February 9, 2016
Amazon Web Services still leads the league in public cloud adoption, but Microsoft Azure is making headway, according to a new survey. That AWS remains dominant is not shocking. But the report, by cloud management company RightScale, did show a shift in the makeup of Amazon’s customers. More big companies moved to the service, but that gain was offset as reported usage among smaller companies dropped.
February 9, 2016
More company technology workloads are shifting to both public and private clouds, with a notable emphasis on hybrid cloud adoption. At this time, organizations are using or piloting at least six different clouds, on average. Also, the epicenter of public cloud appears to be the Seattle area — while Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the public cloud market, Azure continues to gain ground. These are some of the findings in a recent survey of 1,060 technology managers, released by RightScale Inc., a cloud management provider.
February 9, 2016
Microsoft’s (MSFT) Azure service is gaining ground vs. Amazon Web Services in public cloud computing, says a RightScale survey of small businesses and large companies. RightScale surveyed 1,060 buyers of public and private cloud computing services. Some large companies have also been interested in a hybrid cloud model — running the most important business apps on their own servers behind a private corporate firewall and accessing public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers as needed.
February 8, 2016
RightScale has launched a timely tool that addresses the need for comparing public clouds. It's called RightScale Cloud Comparison, and the tool could be useful as enterprises increasingly mix and match public cloud providers for computing, as well as storage and offloading workloads. In separate news, RightScale was recently cited as a cloud leader in the Forrester Wave Report, which noted: “RightScale led the pack with support for many different cloud platform basic and advanced services, the broadest breadth and depth of available cross-cloud templates, very mature governance capabilities, embedded cost analytics, and the most widely used and praised hybrid cloud APIs and external tool integrations. Customers are very loyal, praise the vendor's support staff, and repeatedly called out its market-leading developer-friendly APIs and unwavering cloud-agnostic strategy.”
February 2, 2016
Independent research firm Forrester named RightScale a leader in hybrid cloud management in its Wave report. Forrester noted that because most organizations are choosing to retain data on premises while moving specific workloads to the cloud, they are turning to hybrid cloud management vendors to help them manage their on premises and cloud deployments.
November 2, 2015
Hybrid cloud management between VMware and AWS environments can be tricky, but it is doable thanks to customizable tools and platforms like RightScale. Getty Images is using RightScale Cloud Portfolio Management as an interface into all its clouds and has also built its own custom modules using RightScale cloud application templates (CATs).
October 8, 2015
Cloud pricing was supposed to be simple with the introduction of cloud computing, but as cloud providers have proven time and again, it's anything but simple. RightScale aims to make it easier for consumers to compare cloud prices by monitoring more than 100,000 prices and making them available through its Cloud Pricing Service, which is currently in early access for the company's customers.
October 6, 2015
RightScale customers and partners can now develop plugins for compute, network, and storage services that integrate with RightScale across AWS, Azure, Google, SoftLayer, OpenStack, VMware vSphere, and other leading public and private clouds.
October 2, 2015
RightScale co-founder Thorsten von Eicken released the first version of cloud management software back in the dark ages of the cloud. Fast forward nearly a decade and it is almost universally accepted that the cloud will play some part in the IT makeup of modern companies. And there is a growing awareness that management of an organization's infrastructure will increasingly become a more complex task as enterprises' IT footprints become ever more heterogeneous. RightScale is meeting this need with a new take on its product that goes beyond single cloud management: cloud service plugins that are designed to extend the RightScale platform to enable it to orchestrate any cloud service that has its own API.
September 25, 2015
In a nod to workloads that are not necessarily cloud ready, RightScale said it will now manage bare-metal implementations. Applications that run on bare-metal, non-virtualized infrastructure tend to generate a ton of input/output operations that can be problematic in a virtualized world. Databases and older enterprise resource planning applications are some examples. The beauty of bare metal is speed. RightScale’s goal is to give a company that runs many workloads in many clouds—and now on bare metal— the proverbial “single pane of glass,” that is, one dashboard to monitor all that action.
August 11, 2015
A hybrid cloud strategy refers to the use of both public and private clouds within an organization. According to the 2015 State of the Cloud Survey conducted by RightScale, 55 percent of enterprises are planning for hybrid cloud deployments. Even among those that are using public or private exclusively, many will be deploying multiple clouds. The survey also said that 13 percent were planning on multiple and public clouds, and 14 percent were planning on multiple private clouds.
June 2, 2015
There are some smaller cloud providers out there that allow you to extend your on-prem proprietary management tools (vCloud Connector, for example) to their VMware installations, but these are few and far between. Happily there are some options for hybrid cloud management out there from third parties...core ones like RightScale.
May 21, 2015
RightScale analysis of Google vs. AWS pricing after the most recent Google price drops suggests that with this price cut, Google has likely created enough of a price differential to get people to sit up, take notice, and try Google Cloud Platform.
May 18, 2015
In the increasingly competitive public cloud market, RightScale found that Amazon Web Services led the pack with 50 percent share, up slightly from 49 percent for the previous year. Microsoft Azure logged 19 percent up from 11 percent, and Google Cloud Platform posted 5 percent up from 4 percent.
April 20, 2015
CIO Magazine profiled the top 100 CIOs in the UK, including RightScale customer Tim Jones, CIO at Moneysupermarket.com. Jones named RightScale among the technologies that provide the foundation for the company’s automated CI/CD and devops strategies.
February 25, 2015
The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud Survey revealed that 13 percent of organizations used Docker in its first year of availability and 35 percent are planning to use it.
February 19, 2015
For several years, RightScale, one of the leading developers of cloud management software, has canvassed its customer database to assess the state of the cloud, which this year is best summarized as healthy and maturing but still developing.
Investor’s Business Daily
February 19, 2015
A survey of 930 information technology professionals by RightScale found that 57 percent of companies are using AWS to run apps this year, up from 54 percent last year. Microsoft Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) has moved into second place, making significant inroads with enterprises of more than 1,000 employees, RightScale said in its 2015 State of the Cloud Report.
February 19, 2015
RightScale is out with its 2015 State of the Cloud report, always one of the more definitive barometers for the state of cloud computing.
February 17, 2015
To avoid lock-in with a single hosting provider, Audi of America adopted RightScale. It has proven to be a boon to the organization overall because the RightScale cloud management interface presents a consolidated view of all the company's cloud activities: "It's just much easier for the CFO to deal with," said Jeff Titus, general manager for digital technology solutions at Volkswagen Group of America, the parent company of Audi of America.
December 1, 2014
Eric Knorr, editor-in-chief of InfoWorld, names multi-cloud management as one of the top trends in 2015. He says, "Few large enterprises want to put all their eggs in one basket, which is where multi-cloud management comes in. Tools to manage deployments across multiple clouds emerged a while ago and are gaining more traction…notably RightScale, which enables you to manage and optimize resources and costs across clouds."
November 11, 2014
NetworkWorld editor Brandon Butler lists some of the hottest products at AWS re:Invent this year including RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere: "RightScale released new capabilities to automate and streamline the process of cloud-enabling existing vSphere environments. IT can offer access to existing vSphere templates and resources through an easy-to-use self-service portal."
November 3, 2014
Larry Dignan of ZDNet includes RightScale on a list of what he calls "emerging enterprise behemoths." He cited RightScale because "cloud management is going to become a larger issue, and while it's debatable whether cloud brokers will emerge as an independent business, there's a real need to swap services easily."
October 2, 2014
Mark May, a Citi analyst, reports that according to RightScale, average pricing for cloud services declined 26 percent in 2013, which represented acceleration from a 23 percent decline in 2012. Last year, AWS led the industry with an average decline of 32 percent, followed by Microsoft Azure at 26 percent. Google’s latest compute price decrease suggests acceleration in the rate of decrease this year (Google compute pricing is now down 39 percent y/y YTD).
August 5, 2014
With a new cost management solution for optimizing infrastructure expenditure, RightScale addresses the “cloud sprawl” that enterprises suffer when they pay for unknown or forgotten cloud resources that are not being actively used. RightScale Cloud Analytics is aimed at empowering CIOs and CFOs to get the biggest bang for their service dollar not only in the public cloud but on-premises as well.
July 17, 2014
A new white paper by RightScale details how to provide self-service access to cloud, explaining that "Your goal should be to provide a self-service portal that enables developers to stand up basic cloud-based VMs within minutes and fully functional technology stacks in less than an hour. This requires full automation capabilities as well as the ability to create policies (for example, approved clouds and usage quotas) that eliminates the need for approvals in the majority of cases, such as the provisioning of development and test resources. Only by doing so will you be successful in bringing ‘shadow IT’ under governance."
June 23, 2014
Utpal Thakrar, a senior product manager at RightScale, discusses key requirements that must be addressed in making vSphere look and act like a public cloud.
May 14, 2014
“One of the things that stood out [was] that traditional IT ops wasn't working for us, which is why we needed to switch to something more agile, hence RightScale," says Alain Gaeremynck, senior enterprise architect at the Yellow Pages Group. (Free subscription required to access entire article.)
May 5, 2014
NetworkWorld names the new RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere a product of the week: “RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere enables self-service IT and enables greater workload portability on vSphere.”
April 30, 2014
Forbes contributor Ben Kepes observes that “Terms like ‘single pane of glass’ and ‘multi-cloud’ are bandied around regularly. Beyond the hype, however, they are terms that neatly describe both the way future IT will look and the key requirements that practitioners in the future will have for the management tools they use. By including vSphere in its platform, RightScale is well-positioned to tell a compelling story into the future.”
April 30, 2014
In its roundup of how enterprises view security in the cloud, eSecurityPlanet notes that “A RightScale survey found that nearly a third of organizations that lack experience with cloud name security as their biggest worry — though that number drops to just 13 percent among more experienced consumers of cloud services.”
April 17, 2014
Inc. covers the cloud computing price wars, referencing the RightScale 2014 State of the Cloud report on the ubiquity of cloud computing in enterprises today.
Wall Street Journal
April 16, 2014
Steep price cuts by several of the top cloud providers is changing the math for enterprises who may have once planned to own their own data centers, with 87 percent of enterprise now using cloud according to the RightScale 2014 State of the Cloud survey.
Wall Street Journal
March 25, 2014
RightScale CEO Michael Crandell calls Google’s price cuts "game-changing." Over three years, RightScale says Google may still be 3 to 18 percent more expensive than AWS. However, Google’s Sustained-Use Pricing approach will let customers take advantage of future price cuts, which may erode the difference.
January 7, 2014
What do you find when you look up cloud management in the dictionary? Not much. But TechRepublic suggests that RightScale is a good example of cloud management - and one that works across multiple clouds.
December 10, 2013
For the many companies that run vSphere virtualization and management tools in-house alongside public clouds, as well for those that are heavily virtualized but haven't yet made the leap to cloud but are weighing that possibility, the new RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere can provide them with a more consolidated view of their mixed environments.
Data Center Knowledge
December 10, 2013
RightScale announces a new on-premises software appliance that integrates VMware vSphere with the RightScale Cloud Portfolio Management suite, enabling IT teams to deploy workloads to vSphere or any of the public or private clouds already supported by RightScale as well as create portable workloads that can move seamlessly between these environments.