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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

Posted by Darryl Eaton   Ι   March 29, 2011 4 comments
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

ServerTemplates: The Key to RightScale Cloud Management

People often ask us what the biggest innovation is that RightScale offers beyond other forms of server management. The real answer is the integrated approach that puts together all the parts needed to architect multi-server deployments, launch them, monitor and manage them, and then cycle back to re-architecting, re-launching, etc. But if there is one aspect of the overall integration that is...Read more

Cloud Japan: Fastest-Growing Cloud?

The pent-up demand for cloud computing in Japan seems to have grown almost exponentially in recent months. We have been working with Japanese customers and partners for years and now that a public cloud is available (the new EC2 Tokyo region ) we are ready for the floodgates to open! We've formed a RightScale subsidiary in Japan with local employees which we officially announced today , and we're...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

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

Thoughts About the Amazon Simple Notification Service

Amazon just released a new service, the Simple Notification Service (SNS), which is a distributed message delivery service roughly similar to AMQP or JMS message services. It uses a publish-subscribe paradigm and supports push delivery of notifications using HTTP and email. It seems mostly targeted at back-end applications, such as servers sending notifications to one another, but given that is...Read more

Amazon Consolidated Billing and Reserved Instances

Amazon added consolidated billing a couple of days ago. It allows you to consolidate multiple accounts onto a single bill so your credit card only gets one hefty charge instead of many smaller ones from all the accounts you might have. What's actually nice is that you can download a CSV file with the details of all the accounts in one place so you get an overview of where the money is going. For...Read more

Bid for Your Instances!

We're clearly witnessing a year-end release finale at AWS with another big release tonight: EC2 spot instance pricing. Spot instance pricing is the third pricing model introduced by Amazon after the original per-hour price (now called "on-demand"), then the "reserved" instance pricing and now a supply and demand driven "spot" pricing. As far as I know, this is the first step on a large scale...Read more

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