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RightScale Dashboard Release: Have It Your Way with Widgets

We’ve successfully completed the first release of the RightScale Dashboard for 2011. This release includes our answer to a few common problems or requests we’ve heard recently… let’s walk through them. One of the more common requests that we hear at RightScale is “can I get a view of my X resources displayed in format Y?” The good thing is that everyone asks the same question. The problem,...Read more

Windows in the Cloud with RightScale

As many of you know we've been working on supporting Windows on par with Linux within RightScale for close to a year. The big moment has finally arrived where we can announce the general availability of our Windows support! By "support" we mean much more than being able to launch a Windows instance on EC2, which has been possible for a long time, so I thought it worthwhile to expand a little on...Read more

OpenStack: Game-Changing Open Source Cloud Platform

Today Rackspace announced that it is open-sourcing its cloud platform, the code that powers CloudServers and CloudFiles, at openstack.org. We've been working with Rackspace for quite a while and have also participated in this new initiative at a workshop held by Rackspace last week. The bottom line is that we believe this to be a potentially game changing event.Read more

Accelerating Cloud Adoption

Over the past weeks we've been releasing a number of new features in response to numerous requests from our user base to broaden the reach of the RightScale platform. Just today we launched support for Amazon's new Singapore region, see Werner's blog post as well as Jeff Barr's . We've worked closely with the EC2 team so we can support the new region right out of the gate in our dashboard as well...Read more

RightScale ServerTemplate Library and Machine Tags

Yesterday's release of the RightScale platform introduced two new features that I'm really excited about: the ServerTemplate Library and the use of Machine Tags on servers. We've had sophisticated sharing of ServerTemplates in RightScale for over a year now allowing certain users to share ServerTemplates, RightScripts and other design artifacts with other RightScale users. This enables us to...Read more

Rackspace, RightLink, Chef, Machine Tags, VPC, and more

Yesterday's release included a number of features that I've been itching to get into RightScale for a long time. This stuff is fresh off the press in alpha release form, so we're hoping for your feedback so we can evolve it to suit your needs. Here are the highlights and some background on where we're headed. First off we're adding Rackspace CloudServers to the set of clouds in RightScale. All...Read more

More RightScale Open Source Goodness

We've always been strong supporters of open source. We use it a lot and we've been contributing many things to the community as well. In particular, since early 2007 we've been publishing the recipes to our RightImages, and we've also published the AWS Ruby gems that we use to interface to the various AWS services. We've recently taken the next step, which is to develop in public and not just...Read more

RightScale Supports Ubuntu on Amazon EC2

Fear not, this is not a rehash of our press release from the other day. I was browsing what people wrote about Ubuntu and EC2 and I'm amazed at some of the confusion. The most bizarre so far is an article about " Ubuntu's next wave: Open server, closed cloud ," talking about how Canonical is steering users to Amazon's "closed cloud" in order to monetize Ubuntu and thus how they're betraying free...Read more

RightScale Ruby Cloud Gems Released

We've just rereleased all the Ruby gems (libraries) we use to interface to the various cloud providers. These gems are what we use in our RightScale platform in production, not some stripped-down version. They have performance optimizations and extensive error checking as well as retries for failing operations. As part of the current wave, we've released the Amazon Web Services interface RightAws...Read more

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