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HA/DR and Fault Tolerance with AWS and RightScale

In a session at RightScale Compute last month, Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect Miles Ward talked about architecting in high availability and fault tolerance using AWS and RightScale. He noted that fault tolerance can result from faults in facilities, hardware, networking, code, and people, and defined fault tolerance as the ability of a system to continue operating properly, though...Read more

Don't Leave Your Apps Stranded

Posted by Ryan Geyer   Ι   May 06, 2013 0 comments
If you travel enough, it's only a matter of time. You're facing a tight connection and when your first leg gets delayed it only gets tighter. Then you're sprinting to your connecting gate, only to watch as they close the doors and push back from the gate without you. On my way back from OpenStack Summit 2013 in Portland, where I spoke on Techniques for Managing your OpenStack Cloud , I had this...Read more

RightScale Compute: Tips for Cloud Proof-of-Concept Projects

Posted by Vijay Tolani   Ι   April 15, 2013 0 comments
Proof-of-concept projects are an important step in the path to the cloud for many organizations. Such projects allow you to gain experience, test ideas, and deepen your understanding of the issues and potential pitfalls of cloud computing. At RightScale Compute , I'll be leading a session that walks you through the process of selecting and implementing a cloud proof-of-concept.Read more

Overcoming Cloudbursting Challenges

Posted by Stephen Bylo   Ι   March 07, 2013 1 comment
One of the key benefits of cloud computing is that it gives you the ability to launch resources as needed to meet application demands. Some organizations that run their own private clouds are interested in leveraging cloudbursting, traditionally defined as an architecture where application workloads run fully in a private cloud until they grow beyond some threshold, after which the application...Read more

500friends Inspires Customer Loyalty

In this guest post contributed by the CTO of 500friends, Bob Tekiela talks about the challenges of launching a business on a SaaS platform and how RightScale is an integral part of his company’s ongoing success. Customer loyalty is a critical ingredient of any successful business, but today’s highly connected world makes loyalty more challenging. As access to mobile and online tools such as...Read more

Scaling and Managing the Human Tier

Posted by Magne Land   Ι   February 01, 2013 3 comments
OK, so you’ve built your n-tier architecture . You’ve deployed it in the cloud. You’ve scaled it horizontally, vertically, geographically, and even temporally. It grows and shrinks at your command. Now what? Now you need to consider the human tier. You can masterfully solve all your technical problems, yet be blindsided by your organizational problems. Just as cloud computing enables elastic...Read more

Security Monitoring In Public IaaS: How We Do It at RightScale

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   January 24, 2013 2 comments
In my experience helping RightScale customers who are at varying points in the cloud adoption spectrum from investigating IaaS to launching a POC to already using IaaS for production applications, I see quite a bit of confusion about how to actually “do” security in the cloud, particularly in IaaS. And the sheer volume of vendor cloud washing and sales FUD that is being perpetuated makes it even...Read more

Managing Large-Scale User-Access Control with the RightScale API

Posted by Ryan Geyer   Ι   January 10, 2013 1 comment
What's with the check boxes you ask? It's a partial visual representation of what it looks like to manage 83 users, 15 RightScale accounts, and 11 permissions for each user in each account. That's 13,695 check boxes I'd potentially need to click. So I decided that I needed to either hunker down with a carafe of coffee for a few days or find a better solution! What's with the check boxes you ask?...Read more

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