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Critical Capabilities for Cloud Management Platforms

Published: 13 February 2020


I&O leaders use cloud management platforms to address infrastructure-as-a-service/platform-as-a-service operational functions associated with multicloud deployments. This research evaluates how CMP vendor solutions can meet the needs of I&O leaders.

Included in Full Research

  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • CloudBolt
    • Flexera
    • HyperGrid
    • Morpheus Data
    • Scalr
    • Snow Software-Embotics
    • VMware
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Automation
    • Brokering
    • Governance
    • Life Cycle Management
  • Use Cases
    • Cloud Provisioning and Orchestration
    • Cloud Service Brokering
    • Cloud Governance
    • Cloud Resource Management
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped
  • Product-Related
  • Non-Product-Related
  • Critical Capabilities Rating


Key Findings
  • As they embark on their multicloud journeys, enterprises are increasing their focus on security and cost management while looking for tooling that enables automation, life cycle management, brokering and governance across cloud environments.

  • Cost management and resource optimization capabilities that support the management of public cloud spending are becoming common for most vendors in the market.

  • Many of the vendors that emphasized abstracting native orchestration and provisioning capabilities have evolved their products to support native provisioning in the cloud environments, shrinking their value-add in this area.

  • Most of the solutions provide limited capabilities in the key area of cloud governance. Additionally,

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