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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

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

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

Cloud Japan: Fastest-Growing Cloud?

The pent-up demand for cloud computing in Japan seems to have grown almost exponentially in recent months. We have been working with Japanese customers and partners for years and now that a public cloud is available (the new EC2 Tokyo region ) we are ready for the floodgates to open! We've formed a RightScale subsidiary in Japan with local employees which we officially announced today , and we're...Read more

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