BMC Discovery (formerly ADDM)

BMC Discovery (formerly ADDM)

Product Description

BMC Discovery (formerly BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping, or ADDM) creates a dynamic, holistic view of all data centre assets and the relationships between them, giving IT crucial visibility into how the assets support the business. Each scan delves into the information and dependencies for all software, hardware, network, storage, and versions, providing IT with the context needed to create an application map from any piece of information about it. A lightweight footprint allows IT to map applications with up to 100% accuracy in 15 minutes or less.

Business Challenge 

Maintaining data centre asset and dependency information is a challenge. Application mapping hinges on precise asset accountability; without it, data centre decisions are based on best effort. IT can’t consolidate, prioritise fixes, perform audits, and know what assets support which part of the business purely through speculation. Application discovery and dependency mapping are interrelated and should come from a single, trusted solution.

BMC Solution

BMC Discovery automates asset discovery and dependency mapping to better gain visibility into management of digital services as part of the BMC Digital Enterprise Management approach to digital transformation. In minutes, IT can link infrastructure and software to how it impacts the business to optimise capacity, ensure stronger security, and improve service, change, and problem management.

Product Details 

Agentless, lightweight, and scalable: BMC Discovery is a ready-to-run virtual appliance. Deployment takes minutes; there is no installation process to run through, no external database to install and configure, and no specific configuration and operating system requirements to satisfy. This allows you to get up and running very quickly with minimal effort to maintain it. While in operation, organisations can scan multiple times per day, depending on the need to maintain accuracy. BMC Discovery offers nearly limitless scale through adequate architecture options, in terms of scan speed (e.g. 100,000 servers per day), size of the data stored, and speed to access information.

Security: BMC Discovery is proven to be secure using standard security certifications, including Common Criteria EAL2. The virtual appliance has been hardened and complies with NIST STIG and supports FIPS 140-2 encryption standards. The application offers granularity in configuring access rights, encryption, and depth of discovery actions.

Configuration management database (CMDB) integration: BMC Discovery offers seamless integration into BMC Remedy CMDB with out-of-the box, continuous data synchronisation. The integration can be configured so filters and rules are applied to the data prior to the load. In addition, BMC Discovery offers web services and database integrations that can be used to synchronise the data with other CMDB technologies.

Extended Data Pack (optional add-on): The software end-of-life reference library provides dates for end of life, end of support, and end of extended support for common operating systems and software. This add-on can help quickly identify unsupported software, better plan for upgrades, and avoid upgrading software that is no longer supported. The hardware reference library provides vendor specifications for hardware power and thermal ratings. This information identifies inefficient hardware.

Discovery for Storage (optional add-on): This content pack enables storage components from 25 virtual and physical storage brands to be included in ITSM processes, enabling storage management teams to focus on more strategic work within their discipline. 


Locate, Identify, Interrogate and Classify your databases for GDPR clarity

Our Discovery dB tool, DataBelt®, works with BMC Discovery to deliver incredible granularity and classification of data for GDPR.

  • Locate and identify all your databases
  • Create data mapping information
  • Catalogue, interrogate and classify relevant data
  • Analyse, update and comply with regulations
  • Ensure continuous improvement

AiM can provide expert support to an organisation at any and all stages of the GDPR compliance lifecycle.   In particular we provide:

  • Discovery reviews to understand scope of GDPR compliance implementation, and after implementation to check that GDPR compliance continues to work correctly;
  • Qualified compliance lawyers with expert knowledge of the GDPR regulations and wider corporate governance demands;
  • IT solutions to locate, identify, classify and protect all data – personal and non-personal – implement and maintain data inventories, data maps and to ensure all other requirements of GDPR compliance operate and are tracked effectively; and
  • Interim DPOs who can provide a cost-effective solution for organisations not wishing or unable to appoint full time roles.


For more information on AiM’s GDPR services, click here.

To read more about DataBelt®, click here.


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