Gartner Research

Decision Point for Selecting a Public Cloud Management Strategy

Published: 27 March 2017

ID: G00319589

Analyst(s): Marco Meinardi


Increased usage of cloud services produces new challenges for organizations that have to manage public IaaS and PaaS. As a result, technical professionals must develop a management strategy and choose among the cloud provider's native tools, third-party software, DIY and managed services.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Public Cloud Management Tasks
    • Multiprovider Capabilities
    • Enhancing Specific Areas of Management
    • Constraints


  • Use the Cloud Provider's Native Tools
  • Use Third-Party Software
  • Use Third-Party Software and the Cloud Provider's Native Tools
  • DIY and Use the Cloud Provider's Native Tools
  • Outsource to an MSP

Future Developments

  • Cloud Provider Future Developments
  • Third-Party Software Future Developments
  • Cloud Management Standards and Tooling

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