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.
The Gartner Approach
- Cloud Management Terminology
- Cloud Platform
- Cloud Resource
- Cloud Management
- Cloud Management Platform (CMP)
- Cloud Management Tools
The Guidance Framework
- 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
- Measure Success
- Automate and Optimize
- Regularly Reassess Platforms and Tools
Risks and Pitfalls
- Proliferation of Tools
- Skills Required
- Cost of Tools
- Related Guidance
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