We’re just back from celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday and are feeling stuffed with leftover turkey and extra thankful for all of our RightScale users and customers. Here is a summary of the capabilities we’ve added over the last month. Click the links below to get detailed release notes, or contact your RightScale Account Manager for more information.
- New design for Scheduled Reports: We have made design improvements to Cloud Analytics Scheduled Reports in order to make the data easier to see and understand.
- New Cloud Analytics documentation: We’ve added loads of new documentation on Cloud Analytics to docs.rightscale.com. The Getting Started section gives you all the basics on Cloud Analytics, while Guides provide in-depth information on topics like Chargeback and Showback Reporting, Forecasting and Budgeting, and Manage Reserved Instances.
- Support for local SSDs on Google Compute Engine (GCE): RightScale now supports local SSDs on GCE instances. When launching a supported instance, simply choose the number of SSDs to attach. Each local SSD provides 375 GB of storage and is deleted when the instance is terminated. See Add and Launch a New GCE Instance for additional information.
- New Azure Instance Types supported: You can now launch Azure VMs using any instance type, including the new D v2 instance types recently announced by Microsoft.
- wstunnel update for vSphere Cloud Appliance: The RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere (RCA-V) admin console has been updated to use the latest version of wstunnel for communication with the RightScale platform. We recommend that you upgrade to this version. From the RCA-V admin console, select Connectivity > RightScale platform from the navigation bar and click the Upgrade button in the Admin Interface panel.
- Removal of tags for deleted resources from Cloud Management: In order to improve performance of the platform, we will be removing tag information for deleted resources from Cloud Management starting in January 2016. You will no longer be able to see or filter on tag information for deleted resources, including Servers, Deployments, and other resource types. Going forward, we will remove tags at the time that you delete a resource in Cloud Management. This primarily affects you if you use the “Tags” API resource and the “with_deleted” flag. This does not impact any resource tags used in Cloud Analytics, so you can continue to report on historical usage and cost data based on tags.
- New Help Center and support portal: You may have already noticed some changes when opening support tickets. This month we’re excited to announce the newly designed Help Center. Our “What can we help you with today?” approach will provide information on documentation, release notes, system status, and billing questions, as well as the ability to check existing support incidents. Additionally we list all the ways you can connect with RightScale Support, including our new community powered by Slack. Look for major enhancements to be rolled out over the next few months to enable self-service access to all the data and information about your current projects, managed services, and SLA performance. We are focused on the success of our customers and invite all of you to try our new Help Center and start interacting with the RightScale team today!
New Cloud Resources
- How RightScale Works with Docker: In this technical overview, we explain how you can use RightScale with Docker to enable automated application delivery and portability across clouds, virtualized environments, and bare metal.
- Continuous Delivery: How RightScale Releases Weekly: Last week due to popular demand, senior members of the RightScale engineering, ops, and QA teams presented an updated version of their webinar on how we used continuous delivery and cloud automation to move from multi-month to weekly release cycles. The webinar recording is now available on demand for you to watch at your convenience.