Boomi is a cloud-based, on-premise, or hybrid integration platform. It offers a low-code/no-code interface with the capacity for API and EDI connections for integrating with external organizations and systems, as well as compliance with data protection regulations.
The AppDirect Monetization Suite, from AppDirect in San Francisco, is a cloud marketplace service.
AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service…
The AWS Service Broker is an open source project which allows native AWS services to be exposed directly through third party application platforms, such as Red Hat OpenShift, VMware Tanzu, SUSE Cloud Application Platform, and Kubernetes. The Broker provides integration of AWS services…
Gravitant cloudMatrix is a cloud brokerage service acquired and now supported by IBM (November 2015).
ComputeNext is a cloud brokerage service from the IT company of the same name in Bellevue, Washington.
RackNap is a Cloud Service Delivery and end-to-end Business Automation platform for cloud, datacenter, hardware and software distribution, SaaS and subscription, telco, and hosting industries. It enables providers to sell cloud services on their own infrastructure, as well as via…
DXC Technologies offers cloud brokerage and integration services, available as a service but built on their cloud brokerage technology the DXC Agility Platform.
Catch Media headquartered in Beverly Hills offers the Play Anywhere suite of cloud products, providing routing and license management of cloud products delivered to their consumers, consumer usage registry, and clearinghouse with dynamic revenue allocation.
Wipro’s Boundaryless Enterprise (BLE) is a comprehensive offering which encompasses IaaS, PaaS, Containers, cloud native services. It is powered by the VMware Tanzu product portfolio.
Flexera provides centralized access to applications to let users self-serve, while IT maintains governance and control of software approvals and licensing, with the Flexera Enterprise App Portal. A catalog of software applications is critical for governance of desktop, cloud and…
Odin Service Automation is a cloud brokerage service, from Odin in Renton, Washington; this was formerly Parallels Automation for Cloud Marketplace, before Parallels split away and re-branded their cloud services devision "Odin" in March, 2015.
Cloudmore is a subscription commerce solution provider headquartered in Stockholm, that helps organizations thrive in the subscription economy. They help customers streamline end-to-end sales and consumption of any cloud and non-cloud service or product by automating and optimizing…
The interworks.cloud platform enables CSPs, MSPs, and ISVs to grow their ecosystems and automate their cloud distribution processes. It is an end-to-end platform that allows Cloud Service Providers to create cloud service marketplaces for their customers and resellers, as well as…
The Jamcracker Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) solution enables organizations to manage and deliver their own multi-cloud services as well as broker 3rd party providers'. IT organizations and service providers can now unify private, public and hybrid cloud consumption for their employees,…
GXS is a cloud brokerage service acquired by OpenText in January, 2014.
Snow Commander, based on Embotics vCommander acquired with Embotics by Snow in December 2019, leverages a comprehensive set of multi-hypervisor virtualization and cloud management capabilities to allow organizations at any stage of cloud adoption to build and implement the framework,…
Mercado is an enterprise marketplace allowing users to download approved applications, from CIGNEX, headquartered in Livonia.
C3 helps Microsoft CSPs in providing exceptional service experience by streamlining the price management, billing and provisioning of Azure, Office 365 and other services. Eliminate erring manual processes by using C3 to automate subscription management from quote to billing. C3…
Pax8 is a cloud broker (or cloud service brokerage) headquartered in Greenwood Village Pax8 aims to simplify the way organizations buy, sell, and manage cloud solutions, empowering partners to achieve more with cloud technology. Their cloud platform is designed to modernize the…
What is Cloud Broker Software?
Cloud brokers act as intermediaries between cloud service providers and enterprises. They make it easier to manage multiple cloud services through one unified interface.
Commercial cloud brokerage services help organizations create solutions in, and migrate solutions to, the cloud. They also ensure that cloud applications can securely exchange data with each other and with on-premises applications.
Cloud broker software is pass-through and can handle moving data around without requiring a staging area. While backup applications can move data around, adding these tasks can overburden them and affect backup performance. Utilizing cloud broker software allows regular backup applications to continue on schedule without interference.
Features typically include management of day-to-day operations for both public and private clouds. This ensures 24hr availability regardless of issues with any one provider.
Cloud Broker Software Features
Typically cloud broker software will provide the following capabilities:
Data and device security from malware and cloud-based viruses
Encryption on-premises and in the cloud
File management and compression
Integration of cloud services with on-premises applications
Marketplace for enterprise-approved services
Metrics and reporting
Provisioning engine that can create cloud images across multiple cloud providers
Secure connections from provider to user
Security policy enforcement and auditing
Cloud Broker Software Comparison
Consider these factors when comparing cloud brokers:
Scope of Cloud Providers: Businesses should determine their need for cloud broker software based on daily cloud management needs. Cloud broker software may be helpful if your business relies on multiple cloud providers. It can streamline moving data from cloud to cloud, or cloud to premises, without interfering with daily backup applications. When evaluating options, ensure the cloud broker has numerous relationships with cloud providers before securing a contract. How many tech categories do they have experts for? And how easily can solutions be integrated with your existing legacy systems on one platform?
Use Case Specialization: Consider the cloud broker’s emphasis on maintaining technology and data flow from their suppliers. Most cloud brokers are highly versatile, but make sure any tool you consider fits your environment and meets all compliance standards. Does the broker you are considering specialize in your industry?
Compliance: Managing multiple cloud services also entails more complex regulatory and compliance considerations. The broker you use should ensure that all providers within their services are also auditable.
Other questions to consider:
Do they charge you or the supplier?
Do they offer integration and migration services?
Do they have single sign-on and billing capabilities?
Do they offer tech support, training, or consulting services?
How intuitive is the user interface (UI)?
While some free tools offer a few of the features included in cloud broker software packages, no free tools provide a complete cloud broker solution. Pricing for cloud broker software is typically based on a subscription model. Additionally, pricing is generally adjusted depending on cloud provisioning demands. Free trials or demos are available from most vendors. Most vendors do not provide pricing information publicly, but businesses can reach out to vendors for a quote.