Compare Device42 vs. SolarWinds MSP Manager

Device42 is ranked unranked in IT Asset Management with 13 reviews while SolarWinds MSP Manager is ranked 13th in Help Desk Software with 1 review. Device42 is rated 8.8, while SolarWinds MSP Manager is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Device42 writes "Seeing how things are connected, which server ports are plugged into which network switches, helps with network troubleshooting". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds MSP Manager writes "Real-time reporting helps determine when the network infrastructure needs review". Device42 is most compared with nlyte, Rackwise DCiM and ISPsystem DCImanager, whereas SolarWinds MSP Manager is most compared with JIRA Service Desk, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus and SolarWinds Web Help Desk.
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A big plus for Device42 was the auto-discovery. With it, we have updated devices, updated systems, and up-to-date systems.The solution's automatic IT asset discovery and inventory functionality are top-notch. The thing I like is that it's open-source. If I need to change them — and they've given me links on GitHub to have them — I can go and change them to pull exactly what I want, as frequently as I want.Device42 has everything in one place and links it altogether. This helps when you need to figure out where things are going wrong, where things are happening, or how everything is linked together.We use the automatic IT asset discovery for different things, like VMware discovery and SNMP discovery for network devices. It helps us to keep hardware information up to date in Device42, and the VMware discovery helps us to keep virtual device inventory up to date... We are sure to have 100 percent of our devices in Device42. Not more, not less.The way the solution’s automatic IT asset discovery and inventory functionality works is you set up a discovery job, then you can schedule it to run. I schedule all of the runs daily at different times so nothing is interfering with anything else. It's nice to know that you can set up the scan, schedule it, and sit back. You can check them every day and make sure everything ran, making sure nothing had errors, then you're good to go. Anything new is going to automatically be discovered, which is nice. It takes some of the stress off because you don't have to know, "If this team opened new servers, we need make sure now it will automatically pick them up." It is one less thing to worry about. It gathers a lot of data points.Previously, our company had a lot of issues keeping track of all the data centers and the inventory, as well as the purchase orders. All of these were managed by other tools. The good thing about Device42 is that it can be used for all this together. We don't need to spend time checking many other tools and files.The solution's agentless approach to asset discovery is very important for us because installing agents on physical or virtual devices is not easy in our company. We have to escalate these kinds of things to different levels of security. Not having to install agents makes it easy for us.The continuous asset discovery is good because it means not having to manually input all the small data, such as IP addresses, leases, etc. It helps and saves us a lot of time.

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When servers have two network adapters, automatically discovered will be only one network card because the other one is a backup. Device42 has some problems to find the other connection.A con for Device42 is that Kubernetes integration is lacking. You pay for 10,000 spot licenses and if you're spinning up a Kubernetes cluster, or four or five or six Kubernetes clusters like we do, you're going to have 5,000 or 6,000 nodes in each of those, doing different types of business things.The solution’s automatic IT asset discovery and inventory functionality functions pretty well. There could be some improvement if there were some automated scripts to get it off the ground. I know it takes a bit of effort to get all of various managed devices into one place. We have to go and change how they are managed and make sure they are all linking up correctly so they can be tracked in Device42. Some type of automated script for each to get over that initial activation.Device42 is a main part of our processes. We need reliability, not only in terms of the data but with the solution itself. It's really difficult when we have 10 minutes of Device42 downtime because none of our teams can work for those 10 minutes, and it's more time lost if there is longer downtime. An improvement would be to have a cluster implementation of Device42 to have high-availability and ensure that we don't have downtime in case of failure.Since I was focused on deploying connectors and getting all the servers to be scanned, one of the biggest pains was when a job would fail, then the output (logging) was poor. For example, "Why did it fail?" In these cases, you get a generic error. It doesn't point you in the right direction and tell you why you got the error, which is really annoying. There have been times I asked, "Is there somewhere I can see a better log as to why is this failing?" That would be a really nice improvement.The only thing which I have noticed so far that is not good is that we had an issue with some reporting from the tool, reporting we had to export. We couldn't do it in the way we wanted to, so we tried to reach out to their support but it took pretty long until we understood how we can manage the reports. We still haven't received a complete explanation of what we need to do and how to do it.While the automatic IT asset discovery is great, the first time using it can be confusing when you are configuring the SNMP. I don't remember for sure but I don't think it said "SNMP community," it said "password". The first time I used it I was thinking about communities but the tool said "password," and when you say "password" in SNMP you are thinking about SNMP version 3. This is the only thing that is confusing, although there were some devices that were not included in the discovery.If I want to delete an asset from a cabinet it does take a while. And if I'm doing it in bulk — say, for example, if we have one cabinet that has 20 servers in — if I want to remove all 20 servers, I have to do them individually, which is a bit time-consuming. If there were a way that I could just bulk-remove everything from there, that would definitely save some time.

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What I would like to see is a simplified solution that is packaged better, where you can easily implement or turn on the functionality that you need.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
On a yearly basis, our licensing is $10,000. However, our license is now nearly full with devices. We need the next bigger license with 5,000 devices, which will cost us $19,000. We pay for a set of licenses, a maximum number of devices, and a maximum number of IP addresses. We have the smallest amount of features, which is enough for us at this time.The problem with using other vendor, like BMC, is the pricing. The price is so horrible and nobody wants to pay this money.We pay $100,000 per year.The product cost is low. It is quite cheap.Our licensing costs are on a yearly basis.

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Don't get scared of the price tag because it's definitely worth it.

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Overview

Device42 makes IT decision making easier. With accurate, automatic inventory tracking powered by automatic discovery, Device42 is your go-to for everything from day-to-day ITSM to IPAM to encrypted secret storage, DCIM rack modeling, migration planning, and more!

Say Hello! to Automated Data Center Management

Say goodbye to spreadsheets and manual drawings which are, at best, inefficient and quickly outdated. Device42 auto-generates accurate infrastructure and inter-dependency diagrams making data center management faster, easier, and more accurate.

  • Gain – Gain accurate infrastructure visibility — know what you have, where it’s located, how it’s connected, and who owns it.
  • Beyond – Go beyond just the physical — gain visibility into blades, virtual machines, cloud instances, and the applications running on them.
  • Support – Support and document the entire lifecycle from purchase order to retirement.
  • Infrastructure – Device42’s comprehensive infrastructure management enables more informed decision making.

Know Exactly What is Running, and Where, with Deep Application Mapping

  • Mapping – Powerful application mapping tools relate data from various sources.
  • Related – Auto-discovered data is related with imported and input data.
  • Components – Dependency flow diagrams relating application components are automatically generated.
  • Visualize – IT managers can visualize the application’s different parts and interdependencies.
  • Charts – Automatically-generated impact charts show the relationships between applications, hardware components, and facilities.

Transform IT Anarchy into IT Organization

Access real-time configuration data to understand where resources are and how those resources are being consumed. Support future capacity and growth planning.

  • IP Address – Get the next available IP address (eliminate ping and pray).
  • Capacity – Locate racks with enough space and power capacity to house new servers.
  • Affected – Determine which users are affected by scheduled and unscheduled outages.
  • Supported – Know if a server/OS is still supported, and where to find it.
  • Accurate – Maintain accurate server-switch port connections.
  • Manage – Accurately manage rack power and cooling capacities.
  • Device – Know device interdependencies and their service relationships.

Efficiently Manage Growth and Consolidation with Powerful Capacity Planning Tools

  • Rack – Find available rack capacity with heat maps colored by available units.
  • Power – Ensure power availability at a glance with overlaid color bars.
  • Find – Quickly find space, outlets, and power capacity for new equipment with “What-If” scenarios.
  • Connections – Visually ensure all your machines are redundantly connected.
  • Hardware – Easily identify any hardware without redundancy.
  • View – View power consumption, temperature, and humidity over time.
  • Data Center – Locate data center hot spots and eliminate problem areas.
  • Reports – Comprehensive reporting includes abundant pre-configured reports or easily create your own.
  • Change – Instantly report change history, contracts, rack space availability, and much more.
  • Consolidate – Remove the guesswork — know if you have room to grow, or power and cooling capacity to consolidate.

Dramatically Reduce Data Entry

Increase data center staff productivity. By minimizing or eliminating redundant and low-value data entry, IT staff can spend more time on high-value business initiatives.

  • Automatic – Device42's autodiscovery, import tools, and 3rd-party integrations do a vast majority of the hard work for you.
  • API – All the documentation you could ever want on our open API is available at http://api.device42.com.
  • Powerful – Device42’s open and powerful REST API is thoroughly documented, easy to use, and extremely powerful —enabling input and output of data to and from external sources with features like .XLS API imports.
  • Better Place – Freedom from excessive data entry means you can focus on building the next cool thing and making the world a better place!

Enhance IT Service Management

Device42 integrates with many popular 3rd-party tools and imports from almost anywhere!

  • Input – No need to input the same data into multiple systems!
  • Information – Enhance the information in your ticketing system with data from Device42.
  • ITSM App – Out-of-the-box integrations with popular ITSM applications such as JIRA, Confluence, ServiceNow, and Zendesk.
  • Automation – Out-of-the-box integrations with automation platforms like Rundeck, Puppet, and Chef.
  • CMDB Providers – Import data from other CMDB providers like Aperature, Microsoft SCCM, Solarwinds, OpenDCIM, Racktables, Rackmonkey
  • Anywhere – Import from spreadsheets, Visio docs, and anywhere else you can get a .csv file.

Effectively Manage Asset Life Cycles

Make the most out of your budget. Track software and support entitlements, and full hardware asset lifecycles.

  • Purchases – Record purchases.
  • Lifecycle – Asset lifecycle tracking from the day of purchase to the day it’s retired.
  • Contract – Associate a service contract with the actual asset it applies to.
  • QR Code – Automatically generate a smartphone-readable QR code for physical inventory.
  • Planning – Improve planning with accurate financial data for budgeting and auditing.
  • Proactive – Proactively manage contracts and maintenance renewals with powerful reporting and renewal notices.
  • Track Well – Track software licensing and ensure compliance.
  • Eliminate – Eliminate waste and save money.

Resolve Technical Issues Faster

  • Services – Improve your IT service delivery with accurate and actionable data.
  • Flexible – Device42 will discover and correlate relationships between physical, logical, and virtual environments – providing a powerful tool for problem solving.
  • Ticket Makes – Attaching the actual device to a ticket makes confusion about which device is being referenced a thing of the past.
  • Locate Device – Locating the device has never been easier when it’s attached to a ticket; click the device and get all the relevant details from Device42.
  • Emergency – The next time a data center emergency arises, save the day in style!

Centrally Manage Shared Accounts and Passwords

  • Find – Take control of who has access to what systems
  • Ensure – Ensure that data center teams have the information they need, when they need it
  • Very Fast – Quickly map service accounts and secrets to devices and applications
  • Powerful Control – Protect account and password information with granular access controls
  • Locate – Track password views, expiration dates, and password changes
  • Happiness – And yes…keep the auditors happy, happy, happy!

SolarWinds MSP Manager key features include:

  • Customer Management
  • Customer Portal
  • Dashboard, Mobile Apps
  • Scheduling
  • Ticketing
  • Billing
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