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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

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

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

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 felt that one way we could help our customers is to describe the process, and nuances, that we go through during our testing. Since RightScale runs in the cloud, the information should help any...Read more

AWS Outage Follow-Up

A week after the April 21, 2011, outage AWS posted a detailed post mortem explanation of what happened. It'll be interesting to see how everyone digests the very detailed account. Since AWS did not provide an executive summary I'll try my hand at one: The outage was triggered by an operator error during a router upgrade which funneled very high-volume network traffic into a low-bandwidth control...Read more

Amazon EC2 Outage: Summary and Lessons Learned

Last Thursday's Amazon EC2 outage was the worst in cloud computing's history. It made the front page of many news pages, including the New York Times, probably because many people were shocked by how many web sites and services rely on EC2. Seeing so much affected was a very graphical illustration of how pervasive cloud computing has become. I will try to summarize what happened, what worked and...Read more

RightScale Release: 25 ServerTemplates across 66 RightImages

Is it Christmas? It seems the RightScale elves have been busy. Luckily for you, many of our elves have Ph.D.s or master's degrees in computer science - or just many years behind a Unix prompt. Lucky for us, they don't look like elves. Let's see what's under the tree... New Database Managers Our Database Manager for MySQL is one of our most popular ServerTemplates , serving as the rock-solid...Read more


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