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Cloud Management Best Practices

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

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

Security Patching in the RightScale Universe

September 28, 2011, Posted By: Phil Cox
Security vulnerabilities happen, not only in technology but also 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. Here we explain how to best do patch management using the RightScale cloud management platform.Read more

Performing Security Testing in the Cloud

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 feel that one way we can help our customers is to describe the process, and nuances, of our testing process.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

RightScale ServerTemplate Showdown

Package your favorite software as a ServerTemplate or simply contribute your best ServerTemplate to the cloud community to demonstrate your expertise and win an iPad! Having recently introduced publishing to our full user base we’re now having a contest to recognize the most valuable ServerTemplates published into the RightScale Library. We will pick a Most Innovative, Most Useful, and Most...Read more

Benchmarking Load Balancers in the Cloud

Load balancing is one of the technologies that virtually all our customers are using within EC2, and there is an increasing set of options available for doing it. We've been giving advice to our customers for years on what we've seen work but we finally decided to spend some time and do a real A-B benchmark comparison of a number of solutions. The result is a white paper Load Balancing in the...Read more

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