Vendor Landscape: Cloud Management
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Last Revised: October 24, 2012
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What is a shortlist?
A shortlist is a personalized list of vendors based on the criteria you define. Your shortlist offers more information about vendor's strengths, weaknesses, price-points, etc, and ranks them according to your needs.
What is a Value Score?
The Value Score indexes each vendor’s product offering and business strength relative to their price point. It does not indicate vendor ranking.
Vendors that score high offer more bang for the buck (e.g. features, usability, stability, etc.) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.
Price-conscious enterprises may wish to give the Value Score more consideration than those who are more focused on specific vendor/product attributes.
- For collocation and managed services providers, there has been a significant increase in demand to deliver Cloud (public, private, or virtual private) to enable customers to take advantage of the benefits of Cloud. Many organizations see significant value in getting all their XaaS’ from a single vendor, and this is leading service providers to invest in cloud management solutions.
- Amazon has seen significant and widely recognized success in providing public cloud resources to the masses. Amazon’s storage cloud (S3) went from 262 billion to 762 billion objects stored in 2011 and, as a corollary, between 2010 and 2012, Info-Tech customers reported a 200% increase in IaaS deployments. The operational transparency and compute-on-demand capabilities are leading many to evaluate private cloud solutions.
- Solutions targeting service providers often have broader hypervisor support and chargeback capabilities, but less typically integrate with virtualization management software, such as VMware vSphere to capitalize on built-in functionality around live migration and dynamic automated movement of workloads.
- Most solutions support VMware ESX and KVM, but few support Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer. As hybrid cloud scenarios become more commonplace, it will be important for service providers to select a solution that supports the install base of its clients. In addition, enterprise customers should look to solutions that can be layered on top of existing infrastructure, whether commodity servers, blade systems, or virtualized infrastructures with storage.
- If there is a strong use case for public cloud integration for seasonal or project-based variation in requirements for resources, capability to integrate with Amazon using its APIs is a plus. This can allow organizations to manage public and private clouds from a single management interface.
Impact and Result
- Understand what’s new in the Cloud Management market.
- Evaluate Cloud Management vendors and products for your service provider or enterprise needs, using Info-Tech’s Cloud Management Vendor Landscape.
- Determine which products are most appropriate for your particular use case and scenario.
Get to Action
Evaluate leading Cloud Management vendors
Arrive at a shortlist of vendors for further analysis.
Create a customized list of the most suitable vendors
Accelerate the selection process, and isolate vendors that best meet requirements.