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Managing Cloud At Scale: Configure Systems, Not Servers

Posted by Darryl Eaton   Ι   March 06, 2012 0 comments
RightScale works with customers that manage some of the world’s largest public and private cloud deployments. Understanding their needs to manage at scale is what drives the development of many our automation features. These valuable features don't necessarily make it front and center on our marketing website because they are complex and hard to explain to people who are new to the cloud. But...Read more

RightLink Agent Security Features & Upgrading from V4 RightImages

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   January 24, 2012 12 comments
A fundamental problem in cloud management is "how do I get the remote instance to do what I want it to?" Taking this task on for a few systems is doable with a number of techniques, making it scale for many thousands is not quite as simple. At RightScale, we have been on the bleeding edge of this issue since the early days of cloud computing, and we have learned a lot along the way. One of those...Read more

Why Do-It-Yourself Cloud Computing Management Is a Temporary Fad

Posted by Darryl Eaton   Ι   January 09, 2012 4 comments
I recently called up my buddy who used to be vice president of marketing at SugarCRM. I asked him if he ever encountered companies that were building their own CRM solutions internally. "No, that's dumb," he said. "That's why they came to Sugar, so they could use ours. It's too much work to do it yourself." Building your own Salesforce.com? Yup, sounds like a lot of work. Yet here at RightScale,...Read more

Applying Security Workarounds in the RightScale Universe

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   September 29, 2011 1 comment
In a recent post I discussed some of the options for patch management in the RightScale platform . This time I will talk about what happens when a patch is not available through traditional patch channels from the vendor. This typically happens in one of two cases: A workaround or configuration fix is made available from the vendor of a package The vendor of a package applies a security patch to...Read more

Security Patching in the RightScale Universe

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   September 28, 2011 3 comments
Security vulnerabilities happen, it is just a fact, not only in technology but in life in general. When we are made aware of those vulnerabilities, we need to "fix" things or mitigate them to the best extent possible. In IT, that is typically synonymous with installing security patches or workarounds. I know that many of our customers have questions about how to best do patch management using the...Read more

Performing Security Testing in the Cloud

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   August 04, 2011 1 comment
Security testing is one aspect of a security program that is often overlooked. Organizations who take security seriously understand that testing systems and applications is just smart business. We felt that one way we could help our customers is to describe the process, and nuances, that we go through during our testing. Since RightScale runs in the cloud, the information should help any...Read more

Cloud Foundry Architecture and Auto-Scaling

Yesterday's blog post mostly covered the benefits of VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS and how it fits with RightScale. Today I want to dive a little into the Cloud Foundry architecture and highlight how IaaS and PaaS really are complementary. I'm really hoping that more PaaS options will become available so we can offer our users a choice of PaaS software. CloudFoundry Architecture From a technical...Read more

Launch VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS Using RightScale

VMware's Cloud Foundry release has the potential to be quite a watershed moment for the PaaS world. It provides many of the core pieces that are needed to build a PaaS in an open source form. VMware has put it together in such a way that it is easy to construct PaaS deployments of various sizes and also to plug in different management strategies. All this dovetails nicely with RightScale in that...Read more

ServerTemplates: The Key to RightScale Cloud Management

People often ask us what the biggest innovation is that RightScale offers beyond other forms of server management. The real answer is the integrated approach that puts together all the parts needed to architect multi-server deployments, launch them, monitor and manage them, and then cycle back to re-architecting, re-launching, etc. But if there is one aspect of the overall integration that is...Read more

Cluster Monitoring with Stacked Graphs and Heat Maps

Just in time to demo at the RightScale User Conference, we started a private beta of two new cluster monitoring features: stacked graphs and heat maps. We've been using them for a while internally and they've been invaluable to quickly determine the cause of issues. The idea behind these types of graphs is not new, but what we've been able to do is automate the back-end machinery that lets you...Read more

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