Top 10 Cloud Management platforms

Last updated: May 19, 2023

Cloud Management platforms allow to manage, govern and optimize your IT infrastructure and business applications in cloud environment. Organizations can use cloud management platforms for a private, mutli-cloud public oг hybrid cloud deployments.
Flexera Cloud Portfolio Management accelerates application delivery, gives you control over cloud usage and spend, and ensures application SLAs. Cloud computing presents a new set of challenges as well as cloud solutions for IT. RightScale helps you best manage, govern, and optimize your cloud infrastructure and application portfolio.
The Scalr Cloud Management Platform packages all the cloud best practices in an extensible piece of software, giving your engineers the head start they need to finally focus on creating customer value, not on solving cloud problems. Deploying infrastructure across multiple and largely incompatible cloud platforms? Scalr is a single pane of glass for all your cloud resources. It lets you access them through a single, unified, user interface.
CloudHealth by VMWare - the most trusted cloud management platform that enables users to analyze and manage cloud cost, usage and performance in one place.
Red Hat CloudForms is an infrastructure management platform that allows IT departments to control users' self-service abilities to provision, manage, and ensure compliance across virtual machines and private clouds.
Write infrastructure as code using declarative configuration files. HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL) allows for concise descriptions of resources using blocks, arguments, and expressions.
CloudCheckr's cloud management platform provides cost management, security, reporting and analytics to help users optimize their AWS and Azure deployments.
Cloudability lets you monitor, manage and communicate your cloud costs with one easy tool. Give your finance, engineering and management teams the visibility they need into all of your cloud costs and usage. Eliminate surprises in your cloud cost and usage with daily updates and advanced alerts that show you when things change and when you need to dig deeper.
Morpheus is a leading cloud application management and orchestration platform designed from the ground up for truly agnostic cloud management. Morpheus gives developers, IT managers, and DevOps professionals full control over both VM and container-based systems across any cloud or infrastructure. 100% agnostic multi cloud management for Hybrid IT. Enable self-service provisioning and DevOps automation for VMware, Kubernetes, OpenStack, AWS, Azure, and more.
vRealize Suite is a hybrid cloud management platform that helps IT enable developers to quickly build applications in any cloud with secure and consistent operations.
ManageIQ is an open source cloud management platform. Allows to manage containers, virtual machines, networks, and storage from a single platform
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CloudBolt's hybrid cloud management platform enables enterprise IT departments to efficiently build, deploy, and manage private and public clouds.
Densify provides visibility into your hybrid cloud and containers, and automates application resource selection—resulting in improved performance, stability, and lower cloud spend.
Jamcracker enables organizations to manage and deliver their own multi-cloud services as well as broker 3rd party providers'. IT organizations and service providers can now unify private, public and hybrid cloud consumption for their employees, customers and through their channels.

Latest news about Cloud Management platforms

2022. Zesty lands $75M for tech that adjusts cloud usage to save money

Zesty, which automatically scales cloud resources to meet app demands in real time, has closed a $75 million Series B round. At the core of Zesty is an AI model trained on real-world and “synthetic” cloud resource usage data that attempts to predict how many cloud resources (e.g., CPU cores, hard drives and so on) an app needs at any given time. The platform takes actions informed by the model’s projections, like automatically shrinking, expanding and adjusting storage volume types and purchasing and selling public cloud instances.

2022. Sync Computing rakes in $15.5M to automatically optimize cloud resources

Sync Computing, a startup that claims to uniquely tie business objectives like cost and runtime reduction directly to low-level cloud infrastructure configurations, has landed $12 million. Sync doesn’t require much in the way of historical data to begin optimizing data pipelines and provisioning low-level cloud resources. For example, with just the data from a single previous run, some customers have accelerated their Apache Spark jobs by up to 80% — Apache Spark being the popular analytics source engine for data processing. Sync recently released an API and “autotuner” for Spark on AWS EMR, Amazon’s cloud big data platform, and Databricks on AWS. Self-service support for Databricks on Azure is in the works.

2021. Upbound nabs $60M to grow its open source Crossplane multi-cloud management project

Crossplane that develops open source multi-cloud management tool has raised $60 million Series B. The project is fully cloud-native and is managed under the umbrella of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which manages Kubernetes and other key open source cloud-native technologies. Crossplane allows users to pick and choose the cloud vendors they want to use — whether cloud infrastructure vendors like AWS, Microsoft and Google or cloud-native tooling like Elastic, Confluent, Databricks and Snowflake — and manage all of that from a single API.

2021. IBM is acquiring cloud app and network management firm Turbonomic for up to $2B

IBM is acquiring Turbonomic, a company that provides tools to manage application performance (specifically resource management), along with Kubernetes and network performance — part of its bigger strategy to bring more AI into IT ops, or as it calls it, AIOps. Turbonomic’s tools are particularly useful in hybrid cloud architectures, which involve not just on-premise and cloud workloads, but workloads that typically are extended across multiple cloud environments. While this may be the architecture people apply for more resilience, reasons of cost, location or other practicalities, the fact of the matter is that it can be a challenge to manage. Turbonomic’s tools automate management, analyse performance, and suggest changes for network operations engineers to make to meet usage demands.

2021. Cloud automation startup Spacelift raises $6M

Spacelift, a startup that automates the management of cloud infrastructure, has raised $6 million in a Series A funding round. The Polish and U.S.-based startup is taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the increasingly complex cloud world, with what it dubs as an “infrastructure-as-code (IaC)” and a “policy-as-code” platform. This allows teams to automate processes, it says, in a more efficient manner without the risk of downtime.

2021. Cloud infrastructure startup CloudNatix gets $4.5M

CloudNatix, a startup that provides infrastructure for businesses with multiple cloud and on-premise operations, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. Built on open-source software like Kubernetes and Prometheus, CloudNatix works with all major cloud providers and on-premise networks. For DevOps teams, it helps configure and manage infrastructure that runs both legacy and modern cloud-native applications, and enables them to transition more easily from on-premise networks to cloud services.

2021. Stacklet raises $18M for its cloud governance platform

Stacklet, a startup that is commercializing the Cloud Custodian open-source cloud governance project, today announced that it has raised an $18 million Series A funding round. Stacklet helps enterprises manage their data governance stance across different clouds, accounts, policies and regions, with a focus on security, cost optimization and regulatory compliance. The service offers its users a set of pre-defined policy packs that encode best practices for access to cloud resources, though users can obviously also specify their own rules. In addition, Stacklet offers a number of analytics functions around policy health and resource auditing, as well as a real-time inventory and change management logs for a company’s cloud assets.

2020. Cloudbolt announces $35M to help manage hybrid clouds

CloudBolt, a startup that helps companies manage hybrid cloud environments, announced a $35 million Series B investment today. The move to cloud and DevOps, which was supposed to simplify everything, has actually created new complexity, and the tools CloudBolt sells are designed to help companies reduce some of that added complexity. What they do is provide a way to automate, secure and optimize their workloads, regardless of the tools or approach to infrastructure they are using. CloudBolt was founded in 2012 and has around 200 customers.

2020. Stacklet launches cloud governance platform with $4.4M seed investment

Cloud governance Stacklet has launched out of stealth with a $4 million seed investment. While cloud administrators can download and figure out how to use the raw open source, Stacklet is attempting to make that easier by providing an administrative layer to manage usage across thousands of cloud accounts along with pre-packaged sets of common kinds of compliance requirements out of the box, analytics to understand how the tool is doing and what it’s finding in terms of issues, and finally a resources database to understand all of the cloud resources under management. The company has just three employees, including the two founders, but will be adding a couple of more shortly with a goal of having a team of 10 by year’s end. The open-source project has 270 contributors from around the world.

2020. Jamcracker launches DevOps Framework

JDF Framework aka Jamcracker DevOps framework is a new and easy way of setting up resources across various public and private clouds. It becomes even more important for Jamcracker to support a framework enabled with scripts, as the kind of cloud services offered by each provider is myriad in nature. Instead of scaling the platform to support various resources, it is an easy and efficient way to enable users to run required scripts available within the platform and launch essential resources on the provider’s end within seconds. This framework not only complements the existing IaaS features in JSDN for e.g. AppStacks created using our Designer Console, but also eliminates the need to on-board various resources of different public cloud providers on Jamcracker platform.

2019. MontyCloud raises $2.85 million for its cloud management platform

MontyCloud, which focuses on cloud deployment life cycle management, has raised a $2.85 million seed round. In addition to the funding, the company today announced the launch of its multi-cloud management platform in the AWS marketplace, which, among other things, uses some AI-smarts to make management and governance for modern cloud infrastructure — and the applications that run on it — easier. Currently, the service focuses on AWS and will soon add support for Azure and other platforms as well.

2019. Gravitational nabs $25M to ease cloud deployment with Kubernetes

As we move into an increasingly multi-cloud world, there is a portability problem moving applications between clouds. The application might depend on the cloud provider’s capabilities, and they use all this different middleware software that the cloud providers are bundling today with the infrastructure. Gravitational wants to fix that, and today it announced a $25 million Series A. The company believes customers should build software using Kubernetes, open-source software and standards, and instead of building in the cloud dependencies up front, make their programs completely vanilla. The company offers a couple of cloud deployment tools, Gravity and Gravitational Teleport as open source.

2019. HashiCorp expands Terraform free version, adds paid tier for SMBs

HashiCorp has had a free tier for its Terraform product in the past, but it was basically for a single user. Today, the company announced it was expanding that free tier to allow up to five users, while also increasing the range of functions that are available before you have to pay. In addition, the company announced a middle tier aimed at SMBs. The new pricing tier helped address some obvious gaps in the pricing catalog for a large sets of users who outgrew the free product yet weren’t ready for the enterprise version.

2018. Flexera acquires cloud management firm RightScale

Flexera, a software asset management company, is acquiring cloud management firm RightScale. For Flexera, RightScale gives it a core cloud play and a management platform to sell to its customer base. According to the companies, the two technology stacks are complementary and should be able to optimize software and cloud spending across an organization. In addition, RightScale gets a larger sales footprint to expand. Indeed, the combination of cloud and enterprise software management could be timely as companies mix and match applications and clouds.

2017. Microsoft acquires cloud management platform Cloudyn

Microsoft is adding Israel’s Cloudyn and its cloud monitoring and analytics tools to the Azure platform. The purchase price fell between $50 million and $70 million. Cloudyn’s tools help customers understand how much they are spending across multicloud environments, tracking spending and even offering recommendations for more efficient usage. It’s a sign that multicloud and hybrid cloud deployments are the new reality for public cloud vendors, who have at times attempted to argue that all of a company’s workloads are best off in a single public cloud. Cloudyn’s products are specifically designed to work across multiple environments, meaning that Azure now offers its customers a tool that can help them use Amazon Web Services more effectively.

2016. Cisco is buying cloud management platform CliQr

Cisco announced that it is buying CliQr, a provider of application management solutions for hybrid cloud environments, for $260 million. CliQr was already working with Cisco, with the company’s solutions integrated across several of Cisco’s data center switching and cloud solutions, the company said. The acquisition of CliQr comes at a time when we’re seeing some other interesting moves from other enterprise services companies to build up their hybrid cloud services. Last week, IBM announced a deep partnership with VMWare specifically to expand its own hybrid cloud offering (and it’s also made some acquisitions of its own in the space, for example buying Cleversafe last October). RedHat acquired Ansible also last October. And Microsoft’s acquisition of Aorato was also aimed at improving its security offerings for hybrid cloud environments.

2015. Cloud management service Cloudyn raised $11 million

Cloudyn, a service for monitoring and optimizing cloud usage across multiple vendors, announced an $11 million Series B investment. Cloudyn provides an interesting tangential service for enterprise cloud consumers. It enables them to monitor their usage across a variety of services and optimize that use. This year, the company also added the ability to increase capacity when needed through the Cloudyn platform. The new tool shows a change in enterprise cloud buying as consumers not only try to maximize or shrink the services they have, but expand their usage and select and manage larger configurations. This means instead of trying to take down servers they aren’t using, they are looking for ways to find the best value when selecting larger configurations. Cloudyn supports multiple infrastructure services including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and OpenStack.

2014. Cloudyn wants to bring clarity to cloud billing

Cloud optimization service Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360 that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. The goal of the tool is to give CFOs the ability to allocate costs to the business units using the resources. The tool is also aimed at Software as a Service vendors to allocate costs more fairly based on usage. The idea is to provide a way using your company terminology to apply costs in a way that makes sense to your organization. The tool works by tagging resources and associating customized cost entities such as business units, regions, departments and so forth with the cost of the resource.

2014. Cloud management service Scalr brings new insights to developers, IT, and finance departments

A new version of cloud management tool Scalr adds new features for the developers, IT and finance departments of cloud-using companies. With Scalr 5.0, for example, IT pros can set up policies to prevent deployment of workloads to the wrong cloud resources. For developers, Scalr 5.0 now supports webhooks, so Scalr ships off notifications of important events to the customers’ external configuration management database (CMDB) or other audit systems. And for the finance types, Scalr collects metadata about all cloud resources — who launched this instance and when, what jobs is it performing. Scalr works with AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and various OpenStack and other private clouds. Rivals in this arena include RightScale and Dell’s Enstratius.

2014. Cloud optimization service Cloudyn scores $4M

Cloudyn, a cloud administrative service that helps companies monitor and optimize cloud utilization and cost across different infrastructure providers, announced today it had received $4M in Series A funding. Cloudyn is part of a growing group of services designed to support and administer the use of cloud resources. It provides monitoring for cost, usage and performance across different cloud vendors, whether public or private. Cloudyn gives you visibility across your different cloud instances wherever they lived to help you find that balance. For now, Cloudyn supports Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and OpenStack, but the company intends to use part of the funding to expand support to other popular cloud platforms, particularly Microsoft Azure and VMware.

2014. Luminal gets $10M to automate cloud deployments

Luminal, the service that helps businesses manage their cloud deployments has secured a $10 million Series B round. This brings the company’s total funding to $13.8 million. The idea behind the product is to give businesses an easier way to automate their cloud deployments by bringing “declarative control, operational efficiency, and intrinsic security to cloud computing.” That’s about as specific as the company’s description of itself gets, however. For the time being, the service remains in private beta. Luminal’s product will first be available on Amazon Web Services. Luminal is obviously not the only company trying to tackle this problem. Companies like RightScale and Platform9, as well as large players like VMware offer similar services.