CMPs: Cloud Management Platforms

According to Gartner, Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) are tools capable of managing multi-cloud services (public and private), including governance functionality, lifecycle management, brokering and automation in at least 8 functional areas, as shown below:

O3S researched and compiled an assessment of the main market solutions, according to 4 renowned benchmarks: Gartner CMP Magic Quadrant, What Matrix, Gartner Peer Insights and Cloud Customer Standards Council:

Based on the detailed information from these 4 sources, we have compiled the evaluations of experts, customers and the presence of 5 tools in the market below. For inclusion in the compilation, it is necessary that the tool is included in at least 2 of the 4 benchmarks, and meets installation criteria on premise and service through a single platform. The analyzed tools considered were:

  • Embotics

  • Morpheus

  • Scalr

  • CloudBolt

  • Hypergrid

The percentages in the table below are simplifications made by O3S, from the notes and absolute positions of public sources, to represent the relative comparison between the tools. Percentage notes are not the responsibility of the benchmarks.

The consolidated analysis considered the weighted assessment of each line of analysis as a criterion, scoring as 100% the solution that had the best classification and the others proportionally, according to the highest score defined. For consolidated scores, the tool needs to appear in at least 3/4 of the benchmarks. In this way, the consolidated view allows presenting the 4 benchmarks in a single, standardized table. The consolidated classification is as follows:

  • Morpheus with 97.1 %

  • CloudBolt with 72.7 %
  • Embotics with 67.8 %
  • Scalr with 60.4 %

  • Hypergrid with 53.1 %

The Flexera tool, formerly RightScale, was not considered in this comparison, as it does not provide the platform in on premise environments or in the customer's choice cloud, under its management. VMware was also disregarded, as it does not have a single tool that meets all the features, requiring a composition of the VRealize suite with CloudHealth, acquired by VMware in 2018. Both tools, however, have good evaluations in the benchmarks that appear.

SOURCES:

1) Gartner Peer Insights:

Gartner Peer Insights is the Gartner platform focused on evaluating users of technology solutions. The focus is to bring free end user assessments to end users. The platform has more than 6 thousand products in 340 categories, with evaluations by more than 335 thousand end users of the solutions. The platform counts on the validation of the evaluations by Gartner, in order to guarantee the origin and veracity of the published considerations.

 

2) What Matrix:

Founded in 2011, What Matrix started by creating a comparison matrix of 3 major virtualization providers using more than 150 evaluation criteria. In recent years they have evolved by presenting Cloud Solutions analyzes and more specifically CMPs (Cloud Management Platforms).

What Matrix has its analysis prepared by an independent technical team. The listing on the What Matrix website does not require payment of any kind, being exclusively based on capacity and relevance in the market. There is therefore no conflict of commercial interest of any kind. The team is formed by analysts and experts from the community and, complemented by an open curatorship also from the community. The analyzes take into account the comparison with at least 100 evaluation criteria, without the view of users eventually “purchased”.

All members of the What Matrix community contribute in their free and / or available time, spontaneously and without financial matches.

The assessments for the Cloud Management Platform vertical are led by Ephraim Baron, currently a Product Development Leader at Taos. Passing through companies such as CloudBolt, Equinix, EMC, Microsoft and HP and graduated from Stanford University, Ephraim has great experience in cloud solutions and management platforms.

3) Gartner CMP 2020 Magic Quadrant

Founded in 1979, Gartner is a world leader in research and consultancy, operating in 100 countries and serving more than 15,000 enterprise customers worldwide. Gartner serves 77% of the 500 largest global companies.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is one of the most respected reports on the market and supports thousands of companies in decision making. There are hundreds of specific quadrants for each type of solution on the market, the result of detailed research on that specific solution and presented with a graphic treatment that symbolizes the positioning of each solution, tool or platform according to a uniform set of criteria and evaluations.

 

In general, the Gartner quadrant is the first step in getting to know and understanding the providers of a particular solution or technology to be considered in a particular project or investment, but not necessarily investing in a quadrant leader is the best alternative. It is necessary to evaluate the specific requirements of the project, and it may sometimes be better to invest in a niche player, for example, or a more specific solution that meets your requirements or project better, faster, or cheaper.

The user can purchase the report directly with Gartner and obtain additional, in-depth information about the analyzes.

4) Cloud Standards Customer Council

The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) today is part of the OMG (Object Management Group), which was founded in 1989 as an international, non-profit consortium for the definition of technological standards. These standards are defined by solution providers, end users, academic institutions and government agencies.

The CSCC publishes a guide with important considerations for adopting cloud computing, highlighting standards, opportunities for standardization, customer requirements and best practices, in order to encourage and build an open and standardized ecosystem of cloud computing technologies.

5) Manufacturers' websites, consulted on 05/25/2020