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Solution Comparison for Public Cloud Third-Party Cost Optimization Tools

Published: 10 December 2019

ID: G00441626

Analyst(s): Brian Adler , Marco Meinardi


To increase efficiency of public cloud IaaS and PaaS, I&O technical professionals must employ tools to continuously and programmatically optimize cloud spend. This research assesses and compares the capabilities of five common third-party tools for public cloud cost optimization.

Table Of Contents

Solution Comparison

Solution Assessments

  • Apptio
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • CloudCheckr
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Flexera
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Turbonomic
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • VMware
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses

Additional Guidance

  • Buy, Don’t Build
  • Use Native Capabilities First, Fill the Gaps With Third-Party Tools
  • Assess Functionality Beyond Cost Optimization
  • Look for Integrations Within a Vendor’s Portfolio
  • Prioritize Quality of Insights, Then Automate

Methodology and Criteria

  • Methodology
    • Definitions
    • Criteria

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