Welcome!

IBM Cloud Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Stefan Bernbo

Blog Feed Post

Anatomy of the Cloud Management Tools ecosystem

solution designRecently I’ve been helping review startups in the Cloud Management Tools category, and my main advice was that this is a broad sector and so focus needs to be sharpened to a granular level of specific niches within the overall space.

A good introduction to this broad base is conveyed in this Network World article – 16 of the Most Useful Cloud Management Tools.

They describe a growing ecosystem of players across a number of main capability areas:

  • Provisioning and automation
  • Enterprise Cloud Management
  • Cloud Metrics and Cost Optimization
  • Application Transformation & Migration
  • Cloud Service Brokerage

Provisioning and automation

The principle function of automating deployment of apps to Cloud providers is met by Cloud industry stalwarts like Rightscale through to distributed computing experts Gigaspaces.

Options like enStratus also add security controls like Key Management. See the relevance of this here.

Puppet Labs provides this type of automation and specializes in automating the developer lifecycle and thus ‘DevOps’.

Enterprise Cloud Management

A critical battleground will be where these new options meet with the existing incumbent supplier base that currently services the traditional IT management field, vendors such as BMC, Computer Associates, HP, IBM and VMware.

The biggest Cloud consideration for CIOs is how they adapt and address their sunk-cost legacy estate and so this is a critical decision-making zone.

Cloud Metrics and Cost Optimization

A very popular and fast-moving is the suite of startups catering for all aspects of managing your Cloud, covering functions like forecasting and planning, cost tracking, optimization analysis and chargebacks.

For example Israeli startup Newvem collects data from customers’ use of Amazon and comes up with plans to better utilize the service more efficiently.

Cloudability does so across multiple providers and offers an API for interfacing to existing management systems, Cloudyn offers a reserved instance calculator and Cloud Cruiser is enabling IT organizations to implement an internal chargeback billing model.

Application Migration Management

Especially for legacy systems the process of actually getting the application into the Cloud service can be challenging, and there are many aspects to this too, ranging from surrounding applications in virtual “containers” to re-writing software to use Cloud portability extensions like JClouds.

Cloud Service Brokerage

The conclusion to the increased portability of applications and a granular billing environment for their use is a widespread rise of Cloud Service Brokers.

For example Gravitant is a startup in this area who provides all of these Cloud Management Tool functions, as well as an e-marketplace system for automating procurement across multiple Cloud suppliers.


Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Cloud Best Practices Network

The Cloud Best Practices Network is an expert community of leading Cloud pioneers. Follow our best practice blogs at http://CloudBestPractices.net

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Global Network has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The IoT Global Network is a platform where you can connect with industry experts and network across the IoT community to build the successful IoT business of the future.
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...