RightScale, the cloud manager, has moved into development and test with a
cloud management solution that software development and testing teams can use
to provision and use cloud computing resources.
The new RightScale Development & Test Solution Pack supports four development
languages, PHP, Java, Ruby and .NET, and includes Java and PHP solutions from
RightScale's buddies IBM and Zend Technologies.
The IBM Java stack includes the IBM DB2 database and its WebSphere
application server, available either in the freebie Community Edition or the
commercial Enterprise Edition.
Zend, for its part, delivers a tested stack that incorporates PHP, the Zend
Framework, required extensions and drivers, and a set of application
management capabilities developers might find handy on the cloud.
Zend says that with the RightScale platform, developers can leverage Zend
Server capabil... (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)
Couchbase on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partner ecosystem. Newly
announced partnerships with Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox will give
customers the option to deploy Couchbase Server to public, private, and
hybrid cloud infrastructure. With these new partners, customers can now
automate the process of provisioning Couchbase Server to Amazon Web Services,
HP Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, VMware, OpenStack, and more.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and
ElasticBox as new partners,” said Rod Hamlin, VP of Business Development,
Couchbase. “Adding these partners ensures customers can find the right
option for their business to deploy Couchbase Server to their cloud of
choice, whether it’s on-premises, public or hybrid, and power their
applications with the highest performing and most scalable NoSQL database.”
Recent projections fr... (more)
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)
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)
"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, 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)
"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)
Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again.
Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into
the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it.
And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for,
assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking
to save a few bucks).
My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do
for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the
In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and
the data flood is just accelerating.”
Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the
mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)