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Top 10 cloud tools

Christine Burns | April 9, 2013
New tools help IT execs cut cloud costs, optimize resources, integrate and manage cloud instances

Puppet Enterprise is IT automation software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud. The product can automate tasks at any stage of the IT infrastructure life cycle, including provisioning, discovery, operating system and application configuration management, build and release management, patch management and infrastructure audit and compliance.

Some of the newer features of Puppet include enabling system administrators to view and respond to requests graphically; support for the use of third-party authentication services such as LDAP, Active Directory or Google Apps Directory; and, support for Microsoft Windows. PuppetLabs customers include 24/7 Real Media, Harvard and Google. And VMware earlier this year made a $30 million investment in the company.

Company: RightScale

Product: RightScale Cloud Management

Category: Cloud Management

Formed in 2006, RightScale was one of the first companies to address cross-platform cloud management. Its platform lets organizations easily deploy and manage business-critical applications across public, private and hybrid clouds. RightScale provides configuration, monitoring, automation, and governance of cloud computing infrastructure and applications. RightScale recently released the newest additions to its customer list which include Caltech, Care Innovations (an Intel-GE company), Citrix Online, Conde Nast, Coty, Equinix, Fox Digital Media, Inmobi, JWT, Leo Burnett, Softbank Technology, Telepictures Productions (a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company), Tibco and Zurich Insurance.

Company: ServiceMesh

Product: Agility Platform

Category: Enterprise cloud management

The Agility Platform provides a single, integrated control point for governance, compliance and security across an enterprise's cloud applications and cloud environments. The platform comprises an extensible policy engine enabling the creation and enforcement of an impressive range of custom governance, compliance and security policies. It provides an end-to-end security model spanning network, instance, data, and access levels including federated identity management. It includes an orchestration engine for deploying complex, multi-tier business applications across heterogeneous private and public clouds. And it has an integrated event bus, a cloud adapter SDK, and workflow automation capabilities to extend cloud operating model capabilities to existing IT ecosystems.


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