Who are the Best Multicloud Management Software Providers?

Top 5 Multicloud Management Software Providers
vCloud Director, VMware vRealize Suite, SaltStack, Stratoscale, CloudBolt

Who are the best providers for multicloud management software?

 IT Central Station is a crowd based review platform that helps users learn more about enterprise software solutions.

 According to our user community and aggregated review data, which considers user rankings, number of pageviews, number of followers, etc., the top five multicloud management solutions are: 

  1. vCloud Director

  2. VMware vRealize Suite

  3. SaltStack

  4. Stratoscale

  5. CloudBolt 

#1 vCloud Director -- Average Rating: 8.7

Tushar Topale, an Infrastructure Expert at Cloud Counselage Inc. emphasizes several of vCloud Director’s best features:

“To name a few, ease of use, robust security and easy extensibility to VMware's Hybrid cloud platform; VMware vCloud Air and public cloud space.

vCAC (vCloud Automation Center): Now known as 'vRealize Automation' is the best in class, high profile automation for your cloud workflows.

Vendor neutral; Apart from VMware Cloud suites, it can be used with other vendor cloud platforms like Amazon, OpenStack, Azure, etc.”

Previously to using vCloud Director, Topale used Microsoft Azure for cloud and Hyper-V for virtualization.

He explains that “The reason for switching was indeed the efficiency crisis with Hyper-V resulting in subsequent service issues -->service tickets --> increased number of troubleshooting tasks -> increased number of breaches in the SLAs.”

#2 VMware vRealize Suite -- Average Rating: 8.8

Karlos Knox, Product Manager at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees writes:

“We were able to reduce the delivery time of requesting a VM from three weeks to under 10 minutes using the vRealize Automation Suite.” 

Adrian Marc Creek, SSIO Infrastructure Engineer at Wyndham Destination Network - RCI Europe vRealize Suite suggests better availability for non-technical users: 

“I would like the reporting function to be made more complete. Translate the great dynamic, volatile information from the dashboard to a nice report that can be made available to the non-technical within the organization

#3 SaltStack -- Average Rating: 8.2

Christopher St. Peters, IT Support at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees, writes:

“The execution capability both in a shell on the Salt master and using cmd.script within state files allows even a novice to make things happen the way they want until they learn to use all of the available modules the right way. 

This, for me, was part of getting up and running fast. This reduced the learning curve for me tremendously, as I got my initial server build framework running.” 

Ashutosh Narayan, Senior Consultant at a firm with 1,001-5,000 employees, points out several areas for improvement:

  • It doesn't have a GUI to manage VMs.

  • Some Python modules had issues which I think will be fixed in newer versions.

  • Other configuration management tools, like Chef and Puppet, have a web interface to perform certain tasks on instances where an application is deployed.

  • We can scale and schedule based on traffic. If you want to recreate/add a new instance, you can immediately do it from web interface. This was missing on earlier versions we tried.

#4 Stratoscale -- Average Rating: 8.5

Nir Ashkenazi, Global VP and President at a tech company with 51-200 employees, emphasizes the value in Stratoscale’s scalability:

“The scalability of the product, and the ability to provide an AWS region to our clients everywhere; this is one of the most important features for us.”

Ashkenazi also shares:

“We've been working with the product for so long, we've actually been very satisfied. But they could integrate more products. They recently purchased a DB-as-a-service provider, which is something we've been expecting.” 

#5 CloudBolt -- Average Rating: 9.7

Sean Davis, technical advisor at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees focuses on CloudBolt’s flexibilty:

“The flexibility to provide hook points into any step of the provisioning process as well as the ability to customize and extend reporting, dashboards and server tabs to provide additional information to the end user. No other product we've tested has such comprehensive capabilities natively built in.” 

Initially, Davis pointed out that “Load Balancing (Multiple F5), XaaS Services, Containers, and Parameter Overriding are the only areas left that I have seen that the foundation has been laid for but could use more refinement.” 

When updating his review months later, Davis added:

“Update: Load Balancing Has Been Rounded Out, Containers are now in, and parameter overriding has been implemented and improved upon several times and XaaS is possible and improved functionality is coming in the next version.”

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author avatarProduct Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User

I agree, RightScale should be on the list and I would also add Scalr. I feel that this list is somewhat VMware focused where as my dilemma is managing multiple private/virtual private clouds of different flavours (VMware, OpenStack, Cloudstack) and public clouds, especially Azure and AWS.

author avatarCraig Allen
Top 5Reseller

I can't believe RightScale is not on this list and question your "aggregated review data". Longer term we all need to consider containers and server-less orchestration.