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Thorsten von Eicken

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Thorsten von Eicken
Chief Technology Officer at RightScale
As chief technology officer and a founder of RightScale, Thorsten von Eicken directs the overall technology strategy of the RightScale cloud management solution. Previously, Thorsten was chief architect at Expertcity (acquired by Citrix Online), where he directed the architecture of the company's online services, including GoToMeeting. He was a professor of computer science at Cornell University and he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Articles by Thorsten von Eicken

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

Thoughts on AWS OpsWorks Application Management

Since RightScale pioneered the category of cloud management six years ago, we’ve watched a variety of players large and small offer software and services targeted at some form of management of cloud applications and resources. We like to keep tabs on these changes, especially from the point of view of how new technologies affect companies' choices as they adopt cloud computing. Last week Amazon...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

RightScale Joins Google Compute Engine for Launch Day

Today we'll be demoing RightScale managing a deployment on Google Compute Engine during the launch presentation at Google I/O at 1:30pm (PT). With the release of Google Compute Engine, the year 2012 is becoming a turning point in the evolution of cloud computing. There are now multiple public megaclouds on the market, and public cloud computing is set to become the dominant form of business...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

Commercial Support for OpenStack on the Horizon

A change that was very palpable at the recent OpenStack conference is that a number of major industry players are readying commercial offerings around implementing OpenStack clouds. Today Citrix officially threw its hat into the ring, announcing Project Olympus , which lets any customer build a private or public cloud based on "a Citrix-certified version of OpenStack and a cloud-optimized version...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

Zend publishes PHP PaaS on RightScale

It looks like 2011 is shaping up as the year of PaaS, and the notion of what a PaaS is is starting to stretch out a bit. I used to think of PaaS as being what Heroku or Google App engine offer: a full compute service based around a language framework (or several) to which developers upload code for deployment. It is becoming clear that the "as a Service" aspect can take on a number of flavors. It...Read more