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IT Operations Management Grows Up into the Cloud Era

Taneja Group recently completed a report on the IT Cloud Management Market Landscape for enterprise customers. We looked at this landscape as an evolution of IT operations management grown up into the cloud era. In addition to increasingly smart and capable operational monitoring and systems management, good cloud management also requires sophisticated capabilities in both automation and orchestration at scale to support end-user provisioning and agility, and detailed financial management services that reveal multi-cloud costs for analysis and chargeback or showback.

In the full study, we evaluated, scored, and ranked vendors within three areas that we referred to as Cloud Orchestration, Operations Management, and Financial Management. We also did a vendor-level analysis for full-suite vendors.

Below is a visual summary of our detailed evaluation results for full-suite vendors mapped onto an assessment of Platform Breadth versus Offering Strength. The overall evaluation results revealed that VMware has a strong lead in today’s competitive cloud management landscape. HPE has a top score with a strong showing in all three functional areas and BMC takes an upper spot led by their strong offering in Operations Management. Microsoft also posted a leading score, likely because they are a hypervisor/cloud platform vendor and therefore intimately familiar with and focused on the practices and capabilities that IT organizations need in their respective cloud transition efforts.

Here are abbreviated key takeaways from the report:

  • Cloud service advancements continue to outpace cloud management. The growth and sophistication level of both public and private cloud technologies and services has outrun the tools and capabilities available to manage them.
  • Comprehensive cloud management platforms are rare. Look for cloud management solutions that are integrated across operations, automation and business disciplines.
  • Proprietary interests often dictate vendor priorities. Despite what vendors may say, most cloud management toolsets are developed and optimized for particular platforms, versus designed for cross-cloud environments.
  • Lack of standards makes cloud interoperability a challenge. The lack of cloud portability and cross-cloud management standards makes it difficult for vendors (incl. cloud service brokers) to effectively manage resources across multiple flavors of clouds.

Cloud management is a fast moving space, and we plan on re-evaluating solutions often. Check out the full report and let us know how you think about and evaluate cloud management for your organization.

  • Premiered: 08/29/16
  • Author: Steve Ricketts
Topic(s): Cloud Management Cloud VMWare BMC Hypervisor Microsoft Operations Management Steve Ricketts

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