Device42 Pros and Cons

Device42 Pros

Jeremy Rammalaere
Corporate Information Technology Manager at Supply Point
The solution has some very good relational capabilities that show us how certain devices relate to each other and how some of our environment actually works together.
The IP address tracking [is valuable]... We have a lot of different devices and some of them have many IP addresses, so keeping track of which ones are assigned where is very critical for putting new devices on the network and giving them new addresses. All of our devices are statically assigned, so if we don't keep good records then we could accidentally assign a duplicate, which would cause problems on the network.
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Yasin Shaikh
Systems Manager at Coventry University
The auto-discovery is brilliant. You can have it scheduled to run on a regular basis, and the infrastructure is always getting updated within the platform. I would rate the asset discovery very highly. It's very comprehensive. It covers quite a lot of different methods for doing discovery and it supports a lot of different types of hardware as well.
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Giovanni Schiano-Moriello
IT Business Analyst at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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Chad Crider
Lead DevOps Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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Francois Sureau
Manager, Hosting Operations at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Francisco Laborda
Network Engineer at Despegar.com
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.
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reviewer1295379
DC Lead Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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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reviewer1310622
Sr. System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
A big plus for Device42 was the auto-discovery. With it, we have updated devices, updated systems, and up-to-date systems.
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Thayne Trevenen
Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1292073
Manager, Endpoint Management at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The asset inventory is great because previously we had devices all over the place. We have been able to do multiscans to find devices that we didn't know about, which was great.
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Device42 Cons

Yasin Shaikh
Systems Manager at Coventry University
The dependency mapping can be quite slow sometimes, if you've got a lot of things connecting to services. It can be very slow to build up the map.
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Giovanni Schiano-Moriello
IT Business Analyst at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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Chad Crider
Lead DevOps Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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Francois Sureau
Manager, Hosting Operations at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Francisco Laborda
Network Engineer at Despegar.com
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.
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reviewer1295379
DC Lead Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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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reviewer1310622
Sr. System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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.
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Thayne Trevenen
Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1292073
Manager, Endpoint Management at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It would be nice for the agent to have an installer versus a single file across multiple systems.
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Viktor Dzhokin
Procurement Specialist at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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