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CloudSphere is the #9 ranked solution in top Cloud Migration tools and #21 ranked solution in top Cloud Management tools. PeerSpot users give CloudSphere an average rating of 7.6 out of 10. CloudSphere is most commonly compared to Microsoft Azure: CloudSphere vs Microsoft Azure. CloudSphere is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 57% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 28% of all views.
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What is CloudSphere?

CloudSphere is an intelligent cloud management platform that enables organizations to plan, optimize, secure, and scale their cloud adoption. The platform has three solutions to help organizations manage dynamic, multi-cloud environments, including cloud migration planning, cloud cost management, and cloud security posture management. By using application intelligence (AI), the platform is able to discover and collect all of the data points that collectively define an application across on-premises, hybrid, and cloud environments. Because the solution is very scalable, it can accommodate companies of all sizes.

The CloudSphere solution is ideal for:

  • SMBs
  • Enterprises
  • Government
  • ISVs
  • Managed service providers

CloudSphere Product Highlights

  • CloudSphere has a unique data science approach to hybrid and multi-cloud cyber asset management that offers the only solution to automate the discovery and creation of a top-down, application-level graphical view of your organization’s cyber assets.
  • With its continuous application graphing, CloudSphere can save countless hours and provides the visibility to optimize your IT environment without triggering unforeseen business risks or disrupting other applications.
  • The platform’s visualization capabilities accelerate cloud migration, transformation, and modernization initiatives with real-time insights and optimization recommendations.
  • CloudSphere’s security posture monitoring minimizes cyber security exposure and reduces risk from misconfigurations.
  • Automating compliance monitoring for corporate policies and key industry standards makes reporting extremely easy. The solution’s context-aware policy engine builds on the platform’s continuous visibility capabilities to display real-time compliance status and reports.

CloudSphere Features

CloudSphere has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

  • Access controls/permissions
  • Billing
  • Provisioning
  • Capacity analytics
  • Cost management
  • Demand monitoring
  • Multi-cloud management
  • Performance analysis
  • Service level agreement (SLA) management
  • Workflow approval

CloudSphere Benefits

There are many benefits to implementing CloudSphere. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

  • Reduce migration risk: With CloudSphere, you can migrate complex applications with agentless discovery of application interdependencies while optimizing for both cost and performance.
  • Manage your budget more efficiently: CloudSphere generates reports and provides alerts for cloud spend by group, department, project, or individual so you can keep your organization’s budgets on track.
  • Access controls: With CloudSphere’s visual maps, identity and access data is displayed to show who has access to key cloud resources.
  • Minimize attacks: The solution helps your organization establish better security and minimize cloud attack surface and your exposure window by using customizable risk scoring, remediation recommendations, and integration with 3rd-party reporting tools.
  • Ensure compliance: CloudSphere allows you to control cloud security risks and ensure compliance in complex hybrid and multi-cloud deployments with real-time visibility, continuous configuration monitoring, and user controlled auto remediation capabilities.
  • Comprehensive end-to-end view of your applications: CloudSphere gives you a comprehensive end-to-end view of your applications, regardless of your apps’ complexity, in order to provide optimization and accuracy throughout the migration process.
  • Policy-driven controls for cloud spending: The CloudSphere platform provides policy-driven controls for cloud spending along with visibility so you can properly budget for cloud usage and tie cloud infrastructure spending to business outcomes. The solution enables you to set and track budgets, configure alerts, allows users to take corrective action from trend reports, and helps you optimize cloud spending with continuous resource monitoring and rightsizing suggestions.

CloudSphere was previously known as HyperCloud.

CloudSphere Customers

Affymetrix, Bell Helicopter, Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, Porterville Unified School District, Interact for Health, VirtueCom, Warren Memorial Hospital, Front Porch, RMH Group, Meyers Nave, Intraworks, Information Technology, ETTE, Clackamas Community College

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CloudSphere Pricing Advice

What users are saying about CloudSphere pricing:
"It depends on how that model will be used. It might be anywhere between $4 and $15 per license per month. It’s less expensive than other options."

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Vibhor Gupta - PeerSpot reviewer
Migration Customer Solution Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Great discovery, good support, and generally reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "We do not need to install any appliances or any agents."
  • "When we start the scanning of, for example, 500 servers, it will not handle the scan. We need to differentiate the jobs - for example, one job for 100 servers, a second job for another 100 servers, et cetera."

What is our primary use case?

We generally use it for cloud transformation. We have used the cloud discovery phase and cloud assessment and optimization in the cloud transformation.

What is most valuable?

The feature I like the most is the SaaS-based tool that can be used for discovery. We do not need to install any appliances or any agents. It's an agent-less tool.

The discovery is the most valuable feature. It’s where we'll be able to get the dependencies and where we'll get the in and outbounds as well.

What needs improvement?

The area they need to focus most on is the capability of assessment and the landing zones. It’s lacking right now.

Cloud transformation has four to five cases, including planning, discovery, assessment, and the MVC, which is called the minimal viable cloud. That comes with the architecture design or landing zone creation, where we will create resources on the cloud which we are provisioning. If we are moving onto the cloud platform, AWS, or zero GCP, we need an account. We need resources to be able to compute the network. Most organizations have their landing zone process and know how to create the resources account, compute the network layer and the security layer. However, this landing zone creation is not there in CloudSphere as a feature. It cannot create any of the cloud providers' accounts or their network security computing as a part of the orchestration layer. That orchestration layer is missing in this product.

It will not discover all the applications, although they also have the catalog. They are constantly announcing their catalog to identify applications based on the service which we are discovering. 50% of the time, the application will discover automatically. However, for the other 50%, we need to find the application based on its running process. That's the automation method that we need to follow and that they call blueprint. We need to create those blueprints and then we need to tag those applications. That is the one process that takes time when we do the discovery. One of the cons of this product is that it will not discover all the applications running.

It will not discover SAP or some kinds of applications that are running on those inside the application of the servers as well.

When we start the scanning of, for example, 500 servers, it will not handle the scan. We need to differentiate the jobs - for example, one job for 100 servers, a second job for another 100 servers, et cetera. We cannot scan the 1,000 servers together. That causes it to take time.

There’s a graph missing. It shows where all the servers have interdependencies; however, when we do actual work, it will not work properly in terms of what we present to the customer.

For how long have I used the solution?

I’ve used the solution for five years.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No product is perfectly stable. There are some bugs in terms of discovery. However, their product team is working on that. Beyond that, the product is very stable and reliable. I've never seen any downtime in this product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is scalable. For example, if a customer needs to scan or discover a thousand servers and they have 10,000 servers, we would need to have multiple setups concerning the server scans.

I scan the servers and would need multiple CloudSpheres set up as well. I can scale them up very fast. How you need to scale depends on the number of servers. That said, you cannot scan a thousand servers together. It will take time to scan and gather the data.

Still, I’ve never seen a customer requirement that has not been filled. It's always filled the customer requirement.

We have 15 to 20 people using the product currently.

I’ve delivered 20 to 25 projects. We have used approximately 35,000 to 50,000 licenses.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is very supportive. They have 24/7 support across teams. They use the agile method and have ticketing. You can clock a ticket based on the issue, and you will get a response quickly based on priority and severity. Their support model is perfect.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

How was the initial setup?

It's an easy setup process. It’s one of the easiest ones to set up. I’d rate it five out of five in terms of the ease of deployment.

It will take hardly two to five days. It depends on the customer and the sources which are needed. We can have one VMware instance or any number of instances where we can deploy the appliance. Then we need to activate those appliances and integrate them with this as a portal already on the cloud. Later, we will need to take a customer’s inventory or network. Based on that, we need to do some OP alpha testing or beta testing. If everything is fine, we can also start the scanning process.

The ease of the process depends on the people. If people understand the setup, it’s easy. If they don’t know it, they need to follow the SOP and then the guidelines. If they are technical, it won’t be hard for them to follow the steps.

I've done multiple implementations. I know the ins and outs of the implementation.

What about the implementation team?

I’m an integrator. I can help clients implement the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's not a free tool, so you need to take the license support from CloudSphere.

The cost varies from company to company. It depends on how that model will be used. It might be anywhere between $4 and $15 per license per month. It’s less expensive than other options.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are products from Cisco like Cisco and Piston enterprise, like IBM Spectrum, BMC Through Site, Oracle Product Hub, et cetera.

Multiple products like Tidal, Azure Migrate, AWS Service Manager, and Discovery Manager exist. I evaluated and did POCs for all the other products as well. I evaluated the CloudSphere in the initial days four or five years back. CloudSphere is very mature and very effective. It is very detailed as well.

What other advice do I have?

I’m a customer and end-user.

We are a partner of this product as well.

I’d rate the solution nine out of ten. In terms of discovery, it is good. However, in terms of other transformations, things like assessment TCO or migration planning, et cetera, are not there.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner / Integrator
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Syed Hassan Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead MSP and Senior DevOps Engineer at Connection
Real User
Top 5
Enables deployment of multiple tenants concurrently but we regularly get errors
Pros and Cons
  • "Provides multiple kinds of services for managing the clouds of multiple customers."
  • "There are quite a number of services that can't be deployed using CloudSphere."

What is our primary use case?

We are a Microsoft and GCP managed service provider, providing multiple kinds of services for managing the clouds of multiple customers with this product. We provide multiple logins for customers, and they create their own users into the PMP. We are partners of CloudSphere. I'm the Lead MSP and Senior DevOps Engineer.

What is most valuable?

It's great that we can create and deploy multiple tenants at the same time for Azure, AWS and DCP. We've created multiple tenants for managing the subject environment which is where this product is powerful. It's also very handy for auditing. When you go for the audit of either Azure MSP or AWS MSP, there is a certain point where cloud management comes in. CloudSphere in a general TMP manner works the best. It can actually integrate with multiple clouds and manage all customers.

What needs improvement?

We've had some problems and have been working with the development team to improve multiple issues. The cloud is improving but we're getting errors regularly. The cloud is sometimes very lazy and does not work in certain conditions for some services. They need to improve their development team. CloudSphere is not keeping up with the pace of the cloud and there are a number of services that can't be deployed using CloudSphere. They're things you can deploy from Azure or AWS because they have their own portals. But when you do the same thing from CloudSphere, it's not possible.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for 18 months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is generally stable but after a couple of months it gets a little lazy, slows down, and there are multiple errors that pop up onto the screen. Stability could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is quite good. We've been able to add 1000 plus users to our MSP program.

How are customer service and support?

When they deploy a new version, some services become unusable and the technical team has to do some patching. The technical support is very good although we generally have to wait a day or two to get a response. 

How was the initial setup?

We don't install CloudSphere, we have an application running from their environment, and we just use the URL. Using it is kind of tricky at the start when you have to integrate the cloud environments. After that, it's easy. Everything is well labeled with descriptive headlines. The initial integration required some training from the software team so that all environments could be configured into one.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We purchase an annual per-tenant license.

What other advice do I have?

CloudSphere is a good solution that works well. It can integrate with multiple clouds and manage all our customers. They still have a long way to go, but I think it makes things easier. It's essential to go through their documentation, otherwise it's quite tricky setting up the integration with the cloud. Once that's done, everything is very clear.

CloudSphere serves its purpose of managing multiple customers for multiple clouds for the MSP program. But there are issues with their upgrades and their support team is a little slow to get a handoff. Added to that is the slowing down of the software over time which requires some back-end work. Taking all that into account, I rate this solution seven out of 10.  

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Syed Salman Jawaid Najmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Implementation Engineer - DevOps MSP at Connection
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Single-pane solution for managing multiple environments, and gives complete visibility and control over multiple resources, but lacks the functionality of migrating from one public platform to another
Pros and Cons
  • "When I started using CloudSphere, it wasn't mature, and it had multiple issues. For example, my team experienced server issues while using the solution, but recently, I noticed how much CloudSphere has improved. There used to be some latency issues with CloudSphere. It even gave error messages in the past when you select an option such as "the web server is not responding", but it has improved a lot, and now I don't get any errors from CloudSphere. What I like best about CloudSphere is that it has a lot of beneficial features, and it has a single pane for managing multi-cloud environments, which I find very helpful, and it's the main benefit you can get from CloudSphere."
  • "The main issue I experienced from CloudSphere was recently resolved, but an area for improvement in the solution is that it lacks the functionality of migrating resources from one public cloud to another. If CloudSphere could provide that functionality, that would be very beneficial to users and companies."

What is our primary use case?

We have multiple customers that we onboard on multiple tools for inventory management and monitoring purposes, so we use CloudSphere as their CMP (Cloud Management Platform). If the customers have multiple infrastructures on multiple public clouds, they can manage those easily on CloudSphere because we give access to our customers, so they can access their infrastructures through CloudSphere.

What is most valuable?

When I started using CloudSphere, it wasn't mature, and it had multiple issues. For example, my team experienced server issues while using the solution, but recently, I noticed how much CloudSphere has improved.

There used to be some latency issues with CloudSphere. It even gave error messages in the past when you select an option such as "the web server is not responding", but it has improved a lot, and now I don't get any errors from CloudSphere.

What I like best about CloudSphere is that it has a lot of beneficial features, and it has a single pane for managing multi-cloud environments, which I find very helpful, and it's the main benefit you can get from CloudSphere.

What needs improvement?

The main issue I experienced from CloudSphere was recently resolved, but an area for improvement in the solution is that it lacks the functionality of migrating resources from one public cloud to another. If CloudSphere could provide that functionality, that would be very beneficial to users and companies.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CloudSphere wasn't as stable when we started using it, but nowadays, it's stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

CloudSphere is a scalable solution based on experience because in the past, my company had multiple requirements, and CloudSphere was able to fulfill them.

How are customer service and support?

Our experience with CloudSphere technical support was good. We had requirements to improve some of the technical functionalities, and we also had multiple issues accessing CloudSphere, so we opened multiple support cases. Though support took longer to get back to us, they did resolve the issue, so overall, we found support for CloudSphere good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for CloudSphere was straightforward, but it required more steps. You need to onboard the customer's infrastructure. You have to create the user account, then the tenant account, and then you have to integrate the subscription with CloudSphere. Setting up the solution requires multiple steps, though the onboarding isn't that complex.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have any information on CloudSphere pricing.

What other advice do I have?

I'm currently using CloudSphere.

My advice to anyone who wants to use CloudSphere is that it's a very good tool for managing multi-cloud environments such as AWS, GCP, or Azure. You can have complete visibility and control over multiple resources using a single-pane solution such as CloudSphere.

My rating for the solution is seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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