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RightScale Global - Next Stop: Japan

Amazon's datacenter in Tokyo may have been one of the worst-kept secrets in cloud computing and finally it's public ! We've been operating there to support customers for a while and can now turn on our dashboard support for the EC2 AP-Tokyo region for everyone. We already have a number of RightImages installed and we'll be publishing a full complement of RightImages and ServerTemplates with our...Read more

RightScale Dashboard Release: Have It Your Way with Widgets

We’ve successfully completed the first release of the RightScale Dashboard for 2011. This release includes our answer to a few common problems or requests we’ve heard recently… let’s walk through them. One of the more common requests that we hear at RightScale is “can I get a view of my X resources displayed in format Y?” The good thing is that everyone asks the same question. The problem,...Read more

Cluster Monitoring with Stacked Graphs and Heat Maps

Just in time to demo at the RightScale User Conference, we started a private beta of two new cluster monitoring features: stacked graphs and heat maps. We've been using them for a while internally and they've been invaluable to quickly determine the cause of issues. The idea behind these types of graphs is not new, but what we've been able to do is automate the back-end machinery that lets you...Read more

RightScale ServerTemplate Showdown

Package your favorite software as a ServerTemplate or simply contribute your best ServerTemplate to the cloud community to demonstrate your expertise and win an iPad! Having recently introduced publishing to our full user base we’re now having a contest to recognize the most valuable ServerTemplates published into the RightScale Library. We will pick a Most Innovative, Most Useful, and Most...Read more

Cloud Trends: More Servers, Bigger Servers, and Longer Servers

As a rapid growing startup we obviously keep a close eye on where and how the growth is occurring and year after year it keeps amazing us. We just published a press release that showcases some of the trends we're seeing, but given how press releases are I thought it would be nice to go into a bit more detail and background behind the numbers. Maybe the most surprising growth to some people is the...Read more

OpenStack: Game-Changing Open Source Cloud Platform

Today Rackspace announced that it is open-sourcing its cloud platform, the code that powers CloudServers and CloudFiles, at openstack.org. We've been working with Rackspace for quite a while and have also participated in this new initiative at a workshop held by Rackspace last week. The bottom line is that we believe this to be a potentially game changing event.Read more

VMops Rebrands to Cloud.com and Opens Source

Pretty bold move by VMops! It bought the cloud.com domain and is rebranding to Cloud.com on the occasion of its new release, now called CloudStack 2.0, which it is also open-sourcing at open.cloud.com . It thus joins the open source private cloud landscape that Eucalyptus pioneered. We've been seeing a lot of interest in the private cloud space and have been working with Eucalyptus for a long...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

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