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Michael Crandell

Michael Crandell

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Michael Crandell
Chief Executive Officer at RightScale
Michael Crandell is the CEO and a founder of RightScale, where he provides the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of cloud computing to the enterprise. He is a frequent speaker at cloud computing industry conferences and he has played a major role in helping establish and promote openness and transparency in the cloud market. Prior to RightScale, Michael served as CEO at several Internet software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and as executive vice president at eFax.com. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and completed graduate studies at Harvard University.

Articles by Michael Crandell

How Telcos and Other MSPs Are Succeeding in Cloud

With the advent and strong adoption of public cloud services, the initial strategy of many telcos and larger MSPs was to build their own public or private clouds. However, as hyperscale clouds have continued to expand their service capabilities, service providers are now shifting their strategies. As their customers are quickly adopting public cloud from the hyperscale providers, forward-thinking...Read more

Universal Cloud Management: Deploy Anywhere, Manage Everywhere

Cloud management was born on New Year’s Eve, December 2006 when Thorsten von Eicken, the CTO and co-founder of our yet-to-be-incorporated Santa Barbara startup, released the first-ever version of RightScale. The software was designed to provide a platform to deploy and manage applications running on the beta version of Amazon EC2, which had been unveiled earlier that summer. Since those early...Read more

RightScale Launches 3 Millionth Server

Here at RightScale, we've just passed the 3 million server milestone. Driven by our growing customer and free-user base, and their ever-increasing cloud usage, the 3M mark represents a benchmark in the industry, and is noteworthy in three different ways. First, 3 million is impressive in the data center business. Many well-known hosting companies house between 50,000 and 100,000 servers, and...Read more