The Forrester Wave™: Infrastructure Automation, Q1 2023
This Forrester Wave report, dated March 21, 2023, by Naveen Chhabra with Lauren Nelson, Faith Born, and Bill Nagel, evaluates 11 leading infrastructure automation solution providers based on 30 criteria. The companies evaluated include Amelia, BMC Software, Canonical, HCLSoftware, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Progress, Puppet, Red Hat, Resolve Systems, and VMware.
Diverse Investments in Infrastructure Automation: Businesses are investing in multiple automation tools to cater to various technology needs and use cases, spanning across application developers, infrastructure managers, security, and compliance personnel.
Provider Capabilities: Customers should look for providers that can manage heterogeneity beyond servers and recommend elements for automation, explaining their utility. This includes automating across technological stacks like storage, network, and security, which are currently less developed.
Automation Beyond IT Environment: Addressing the skill deficit is crucial. Tools should be user-friendly and integrate new technologies quickly, with a focus on security and regulatory compliance.
Leaders in the Field: Red Hat is recognized for leveraging its strong open-source community and VMware for extending automation capabilities beyond its stack. Both have notable market positions and offer robust solutions.
Performance Players and Competitors: Microsoft, Micro Focus, BMC Software, and Puppet are identified as strong performers with specific strengths and areas of improvement. Progress, Resolve Systems, HCLSoftware, and Canonical are noted as competitors with distinct focuses and limitations.
Vendor Offerings and Future Plans: The report details each vendor’s current offerings and future plans, highlighting strengths like configuration management, integration, access governance, and areas needing improvement such as patch management and orchestration.
Market Presence: The size of the circles in the Forrester Wave graphic reflects each vendor’s market presence based on revenue, customer base, and average deal size.
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