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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

Windows in the Cloud with RightScale

As many of you know we've been working on supporting Windows on par with Linux within RightScale for close to a year. The big moment has finally arrived where we can announce the general availability of our Windows support! By "support" we mean much more than being able to launch a Windows instance on EC2, which has been possible for a long time, so I thought it worthwhile to expand a little on...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

Benchmarking Load Balancers in the Cloud

Load balancing is one of the technologies that virtually all our customers are using within EC2, and there is an increasing set of options available for doing it. We've been giving advice to our customers for years on what we've seen work but we finally decided to spend some time and do a real A-B benchmark comparison of a number of solutions. The result is a white paper Load Balancing in the...Read more

RightScale ServerTemplates Explained

One of the distinguishing features of RightScale is that from day one we've focused on automating the configuration management of servers. The reason is simple: you can't get the benefits of the cloud if you have to spend a lot of manual time configuring each launched server. The cloud itself only solves part of the problem: calling EC2's runInstances API is just the beginning of a rather complex...Read more

Top Cloud API Sins

Here is a short list of the top poor design decisions that I've seen in cloud APIs. Let me rephrase that: Here's a short list of the top API features that got in our way or simply didn't work for us. There may well be other use cases where these features make sense. Listing of resources without the details, e.g., a list-servers call that doesn't return all the details for each server. This makes...Read more