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Device42 vs. FireScope DDM

Automatic Discovery & Dependency mapping tools (i.e. ADM, ADDM, DDM, IDDM) provide company-wide benefits that extend beyond the walls of IT. From migration planning insights to easier audits, driving automation via webhooks and interfacing via RESTful APIs, and assisting with daily ITSM tasks, choosing the right Application Dependency Mapping product can really pay dividends.

Device42 provides agent-less services and application discovery based on native Windows (WMI) and Linux (SSH) protocols. Agent-based versions are available for sensitive and/or often-disconnected devices. Device42 augments this native protocol-based deep application and services discovery with NetFlow, then further supplements with Nmap.

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Key differences between Device42 and FireScope are highlighted below:

Feature Comparisons

Device42 FireScope
Option to keep data on premises
Enterprise CMDB
No need for expensive SPAN ports
Application Dependency Mapping
Native WMI & SSH discovery
Primary discovery done w/o agents
Resource utilization
AWS and Azure cloud instance recommendations with pricing
Cisco UCS support
SNMP support
NetFlow support
Webhooks to drive automation
RESTful API

*All feature data deduced from the FireScope Software website and/or available marketing materials. Please let us know if something isn’t right and we’ll gladly update it.

In contrast, FireScope’s primary data collection method relies on SPAN ports and/or port mirroring (a form of packet capture), which if not already configured at your location can be complex, expensive, and time consuming to configure – and in some cases, impossible. Should you be unable or unwilling to use packet capture, the alternatives require agent deployment or else can be limited in functionality.

Another critical distinction between FireScope and Device42 is that Device42 provides everything you need right out of the box: a built-in, comprehensive CMDB that catalogs details about what you have running in your environment, automatically maintained by the discovery and dependency mapping engine, which records additions and changes across your infrastructure as they happen.

For a complete solution from FireScope, customers must purchase a CMDB product from another vendor, and by doing so cannot enjoy the benefits that fully-integrated solutions tend to offer, ranging from guaranteed interoperability and out-of-the-box functionality, a single source to turn to for updates and support if necessary, and more.

The Device42 Solution

Device42 combines data obtained via multiple complimentary discovery technologies (WMI, SSH, VMware & other native protocols, SNMP, NetFlow, Nmap, etc.) to comprehensively identify running and installed software, services, hardware, and their interdependencies. Conversely, FireScope DDM output is – in many cases – derived solely from packet capture or netflow data.

Device42 ships as an on premise virtual appliance while FireScope offers an on-premise option to complement their SaaS offering. Getting up and running with FireScope’s approach to dependency mapping can be orders of magnitude more complicated when compared to Device42. FireScope requires the configuration of expensive and intrusive SPAN ports or port mirroring across every VLAN of your network for full, agent-less functionality.

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.
  • IBM AS400 mid-range and zOS powered mainframes
  • 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

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