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As more enterprises adopt hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies, their environments are becoming more complex and difficult to manage. To cope, many are turning to hybrid cloud management software.
Cloud computing has become a fact of life for most enterprises. In fact, in its 2018 State of the Cloud Report, vendor Rightscale found that 96 percent of the IT professionals surveyed work for organizations that use cloud computing.
And organizations are increasing their investments in the public cloud. According to the latest figures from Gartner, “The worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4 percent in 2018 to total $186.4 billion, up from $153.5 billion in 2017.”
But organizations aren’t moving all their workloads to the public cloud; many are staying on-premises, creating complex hybrid environments that use private cloud. In the RightScale survey, 81 percent of organizations said they have a multi-cloud strategy, and 51 percent had a hybrid cloud strategy.
IDC’s Ashutosh Bisht, research manager, Customer Insights & Analysis, has noted, “Digital transformation is driving multi-cloud and hybrid environments for enterprises to create a more agile and cost-effective IT environment.”
To help organizations monitor and manage these complex environments, dozens of vendors have rolled out hybrid cloud management software. The Forrester Wave: Hybrid Cloud Management, Q2 2018 report examined the best of these solutions. In order to qualify for the report, hybrid cloud management software vendors needed to offer a multipurpose suite; support at least Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and VMware vSphere clouds; and have generated revenue of $7.5 million or more in 2017, among other criteria. The report named four vendors as Leaders and seven as Strong Performers. These are the vendor solutions examined below.
Hybrid Cloud Management Software Vendors