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Cool Vendors Cited in Gartner Cloud Management Report 2013

26 Apr, 2013


According to a recent Gartner Report, Enterprise IT leaders and cloud architects are facing new opportunities to leverage a growing set of offerings from emerging cloud management technology vendors. Gartner examined five such vendors providing cloud management platform and/or cloud migration capabilities.

Report Overview:

Key Findings
Most emerging cloud management vendors will not exist in five years, either having been acquired by larger vendors or succumbing to business loss. As enterprises seek to implement public, private and hybrid cloud computing, they increasingly desire cloud management technologies to assist with management, governance and migration. Emerging cloud management vendors gain traction because of their innovation, which typically does not exist at large cloud management vendors.

Recommendations
CIOs, IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders and cloud architects evaluating cloud management platform (CMP) technologies should assess large and emerging vendors. While it is common to assess larger vendors with which the enterprise has a partnership, the smaller vendors must compete on innovation.

Enterprises and service providers seeking faster, less expensive migration between cloud providers should assess cloud migration technologies. Beware of the complexities of migrating legacy systems to the cloud without reassessment of application architectures (to gain cloud attributes).

Enterprises and service providers can derive benefits from the technologies of small vendors; however, extreme caution should be taken when the expected ROI is not justified within a two-year horizon, as we expect further market consolidation to occur.
Because implementing private clouds takes time and is often transformational, plan your cloud computing strategy so that benefits and gains are made every six to nine months, not just at the end of the journey.

Analysis
This research does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

What You Need to Know
Cloud management vendors and technologies have both proliferated and consolidated over the past year, as a result of serious interest and investment in hybrid cloud computing by enterprise IT organizations, as well as the uptake of the technology by service providers seeking to build new cloud services businesses.

The large number of small cloud management providers will increasingly find it difficult to differentiate themselves in a very crowded market, especially with every large infrastructure and management vendor competing against them. However, like most small startups, they invest in best-of-breed capabilities that attract visionary enterprises and service providers to invest in them. We recommend exploiting these innovative capabilities when shorter investment horizons justify the risk, as well as pushing your existing providers for comparable capabilities.

Cool Vendor success often results in acquisition by larger vendors (as was the case for Cloupia, DynamicOps, Gale Technologies and ManageIQ in 2012).

The research focused on five innovative cloud management vendors, three of which are CMPs (Adaptive Computing, Enstratius [formerly enStratus] and Flexiant), and two of which are cloud migration vendors (HotLink and RiverMeadow Software). Four are located in the USA, while Flexiant is located in London.

*Gartner “Cool Vendors in Cloud Management, 2013” reported by Donna Scott, Milind Govekar, Gregor Petri and Aneel Lakhani, 10 April 2013. For a full report visit the website.




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