ONCE AGAIN, and with help from readers like you, ChannelPro has scoured the vendor landscape in search of lesser known, up-and-coming, and underappreciated names. This year’s list contains two big surprises: the large number of interesting endpoint management tools we found at a time when endpoints are fast becoming commoditized afterthoughts to the cloud, and the small number of eye-opening security solutions at a time of exploding ransomware and other threats. That said, we’ve got companies well worth exploring in all of the industry’s hottest product categories. Read on!
You’ve heard of DevOps and SecOps. Now meet FinOps, a still-emerging discipline dedicated to optimizing cloud environments for speed, cost, and quality. Apptio’s Cloudability solution helps budding FinOps professionals make “data-driven investment decisions” based on reports that map multicloud spending to specific business units, assess cross-application cost and value, and track compliance with company standards.
A separate service called Cloudability Shift is designed to help you plan and manage public cloud migrations, while Cloudability SaaS pulls together a complete inventory of authorized and “shadow” applications in end-user environments, so you can eliminate duplicate, underutilized, and inactive ones. An outsourced services team stands ready to provide implementation, customization, and training assistance for FinOps newbies. apptio.com
This vendor’s SaaS management solution, launched in January, aims to reduce data sprawl, “shadow” SaaS, and wasted spending by assembling a detailed view of cloud applications, permissions, and data flows. An extensive menu of cybersecurity features calls out misconfiguration issues, suspicious and malicious user behavior, violations of regulations like GDPR, and unprotected data, among other things. Deploy the earlier Axonius Cybersecurity Asset Management system too, and you’ve got a comprehensive platform for managing cloud and noncloud resources all in one place. axonius.com
Frustrated by the absence of multitenancy in the native Microsoft 365 administration console and the dearth of cloud management functionality in traditional RMM solutions, MSP, PowerShell aficionado, and Microsoft MVP Kelvin Tegelaar decided to create a multitenant M365 management tool of his own. Called the CyberDrain Improved Partner Portal, or CIPP, the system is designed to simplify user and configuration management across Microsoft 365 deployments. Better yet, it’s an open source project sponsored by vendors including Huntress and NinjaOne that you can run on your own infrastructure or in the cloud. Introduced late last year, it’s quickly developed a cult following. cipp.app