GigaOm Radar for Cloud Resource Optimization

Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer (IWO) is ranked a leader in the 2022 GigaOm Radar for Cloud Resource Optimization report.

Cloud resources that are not optimized prove costly. The most valuable cloud resource management solutions provide effective and reliable resource configuration recommendations and integrate into deployment pipelines and change management processes.

As business leaders evaluate cloud resource optimization solutions, it's important to keep the following in mind:

  • Cloud resource optimization is closely aligned with the financial operations (FinOps) and cloud management platform (CMP) tooling categories, and solutions may lean in one of those directions with a strategy of providing a single solution.
  • Both private cloud and public cloud resources require oversight and optimization, and solutions tend to be stronger in one area over another. Determine where your resource challenges exist today and what improvements you want to have made 12 to 18 months from now.
  • Consider delegating resource and cost optimization to individual teams, with some limited central oversight. Individual teams are closely aligned to their application performance needs and, if motivated properly and given the right tools, will help ensure a balance is reached between cost and performance.

In this report, GigaOm evaluated a number of vendors on their ability to analyze and optimize cloud resources and scored them against the functionality (key criteria) and requirements (evaluation metrics) necessary for successful cloud resource optimization.

Strengths: It’s great for customers that are all-in on Cisco and well-paired with solutions such as Cisco AppDynamics. Deep integration into infrastructure helps provide root cause analysis for complex infrastructure deployments. Shea Stewart, GigaOm Analyst