It’s been 14 years since Flexera’s cloud management solutions were first envisioned by RightScale founders in a warehouse turned incubator near a beach in Santa Barbara, CA. Now, for the second consecutive year, we’re positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms (see Figure 1). When Flexera acquired RightScale in 2018, our vision was to unify how IT organizations manage on-premises assets and how they manage cloud resources. We believe being placed furthest to the right on completeness of vision for cloud management platforms by Gartner for the second year in a row validates that our solution that advances cloud management is being recognized by both analysts and customers.
Leveraging Flexera’s experience managing software licensing and hardware assets, the transition to maximizing the business value from both on-prem and cloud technology is a natural one. Policy-based governance, cloud migration assessment and business service mapping added from our 2019 acquisition of RISC Networks provide organizations with the critical elements needed to achieve their digital business strategies.
The Flexera 2020 State of Tech Spend Report found the top initiative for 303 global IT leaders is digital transformation, followed by cybersecurity and cloud (see Figure 2). This shift to digital business is to meet customer demands for new products and improved customer experience. Companies are using public, private and hybrid clouds to innovate and achieve their desired business outcomes. However, this shift is feeding an increased need for strong cybersecurity.
Cloud transformation is enabling organizations to modernize architectures and retire technical debt. Retiring data centers and moving to microservices has also enabled companies to accelerate innovation. However, this increased velocity of change drives a need for higher levels of visibility and automation in order to avoid budget overruns. (For more info on Digital Transformation, check out the Flexera 2020 Digital Transformation Report
The importance of cloud management can’t be overstated and that’s why it’s important to select the tools that can fuel your digital transformation journey. In the Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluates each vendor on both strengths and cautions to provide an unvarnished view. In addition, Gartner Peer Insights documents customer experience through verified ratings and peer reviews from enterprise professionals. This brings together a complete picture of Flexera’s CMP capabilities from both Gartner analysts and customer perspectives. Flexera reviews include the following:
- “The Flexera Cloud Management Platform (formerly RightScale) has been an integral part of our public cloud design and automation strategy for the past three years. The CMP is the backbone of our delivery methodology, and enables rapid IaaS VM deployment and configuration across disparate geographical locations, customer accounts and public cloud platforms.” — Director of Engineering, Cloud, Services Industry, November 14, 2019 (see full review)
- “Flexera’s Cloud Management Platform is valued for the features and capabilities the product delivers on a continuous basis, but more importantly, it’s the people and the relationships that set them apart. They are committed to ensuring that we gain the greatest benefit from their products and services and are always available to support our various needs. This past year we started using Optima Cloud Cost Management to assist us in managing our cloud spending, and while the product was relatively young, the team at Flexera was quick to help us adopt the platform and realize significant cost savings almost immediately.” Sr. Director Cloud Operations, Manufacturing Industry, November 14, 2019 (see full review)
With a focus on customer success and satisfaction, placement as a Leader in the CMP MQ and a thought-leading pulse on market directions, Flexera makes it easier for IT organizations to maximize business value from all their technology investments. Download a complimentary copy of the full Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms report. For more information on Flexera, visit https://www.flexera.com.
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms Dennis Smith, Sanjit Ganguli, Padraig Byrne, 13 February 2020