ManageIQ Adds Amazon Support to EVM Version 5
After spending the last few years helping large enterprises get to the private cloud, ManageIQ is opening up its EVM cloud management platform to include public cloud services. First up is the inclusion of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Web Services, but by the end of the year, EVM Version 5 will also support Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) public cloud infrastructure.
Joseph Fitzgerald, chief product officer and co-founder of ManageIQ, told Talkin’ Cloud that the company has put a lot of capabilities around IT cloud management into EVM. After focusing so heavily on private cloud management, ManageIQ is now adding public cloud management features because of the changing nature of the way enterprises are using the cloud. Fitzgerald noted the trend toward hybrid clouds and said customers have been asking for the ability to control both private and public cloud infrastructure through one management platform.
“We’re providing a deep set of management capabilities across these different platforms,” Fitzgerald said.
It also helps IT departments solve the problem of shadow IT. Unsurprisingly, the red tape that end users often have to cut through is pushing them to go around IT and subscribe to public cloud services on their own. In some cases, sensitive data is making its way into the public cloud and breaking compliance rules and regulations. And in the end, IT is responsible for all corporate data — regardless of whether it knows where that data is.
EVM V5 will provide a way for self-provisioning of vetted private and public cloud services, helping IT to keep control over the data but making it easier for end users to get the services they need when they need them.
ManageIQ works with several software and technology partners, but it’s not really a channel sales company. The channel, however, is likely to find plenty of opportunities going forward when it comes to helping customers manage the usage and self-provisioning of both private and public cloud services.
If anecdotal information is anything to go on, shadow IT activities around public cloud services is becoming a huge problem that some IT departments aren’t even aware of. End users circumvent IT departments to get the services they want with ease and without having to wait for anyone to spin up those services. With a credit card, those services can be active within minutes.
Partners who can help customers solve that problem will certainly earn the “trusted adviser” moniker.