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The Ovum Decision Matrix provides a side-by-side comparison of leading virtualization and hybrid cloud management solutions, looking at IT modernization from a data center infrastructure perspective.


  • The hybrid cloud and virtualization management market is evolving rapidly and the vendors in this space mostly have a traditional infrastructure or systems management heritage. However, these are being challenged by newer entrants with approaches that were developed in the cloud era.

Features and Benefits

  • Considers the significance of management in the virtualization and hybrid cloud environments and how this influences how technology is deployed, used, and controlled.
  • Identifies the market leaders, market challengers, and market followers for virtualization and hybrid cloud management.

Key questions answered

  • Which global vendors are the market leaders in virtualization and hybrid cloud management?
  • How can the market challengers and followers improve their positions?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings

Vendor solution selection

  • Inclusion criteria
  • Exclusion criteria
  • Methodology
  • Ovum ratings
  • Ovum Decision Matrix Interactive

Market and solution analysis

  • Ovum Decision Matrix: hybrid cloud and virtualization management, 2015–16
  • Market leaders: BMC, CA Technologies, Dell, IBM, HP, Microsoft, and VMware
  • Market challengers: Citrix, CSC, Red Hat, SaltStack, and VMTurbo
  • Market followers: NetIQ
  • Emerging vendors
  • CliQr
  • Fluke Networks
  • ManageEngine

Market leaders

  • Market leaders: Technology
  • Market leaders: Execution
  • Market leaders: Market impact

Vendor analysis

  • BMC (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • CA Technologies (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Citrix (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • CSC (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • Dell (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • HP (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • IBM (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Microsoft (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • NetIQ (Ovum recommendation: Follower)
  • Red Hat (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • SaltStack (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • VMTurbo (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • VMware (Ovum recommendation: Leader)


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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