Top 20 Hybrid Cloud Management Platforms


What Is Hybrid Cloud?

The hybrid cloud is one system that combines different cloud environments, typically private and public. A hybrid cloud is usually supported by software that helps manage and automate workloads, allowing them to operate seamlessly across on-premise and public cloud environments.

The concept of hybrid cloud is closely related to multi-cloud, which is the combination of two or more public clouds operated by different vendors. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably.

Main Functions of Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions

Hybrid cloud management is a discipline, but it is almost always practiced with specialized cloud management tools. Here the common capabilities offered by Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM) solutions.

Service aggregation—showing services and applications running on multiple cloud environments in one place and allowing you to manage them as a single unit.

Cost management—allowing you to set flexible policies for cost across cloud solutions and maximize your ROI, for example by moving data to the cheapest applicable storage option.

Self-service—allowing users to deploy, consume and terminate workloads without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

Release and deployment orchestration—supporting DevOps and CI/CD workflows by letting developers automate deployment of dev, test and production environments.

Workload and cost analytics—providing rich, actionable data about what is running on the hybrid cloud and the costs incurred by cloud providers.

Integrations and APIs—making it easy to integrate the hybrid cloud with existing enterprise systems and development tools, both in the cloud and on-premises.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)—allowing users to consume databases and other common infrastructure elements as a managed service.

Workload migration—providing automated, fast and low-risk options for moving workloads from private to public cloud environment and back.

While many organizations are moving to the cloud, there is something to be said for keeping at least some of your data and operations in your on-premise data center. Public cloud services, such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) computing environments and tools, are often affordable, scalable and highly available, but they can be limited in terms of compatibility with legacy applications or security compliance requirements.

Hybrid Cloud Management Tools

There is growing interest and adoption of cloud-native hybrid cloud management technology. Some tools use the approach of an open-source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which comes pre-integrated with public cloud platforms. Other tools focus on managing your existing public and private cloud infrastructure. All the tools aim to provide abstraction and automation to help reduce the complexity and help you “tame” your hybrid cloud.

Following are four popular hybrid cloud management solutions.

Manage IQ

Main features:

Hybrid IT management of legacy private clouds and public clouds

Supports virtual machines, containers, and public cloud infrastructure

Self-service for end-users

Provides visibility for workloads running across environments

Powerful monitoring and performance optimization


Main features:

Compute orchestration, network as a service, security, and auditing

Can be deployed as a private cloud or in the public cloud

Integrates with popular enterprise technologies

Integrates with all major public cloud providers

Broad ecosystem of OpenStack projects and open source tools


Main features:

Model-driven cloud management—define a desired state of application workloads and they are automatically deployed on the required clouds

Powerful automation and abstraction of cloud resources

Automates deployment and configuration across clouds

Lets you define SLA policies and ensures workloads comply with service levels

Apache CloudStack

Main features:

Compute orchestration

Network as a service

User and account management


Wide hypervisor support including VMware, KVM and Citrix

API compatible with Amazon EC2 and S3

AWS CloudFormation,

Amazon CloudWatch,

AWS CloudTrail

Azure Automation,

Azure Monitor

Google Cloud Console

There is also a variety of third-party vendors that offer tools for this purpose, such as the following:

Apptio (Cloudability)



CloudSphere (HyperGrid)

Flexera (RightScale Cloud Management Platform)

IBM (Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management)

Micro Focus (Hybrid Cloud Management X)

Morpheus Data


Snow Software (Embotics)

VMware (CloudHealth)

The most important considerations to bear in mind when choosing management tools for the hybrid cloud are to make sure the tools work with all parts of your IT infrastructure and that they cover all aspects of your management needs -- something that the native management tools built into hybrid cloud frameworks usually cannot do. 

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