Startup Of The Week: RightScale
IT pros need full-featured management tools to get cloud computing right. RightScale’s platform can be used to deploy and manage virtual servers in Amazon’s EC2 and other cloud services.
As cloud computing moves from early adopters to the mainstream, it's becoming clear that IT pros need full-featured management tools to get it right. RightScale's platform can be used to deploy and manage virtual servers in Amazon's EC2 and other cloud services. Founded in 2006, RightScale just closed $13 million in second-round funding.
RightScale is Crandell's third startup
PRODUCT: RightScale Platform, a management system and dashboard for cloud computing services
PRINCIPALS: Michael Crandell, co-founder, CEO; Thorsten von Eicken, co-founder, CTO; Rafael Saavedra, co-founder, VP of engineering
INVESTORS: Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures
EARLY CUSTOMERS: Animoto, Dada Entertainment, MindTouch
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RightScale's dashboard interface lets developers and IT administrators launch servers using templates (for Apache, MySQL, Rails, or Mephisto servers, for example), using scripting to do so, then monitor and manage those resources. When used with Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, Simple Storage Service, or Simple Queue Service, server instances can be configured with Amazon's optional availability zones and elastic IP addresses. Other capabilities include multiserver deployments, auto-scaling, and batch processing.
Von Eicken and Saavedra worked together at ExpertCity, which developed the GoToMyPC service and was acquired by Citrix. Von Eicken was a colleague of Amazon CTO Werner Vogels at Cornell University.
As one of the first vendors to provide a cloud management platform, RightScale has more experience than most in this market. Its platform has been used to launch nearly 250,000 virtual servers. As Amazon beefs up its own functions, users will have to decide whether to use Amazon's improved tools for day-to-day management or those from a specialist like RightScale. For IT pros that want the option of managing resources across clouds from various service providers, RightScale should be evaluated.