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

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   January 04, 2013 11 comments
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

RightScale Supports New AWS Australia Region

Posted by Shivan Bindal   Ι   November 12, 2012 0 comments
Amazon just launched a new region today in Sydney, Australia, as part of its Global AWS Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. We’re pleased to announce that RightScale supports this new region (Asia Pacific - Sydney) on launch day!Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: The Caching Tier

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   October 24, 2012 0 comments
Last week I discussed the application tier and the implementation considerations that come into play with regard to promoting the availability and resiliency of that tier of your architecture. Here, in the third article in my series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , I will cover a part of the architecture that is often forgotten when implementing an application – the caching...Read more

Identifying Workloads for the Cloud

Posted by Ryan Geyer   Ι   May 23, 2012 1 comment
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

RightScale Conference: Talk to the Experts About Cloud

Posted by Kim Weins   Ι   May 16, 2012 0 comments
Cloud is here and cloud is now. RightScale has led the way in cloud management, with more than 4 million servers launched in the cloud to date. We know that cloud is a strategy, not just a tactical solution . It’s not simply about moving to the cloud and doing business as usual. Cloud is about transforming IT. Cloud is about making business more agile. Cloud is about enabling completely new...Read more

Four Steps to Achieving High Availability in the Cloud

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   May 09, 2012 1 comment
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

Cloud APIs: It's the Architecture that Matters

Lack of excitement is not something the cloud market can be accused of! Citrix just announced a bold roadmap for its CloudStack platform coming right on the heels of a Eucalyptus and Amazon announcement to extend API compatibility and just two weeks before the OpenStack summit. My prediction for 2012: we will exit the year with as many cloud APIs as we had when we entered, and it doesn't really...Read more

RightScale Server Orchestration and Amazon SWF launch

The launch of Amazon's SWF (see also Werner's blog ) is a good opportunity to talk about some of the exciting new automation features that we have in the works and we will make available with the coming releases. We've been using SWF as one of our back-end services for a number of months and it's a pretty awesome service that greatly accelerated the development of our orchestration features. In...Read more

Ending the Year with a Bang! Five New Clouds Managed by RightScale

Posted by Shivan Bindal   Ι   December 19, 2011 1 comment
What a year it has been! We've released a lot of really cool features , including a MultiCloud API and many MultiCloud ServerTemplates . To round out the year, last week, we launched new public clouds that are available on the RightScale MultiCloud Management Platform : AWS South America in São Paulo, Datapipe, Logicworks, SoftLayer and Rackspace UK. These new clouds offer choice for our users...Read more

RightScale Launches 3 Millionth Server

Here at RightScale, we've just passed the 3 million server milestone. Driven by our growing customer and free-user base, and their ever-increasing cloud usage, the 3M mark represents a benchmark in the industry, and is noteworthy in three different ways. First, 3 million is impressive in the data center business. Many well-known hosting companies house between 50,000 and 100,000 servers, and...Read more

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