Going Beyond “Least Common Denominator” Management of Multiple Clouds
Santa Barbara, CA — October 2, 2015 — RightScale® Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise cloud portfolio management, today announced cloud services plugins that extend the RightScale platform to orchestrate any cloud service with an API.
As cloud providers add new IaaS+ or PaaS services, RightScale, as well as its customers and partners, can develop plugins that enable users to easily deploy, orchestrate, and manage these services. This new plugin capability adds to RightScale’s deep out-of-the-box integration with compute, network, and storage services across AWS, Azure, Google, SoftLayer, OpenStack, VMware vSphere, and other leading public and private clouds.
"RightScale has long abstracted cloud functionality across compute, networking, and storage, but we are now making it easy for our own services team, customers, or partners to develop plugins that orchestrate the many new services and features that cloud providers are developing at such a furious rate," said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. "Innovation is driving enterprise cloud usage forward — and RightScale helps our customers go beyond a least common denominator approach to cloud management."
A RightScale Cloud Application Template (CAT) defines how a cloud application is deployed and managed: declaring and mapping all the resources used by the workload, defining workflow for orchestration, and automating all the operations that can be performed once the application is running.
Once a cloud services plugin is created to integrate with an API-based service, users can provision these services using simple declarative statements in a RightScale CAT file and can also interact with the service through workflows.
Benefits of the new RightScale cloud services plugins include:
- Quickly leverage new cloud provider functionality: Enterprises can quickly and easily take advantage of new features from cloud vendors.
- Reuse and simplify integration with cloud services: Designers of cloud applications for a service catalog can quickly and easily leverage extended services through the plugin.
- Automated orchestration of complete cloud applications: Users can orchestrate all of the extended services needed for an application, whether they are provided internally, by cloud providers or by third parties. Examples include:
- Updating third-party DNS records
- Provisioning a RedShift cluster
- Setting up Elastic Load Balancer
- Integration with collaboration software used by developers: RightScale can now integrate with popular tools that developers use to collaborate, including integrations with Slack and ticket systems such as Jira.
- RightScale Cloud Application Templates: Read more technical information about RightScale Cloud Application Templates.
- Any cloud, any service: In addition to Cloud Services PlugIns (any service), learn more about RightScale Universal Cloud Appliance (any cloud).
RightScale® Inc. Cloud Portfolio Management enables leading enterprises to accelerate delivery of cloud-based applications that engage customers and drive top-line revenue while optimizing cloud usage to reduce risk and costs. With RightScale, IT organizations can deliver instant access to a portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services across business units and development teams while maintaining enterprise control. RightScale Consulting Services help companies develop cloud strategies, deliver cloud projects, and optimize cloud usage. RightScale also offers PlanForCloud.com, a free cloud cost management tool based on a global database of more than 12,000 price points from cloud providers, which enables organizations to perform sophisticated cloud cost forecasting. Since 2007, leading enterprises including Pearson International, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and PBS have launched millions of servers through RightScale.
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