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Cloud Management Best Practices

Cloud Management Best Practices

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

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

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

AWS Outage Lessons Learned: If Netflix Can Suffer, So Can You

On Christmas Eve and continuing into Christmas Day, AWS had a “Service Event” centered on the ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) service in the US-East region. Although only a small percentage of ELBs were functionally disabled and unable to route traffic to their backend servers, all ELBs in the region experienced a time interval in which they could not scale, nor could changes be made to their...Read more

Best Practices: Managing Web Application Sessions

Everyone has an opinion about how you should write your application. Whether it's the structure, language, or database (or not!) that you choose, there are plenty of people telling you what you should do, but not how to do it. So I'm going to focus on the application tier and address several issues regarding application session management — one of the trickiest aspects to tackle in high-...Read more

Cloud Architecture 2013: Top 9 Fine-Tuning Tips

Before you congratulate yourself on crossing off those final to-dos for 2012, don’t forget this critical one: fine-tuning your applications and cloud architecture. And while it’s unlikely that you’ll accomplish this task by end of year, here are nine tips to help you optimally manage your cloud applications and architecture in 2013.Read more

RightScale Credentials Best Practices

Credentials within RightScale offer a convenient way to store sensitive or frequently used values in an easily manageable interface. It's important to remember that RightScale credentials consist of a Name, Value and Description and are intended to be used as inputs for servers. Credentials are accessible via the RightScale dashboard as name/value pairs where the value is passed into a script or...Read more

PCI Compliance in the Public IaaS Cloud: How I Did It

Over the past few years, I have heard many folks assert that one can be a PCI-compliant merchant using public IaaS cloud, and I have heard just as many state that it's not possible. In retrospect, I have found most of them - including myself - to be misinformed. After gaining more firsthand experience, I feel confident telling you where I sit at this state in the game on the question: “Can I be...Read more

Build a Private Cloud in Your Garage

A few weeks ago, this brilliant idea crossed my mind. Why don't I build a private cloud at home, in my garage, so that I can get the experience of setting up the technology? Vijay told me I was crazy, so to prove just how easy it would be I did it anyway, and as a result I've had a private cloud running in my garage since early March.Read more

Managing Cloud At Scale: Configure Systems, Not Servers

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

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


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