Enterprises have a variety of choices when it comes to choosing a cloud service, and they likewise have a choice when it comes to implementing the tools to manage their cloud deployment. For enterprises that choose a hybrid cloud model, there are five deployment scenarios around the available management tools that enterprises might consider to help make the right choice.
Which management tool choice makes the most sense for an individual enterprise will depend on a variety of factors, including budget, resources, appetite for risk, and expertise. A company with a limited budget might have to sacrifice some speed to market, while a company with the resources to invest in cutting-edge products might have to accept some risks.
Enterprises also will have to factor in the platform preference of each hybrid cloud management tool under evaluation. Some are strongly tied to a vendor’s system while others are platform-neutral.
Consider the following five scenarios that can provide guidance in making a management system decision.
The COTS Scenario
In situations where the IT team has limited staff or lacks experience, choosing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) gear is a reasonable first step. COTS tools are typically easy to use, have good support options, and are fairly stable and problem-free.
Teams that are more experienced and want to optimize preproduction might consider a large set of tools from which they can select their final choices. These tools can be purchased directly from a provider and typically come with good support and upgrade options. The products provide good ease of use but allow the experienced technician to operate them independently.
For teams that prefer to let someone else handle the heavy lifting but still maintain some control, Software as a Service tools allow companies to pay as they go. Companies can reduce costs by not having to buy a license. The likelihood of success for this model depends largely on the company’s hybrid cloud plans.
Commit to Containers
Hybrid cloud management tools may be a little behind when it comes to supporting the quickly emerging containerization phenomenon. Companies may be limited in how many options they can choose from to provide these tools.
For those companies that would rather offload the entire cloud management process, outsourcing is one option, although with a somewhat limited selection of available providers. More and more companies are introducing outsourced options though, and that trend is expected to continue going forward.
The hybrid cloud management market is evolving, with new players entering and products changing and expanding quickly. As products and offerings advance, more automation is likely. These tools will also evolve to handle new products, such as software-defined infrastructure.
When the time comes to choose a hybrid cloud management tool, take stock of the in-house expertise available as well as what the objectives are for the cloud service. These factors will help the enterprise make the best choice from among the available management tool options.
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