Breaking Down the Omdia Universe: Selecting a Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution

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Omdia recently published the Omdia Universe: Selecting a Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution, 2020-21 report. If you’re not familiar, Omdia is a global research firm founded by Informa Tech by combining their portfolio of market-leading analyst houses. Omdia Universe helps organizations make better technology choices for their business and enable technology innovators to better understand and reach the markets they serve.

Omdia’s Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution report considers how the challenges of managing hybrid and multi-cloud environments influence the technology that businesses deploy, use, and control. The report also provides an in-depth comparison and evaluation of leading hybrid and multi-cloud management solutions. 

Of the nine vendors evaluated, we’re excited to share that for the second successive report, Omdia names VMware the Leader!

For the second successive report on hybrid and multi-cloud management, VMware was the clear leader.

Omdia Universe: Selecting a Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution, 2020–21
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Omdia Universe: Selecting a Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution, 2020–21

In this article, we’ll break down the report’s cloud market trends and vendor analysis, including Omdia’s inclusion criteria, methodology, and evaluation results.

Purpose of the Omdia Universe Hybrid and Multicloud Management report

Omdia’s Software Market Forecast states that the hybrid and multi-cloud management market will grow from $8 billion in 2020 to $14 billion by 2023. With high demand for cost-effective hyper-scale availability, reliability, and security, enterprises are moving their applications, workloads, and services to the cloud. 

To fully take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, businesses will also require management and support for their hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Omdia conducted this report to help organizations create a shortlist of solutions in order to make the right purchasing decisions for their business. In their words, “The Omdia Universe report is not intended to advocate an individual vendor but rather to guide and inform the selection process to ensure all relevant options are considered and evaluated in an efficient manner.” 

Inclusion criteria

To be included in the Omdia Universe for Hybrid and Multicloud Management, 2020-21, vendors needed to meet certain baseline requirements: 

  • Vendor must be global, with customers in all three regions: Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and North America
  • Vendor must offer cloud management capabilities that support platforms/infrastructure other than its own technology
  • Vendor must be able to manage more than server virtualization, to include at least three of the four main areas: compute, storage, network, and applications
  • Vendor must have at least 250 customers and be a mix of midsize and large enterprises

Under these criteria, Omdia evaluated nine hybrid and multi-cloud management solutions. For this report, VMware was evaluated based on its combined solutions: CloudHealth, vRealize Suite, Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, and Skyline. Four other leaders were identified, along with three challengers, and one prospect. You can see the complete list in the report here

Methodology and evaluation criteria

The process of creating the Omdia Universe is a time-consuming process, consisting of the following: 

  • Omdia analysts conduct an in-depth market review using forecasting and survey data
  • Omdia creates a matrix of capabilities, attributes, and features it considers to be important now and for the near future
  • Vendors are interviewed and provide solution briefings
  • Analysts derive additional insights from industry events, user conferences, and customer reviews from TrustRadius
  • The final report is peer-reviewed by other Omdia analysts and dedicated editors

Each vendor is evaluated and scored based on three primary categories, which Omdia calls “dimensions”: capability, customer experience, and market impact/presence. VMware was the “clear leader in all three dimensions of the Universe,” with a 90% score in market impact, 87.48% in customer experience, and 73% in capability. 

VMware scored highly for a combination of its capabilities and customer reviews. The highest-scoring capabilities included backup and resiliency, monitoring, and lifecycle and automation.

CloudHealth brought to market the innovative FlexOrgs feature, which enables large distributed enterprises to effectively manage their distributed cloud environments by delegating and empowering the lines of business.

Omdia Universe: Selecting a Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution, 2020–21

You can learn more about CloudHealth FlexOrgs here: Introducing FlexOrgs General Availability

Next steps

See the research for yourself! Download your copy of the Omdia Universe: Selecting a Hybrid and Multicloud Management Solution, 2020–21 report today.

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Lauren van der Vaart, Senior Content Marketing Specialist

Lauren is a member of the Digital Marketing team at CloudHealth by VMware. She focuses on delivering valuable, relevant, and actionable content for customers on their cloud journey. Before joining CloudHealth, Lauren held various roles across digital and field marketing for global technology organizations.

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