RightScale Cited As a Leader Twice by Independent Research Firm for Hybrid Cloud Management Platform and Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization

Company received top ranking in the current offering category for Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization and top ranking for current offering and strategy categories for Hybrid Cloud Management

Santa Barbara, CA — June 8, 2018 — RightScale® Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise Cloud Management and Cost Optimization, today announced that Forrester Research named RightScale a Leader in two different cloud reports. RightScale CMP was named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Hybrid Cloud Management1 and RightScale Optima was named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization2.

The Forrester Wave: Hybrid Cloud Management
In the hybrid cloud management report, Forrester evaluated 12 vendors. RightScale had the highest score across all vendors in both the current offering (with a score of 4.43 out of 5) and strategy (with a score of 4.4 out of 5) categories. The criteria are grouped into three sections: current offering, strategy, and market presence. These categories encompass several more specific criteria, including cloud platform resources supported; automation and orchestration; cloud service administration and governance, cloud optimization; integrations and APIs; support services; product vision; execution roadmap; market approach; partner ecosystem; commercial model; number of customers; product revenue; and average deal size.

Forrester notes in the Hybrid Cloud Management report, “RightScale focuses solely on HCM solutions and was first to market in the space. RightScale Cloud Management Platform’s strong native capabilities supplement configuration tooling, templates, or developer experience with preferred third-party options. RightScale’s strengths include a long list of discoverable options, depth of permissions and governance policies, a template designer and broad template library, cost and performance monitoring, API documentation, and customer experience. Due to popular demand, RightScale carved out its cost-management capabilities into a separate product, Optima, allowing early adopters to first focus on cloud management and optimization before tackling centralized orchestration, automation, and governance.” Evaluating the RightScale roadmap, Forrester says, “RightScale plans to focus on delivering a plug-in-centric approach to third-party or service support, increasing the depth of its cost and governance capabilities, creating a common orchestration engine, and serving as an integrated service delivery platform.”

The Forrester Wave: Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization
In the Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization report, Forrester evaluated nine vendors on their cloud cost monitoring and optimization solutions for enterprises. RightScale had the highest current offering score of all the vendors with a score of 4.84 out of 5 and the second highest strategy score of 4.3 out of 5. The criteria is grouped into three sections: current offering, strategy, and market presence. These buckets encompass several more specific criteria, including cloud platform resources supported; cloud service administration and governance; cloud monitoring; cost optimization; support services; platform experience and SLAs; integrations and APIs; product vision; market approach; partner ecosystem; commercial model; number of customers; product revenue; and market share.

Forrester notes in the Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization report, “In 2017, RightScale carved out the cost management and governance features of its hybrid cloud management tool into a tool named Optima that can be purchased separately from the full cloud management platform. Similar to the full product, Optima’s governance features are built around a strong policy engine that will automate a wide range of infrastructure asset scheduling and life-cycle management activities. In addition, Optima supports robust cost scenario analysis and forecasting capabilities. Going forward, Optima will continue to extend existing capabilities to all platforms supported as well as simplify policy creation and automation activities.”

“RightScale is proud to be named as a leader in both the Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization and Hybrid Cloud Management Wave reports,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. “We enable companies to save money on cloud costs with RightScale Optima, or use RightScale CMP to add multi-cloud orchestration, automation, and brokering in addition to all of the Optima capabilities. This gives customers a choice of how to start and allows them to seamlessly progress in their cloud management journey.”

To download the reports:


1. Forrester Research: The Forrester Wave™: "Hybrid Cloud Management, Q2 2018," Lauren E. Nelson, June 8, 2018. Lauren E. Nelson, with Glenn O’Donnell, Julia Caldwell, and Andrew Reese; June 4, 2018

2. Forrester Research: The Forrester Wave™: "Cloud Cost Monitoring and Optimization, Q2 2018," Lauren E. Nelson, with Glenn O'Donnell, William McKeon-White, and Peggy Dostie; May 30, 2018

About RightScale
RightScale enables leading enterprises to accelerate delivery of cloud-based applications that engage customers and drive top-line revenue while optimizing cloud usage to reduce risk and costs. RightScale Optima is a collaborative cloud cost management and optimization solution that enables organizations to take automated action to reduce cloud spend across the enterprise. The RightScale Cloud Management Platform is a comprehensive solution that enables IT organizations to deliver instant access to a portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services across business units and development teams while maintaining enterprise control. The company was named a top solution in Modern Infrastructure's 2017 Private/Hybrid Cloud Management category, a “100 Best Places to Work in 2015” by Outside Magazine, and was listed in “The Best Enterprise Cloud Computing Startups to Work For in 2015” by Forbes.

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