discovery
Native Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, LXC Discovery
Native Cloud Platform Discovery
Application Dependency Discovery
SNMP Support
Mainframe support
Agent-less Discovery
Optional Agent Based Discovery
Nmap & Netflow Based Discovery
XLS/XLSX Spreadsheet Imports

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
  • Power Monitoring & Control
  • IPAM
  • Password Management
  • Certificate Management
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Capacity Planning
  • “What-if” scenarios
  • Inventory Lifecycle Management
  • Automatic Rack Diagrams
  • Cable Management
  • Drag-and-drop Room Layouts
  • Full Audit Trails
  • Asset Transfers
  • Asset Lifecycle Tracking
  • Purchase Tracking
  • QR / Barcode Generation
  • Spreadsheet / CSV Import of CI’s and Attributes

Device42’s Advanced Visualizations, powerful, Customizable Reporting facilities, and its advanced, well documented RESTful APIs work together to provide an enhanced data management experience: by helping to make your data either easier to see and understand, faster to manipulate, and/or more convenient to quantify. All of these features, too, are available at a price that will surprise you.

Download a 30-day free trial of Device42 today, and see why customers in over 40 countries are proud to say “We use Device42!”

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