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AWS i2 Instances: Now Supported by RightScale

Today Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a new i2 instance type, and we provided immediate support for it in the RightScale Multi-Cloud Platform. The i2 instance was designed to host I/O intensive workloads typically generated by NoSQL databases such as Cassandra and MongoDB as well as workloads generated by relational databases and transactional systems.Read more

500friends Inspires Customer Loyalty

In this guest post contributed by the CTO of 500friends, Bob Tekiela talks about the challenges of launching a business on a SaaS platform and how RightScale is an integral part of his company’s ongoing success. Customer loyalty is a critical ingredient of any successful business, but today’s highly connected world makes loyalty more challenging. As access to mobile and online tools such as...Read more

New EC2 Instance Types and Coordinated Failures in the Cloud

Amazon announced a new series of instance types today that do not have any local storage. This got me thinking about some of the failure modes we've seen. The specifics are that AWS released the "m3" series of instances with 15/30GB of memory and 4/8 cores and no local disk storage, which means that the root volume (from the image) and all additional data storage must use EBS volumes. The move to...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: The Caching Tier

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   October 24, 2012 0 comments
Last week I discussed the application tier and the implementation considerations that come into play with regard to promoting the availability and resiliency of that tier of your architecture. Here, in the third article in my series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , I will cover a part of the architecture that is often forgotten when implementing an application – the caching...Read more

Four Steps to Achieving High Availability in the Cloud

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   May 09, 2012 1 comment
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

Applying Security Workarounds in the RightScale Universe

Posted by Phil Cox   Ι   September 29, 2011 1 comment
In a recent post I discussed some of the options for patch management in the RightScale platform . This time I will talk about what happens when a patch is not available through traditional patch channels from the vendor. This typically happens in one of two cases: A workaround or configuration fix is made available from the vendor of a package The vendor of a package applies a security patch to...Read more

Microsoft .NET Stack Released

Posted by Shivan Bindal   Ι   September 15, 2011 0 comments
This is the final post in our release series, following both our dashboard and ServerTemplates releases. Today we'll talk about a unique solution we now support.Read more

RightScale Release: MultiCloud ServerTemplates and RightImages

Posted by Shivan Bindal   Ι   September 08, 2011 1 comment
This is Part Two of our release series. A couple weeks ago, we announced a lot of goodies and we're going to talk about some new stuff today. It has been a R.A.C.E. to the finish line this sprint, but we have some exciting news! RightScale's current ServerTemplate release showcases the entire PHP 3-tier stack across the R ackspace Cloud, A mazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, C loud.com's CloudStack...Read more

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