Selecting The Right Multi-Cloud Management Software

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Selecting the right multi-cloud management software is not easy

I am currently researching how how to architect our multi-cloud strategy.
Part of the research is selecting the right software helping managing, maintain and life-cycle a multi cloud environment, this includes management and cost.

Cloud and more specific multi / hybrid cloud can get very complex and can get very expansive if not maintained, configured correctly from the beginning.

Below is a partial list of vendors I am currently researching. all notes should be used with grain of salt as I am still unclear and in research phase.

Right Scale
http://www.rightscale.com/
Can be a bit expansive – but very good plus is now for a while in the market (since 2006).

Scalr
http://www.scalr.com/
Free (open source) or paid version adds support and features.

Cloud Bolt
https://www.cloudbolt.io/
Defiantly promising – a more new comer (funded 2012).

Standing Cloud
http://www.standingcloud.com/
Used for Software deployment in multi cloud – think of a private SaaS
part of App Direct – https://www.appdirect.com/

Vendors that got acquired

Enstratius
Enstratius forward to https://support.quest.com/cloud-manager/11.0
Now owned by Dell (Quest)

Cliqr
May not be an option anymore – they are now owned by Cisco

Gravitant was acquired by IBM
Easily plan, buy and manage multi cloud.

Cost management and monitoring

New Relic
https://newrelic.com/
An established and very good company for monitoring (your cloud).

Cloud cruiser
http://www.cloudcruiser.com/
Help you in cost savings in a cloud environment – now owned by hp

I most defiantly missed vendors as this is all time a fast moving/changing market.

Multi-Cloud Software Installation

Testing Scalr software for multi cloud use

My first pick was Scalr, since the software is open source, and it was very easy to put my hands on.

Installation and Upgrade Instructions
Anther one – Installation and Upgrade Instructions

And yet anther one – Installation and Upgrade Instructions


Note: I was using Ubuntu 16.10 and Scalr server refused to install, I had to change the version to precise

modify /etc/apt/sources.list.d/scalr_scalr-server-oss.list
replace os version to “precise”

Now install scalr server

And run the wizard

Note: do not run this on same server as chef (as it has his own chef)
To configure your cloud connection you use the Scalr Web GUI
The login is is : admin
Note: get the admin password from here /etc/scalr-server/scalr-server-secrets.json

So far configuring OpenStack and AWS connections was a very pleasant experience, I am still working on GCP and azure.

Note: For now I only accomplished so far, I will update this post once additional information becomes available

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