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Seven Things to Consider Before Building a Private Cloud

Not so long ago, if you were like many CIOs or ops managers, you were consumed with issues related to providing power, space, and cooling for corporate data centers. As the capabilities of server hardware continued to increase (Moore’s Law stands the test of time), the workload generated by a typical application could no longer completely consume the resources of a single server. Vast amounts of...Read more

Identifying Workloads for the Cloud

Identifying workloads to move to the cloud can be tricky. You have dozens or hundreds of apps running in your organization, and now that you’ve seen the operational efficiencies and agility available to you in the cloud, you’re tempted to move as many of them to the cloud as quickly as possible. As you’ll see in the examples below, cloud computing is indeed a good fit for many common workloads. I...Read more

Four Steps to Achieving High Availability in the Cloud

Constructing a high-availability application in the cloud can seem like a daunting process. The key is to assume that every component of a system will fail at some point and to prepare for that eventuality. Then you can build for failure and automate processes to handle it. Fault-tolerant systems designed for high availability are achievable in the cloud. High availability (HA) and disaster...Read more

Private and Hybrid Clouds: Like Sex in High School

RightScale CEO Michael Crandell recently explained to a journalist at The Register that "the hybrid cloud is a little bit like sex in high school — everybody is talking about it, but not everybody is doing it." While that may be true for the IT industry as a whole, Michael also rightly points out what we in the RightScale Professional Services trenches see everyday: The majority of RightScale...Read more

Get More Out of Your Cloud with RightScale and Citrix CloudStack 3

RightScale has been integrated with CloudStack since 2010 and we jointly run many of the world’s largest production cloud deployments. Last year's acquisition of Cloud.com by Citrix marked a new beginning for a relationship that, coupled with the RightScale multicloud management platform, would provide unprecedented value to our end customers. We are pleased to see this morning's release of...Read more

Internal External Private Public Hybrid Virtual Cloud

I'd like an external private hybrid cloud, dry, with whole milk, please! Enterprises rise to the cloud, terminology takes off - as if we didn't have enough cloud confusion already. But it's not all bad news - some of the terms do make sense. While many of the benefits associated with the cloud are independent of cloud type – internal, external, private, public – the type of cloud does determine...Read more

Animoto's Facebook Scale-Up

The Animoto guys hit the jackpot on Facebook this past week. Jeff Barr mentioned a few of the stats on his blog : Animoto ramped from 25,000 users to 250,000 users in three days, signing up 20,000 new users per hour at peak. The system they run using RightScale is quite complicated, with the www.animoto.com website, then a separate site for the Facebook app run by Hungry Machines, both of these...Read more

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