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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

Why Do-It-Yourself Cloud Computing Management Is a Temporary Fad

Posted by Darryl Eaton   Ι   January 09, 2012 4 comments
I recently called up my buddy who used to be vice president of marketing at SugarCRM. I asked him if he ever encountered companies that were building their own CRM solutions internally. "No, that's dumb," he said. "That's why they came to Sugar, so they could use ours. It's too much work to do it yourself." Building your own Salesforce.com? Yup, sounds like a lot of work. Yet here at RightScale,...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

Performing Security Testing in the Cloud

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   August 04, 2011 1 comment
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

Cloud Foundry Architecture and Auto-Scaling

Yesterday's blog post mostly covered the benefits of VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS and how it fits with RightScale. Today I want to dive a little into the Cloud Foundry architecture and highlight how IaaS and PaaS really are complementary. I'm really hoping that more PaaS options will become available so we can offer our users a choice of PaaS software. CloudFoundry Architecture From a technical...Read more

Launch VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS Using RightScale

VMware's Cloud Foundry release has the potential to be quite a watershed moment for the PaaS world. It provides many of the core pieces that are needed to build a PaaS in an open source form. VMware has put it together in such a way that it is easy to construct PaaS deployments of various sizes and also to plug in different management strategies. All this dovetails nicely with RightScale in that...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

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