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Thorsten von Eicken's RightScale Blog It looks like pretty soon all computing will be called cloud computing, just because the cloud is "in." Fortunately most computer savvy folks actually have a pretty good idea of what the term "cloud computing" means: outsourced, pay-as-you-go, on-demand, somewhere in the Internet, etc. What is still confusing to many is how the different offerings compare from Amazon Web Services to Google App Engine and Force.com. I recently heard a characterization of three different levels of clouds which really helps put the various offerings into perspective. Here’s my rephrasing: Applications in the cloud: this is what almost everyone has already used in the form of gmail, yahoo mail, wordpress.com (hosting this blog), the rest of google apps, the various search engines, wikipedia, encyclopedia britannica, etc. Some company hosts an applica... (more)

GigaSpaces and RightScale Partner to Deliver Scalable Applications in the Amazon EC2 Cloud

GigaSpaces Technologies and RightScale announced their alliance to provide an integrated solution for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Ideal for data-intensive and transactional applications, the joint solution offers an affordable end-to-end stack for easily deploying and scaling applications running on Amazon Web Services. By integrating the GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) with RightScale’s automated cloud computing management platform, customers will have unparalleled automation, simplicity and performance in scaling-out applications in the cloud.  The need for scalable, reliable solutions that deliver superior results has never been greater. Businesses across industries are demanding high performance applications that can keep up with company growth and expanding data volumes. Yet, traditional IT approaches cannot meet this need in an effici... (more)

Amazon’s Elastic Block Store Opens Up S3 and The Cloud

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)

Open Source Cloud Computing: RightScale Joins Forces with Eucalyptus

"The combination of RightScale and Eucalyptus is an excellent way to achieve federation between public and private cloud platforms,” said Rich Wolski, a professor in the Computer Science Department at UCSB and director of the Eucalyptus project. Wolski, an upcoming speaker at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo (November 19-21, San Jose, CA), made the comment as it was announced that RightScale has partnered with the Eucalyptus Project Team at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to foster cloud computing research, experimentation and adoption. "Deploying scalable, reliable applications from scratch in a multi-cloud world is a time consuming and expensive task," Wolski continued. "Eucalyptus makes it possible to use RightScale’s top-quality management platform and expertise to make this easy and cost-effective for both a local IT infrastructure and many of... (more)

RightScale Supports Open Source Cloud to Tickle Cloud Adoption

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)

Four Ways to Profits for Data-Centered Cloud Computing Companies

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)

What Separates a Cloud From (Water) Vapor?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer I spoke this morning with the cloud evangelist for a hardware manufacturer. Not surprisingly, they come at cloud from the iron up, so for them cloud is mostly about virtualization with a little more buzz. While I can understand this viewpoint, if today's cloud is just yesterday's server consolidation in new clothes, then Larry Ellison's latest "a cloud is just water vapor" rant is probably appropriate. So what exactly is the dividing line between virtualization and true cloud goodness? I think the key lies in bringing together a fuller solution with a cloud platform than with a virtualization platform. Cloud computing gets interesting when the platform includes not just deployment (infrastructure as a service or IaaS) but also development (platform as a service or PaaS). Linking these two capabilities opens up fundamentally new markets as well... (more)

Amazon's VPC Opens the Door for Innovation and Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing Journal The recent announcement from Amazon of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) represents the next big advance in the evolution chain for cloud computing. Enterprises can now integrate their IT infrastructure with Amazon's vast computing and storage resources, using a VPN connection from their data center to their own virtual private cloud which then looks like part of their internal network. Until the release of VPC, companies were left to build applications and utilize the cloud as a separate and somewhat siloed portion of their computing environment. In addition to the VPN connection, VPC allows cloud users to control their IP addressing within the Amazon cloud (previously IT addresses were assigned randomly). This may sound trivial, but it solves some tricky problems that made it hard to integrate cloud and internal resources. Prior to VPC, eve... (more)

AWS RDS Rocks!!!

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer This time AWS has does it right. The Relational Database Servers in AWS called “RDS” are the “Real Thing”. I just transferred over my whole Drupal DB in a few moments to an RDS Instance. Is was very simple. Let me show you the one line command solution: (Warning Linux command comes next!) $ mysqldump –add-drop-table –databases Comments EdwardMGoldberg NOC myCloudWatcher_drupal wikidb | mysql -h mycloudwatcher.xxx.us-east-1.rds.amazonaws.com -u TheCloudWatcher -pXxXxXxXxXx4 (all password info is fake) Let me break down this command into the parts: mysqldump: This is the LINUX command line database dump program. I just used the default connection (defined in my.cnf) and dumped a few tables I wanted. I added the drop table option so I can update as many time as I like. mysql -h : This does the “remote” connection to the new RDS instance an... (more)

Cloud Computing Is the Destination, Not the Journey

Cloud Foundry at Cloud Expo I have had some interesting conversations recently with partners about how cloud computing will affect the developer tools market. I don't believe developers jump on a band wagon just because they like the wagon. They jump on the wagon because they like where the wagon is going! Roughly every 10 years, a technology disruption changes developer aspirations and drives them to adopt new tools that get them to new places. With client/server, developers aspired to build "modern" apps and break free of the bureaucracy of central IT. Cloud computing offers a similar, updated, value - deploy web applications without the hassle of central IT. Developer aspirations are changing - this is the underlying market driver for WaveMaker. At the same time, IT vendors are seeing their value disrupted. As the data center morphs into a set of APIs, decisions whic... (more)

Cloud Expo Bronze Sponsor RightScale Gets Elastic Data Scaling from NorthScale

RightScale and NorthScale, which already sound like they’re related, have integrated NorthScale’s Membase NoSQL database software into RightScale’s cloud management platform so now RightScale people can dynamically scale-out high-demand, elastic applications in their RightScale environment. It’s touted as a solution for web applications with variable, extremely high scaling needs such as social games because NorthScale’s Membase Server is supposed to store web application data more efficiently and cost-effectively than a relational database and lets organizations deploy a highly available, cloud-friendly data layer that expands and rebalances dynamically as application needs change. The integration leverages RightScale’s pre-packaged ServerTemplates to make it easier to deploy, manage and scale Membase in cloud-based environments. NorthScale customers can sign up for... (more)