No matter your business model or industry vertical, chances are you've already made strides into the cloud. While ecommerce companies led the initial charge in cloud adoption, any company seeking a technical edge and to create software and applications quicker than its competition now find itself at the forefront of the shift to cloud.
Cloud is also an established component of IT operations. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), the form of cloud IT professionals most often encounter, is the key building block. In fact, our 2017 State of the Cloud survey found that use of IaaS nearly doubled from 2014 to 2016, increasing from 30% to 57%. The major cloud providers in use roughly reflected the market at large, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) at 52%, Google Cloud at 38%, and Microsoft Azure at 38% but a number of other providers also showing significant percentages.
And now that we’ve reached a certain level of comfort with the cloud, enterprises are mixing and matching different services from different providers. In our survey, 72% of organizations were using between two and five cloud providers, and 14% were using more than six providers. Only 15% were using a single provider.
The emergence of the multi-cloud approach brings a variety of advantages, allowing enterprises to tap into the best parts of individual cloud platforms and create an infrastructure that meets its specific needs. Multi-cloud environments can also provide better connections between disparate data, increased IT flexibility, and rapid failover.
The biggest challenge of multi-cloud adoption deployments is the lack of management products that can span platforms and technologies, leaving IT departments without the critical information they need to understand how their systems are performing and where changes should be made.
That is changing, however, and more cloud providers and third-party vendors are developing tools to help cloud customers better manage their environments, whether simple or complex. Products include cloud monitoring as well as configuration and orchestration capabilities, security management, and tools for managing billing and cost.
With that in mind, we offer a roundup of vendors, in alphabetical order, offering everything from the most popular public cloud services to up-and-coming tools designed to make using the cloud easier and more efficient.