How to Choose the Right Cloud Management Tool for Your Organization

Forrester estimates the public cloud market will top more than $1 trillion worldwide by 2026. In today’s expansive market of cloud management tooling, with over 150 products available, it can be challenging to select the right solution for your specific environment.

This blog summarizes some key evaluation points, so you can choose the right cloud management tools and pricing model for your organization.

Understanding cloud management functions and tooling characteristics

Cloud management tools enable organizations to effectively manage hybrid and multicloud environments, encompassing on-premises, public cloud, and other services. These tools provide governance, lifecycle management, brokering and automation for cloud infrastructure resources across various functional areas. The seven primary functional requirements for managing cloud deployments are:

Four characteristics of effective cloud management tools

When selecting a cloud management tool, consider the four following key attributes:

  1. Exposure to native cloud capabilities: Ensure the tool provides access to all the necessary native cloud capabilities required by your users.
  2. Only pay for what you need: Opt for a tool that offers modularity, allowing you to choose and pay for the specific functions you need, rather than a bundled package.
  3. SaaS deployment option: If possible, select a tool that offers a SaaS deployment model, eliminating the need for on-premises deployment and maintenance.
  4. AI and ML integration: Look for tools that effectively utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies where relevant, as this can enhance the tool’s capabilities.

What are the 6 key considerations when selecting a cloud management tool for your organization?

Considering your entire organization’s requirements and future plans

Before exploring third-party solutions, assess your organization’s requirements and evaluate the capabilities provided by your strategic cloud partners. The following questions will help guide your evaluation:

Cloud environment: Determine whether you operate in a single cloud or multicloud environment and consider future plans. Native tooling may be more suitable for a single cloud, while multicloud environments might benefit from third-party tools.

On-premises environment: Assess the size and significance of your on-premises environment. If you intend to utilize the same tooling as your cloud environment, native cloud tooling may present challenges.

Workload migration: If you plan to migrate workloads between cloud and/or on-premises environments, a third-party tool can help abstract complexities and bridge differences.