The virtualization provider provided few details around how exactly it will integrate the two sets of technologies down the line, but the multi-cloud management market's relative immaturity means it has time to chart that course, said Stephen Elliot, program vice president and analyst at IDC.

"The reality is that these enterprises are still very early, contrary to the hype," Elliot said. Many organizations use multiple public clouds today, but in silos and without centralized control. "There is time here to be thoughtful about what that integration roadmap is going to look like and what they should prioritize from an R&D standpoint," he said.

That idea of a single point of operations for cloud services that span a range of platforms and vendors is appealing, said Richard Hall, enterprise solutions manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Co., based in San Francisco.

"Right now, we use AWS and some SaaS services, and we have a lot of point solutions for our cloud tools," he said. "So, seeing that kind of aggregation is really interesting for us."

CloudHealth's 3,800 customers include both enterprises and managed service providers who use the platform to manage multi-cloud environments on their clients' behalf. The deal ultimately stemmed from conversations with VMware regarding a potential partnership, said Joe Kinsella, CloudHealth's founder and CTO.


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