RightScale announced full support for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Elastic
Block Store (EBS) cloud storage solution, providing immediate benefits of a
virtually limitless storage area network for all RightScale users, directly
from the RightScale Dashboard. RightScale customers, including users of its
free developer edition, can utilize EBS with RightScale to manage and
allocate one or more disk volumes from 1GB to 1TB each, maintain data
availability even when virtual servers are shut down, and create backups via
the snapshot feature.
Snapshotting stores the EBS volume to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3),
with redundancy built in. Previously, when an instance was shut down, all
data was lost. Now users can take a snapshot of an EBS volume at any time,
store it, and use it later to create a new volume. Combined with the
RightScale platform, EBS opens up a much mo... (more)
In the previous article we looked at some Cloud Security Advantages.
Now let's now look at some Cloud Challenges.
• Trusting vendor’s security model
• Customer inability to respond to audit findings
• Obtaining support for investigations
• Indirect administrator accountability
• Proprietary implementations can’t be examined
• Loss of physical control; Data dispersal and international privacy laws
• Need for isolation management
• Logging challenges
• Data ownership issues
• Quality of service guarantees
• Dependence on secure hypervisors
• Attraction to hackers (high value target)
• Possibility for massive outages
• Encryption needs for cloud computing
Let's look depper into a few of the major concerns.
How can you be sure your Data is Safe?
Data safety in the cloud is not a trivial concern. Some online storage
vendors such as The Linkup and Carbonite h... (more)
Cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon are putting out the technology
that the enterprise and SaaS providers need to move beyond testing the waters
and take advantage of the Cloud today. The latest, and most important from
the data storage perspective, is Amazon’s Elastic Block Store, or EBS.
Over the years we’ve witnessed a shift to hosted IT infrastructure where
all the issues surrounding the physical plant are consolidated and managed by
a specialist service. In the past six months we've witnessed the incredible
rate at which cloud computing has really taken off and is now allowing
businesses to shed the problems of ordering, racking and maintaining servers
and disk storage systems.
The public cloud is now knocking down the barriers to a broader business
audience that has seen the advantages of “pay as you go” IT and not
having to build or rent another data cen... (more)
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/09 -- SYS-CON Events announced
today that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will
take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New
The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's
leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York,
Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry
professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception,
more than all other Cloud-related events put together.
The three-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional
speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more
than 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over
5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different cou... (more)
"PHP is one of the most commonly used languages for cloud application
deployments," noted Betsy Zikakis, Vice President at RightScale. "By
partnering with Zend, we can offer PHP professionals an easy and safe path
into cloud computing." With this new partnership between Zend Technologies
and RightScale, development teams will be able to deliver PHP applications
faster by leveraging the productivity and performance gains offered by Zend
Server through RightScale's open and flexible cloud management platform.
RightScale on Tuesday launched the RightScale Development and Test Solution
Pack - a cloud management solution designed to help software development and
testing teams more easily provision and use cloud computing resources to
improve software quality and speed time-to-market.
The PHP stack in the new RightScale Development and Test Solution Pack will
include Zend... (more)
Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to
the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9,
2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program
through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to
complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including
"Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing,"
"Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in
Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track.
Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped
the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a
staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the
deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being
extended too, unt... (more)
Guess who benefits when two industry giants compete with each other offering
exactly the same set of services? It is RightScale!
While the Cloud ecosystem is still recovering from the euphoria of witnessing
Microsoft and Google launch IaaS, RightScale is busy porting their
ServerTemplates to both the Public Clouds. They are in an enviable position
where every new IaaS provider wants to be a part of their platform.
This is not a common phenomenon that we see in the industry. RightScale saw
the opportunity pretty early in the cycle and got into the game much ahead of
the time and that seems to pay off now! It’s not just Microsoft and Google,
even HP partnered with RightScale much before they entered into the public
beta in May. RightScale now has an impressive portfolio of supported Public
Clouds and Private Clouds that includes AWS, Rackspace, SoftLayer, Tata,
Thorsten von Eicken's RightScale Blog
Recently Rich Wolski (UCSB Eucalyptus project) and I were discussing grid
computing vs. cloud computing. An observation he made makes a lot of sense to
me. Since he doesn’t blog [...], let me repeat here what he said. Grid
computing has been used in environments where users make few but large
allocation requests. For example, a lab may have a 1000 node cluster and
users make allocations for all 1000, or 500, or 200, etc. So only a few of
these allocations can be serviced at a time and others need to be scheduled
for when resources are released. This results in sophisticated batch job
scheduling algorithms of parallel computations.
Cloud computing really is about lots of small allocation requests. The Amazon
EC2 accounts are limited to 20 servers each by default and lots and lots of
users allocate up to 20 servers out of the pool... (more)
RightScale, the Santa Barbara cloud management start-up, has gone
Besides Amazon’s EC2, where its users reportedly have hundreds of thousands
of instances running, RightScale widgetry now works on GoGrid and UK-based
FlexiScale clouds too.
It’s also working with Rackspace Hosting to support its Mosso and CloudFS
RightScale CEO Michael Crandell expects the company to be the first in the
industry to offer an integrated management dashboard where applications can
be deployed once and managed trans-clouds.
Deploying apps on a cloud is notoriously time-consuming; RightScale promises
cost-effective rapid deployment and best practices.
It currently offers built-in redundancy, fault tolerance and the geographical
distribution of resources. Users can scale to demand.
FlexiScale is the only UK-based cloud computing provider and offers
RightScale, the cloud manager, is supporting the open source Eucalyptus
Public Cloud (EPC) run by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
for purposes of cloud research and experimentation. RightScale and Eucalyptus
want to tickle widespread cloud development and adoption, and figure that
letting people test and evaluate their applications on the UCSB cluster will
get the ball rolling.
The Eucalyptus environment is designed for anything from a small student
application to a massive enterprise-level cloud deployment on Amazon's EC2.
RightScale and the Eucalyptus Project Team are also collaborating to deliver
a more robust private cloud for organizations whose testing requirements
extend beyond those offered by the EPC.
Eucalyptus stands for "Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking
Your Programs to Useful Systems" and its current interface is EC2-... (more)
John Gannon's Blog
How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside
from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the
other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts...
1. Management tools: The cloud hosters like Amazon are providing basic
management tools, but we can already see there is a proven market for
higher-order management and automation provided by companies like Rightscale
and 3Tera. There are also a variety of companies and products who have
figured out IT automation in the traditional datacenter (Bladelogic, Opsware,
etc). I’m waiting to see when they’ll start moving towards new product
development (or rebranding of existing solutions) that will be focused on
management of outsourced cloud environments. As their customers move to the
cloud, those customers will demand that their tradition... (more)