What are the 7 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Management Tooling?


Last week, we posted in this space about our vision for where cloud is now, and where it’s going. We view that a new cloud order has been established; that the landscape has shifted so drastically in the last 12-to-18 months that the long-ingrained practices around hybrid and multi-cloud management are no longer valid.  

Hybrid cloud management can be a web of complexity that confounds even the most seasoned IT leaders. Many problems in the new cloud order come from being unable to manage the complexity because so many processes are stuck in the old ways.  

In order to get to where you want to go with hybrid cloud management, it’s important to define the areas that need to be addressed. Systems must be able to speak to each other to create a harmonious environment. Ideally, you’d want to minimize the overall number of solutions involved in getting to that place. 

The 2021 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Management Tooling

Gartner released their April 2021 Market Guide for Cloud Management Tooling. In it, Gartner defines seven specific cloud management function areas critical for vendors to supply in their offerings. In turn, these are areas enterprises for to understand and master through their tooling. They are as follows:  

  1. Provisioning and orchestration
  2. Cost management and resource optimization 
  3. Monitoring and observability 
  4. Identity, security and compliance 
  5. Service enablement 
  6. Inventory and classification 
  7. Cloud migration, backup and DR 

This is a market that continues to expand and modify as enterprises mature in their cloud practices. Gartner states the cloud management tooling market is worth more than $1.2 billion, with an estimated 20% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2023. 

Clearly, the enterprise needs cloud management tooling to keep up with evolving requirements for digital business today. And for enterprises to hit their digital transformation goals, having solutions that address these capabilities can’t be overlooked.  

It’s with that in mind that we’re honored to announce CloudBolt Software has been recognized as a Representative Vendor in the April 2021 Gartner Market Guide for Cloud Management Tooling. We believe that this is a powerful step forward in our work toward building solutions that address all seven of the cloud management functional capabilities. 

Download the April 2021 Gartner Market Guide for Cloud Management Tooling 

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