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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

Cloud API Requirements

Does a standard cloud API makes sense? I'm still of the opinion that there is too much diversity out there and that the time is not ripe yet. There are many indispensable features in Amazon EC2 that no-one else has implemented at scale or for which there is no different take. The whole EBS feature set is one example. Image sharing and publishing is another one. Elastic IPs is another example...Read more

Amazon Consolidated Billing and Reserved Instances

Amazon added consolidated billing a couple of days ago. It allows you to consolidate multiple accounts onto a single bill so your credit card only gets one hefty charge instead of many smaller ones from all the accounts you might have. What's actually nice is that you can download a CSV file with the details of all the accounts in one place so you get an overview of where the money is going.Read more

Bid for Your Instances!

We're clearly witnessing a year-end release finale at AWS with another big release tonight: EC2 spot instance pricing. Spot instance pricing is the third pricing model introduced by Amazon after the original per-hour price (now called "on-demand"), then the "reserved" instance pricing and now a supply and demand driven "spot" pricing. As far as I know, this is the first step on a large scale...Read more

Amazon EC2 - A New Chapter Begins

Tonight Amazon made a milestone release introducing the ability to boot instances from an EBS volume and stop and start instances. In addition, just a few weeks after announcing plans to expand AWS to the Far East, today it has moved west and made a U.S. West Coast cloud available. (Does Amazon need a compass?) For the AWS view on all this see Werner's Blog as well as Jeff Barr's postings . But...Read more

RightScale ServerTemplate Library and Machine Tags

Yesterday's release of the RightScale platform introduced two new features that I'm really excited about: the ServerTemplate Library and the use of Machine Tags on servers. We've had sophisticated sharing of ServerTemplates in RightScale for over a year now allowing certain users to share ServerTemplates, RightScripts and other design artifacts with other RightScale users. This enables us to...Read more

Amazon Launches Relational Database Service & Larger Server Sizes

Today is another big AWS launch day with two important new features available for EC2: a Relational Database Service (RDS) and larger servers and a 15% price reduction on compute cycles. With the Relational Database Service AWS fulfills a longstanding request from a large number of its users, namely to provide a full relational database as a service. What Amazon is introducing today is slightly...Read more

Amazon Usage Estimates

Two weeks ago Guy Rosen posted am interesting analysis of the EC2 instance IDs that reveals how many instances (virtual machines) have been launched on EC2 since its beginning in 2006. We've also been digging in our records, and I can share some interesting findings. First of all, Guy's analysis contains one significant error, due to the limited data set he had access to. Before May 2009 EC2...Read more

Rackspace, RightLink, Chef, Machine Tags, VPC, and more

Yesterday's release included a number of features that I've been itching to get into RightScale for a long time. This stuff is fresh off the press in alpha release form, so we're hoping for your feedback so we can evolve it to suit your needs. Here are the highlights and some background on where we're headed. First off we're adding Rackspace CloudServers to the set of clouds in RightScale. All...Read more

Internal External Private Public Hybrid Virtual Cloud

I'd like an external private hybrid cloud, dry, with whole milk, please! Enterprises rise to the cloud, terminology takes off - as if we didn't have enough cloud confusion already. But it's not all bad news - some of the terms do make sense. While many of the benefits associated with the cloud are independent of cloud type – internal, external, private, public – the type of cloud does determine...Read more

Amazon Launches Virtual Private Clouds

This evening Amazon launched a new service called Virtual Private Cloud. You can read the details on the product page and the AWS blog , plus a nice backgrounder on Werner Vogel's blog . The short story is that it allows anyone to spin up a private enclave within Amazon's infrastructure. VPC users can segregate their EC2 instances from others' and get a VPN connection from their own data center...Read more