Licensing entitlement

BMC Discovery does not use a license management system, but from BMC Discovery 11.2 provides a license management page which enables you to opt-in to cloud discovery, monitor your license usage for on-premises discovery and cloud discovery, and to see the status (whether or not it is installed, and if installed, which version) of Storage discovery and the Extended Data Pack. For more information, see Managing licenses.

Discovery appliances

There is no limit on the number of BMC Discovery appliances you are allowed to use with respect to licensing, it simply depends on the overall number of items discovered.

Scanned hosts

Our core licensing model is simple, the customer pays an amount for a license to model up to a set number of unique server OSIs (Operating System Instances), effectively this means hosts. A customer is entitled and licensed based on their agreement with BMC and a licensing compliance team at BMC helps customers ensure that their usage of BMC Discovery stays in line with their agreement.

If a host is discovered by four scanners, it still uses just one license. The same applies to a consolidator that has pushed data from a scanner: the same host is found on both, but still uses just one license. 

BMC Discovery also collects data on network devices, printers, and other network-connected devices. Those do not count as a license.

BMC Discovery is not aimed at discovering desktop OSIs and does not discover and model them by default. You can discover desktop OSIs, but you must enable this on the appliance. Desktop OSIs do not count towards licensing totals. 

BMC Atrium CMDB license entitlement

BMC Discovery includes three named user licenses for BMC Atrium CMDB administration only. The three licenses are provided for BMC Atrium CMDB administration only, not as licenses to administer other AR System or Remedy ITSM applications.

Additional user licenses can be purchased through different BMC Remedy products, please contact your sales representative if required.

The three named users provided with BMC Discovery are entitled to administer all functionality in BMC Atrium CMDB, for example, they can:

  • Configure data sources.
  • Create normalization and reconciliation rules.
  • Use Atrium Explorer for impact analysis, and so on.
  • Define business services.
  • Manage Service Catalog.

Storage licensing

Storage discovery is a separately licensed add on.  It uses the same unit of measure as the base BMC Discovery licensed product and must have a matching one to one license count with the base license. BMC Discovery for Storage consists of regularly updated downloadable patterns in a similar way to an extended data pack or TKU. For information on purchasing licenses for storage discovery, contact your BMC Account Manager.


Discovery for z/OS licensing

Discovery for z/OS is a separately licensed add on. When licensed, it provides details of z Systems running the z/OS operating system which feed into the BMC Discovery product. This includes information about the z System itself, the z/OS LPARs and the sub-systems running on the LPARs. For customers also running BMC MainView, BMC Discovery can also provide additional details about transactions and databases.

Discovery for z/OS is licensed based on the MIPS capacity of the z/OS environments being discovered.

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