Garner recently published its first-ever Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities for Cloud Management Platforms. Before we dive into the report itself, let’s look at the timing and what it means.
It’s no coincidence that the past 12 months have seen the inaugural release of a Gartner Magic Quadrant and not one but two Forrester Waves assessing related aspects of the cloud management market. Cloud computing is a staple of practically any modern-day organization that prizes innovation and velocity, but it also gives rise to challenges of complexity and scale that have spawned a whole new set of products and services centered around the cloud ecosystem. This creates confusion for would-be buyers, who struggle with visibility, complexity, and rising cost – but also face a sea of technology solutions that each claim to solve these same challenges better than the next guy.
This is where Gartner comes in. Their legendary Magic Quadrants assess how well competing players are performing based on Gartner’s evaluation criteria. The fact that we’re finally getting a Magic Quadrant on cloud management platforms reflects today’s reality: that enterprises want a better way to optimize their cloud infrastructure, and they want to know what platforms will best support them in that effort.
Gartner included 9 vendors in its Magic Quadrant: 2 niche players, 2 challengers, 1 visionary and 4 leaders. These companies were assessed based largely on how their technology performed in seven key areas: 1) Provisioning and Orchestration, 2) Service Request, 3) Monitoring and Analytics, 4) Inventory and Classification, 5) Cost Management and Resource Optimization, 6) Cloud Migration, Backup, and Disaster Recovery, 7) Identity, Security, and Compliance.
CloudHealth was among the challengers, reflecting strong execution and segment dominance. We are proud to be included in the quadrant, particularly as one of the youngest companies on the list. Our placement reflects the CloudHealth platform’s strong focus on reporting, cost, governance, and security – all areas where our customers praise us. Some highlights from the Gartner report:
CloudHealth doesn’t do provisioning natively, instead relying on best-in-class point solutions which offer these capabilities through integration with the platform. We’re lucky to now be part of the VMware family, giving our customers easy access to leading provisioning and brokering solutions for the enterprise (Gartner’s vendor qualification process closed prior to our acquisition with VMware, so the added capabilities afforded by VMware’s cloud portfolio products were not taken into consideration). For more on 1.0 vendors (who focus on the entire provisioning, orchestration, and optimization lifecycle) versus 2.0 vendors (those who focus more on orchestration, automation, and optimization of business and cloud services) check out this blog post.