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June 10, 2011

Cloud Computing Leader Talks with TMCnet about Latest Offering

RightScale, a pure play cloud company, noticed a problem in the cloud space right away that it wanted to tackle – the fact that customers needed an easier way to construct private clouds.

“We learned from customers that there was too much trouble creating internal clouds,” Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale, told TMCnet at Cloud Expo East 2011 this week. “Our latest offering makes it easier to have private clouds and then manage them.”

At Cloud Expo, RightScale unveiled RightScale myCloud, a simple to set up, easy-to-use and cost-effective management platform for hybrid and private cloud computing. The free edition of RightScale myCloud presents organizations with a powerful framework for testing and developing private cloud infrastructures with little financial or management risk.

The cloud computing leader and its partners have created what they dub “a packaged kit” to help organizations leverage existing on-premise hardware to quickly build a private cloud infrastructure that can then be managed alongside public cloud resources with the RightScale Cloud Management Platform – creating automated, scalable hybrid clouds.

RightScale’s Cloud Management Platform provides a “single pane of glass” view to both private and public cloud resource pools where administrators can provision and launch servers in a matter of minutes, as well as manage and automate those servers, according to company officials.

In addition to its latest offering, RightScale distinguishes itself in the marketplace as a pure play cloud company focused on real cloud architecture. The company has helped pioneer some of the largest cloud deployments to date. For example, it helped Animoto scale from 40 servers to 4,000 servers in only three days, according to Crandell.

Moreover, the company promotes atomization, customization and agility.

“Normally, if an IT department needs to solve a business problem, it will take six to eight weeks to get a server,” Crandell said. “We can help them do that more quickly.”

The company shared with others at Cloud Expo about how it helps others solve cloud-related needs through a series of presentations such as “Private and Hybrid Clouds: Dos and Don’ts” and “CEO Power Panel: Enterprise-level Cloud Computing – Far-off Dream of Present Reality?” Part of its discussions also featured RightScale’s customers and partners who talked about their real cloud experiences with RightScale. 

So what does the four-year cloud leader think is on the horizon for the cloud space? It may be too hard to tell particularly since the industry is increasingly becoming more dynamic.

“There is a relentless drive toward using more and more cloud,” Crandell said. “This industry will change even five months from now.”

“It’s a fast growing business and it’s evident in the attendees present here today,” he said.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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