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Amazon Adds Load Balancing, Monitoring, and Autoscaling

Amazon tonight launched load balancing, monitoring, and autoscaling for the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) . These features have been requested many times by EC2 users and with this release Amazon continues to show that it listens and responds to feedback. Read Jeff Barr's description on the AWS blog and Werner Vogels' backgrounder on his blog . At RightScale we've been experimenting with a preview...Read more

RightScale + Ubuntu + Eucalyptus = Cloud in a Box

Want a cloud in a box? Then start requisitioning a couple of machines now so you're ready on Thursday to load up Ubuntu 9.04, install Eucalyptus, and follow the prompt to register your cloud with RightScale. And best of all, it's all free - free open source software and access to a free RightScale service account. We're finally getting close to the release of Ubuntu 9.04, which includes the...Read more

McKinsey Doesn't 'Get' the Cloud

The McKinsey report "Clearing the air on cloud computing" is getting some attention. It has some good stuff in it, including the warning that cloud computing is approaching the top of the Gartner hype cycle. However, its claim that cloud computing (in the guise of EC2) ends up being more expensive per server month for large enterprises than doing it in-house seems fatally flawed. In particular,...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

RightScale Supports Amazon EC2 Europe

Our platform now supports Amazon EC2 in Europe! Several of our customers have already noticed it and are running servers there using RightScale. This brings the cloud offering in Europe practically up to par with what's available in the US. After operating production servers in the EU for about a month now, I must say that it's been pleasantly uneventful! It actually took me a few server launches...Read more

Amazon Launches EC2 Console

Ever since AWS pre-announced that it was developing its own web-based console for EC2, we've been asked how it compares with RightScale. Now that it's released we can actually make an informed comparison. The one-sentence summary is that the current EC2 console is a control panel that gives you access to all EC2 functions, while RightScale is a complete management platform to design, deploy, and...Read more

Amazon Launches New Cloud in Europe

Amazon just unveiled an EC2 cloud in Europe - see the AWS feature guide on this topic. This EU offering has long been rumored and has been requested many times by customers in the EU as well as by US customers with sizable European user bases. Finally EC2 EU has arrived. It looks like it has landed in Ireland; I hope the Amazon team is ready for the customer onslaught. The EC2 EU announcement is...Read more

Amazon Releases CloudFront Cloud Content Distribution Network

Amazon just made its CloudFront service public, and in time-honored tradition RightScale offers full support for the new service in its dashboard. You can read Jeff Barr's announcement and Werner's blog post for the details. The folks at AWS have listened to users. Many users of S3, the Simple Storage Service, have been serving up web assets directly from S3 as if it were a CDN. This works...Read more

Why Amazon's Elastic Block Store Matters

On the technical side, Amazon's EBS service may look like just another great new feature of the Elastic Compute Cloud, but on the business side it enables a whole slew of new customers. I won't pretend that I understand all the new uses, but I can talk about those we see and are supporting. First a couple of words about what EBS is. In short, it's a SAN (storage area network) in the cloud. You...Read more

Amazon's Elastic Block Store Explained

Now that Amazon's Elastic Block Store is live I thought it'd be helpful to explain all the ins and outs as well as how to use them. The official information about EBS is found on the AWS site. I've written about the significance of EBS before and I'll follow up with a post about some new use cases it enables . The Basics EBS starts out really simple. You create a volume from 1GB to 1TB in size...Read more

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