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)
"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our
leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO
Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's
Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to
create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added.
Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture
Here's the interview in full:
Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this
climate. Was this about w... (more)
Cloud Expo® Silicon Valley $500 Savings here!
Outages, downtime, lost revenues and damaged customer trust seem to be on the
rise as millions have turned to online shopping, entertainment and daily
tasks. Ironically, these same recent events also highlight how cloud
infrastructures, when managed correctly, actually provide unprecedented
capabilities to deliver high availability, resiliency, and business
continuity in IT operations.
In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Rishi Vaish, VP,
Product at RightScale, will describe how American Girl dealt with a major
Cloud Computing offers significant benefits over traditional solutions for
deploying production systems as well as for conducting development and
testing activities. This session will distill the unique characteristics of
clouds and describe how to best think about deployments in the clouds. Case
studies and real experiences from Thorsten von Eicken’s two years of cloud
computing experience will illustrate the pros and cons of today's cloud
offerings. His technical discussion will cover:
Layers of cloud computing Cost breakdown versus traditional solutions IT
management and deve... (more)
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’... (more)
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... (more)