Published on February 27, 2014
Cloud Management and Automation A 451 Research Report
Consumerization of IT Meets the Cloud The consumer technology experience comes to the enterprise. Self-service Cloud management and automation enable self-service portals. On-demand Enterprise customers won’t know–or care -where cloud services are coming from. Pay-per-use Enterprises are eager to adopt utility-like pricing models. 2
How IT Becomes a Service Broker Building an ‘enterprise cloud console’ will require significant cloud management and automation expertise Enabling provisioning and management of multiple providers via self-service mechanisms Establishing policy-based access to applications from a single portal 3
Top Cloud Projects in the Next 12 Months Cloud migration is clearly under way, with enterprises evaluating and using infrastructure providers in record numbers. Private Cloud Cloud Provider Assessments IaaS SaaS Technology Refresh Self Service 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Source: 451 Research. Note: Data is from First Half of 2013. 4
Cloud Management and Automation Roadmap Cloud management and automation tools enable users and administrators to directly manage cloud service environments. Enterprise Application Store 31% 26% Current Planning Self-service Catalog 28% 26% Uniﬁed Cloud Management Console 14% 24% Cloud Governance 13% 29% Cloud Broker 7% 11% Source: 451 Research 5
Meet the Enterprise App Store CURRENT 31% PLANNING 26% It’s a consumer-friendly Web portal through which end users can access, download and install software applications. It’s also the low-hanging fruit of cloud-based apps: 31% of companies are currently doing it and 26% are planning it. You can build or purchase a ‘white label’ application store that is created, maintained and managed by a third party. 6
The Lure of Self-Service Catalogs CURRENT 28% PLANNING 26% Enterprises are building a self-service catalog function for selecting and automatically provisioning infrastructure resources. This accessible approach echoes the advantages of consumer portals. Not surprisingly, it is quickly gaining momentum: 28% of enterprises in the cloud computing study are deploying self-service catalogs and another 26% are in the planning stages. 7
Rise of ‘Best Execution Venue’ Strategies Enterprises may employ BEV experts to make smart decisions about where to run applications, and from where to source cloud services. To operate in a multi-vendor cloud, enterprises must be willing to own fewer assets but be good at managing hosted resources with cloud management and automation tools. Some enterprises will hire ‘cloud brokers’ to manage and negotiate cloud services business relationships. 8
‘Governance’ refers to the use of an orchestration platform that enables dynamic placement of workloads based on policy. Overall, 13% of sites surveyed have adopted these tools, but another 33% have it in their plans, which is also evident in a sharp rise in 2014 enterprise spending plans for this technology. Cloud Governance Vendor Implementation Homegrown Current Planning VMware Open Source Microsoft IBM EMC 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12% Source: 451 Research 9
Unified Cloud Management Console A uniﬁed cloud management console provides a single window from which to access and manage a hybrid cloud ecosystem. Overall, 14% of sites surveyed have deployed this technology, and another 25% of enterprises are in the planning stages this year. Vendor Implementation Homegrown Current Planning VMware OpenStack Microsoft Dell Cognizant Amazon.com 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Source: 451 Research 10
Self-Service Catalog The self-service catalog provides IT resource provisioning across internal and external infrastructure. Twenty-eight percent of enterprises in the study are deploying a self-service catalog for accessing cloud services and another 20% are in planning. Vendor Implementation Current Homegrown Planning VMware ServiceNow HP Citrix Microsoft IBM 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% Source: 451 Research 11
The 451 Research CloudScape report, abridged here, was released in November 2013. The Cloud Computing Study Wave 5 data used in this report was finalized in July 2013, and is based on 100 interviews, including a proprietary network of IT professionals and key decision-makers at large and midsized enterprises. Methodology and Next Steps To obtain your free copy of the 451 Research Cloudscape report: Cloud Management and Automation, visit HERE View the Ordering Personalized IT Services On-Demand infographic HERE
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