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Enabling Cloud-Powered IT Without Headaches

If you’ve read my previous articles on using RightScale to manage Windows Azure cloud infrastructure, you've made sense of your Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and you've automated your development and test environment deployments using Windows Azure virtual machines and RightScale, but that's not the last step in the process of successfully rolling out ongoing updates. In this third and...Read more

RightScale Compute 2013: Day One

Yesterday was the first day of RightScale Compute 2013, our annual conference in San Francisco. (You can also read about Day Two .) The day kicked off with a keynote address by James Staten, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, and a State of the Cloud report by RightScale CEO Michael Crandell ( watch the video ). Richard Kaufmann, vice president of Samsung SDS America, followed...Read more

Windows Azure VMs with RightScale for Rapid Testing & Validation

With Microsoft's announcement today of the general availability of its IaaS solutions, it's only appropriate that we press on and get technical with how to use Windows Azure within your dev/test workflow. In my article on how to Integrate Windows Azure IaaS with RightScale to Improve Your SDLC , I talked about strategy for DevOps shops for improving development and test cycles, shared some...Read more

Integrate Windows Azure IaaS with RightScale to Improve Your SDLC

Whether you have a formalized process that's tailored to your business, or you've chosen one of the Microsoft-provided ALM models within Team Foundation Server , or your process is seemingly ad hoc, it’s worth re-examining your software development lifecycle (SDLC) every once in a while. Integrating Windows Azure IaaS into your development and test process can help you deliver on-time and high-...Read more

How to Manage Cloud Costs and Optimize Resource Usage

Last year RightScale announced the acquisition of PlanForCloud , a cloud cost forecasting tool that enables you to model your cloud infrastructure, run it through a simulation, and get a three-year cost report showing what your deployment will cost. We know how hard it can be to figure out cloud costs and optimize your usage, so we made it easier with our free cloud cost forecasting tool . We’ve...Read more

RightScale Supports Windows Azure 2.0: Where IaaS Meets PaaS

Until now Windows Azure was synonymous with PaaS: Microsoft built a reputation as arguably one of the most successful PaaS providers. This is about to change with Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Azure 2.0 , which adds a slew of improvements and new capabilities on top of their existing offering. Most notable among the new capabilities is the addition of IaaS (infrastructure cloud), allowing...Read more
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