Network World this week published a comprehensive review of 3 GoGrid Partners titled “First-ever test of public cloud management wares” and how their services can be used to monitor and manage Public Cloud resources including GoGrid. In the article, Thomas Henderson and Brendan Allen put RightScale, Tap In Systems and Cloudkick through some fairly rigorous testing to show the strengths (and weaknesses) of each Cloud Management vendor.
The point of the article is pretty clear to me. We (and Cloud Infrastructure providers Rackspace and Amazon) have been providing Cloud Infrastructure for several years now with 100,000′s combined customers actively using our respective clouds. Obviously, depending on the provider, this process can be quick and easy or a bit more involved. But once you have your infrastructure deployed in the Cloud, how do you monitor and manage it effectively? The authors take this challenge of deploying, managing and taking down jobs hosted in the cloud and discuss their findings within the article.
Summing it all up in a quote:
Our findings in this test are that RightScale impressed us most with its overall control and deep understanding of specific cloud vendors like Amazon. Tap In Systems has more breadth in terms of different clouds that can be used, it’s just not as easy to use. And we liked Cloudkick for its simplicity and ease of use.
My opinion of these three Cloud Management vendors is that each have various specialties and are better at one function than another. Also, each vendor handles integration and control of specific Public Clouds in different ways. Be sure that you conduct some due diligence when choosing one as well as when selecting a cloud for them to manage. Regardless, I do recommend that you give the article a read as it provides some pretty good insight into these three vendors and how their products works with the 3 leading cloud infrastructure providers out there.
These Companies on GoGrid
We have Rightscale enabled on a couple GoGrid images:
And Tap In Systems is live with one image on GoGrid:
The GoGrid Exchange
GoGrid has a variety of other Partners and their associated offerings within the GoGrid Exchange. Within the Exchange, you can view details about the companies and even vote and comment on a particular image provided by a GoGrid Partner.
What 3rd Party Service do you use to monitor and manage your Public Cloud? Is it one of the three here or a different one? Leave a comment and let me know!
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