The vendors listed in this Market Guide do not imply an exhaustive list. This section is intended to provide more understanding of the market and its offerings.
Gartner has chosen not to cover the over 50 vendor CMP products that we track, but instead to cover the vendors and products that are most discussed during our inquiries.
BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM), an early entry into the CMP marketplace, was introduced in May 2010. BMC has demonstrated strength in governance and support of heterogeneous infrastructure within a private cloud environment. CLM was one of the first CMPs to support service blueprinting. BMC is often able to leverage its installed base of Remedy IT Service Management and BladeLogic Server Automation customers — cloud-enabling these infrastructures. CLM is typically sold as an on-premises solution, but it is also available as a hosted (managed service) solution delivered through BMC partners. CLM has been deployed in large (for example, with more than 2,500 virtual machines [VMs]) and complex environments, including some large financial organizations.
CLM supports heterogeneous environments with complex requirements, including those needing stringent compliance. Key features include multitenancy, reusable service blueprints, policy-based workflow placement, and support for physical and virtual infrastructures. CLM can link into existing IT operational management processes and provides intelligent placement of workloads based on capacity management considerations. CLM also offers a service request/subscriber portal, a service catalog, orchestration based on policy, governance and process automation. It embeds a full version of server automation for physical and virtual provisioning, patching and configuration compliance, and software upgrading. CLM supports vSphere, Hyper-V, AIX logical partitions (LPARs) and kernel-based virtual machines (KVMs) via OpenStack. Out-of-the-box public cloud support includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and any vCloud Director or OpenStack-based public cloud. Basic infrastructure availability and performance management, and chargeback are included. Application release management is also enabled by pairing CLM with BMC's Release Lifecycle Management tool.
BMC has attempted to address the issues of lengthy and difficult deployments with offerings such as Express Cloud, a quick-start package with connectors to commonly used virtual services (for example, VMware and AWS). Despite this, according to our clients, BMC is still one of the more difficult CMPs to deploy, maintain and upgrade.
CLM v.4.5 (the latest release, generally available in 2Q15) added a more intuitive user interface along with business and operational dashboards.
BMC offers perpetual or term licensing. The standard offering is a solution bundle consisting of a set of products (for example, CLM, Atrium Orchestrator, and BladeLogic Server Automation and Network Automation) licensed via a single SKU per managed asset (server endpoint). These products also can be purchased individually.
- CLM supports heterogeneous, complex requirements at scale.
- It bridges the cloud environment to the traditional ITOM environment, especially for existing BMC customers.
- Implementations still tend to be lengthy and difficult.
- Due to a lack of execution in marketing, BMC shows up less on shortlists.
Citrix offers two products that, in combination, provide CMP capabilities: CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager. These products have been deployed in some of the largest enterprise cloud implementations. Citrix leverages its strength in XenServer server-based computing (SBC) and virtual desktops, with use cases such as cloud-based desktop as a service (DaaS) in combination with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and application environments.
CloudPlatform (latest version 4.5) is a commercial distribution of the open-source Apache CloudStack and provides cloud infrastructure management services. It has a multitenant architecture that includes security and compliance as well as API compatibility with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). CloudPortal Business Manager (latest version 2.4 released in April 2015) is focused on cloud business management, including support for cloud aggregation, billing/chargeback, service catalog and a user-centric, self-service portal.
The combination of the two products provides service request, service catalog and provisioning, orchestration for governance and placement, user management, chargeback, and multitenant capabilities. Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Oracle VM are supported along with Amazon API capability. There is no support for performance and availability or capacity management.
Citrix acquired ScaleXtreme in May 2014. ScaleXtreme provides application blueprinting and multicloud capabilities. It is too early to determine how ScaleXtreme might integrate with or complement CloudPlatform and CloudPortal.
Citrix has multiple pricing options. Citrix CloudPlatform is licensed on a per-socket model, with both perpetual and annual subscription licensing, and Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager is licensed on a site-wide customer deployment model, also with both perpetual and annual subscription models. Citrix has a direct marketing strategy.
- Citrix provides a production-tested, open-source, software-based CMP that is suitable for enterprises and service providers, and upgradable to enhanced functionality.
- Citrix's history in SBC and virtual desktops allows it to offer a credible cloud-based DaaS solution.
- CloudPlatform is based on CloudStack, which (while highly scalable) has lost major industry momentum to OpenStack. This lack of momentum and overall lack of brand awareness has caused Citrix to show up less on CMP shortlists.
- Higher-level service management functionality is a part of different products and must be layered on top of basic CMP capabilities.
CliQr, a privately held company, launched in June 2012. The primary value proposition of CliQr's Cloud Management Platform (CMP) is to migrate, manage and provide governance for new and existing applications in private and public clouds. Provided as a SaaS or dedicated installation, it consists of two components: CloudCenter Manager and CloudCenter Orchestrator.
CloudCenter Manager is used to onboard and manage applications in a hybrid cloud environment. It has updated its topology builder/modeler that simplifies migrating new and existing applications by simplifying the description of one or more applications and any related services. These application profiles are used by the CloudCenter Orchestrator to provision infrastructure, including Docker containers, and application resources in a multicloud environment. Its benchmarking feature allows the price and performance of applications to be simultaneously benchmarked (including AWS Spot Instances) across any combination of private and/or public clouds. The results are graphically displayed so users can easily make informed decisions about the best execution venue for the application and its particular use case.
CliQr has added to the collection of out-of-the-box (OOTB) templates to describe and capture a single application configuration or large numbers of applications by importing images. These can be used to automatically and natively deploy the application into one or more clouds, private or public, using CloudCenter Orchestrator. CliQr also has updated its policy engine that helps with cloud bursting for additional resources and added a cross-cloud release management capability, including the ability to integrate with Jenkins. A wide range of applications are supported (for example, enterprise applications from SAP and Oracle; and apps from Hadoop, Java Web, Ruby on Rails and .NET) with templates to deploy these applications to one or multicloud environments. Users can create a self-service portal or an application marketplace in a public or private cloud that also enables third parties to publish their offerings. CliQr's marketplace framework comes populated with many of the most-common industry open-source applications as a starting point to add a company's own line of business applications.
CliQr currently supports OpenStack, VMware, Cisco UCS Director and various OpenStack distributions (for example, Mirantis and Cisco OpenStack) for private cloud implementation. It also supports Amazon, Azure, vCloud Air, NTT clouds, SoftLayer (an IBM company), Dimension Data, Google, HP Helion and Rackspace public clouds.
Client feedback suggests that CliQr's products are easy to use, deploy and manage. CliQr's products can be used by end-user enterprises or by service providers with options to white label these products.
- CliQr continues to provide good application life cycle management in a hybrid cloud environment.
- It provides good decision-making capabilities via its cost and performance benchmarking features to guide the right placement of applications in private and public cloud environments.
- CliQr has limited professional services capabilities. Services are provided by service partners.
- There are inherent financial risks when dealing with a small startup vendor that lacks a large installed base.
CloudBolt Software's cloud management software was developed by an IT service provider who focused on the U.S. federal market. In early 2012, it became an individual entity funded by an undisclosed group of private investors and launched its CMP product, C2. C2's strength lies in its usability and extensibility. Additionally, it can be rapidly deployed in existing brownfield environments, which is unlike many other products that require or favor newly built (greenfield) environments.
C2 is a virtual appliance. Functionality includes multitenancy with role-based access, a self-service request interface with service catalog, workflow engine and job management, license management, capacity resource forecasting, and chargeback/showback reporting. C2's ability to abstract many disparate cloud components while acting as an orchestrator with an extensive set of connectors to third-party management products and public clouds allows it to be deployed into existing environments. Among the systems that C2 offers connectors to are HP Operations Orchestration and Server Automation, Puppet, Chef, VMware NSX, and public cloud services, such as Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure. Hypervisor support includes VMware vSphere, KVM, XenServer, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager (RHEV-M) and QEMU. Bare metal provisioning is also supported. A SDK is also provided to allow customer connectors. Finally, C2 includes the importing of existing workflows created in legacy products (Puppet, Chef, HP Server Automation, HP Operations Orchestration, VMware vRealize Orchestrator and Cobbler).
CloudBolt offers a free, downloadable version of C2 for up to 100 VMs. It is upgradable to the Enterprise Edition that extends the capability to integrate with management tools as well as private and public clouds. It is priced on a tiered-annual-subscription-basis, where the tiers are based on the number of virtual machines the customer has under management with CloudBolt. The company has approximately 16 paying customers, some with large and complex computing requirements. The product is primarily sold direct, but CloudBolt has started to work with a few value-added resellers (VARs).
- C2 can be deployed rapidly into brownfield environments with varying connector requirements and complexities.
- C2 has a highly intuitive administrative interface that is customizable by role (e.g., adding fields and changing dashboards).
- CloudBolt is a small company with limited resources that might become challenged to scale and meet growing enterprise cloud computing requirements and demand.
- The company is mostly infrastructure-focused with less application-related capabilities, when many deployments are rapidly evolving to require end-to-end handling of multitiered services.
CSC acquired ServiceMesh in October 2013, and the Agility Platform forms the heart of CSC's technical architecture to deliver its cloud services under the banner of the Service-Enabled Enterprise. The Agility Platform differentiates itself in its graphical designer of multitier applications and its policy management.
Since the acquisition, the Agility Platform has been enhanced to better support and integrate with CSC's business operations. For example, the CSC BizCloud IaaS offering is now integrated with an Agility Platform self-service interface for demand access and faster provisioning of IaaS. The current version is v.9.2, which enabled a software development toolkit for cloud provider integrations and a new modern user interface that provides a more shopping-like experience for ordering services. It also enhanced its integration with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Center products, offering visibility into Microsoft-based hybrid cloud services.
While the Agility Platform is still sold as software-only, its go-to-market strategy has changed to focus on the software with services, including reselling of cloud services from IaaS provider partners with CSC managed services. CSC has branded these offerings as CSC Hybrid Cloud Services. Its initial offerings are based on AWS services and on-premises VMware virtual services combined with CSC managed services. As a result, Agility Platform investments will be prioritized based on CSC's reseller partnerships and not the broader range of public cloud provider integrations that ServiceMesh focused on when it was an independent company. CSC offers a marketplace (through the Agility Platform) that is being populated with CSC services.
From a packaging perspective, CSC added a lower-cost entry point called the Agility Store for simple self-service to BizCloud and other IaaS services. More complex implementations with full blueprinting and policy management would be an upsell to the full Agility Platform. The Agility Platform is priced by VM.
- The Agility Platform has a visual blueprint designer.
- CSC offers managed services to enable ITaaS brokering services.
- CSC has reduced its addressable market with its go-to-market model with services, as many customers prefer a software-only approach to their cloud management platform.
- CSC was the only vendor in this Market Guide that was unable to provide us with reference customers.
GigaSpaces Technologies was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Israel. It is venture-funded, has approximately 100 employees and has been profitable for three years. Cloudify was added to the portfolio in 2012 and differentiates itself with its focus on taking complex, mission-critical legacy applications and "cloudifying" them — giving them cloud attributes, such as autoscaling, dynamic deployment, multicloud deployment and management of the workloads once they are deployed. Cloudify is offered as an on-premises implementation. Cloudify represents approximately one third of the company's revenue. Due to its heritage in complex event processing, GigaSpaces has a concentration of customers in the financial services and telecommunications industries.
Cloudify 3.0 was released in July 2014 and was a major rewrite to the product to make it more modern, scalable, modular, componentized and better able to integrate with customers' existing operational systems. It also ships with many open-source components, such as Riemann for event aggregation and complex event processing (CEP), logstash for log management, and InfluxDB for metrics, analytics and reporting. Cloudify application blueprints describe the complex application and networking topology and are TOSCA-compliant. Cloudify provisions complex applications across multiple clouds, and monitors and autoscales them. More than half of the Cloudify implementations integrate with OpenStack-based clouds. However, Cloudify also orchestrates and manages cloud services on AWS, CloudStack, IBM SoftLayer, and VMware vCloud Air and vSphere. Cloudify also supports bare metal physical infrastructure provisioning, including provisioning of Docker containers, and binding ports and disk volumes to them.
GigaSpaces' sales strategy focuses on monetizing through support of open-source Cloudify, as well as direct sales and through partnerships with SoftLayer and vCloud Air. Open-source Cloudify is free to download and use; however, the downloadable version lacks premium (chargeable) features, such as a Web interface, middleware software catalog, replication, and multicloud deployment and management. Enterprises can get support for open-source Cloudify priced per node, per year. Premium Cloudify is free for the first 10 nodes and then priced per node, per year, based on volume.
- Cloudify is built as an integration platform that ties together leading open-source components for all aspects of cloud application management (e.g., monitoring, messaging, configuration management and event processing), yet each of these components can be swapped with a customer's tools of choice.
- GigaSpaces has experience handling the demanding requirements of financial services and telecommunications enterprises.
- Cloudify does not include usage, chargeback or any analytics-based selection of the IaaS cloud that should be used.
- Cloudify recently improved its scalability in v.3 to support many thousands of VMs per single manager; however, it is not yet proven with customer implementations.
Gravitant's cloudMatrix v.7.2 is a CMP with brokering capabilities. It provides capabilities to plan migration of an application to a multicloud environment. This includes comparing different private and public cloud providers across cost and performance metrics. The environments supported include VMware vCloud Director and vSphere, OpenStack-based private cloud services, and a large number of public cloud IaaS providers, including Amazon, Terremark, CenturyLink, VMware and Microsoft Azure. In this planning stage, it has a screener function to assess readiness of an application to move to the public or private cloud.
Like many CMP vendors, Gravitant provides templates or cloudMatrix solution prints that include infrastructure and managed services that can be published in a service catalog or a marketplace. These solution prints are configurable using a visual design tool. This enables organizations to implement a governance layer based on an IT-approved process for consuming cloud services. Thus, it provides a management and governance capability over a wide range of private and public cloud IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services. The differentiation of this product is in its ability to price out a simple or complex (multitier with networking services) service design across public cloud IaaS providers and the private cloud, if the design includes pricing and cost metrics. Furthermore, cloudMatrix offers users graphical and intuitive ability to choose a provider based on price, SLAs and other metrics. Gravitant's service templates in a private cloud environment provide a public-cloud-like consumption experience. It includes a visual service designer, service request/ordering with approval workflow, provisioning, and aggregated chargeback and billing.
Gravitant has continued to use embedded, open-source services in cloudMatrix, including Xymon for monitoring and Apache jclouds for API translation to different service providers. Customers can also integrate with third-party IT operations management tools. CloudMatrix has cost-optimization capabilities, not only to show visibility of aggregated costs across providers but also to show where customers are potentially overspending to enable customers to turn off services. CloudMatrix v.7.2 added more sophisticated financial management functionality, such as budgeting and contract management.
Gravitant continues to sell cloudMatrix through large system integrators to enterprises, service providers and government agencies seeking to operate like cloud services brokers. In addition to the service integrations available to public IaaS providers, customers can build cloud services (such as IaaS, private PaaS, application environments and services) and add managed service offerings to the catalog.
- CloudMatrix's planning function that provides cloud assessments helps shorten the cloud selection process as it gives more data across cloud providers.
- Cloud Matrix is an easy-to-use and intuitive product.
- Gravitant needs to improve the depth of its integration with public cloud providers, such as Azure and SoftLayer.
- Better integration is needed between assessing cloud services and the design and order stages to help improve building a bill of materials and creating an audit record.
HP Cloud System Automation (CSA) is one of the solutions within the HP Helion Cloud portfolio. CSA v.4.2 became generally available in December 2014, and is sold as a stand-alone product or in prepackaged editions. It is also sold as a virtual appliance shipped with HP Helion CloudSystem Enterprise for infrastructure services (see "Market Guide for Integrated Infrastructure Systems Cloud Management Platforms"). CSA is positioned for large enterprises and service providers to build and manage the life cycle of private and hybrid cloud services. CSA is offered on-premises.
CSA is a multitenant and multihypervisor solution that supports direct integration to VMware, Hyper-V, and KVM via OpenStack drivers. It supports bare metal server provisioning via HP Server Automation or broader HP infrastructure provisioning with HP OneView. CSA supports integration with AWS EC2 and Azure compute services. CSA Foundation is the offering targeted to HP Operations Orchestration (OO) users and includes a customizable end-user portal (with a shopping-cart-like experience), service catalog, TOSCA-based declarative service designer and HP UCMDB. Other editions include Express, Premium (which changed its packaging) and Ultimate, each building on functionality from the previous bundle:
- Express adds OO and IT Executive Scorecard for financial aggregation and chargeback
- Premium adds Server Automation for operating system provisioning, patch management, configuration management and compliance
- Ultimate adds more complete server automation functionality as well as database and middleware automation
None of the editions include monitoring, so autoscaling must be initiated manually or through integration with monitoring and OO.
CSA v.4.2 added integration with HP Codar v.1.0, HP's pipeline management software allowing users to deliver applications. CSA and Codar are on the same framework and share the same application models through a declarative designer. V.4.2 also enhanced application/infrastructure modeling and deployment time placement intelligence based on internal and AWS EC2 capacity.
HP's CMP go-to-market strategy includes HP's direct sales organization, global system integrators (for example, Accenture and Wipro), distributors and resellers.
- HP supports OpenStack and TOSCA.
- HP has a wide breadth of offerings and the ability to leverage end-to-end HP infrastructure, software and services.
- The various CSA bundles are collections of products that have a different look-and-feel rather than a fully integrated suite. This makes it difficult for customer training as well as diagnosis when there are problems in the environment.
- HP's wide portfolio of cloud solutions with changing packaging, integration, pricing and positioning is continually confusing for clients and prospects.
IBM Cloud Orchestrator (ICO) is part of the DevOps transformation services capability within the IBM Cloud Business Solutions unit, formed in January 2015. The latest version, v.2.4, uses IBM's Business Process Manager software as its foundation for orchestration and integrates with IBM's own infrastructure services, such as IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack for Power Systems (x86, Power Systems and System z environments); SoftLayer and AWS; and on-premises VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and RefStack-compliant OpenStack distributions.
IBM Cloud Orchestrator enables self-service request and provisioning of images, and virtual and application patterns. IBM uses Heat (an OpenStack pattern engine that is based on a subset of TOSCA specifications) templates that have patterns that are logical models of services or applications that can then be provisioned onto multiple virtual and cloud (but not physical) environments. These patterns, or content packs, can be created using IBM Cloud Orchestrator Development Kit for Integration Toolkits, which then can be consumed and orchestrated using ICO. For example, IBM UrbanCode application release automation tool uses Heat templates to deploy an application. Additional modules, or content packs, are available for ICO (e.g., for Chef and ServiceNow). ICO supports vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Power and System z, and Docker containers through IBM's OpenStack implementation. ICO users may have to use IBM Endpoint Manager for software distribution, a separately priced, add-on product for provisioning and configuration management of hypervisors and operating systems. Similarly, IBM Platform Resource Scheduler can be used for policy-based service placement.
IBM has structured and simplified its cloud portfolio into four layered services that can be deployed into four environments:
- Local (basic infrastructure cloud services based on OpenStack)
- Dedicated (OpenStack-managed private cloud, hosted on SoftLayer)
- Public (OpenStack-managed public cloud, hosted on SoftLayer)
- Hybrid (across hybrid environments)
ICO provides self-service catalog and orchestration that has a library of templates (e.g., Heat, Chef and Puppet) that can be deployed across the environments mentioned above.
IBM has two main go-to-market distributions of ICO: a starter package that includes patterns, orchestration content and service pricing (among other capabilities); and an enterprise edition that has additional functionality, like monitoring, capacity analytics and cost management. IBM also offers a managed hosted offering (SaaS) of ICO.
- IBM's active participation and commitment in open source and standards initiatives is a strength.
- The orchestration engine used by ICO and its use of patterns to deploy various infrastructure and application resources across multiple clouds are robust.
- ICO is a complex product to set up, configure and implement for on-premises deployment. A hosted version, released in February 2015, is intended to combat this issue.
- IBM has yet to build a comprehensive partner ecosystem to develop out-of-the-box content/integrations as compared to the competition.
Microsoft introduced its private cloud management solution with the release of System Center 2012 in March 2012. System Center 2012 is a bundle of eight products (Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Service Manager, Endpoint Protection, Data Protection Manager, App Controller and Orchestrator), which are no longer available individually. Microsoft has since enhanced the offering with System Center 2012 R2 (delivered in 4Q13) and the addition of Azure Pack. Azure Pack provides Azure-like services, including PaaS and IaaS, integrated with the on-premises services driven by System Center 2012 R2.
System Center 2012 R2 has functionality in each of the core CMP areas: access management, service management and service optimization. It has also added support for bare metal hypervisor host and cluster deployment, provisioning and configuration of hybrid networking gateways and extensions into Azure and AWS. Application performance monitoring (APM) was extended to support Java application metric collection. System Center 2012 R2 provides multihypervisor support (e.g., Hyper-V, VMware and XenServer) and network configuration capabilities through System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Orchestrator provides much of the process integration between these products, as well as IT workflow management support.
- Microsoft's strategic direction is its Cloud OS, which includes its private cloud suite (Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2), Azure and its application development platform. Microsoft is the only vendor with solutions in the private, public and development areas.
- Packaging is frictionless. For example, clients with access to Software Assurance or the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement have a very low price entry point compared with all other CMP providers.
- Some of the best functionality are works in progress (for example, seamless consistency between private and public deployments). Microsoft has few proof points, especially lacking mature and scalable references.
- Microsoft remains focused on its own stack, and, although it has a wide-ranging and growing set of partners, heterogeneity is not its strength. There is little out-of-the-box connectivity to heterogeneous systems, and even System Center 2012 Orchestrator cannot orchestrate between on-premises and Azure.
Red Hat acquired ManageIQ in December 2012, renaming the CMP software CloudForms. CloudForms ships as a virtual appliance and supports the following CMP functions: service request, service catalog, service provisioning, chargeback and change/drift analysis with alerting and dynamic optimization (such as rightsizing VMs). Its strength lies in its policy engine for dynamic tagging and provisioning as well as its horizontal scalable architecture with console management across geographies. Red Hat contributed CloudForms to the open-source community in June 2014 and is hoping to establish a broader development community around it.
The latest release is v.3.1, which became generally available in September 2014. CloudForms offers deep integration with VMware vSphere, nearly equivalent depth with RHEV and higher level integration with AWS. CloudForms v 3.1 added integration with OpenStack (including federation of multiple instances), RESTful APIs for easier integration to third-party tools as well as version management on blueprints and policies. It also added integration to Hyper-V and provisioning of OpenShift in tech-preview mode (functionality not yet generally available). Red Hat also offers an OpenStack distribution (both community and enterprise versions), which they partner with CloudForms. Here, OpenStack manages the cloud infrastructure while CloudForms provides policy management, governance and hybrid cloud support.
The community edition of CloudForms can be freely downloaded as a virtual appliance and is a key Red Hat go-to-market sales strategy. Support can be purchased by customers that desire it. Red Hat's main sales strategy for CloudForms is through the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (RHCI) grouping, which includes CloudForms, OpenStack, RHEV and Satellite. While RHCI benefits CloudForms, as it is sold in a broader stack/suite, it also potentially limits its market addressability (since VMware has the highest concentration of hypervisor-installed base).
- Red Hat has strong policy management through metadata tagging.
- The open-source model makes it easy to download and generates leads for Red Hat. It also gives Red Hat an entrée to the developer community, which is playing a larger role in programmable infrastructure.
- Red Hat lacks mind share in management software.
- Red Hat's sales motion through RHCI (with the Red Hat stack of software) potentially reduces CloudForms' addressable market of the vSphere customer base.
RightScale was founded in 2006 as a SaaS-based management platform for applications built on AWS. As one of the first CMPs in the market, it is one of the larger emerging market suppliers, with a worldwide presence and more than 150 employees. RightScale Cloud Management is positioned as a multicloud manager, reducing lock-in of any single provider by offering an API abstraction layer to integrate with and provide service portability across many public and private cloud services. RightScale differentiates itself with its relative size, worldwide support, high degree of scalability (to more than 10,000 instances) and relative ease of implementation due to its SaaS-based delivery.
RightScale integrates with Amazon, Azure, Google, Rackspace, IBM SoftLayer, VMware, CloudStack and OpenStack-based public and private cloud infrastructures and also supports Docker containers. RightScale Cloud Management supports multicloud capabilities for administration, access control, provisioning, autoscaling, security groups and audit compliance, orchestration, metering, and aggregated chargeback. Over the past year, it made several key investments to broaden its management capabilities and enable the management of native cloud services.
With its cloud application templates, RightScale now offers multitiered service blueprinting and makes it easier to support reuse and enforce policies for software infrastructure standards. In addition, through these templates, a user can interact with any cloud provider's native APIs, enabling customers to make use of fast-moving public cloud provider functionality, yet still provide visibility and some degree of control over the cloud services. For greater control, the RightLink agent can be installed without downtime to manage already-running instances in cloud or virtualized environments. RightScale has also expanded to include an end-user, self-service portal, multicloud cost analytics and an on-premises appliance that offers deep integration with vSphere. Cloud Analytics enables greater visibility and control over cloud budgeting, spending, forecasting and optimization.
RightScale's primary sales strategy is to sell as an enterprise suite direct to large enterprises and companies with complex cloud deployments. RightScale has simplified its pricing and now prices on VM hours across public and private clouds. Discounts apply for increasing volumes.
- RightScale provides continued R&D enhancements to its CMP functionality, which is critical in such a fast-paced market.
- With its early focus on application design, content, management and reusability, customer implementations tend to be larger and more strategic than with many CMPs.
- RightScale lacks physical system/bare metal provisioning (but does allow management and visibility of bare metal through its RightLink agent).
- Customers desire more out-of-the-box integrations with development pipeline and automation tools.
Scalr is an open-source-based CMP (released under an Apache license) launched in 2008. As open-source software has seen an uptake in the past year, so, too, has Scalr's business, and its employee base rose by 50% to 45 people in the past year. Unlike most CMP vendors, Scalr has done this with self-funding (not venture capital funding). Scalr differentiates itself by focusing on developers and programmable infrastructure and policy-based analytics. Scalr is most often deployed as an on-premises offering but can be deployed as a SaaS.
Scalr provides management and governance over multicloud environments through an API translation layer. It currently supports Amazon, Google, Rackspace and OpenStack- and CloudStack-based public cloud IaaS providers. Azure support is in beta testing. Scalr also supports OpenStack- and CloudStack-based private clouds, which are used for both bare metal as well as VMware integration. Scalr orchestration can be used to launch and parameterize Docker on physical or virtual machines. Functionality includes Web and API interfaces, access management and governance (based on Active Directory or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), service blueprinting, provisioning, autoscaling, orchestration, and cost showback. V.5.3 shipped in February 2015 and added an enhanced policy engine for greater intelligence and inheritance for improved workload placement and to prevent compliance violations. It also enhanced service pricing analytics and forecasting with alerting on budget overruns.
Scalr comes in two on-premises editions, community and enterprise. All contributions to each edition come from Scalr employees. The community edition follows a traditional open-source model, is available at no cost and is supported by the goodwill of the community. The enterprise edition is licensed per CPU core under management with volume discounts and includes support.
- Scalr appeals to agile development environments and architects across various private and public cloud environments. It speeds development with software infrastructure content, yet offers governance and manageability.
- Scalr's community edition enables a freemium model that allows enterprises to test the product without a financial commitment.
- Scalr uses nonintuitive terminology to describe cloud services components, such as using the term "roles" to describe an image, variable or orchestration rule and the term "farm" to describe a topology, making training mandatory.
- Scalr does not provide out-of-the-box integrations to customers' operational systems (like CMDBs, ticketing and monitoring). Instead, it provides HTTP-Webhooks-based integration framework for third-party software integration.
VMware's cloud management products are offered as a part of its vRealize Suite (version 6.0). Among the products included within vRealize Suite are: vRealize Automation (v.6.2), vRealize Operations (v.6.0), vRealize Log Insight (v.2.5), and vRealize Business (v.6.0). VMware is positioning its enterprise cloud offering as a suite of previously separate products. These products are still available separately, however VMware has priced them such that if you need two of the four products, it is better to acquire the suite.
vRealize Automation provides self-service and service provisioning capabilities and is based on technology VMware acquired with its DynamicOps acquisition in December of 2012, which has been extensively rearchitected and rewritten. Availability, performance and capacity management capabilities enhanced with operations analytics technologies (pattern recognition and unstructured text analysis) are provided in the vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight solutions. Monitoring coverage and analytics investments continue to improve, in particular the reconstruction of the vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation products to address issues limiting scale. Among its cloud management offering, VMware also includes vRealize Business, formerly VMware IT Business Management Suite, which offers public versus private cloud service benchmarking features and a cloud computing/virtual infrastructure-focused approach to financial management.
A recent addition to VMware's overall cloud offering is vRealize Code Stream, which enables service pipeline modeling and application release. This is a complement to the vRealize Automation capability, which is focused on IaaS and private-PaaS (for binary deployment). VMware has added SaaS versions of some management offerings, hosted on VMware vCloud Air. The initial offerings will be vRealize Air Automation and vRealize Air Compliance, which provide event-driven compliance checking of on-premises infrastructure. VMware now offers its own OpenStack distribution (VMware Integrated OpenStack), which is positioned as a complement to vRealize Automation. However, VMware also offers plug-ins to enable the use of third-party OpenStack distributions.
Pricing is based on per processor (on-premises private or virtual environments) or per OS instance for public or workloads on physical hardware.
- vRealize Suite is a good fit for enterprises that have committed to VMware and its stack of infrastructure products.
- VMware, unlike most CMP vendors, is starting to pull the pieces together into a CMP that offers the automation, operational and business management aspects needed in enterprise deployments.
- Enterprises should anticipate difficulty in understanding the various cloud offerings that make up the VMware cloud computing suite and how these products inter-relate, as the most recent vRealize branding has not totally addressed this issue.
- There is a lack of large, complex, heterogeneous deployment references (for example, enterprises with large and diverse combinations of servers, storage, public cloud services, and needed linkages to existing operational and application continuous deployment tools).