Multi-Cloud Management : It can be messy!

A recent survey by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on Multi Cloud Adoption shows that despite of 86% organizations having a Multi-cloud strategy in place, adoption rate is just 65%, which is substantially lower in today’s environment. While there could be lot of reasons for that, one of them could definitely be managing such cloud. Actually, managing a multi cloud can be a mess.

In my previous article, I shared my secret recipe ENCHILADA to build the most effective multi-cloud strategy, and today, I would discuss tools that would match your strategy and add value to it. Like every other domain, this too has quite a few choices, so make sure you choose wisely.

Multi-cloud management is one of the biggest challenges for the enterprise, and often requires third party software. It requires a good understanding to mix and match the various tools that are available out there to get the best services. Although some large cloud management vendors would claim, we integrate all your clients and provide a single dashboard, it doesn’t work that way. There is a reason why you chose different cloud vendors for your multi cloud strategy and you need to take advantage of each type of cloud and the features it offers.

While evaluating the tools it’s important to understand the kind of challenges that you encounter. For example, what are you trying to solve in a multi cloud environment? Compliance, Security, Performance related issues, Optimization, Automation, Data and application migration? A quick google search throws up multiple pages on the tools and platforms available and its impossible for me to cover all of them in this blog, so I have tried to cover few of them here.

Here are some top cloud management platform vendors you can choose from.

BMC: This next-gen platform provides various solutions addressing different multi-cloud management challenges in service management, visibility, performance, automation, migration security and even automated cost reporting.

CloudBolt: It is targeted to brownfield environments where there is a requirement to orchestrate both existing and diverse infrastructure components for better visibility and management of resources not provisioned by CloudBolt.

Cloudyn: It is an enterprise level SaaS solution with single-pane-of-glass approach in multi-platform cloud environment management and optimization. Smart Cloud Optimization with full visibility, usage & performance-based insights and actionable recommendations, Cloudyn sets organizations to exponentiate their cloud ROI faster.

DivvyCloud: In case any of OpenStack, Azure, AWS, GCP and VMware are the options of clouds that best suit your organization, DivvyCloud stands out as one of the most desired option because of its enhanced capabilities of resolving the bottleneck of Shadow IT.

Embotics: A comprehensive set of cloud management and multi-hypervisor virtualization capabilities in vCommander provides businesses to build and deploy policies, process, framework and automation for an optimized multi-cloud environment of VMware vSphere, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services.

Harmony Controller: For centralized multi-cloud management with granular L4-7 analytics, Harmony Controller by A10 Networks is a good choice. It is highly scalable and provides enhanced monitoring, troubleshooting and disaster recovery mechanisms.

IBM Multicloud Manager: This is a one-stop tool with built-in enhanced security and compliance that runs and organizes large environments in a simple way. It reduces management costs, increases governance and provides a choice in target environments. Its multi-cluster approach of application deployment — both cloud-native and modernized — allows workloads to be automatically deployed across clusters with full manageability and governance.

Red Hat: Red Hat has CloudForms for policy management through metadata tagging and existing brownfield environments management via continuous auto-discovery in multi-cloud management domain.

RightScale: A multi-cloud management platform supporting AWS, Azure, Rackspace, GCP, VMware, IBM SoftLayer, OpenStack and more public and private cloud deployments as well as bare-metal servers stands out for its relatively huge size.

Scalr: It is an open source CMP with three editions, namely – an on-premises enterprise edition, an open-source community edition and a SaaS edition. It differentiates by focusing on the self-service cloud usage by application developers, desired-state infrastructure management, and transparent automated policy enforcement across multiple cloud environments.

vCloud Director: vCloud Director can be your preferable option for its ease of use, robust security and easy extensibility to VMware’s Hybrid cloud platform; VMware vCloud Air and public cloud space.

VMware: Both on-premises and SaaS offering which include support for vSphere, KVM, Hyper-V, AWS and Azure. vRealize Suite 7 can be your choice for its seamless integration with existing VMware tools and the breadth of offerings in the cloud suite.

Zenko: If you are looking for an open source multi-cloud management tool, Zenko is your choice. It manages both in-house storage and public cloud tiers.

So, now that you have got a fair number of options, I am sure you would choose the one that best suits your purpose and make a difference in your multi-cloud strategy. I will be happy to hear your feedback on what works best for your strategy.