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)
RightScale announced RightScale Manager for MySQL Enterprise, an offering
designed to make it easier for organizations to deploy MySQL databases in the
Amazon Web Services cloud. Starting July 1, RightScale customers will receive
the benefits of RightScale’s automation and scale-on-demand cloud
management platform, coupled with MySQL Enterprise premium-level support for
large database applications. RightScale Manager for MySQL Enterprise delivers
pre-configured templates for all the components needed to provide high
performance, reliable database operation that is fully backed by MySQL
Enterprise software and support.
“RightScale has been successfully working together with Sun’s
database group for some time,” said Michael Crandell, co-founder and
CEO of RightScale, Inc. “Our new MySQL offering delivers the highest
cloud computing perfo... (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’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)
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)
"We’re very excited to be working with RightScale's experienced team to
guide the company's growth, including its expansion into the European
market," said Index Ventures partner Danny Rimer as it was announced today
that RightScale has secured $13 million in its second round of venture
capital funding, led by Index Ventures.
RightScale CTO Thorsten von Eicken interviewed by SYS-CON.TV's Jeremy Geelan
at the 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo recently in San
"With RightScale's platform, organizations can quickly realize the benefits
of cloud computing without the risks commonly associated with cloud
deployments, such as vendor lock-in and loss of IT control," Rimer
continuied, adding “Having looked at this space in great detail, we believe
that RightScale will continue to be the clear leader in cloud computing
The company has tw... (more)
RightScale, the cloud manager, has integrated its platform with New Relic’s
real-time RPM Ruby-on-Rails application performance management software. So
RightScale users should be able to detect, diagnose, and fix performance
problems with their cloud-borne Rails applications.
CEO Michael Crandell says, “Ruby on Rails has always been one of the most
popular development frameworks for web applications on the RightScale
RPM is supposed to be a 10-second Rails plug-in install that can monitor the
overall health of an application, detect potential performance problems that
may impact customers, drill down to see the exact cause of the problem and
integrate with application development and support tools.
It’s reportedly used by 1,100 Rails organizations like the New York Jets
and Getty Images to handle 12,000 production application instances.
RightScale custome... (more)
"This represents a resounding validation of RightScale's leadership in cloud
management and our tremendous potential for expansion in the fast-evolving
cloud computing market," said Michael Crandell (pictured), CEO of RightScale
this week, as the company announced that it has closed a new round of venture
funding led by Tenaya Capital and joined by DAG Ventures and other current
investors – Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and Presidio Ventures.
"We will continue to drive innovation in cloud automation and workflow, add
to our current enterprise capabilities, and enhance our RightScale publishing
program,"Randall - who is also speaking at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley -
"In addition, we plan to expand our support for new public and private cloud
infrastructures globally, including accelerating our existing operations in
Europe and Asia."
"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)
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
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Speaker Bio: Dr Thorsten von Eicken is CTO of RightScale. Before joining
RightScale Inc., he was Chief Architect at... (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 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)