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A Guidance Framework for Selecting Cloud Management Platforms and Tools

Published: 27 April 2018

ID: G00349471

Analyst(s): Alan Waite , Marco Meinardi


As public cloud adoption accelerates, technical professionals must identify and classify management requirements to evaluate cloud management platforms for depth of functionality and cross-platform consistency. This framework defines the steps required to develop a multicloud management strategy.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

  • Cloud Management Terminology
    • Cloud Platform
    • Cloud Resource
    • Cloud Management
    • Cloud Management Platform (CMP)
    • Cloud Management Tools

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Agree on Cloud Management Scope
    • List Cloud Platforms Within Scope
    • Assess Outsource Options
  • Phase 1: Define Cross-Platform Requirements
    • 1.1 Prioritize Cross-Platform Consistency by Functional Category
    • 1.2 Evaluate Lock-In Risk
    • 1.3 Define Cross-Platform, Nonfunctional Requirements
  • Phase 2: Define Platform-Specific Functional Requirements
    • 2.1 Assess Existing Management Tools
    • 2.2 Inventory Platform-Native Tools in Use
    • 2.3 Customize Criteria by Functional Category for Each Platform
  • Phase 3: Map Requirements to Tools
    • 3.1 Score Cross-Platform Tools per Category, per Cloud Platform
    • 3.2 Identify Functional Gaps
    • 3.3 Score Native Tools per Category, per Cloud Platform
    • 3.4 Decide on Approach Within Each Cloud Platform
  • Phase 4: Implement Management Approach for Each Platform
    • 4.1 Work With Native Tools
    • 4.2 Implement Cross-Platform Tools by Priority
    • 4.3 Integrate Cross-Platform Tools to Native Tools
    • 4.4 Implement DIY Integrations
  • Follow-Up
    • Measure Success
    • Automate and Optimize
    • Regularly Reassess Platforms and Tools

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Proliferation of Tools
  • Skills Required
  • Complexity
  • Lock-In
  • Cost of Tools
  • Conclusion
  • Related Guidance

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