-Expense Management: Helps customers analyze how much they’re spending on cloud services and compare it to historical averages. Can also identify unused instances that could be shut down to save money and can help to right-size virtual machine image types to not overpay for services. Examples include Cloudyn and Cloud Cruiser.
-Operational Monitoring: Questions these monitoring tools help answer include: How many resources do you have running and how does that compare to last month or last year? How many users are accessing the cloud environment and what are they doing? Which cloud services are being used? Examples include New Relic and Splunk.
-Governance: Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) are in this category as they dictate which users can use which cloud-based resources. Some of these can also index data and associate tags with them to ensure policies related to data management are followed. Examples include SkyHigh Networks and BitGlass.
Cloud management market is immature
We’re still in the early days for cloud management software, Cancila says. Many vendors have focused thus far on a specific niche (expense management or governance, or are native to a specific provider, for example). “None of the tools do all four of those things across all providers,” she says. “A lot of organizations are using native provider services; living with feature gaps of a CMP, or building some custom processes to mitigate the risks against the gaps.” If an organization has the ability, building your own custom tools is another option.
In recent years vendors have begun to expand the functionality of their offerings to add more features; Cancila says this will continue. Meanwhile, there’s been robust merger and acquisition activity in this market. Examples include IBM buying Gravitant, CSC purchasing ServiceMesh and Cisco buying Cliqr; M&A activity could continue as well. In the meantime, customers should consider what features are most important to them based on their use case and choose a vendor that best fits that need.
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