Cloud management platforms (CMPs) are gaining momentum to respond to the generalization of multicloud. These solutions can be indispensable to CIOs as software architectures become increasingly complex.
T he multicloud is a reality for a large number of French companies, if not all of them. Some take full advantage of IaaS and PaaS services to support their infrastructures, while few do not use one or more SaaS software.
Acquisition from several cloud providers has become more common in large companies, as Emmanuelle Olivié-Paul, founder of research firm AdVaes points out:
“Companies in CAC 40 and SBF 120 choose their cloud service providers according to specific perimeters and sometimes they have two to three preferred cloud providers for infrastructure and more if we integrate applications in SaaS mode … The advent of Edge Computing and the IoT adds a bit of complexity to this multicloud ecosystem that CIOs have to manage. »
Vance Bourne’s latest global study, for Nutanix, showed that 91% of
1,700 companies surveyed have migrated to the cloud at least once in the past twelve months and that 64% have been on the multicloud strategy for three years.
Run multicloud platforms every day
The problem now of CIOs is to manage these services and especially to have real-time monitoring of their usage and the associated consumption. For the analyst, the first topic to be treated is observation. The company must be able to discover and manage all the resources provided by its various business units with multiple cloud providers, knowing that the duration of some particular resources can be short -lived.
Service publishers offer cloud service agnostic solutions to provide this multicloud observability, with Franco-American publisher Datadog, which counts SCNF, Vivendi and Thalès among its customers.
The solution integrates all major cloud providers: AWS, GCP and Azure, but also Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and IBM.
Renaud Boutet, SVP Product Management, added to Datadog, “We also cover private cloud infrastructures with tight integration with hypervisor or orchestration platforms, such as Red Hat Smart Virtualization, VMWare vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix, OpenStack as well as containerized environments. »
Not all providers deliver the same level of activity details through their APIs and the job of publishers is to erase the complexity linked to this heterogeneity. “Our customers are happy to say that tracking their applications after moving to another cloud will be just as easy and will provide the same quality of telemetry”, concludes Renaud Boutet. The publisher recently announced its intention to move toward “cloud cost management” and offer CIOs an integrated view of their costs.
FinOps ’strategy is clearly a market driver of CMP (Cloud Management Platform) solutions, as Emmanuelle Olivié-Paul explained:“ Beyond measurement, CIOs are now being asked the true value of using cloud of services, but to assess and control their environment.print.CIOs need to increasingly favor “lean” type approaches and learn to systematically close unused opportunities, organize resources more closely until not possible with real needs. »
Estimate cost and impact
CMP platforms formalized by analysts have a particularly wide range of performance. In addition to observation, performance monitoring and cost management, they cover many DevOps functions, including cloud service brokering, code packaging and delivery, as well as cloud migration and cybersecurity tools. This meeting resulted in IBM’s acquisition of Turbonomic in 2021 to strengthen the application modernization portion of its CMP solution or even Rightscale, a cloud management specialist by Flexera in 2018.
The publisher, who hails from the SAM Asset Management Software field, is multiplying mergers and acquisitions to stay with the Gartner CMP model. Siham Eisele, Commercial Director of Flexera explains:
“We offer a unified CMP platform, but also offer integration with ServiceNow and BMC to enrich their CMDBs. In addition, if we weren’t a publisher that specializes in cybersecurity, with the acquisition of Secunia in 2015, a vulnerability management specialist. We can now automate the inventory of resources, and identify equipment and software that present a risk to the information system. »
Like IBM, Flexera offers a solution for estimating the impact of workload migration to the cloud, specifically in terms of security, and evaluating the cost of this migration. With an expected annual growth rate of more than 26% per year between 2021 and 2028 according to Grand View Research, the CMP solutions market will represent a whopping $ 32.75 billion in 2028!