Most cloud solutions today are primarily focused on server and application deployment
CLOUD CONNECT, SANTA CLARA, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010
RightScale®, Inc., the leader in cloud computing management, today announced that it has added new enterprise features to the RightScale Cloud Management Platform to provide better authorization and permissioning control, cost-tracking, and overall management of running virtual servers in the cloud across large organizations with multiple users, departments and projects. In combination with RightScale's core cloud management functionality, these new features support the creation of IT self-service and execution of corporate governance strategies in the cloud that match internal IT policies.
"Most cloud solutions today are primarily focused on server and application deployment," said Michael Crandell, RightScale CEO. "While RightScale offers a robust platform for deploying and managing applications in the cloud, it also delivers important administrative features to help IT organizations control costs, manage user permissions and authentication, share cloud assets and provide IT self-service. We are seeing an increase in the level of interest of cloud computing across mainstream businesses, and the RightScale Enterprise Edition will support and promote this growing market."
The RightScale Cloud Management Platform lets any organization tap the enormous power of cloud computing for scalable, cost-effective IT infrastructure on demand, with complete control and portability. The RightScale Platform dramatically reduces the time to deploy and manage applications in the cloud by offering preconfigured solutions, automation, systems management, and a repository for storing, sharing, and re-using standardized cloud components. By supporting multiple cloud infrastructures, Rightscale also enables organizations to launch business-critical applications rapidly without the risk of lock-in.
The latest version of the RightScale Enterprise Edition features enhanced support for cloud computing in an enterprise environment, including improved user access controls, cost management and the ability to leverage best practices for virtual cloud deployments across an organization. Highlights of the new functionality in RightScale Enterprise Edition include:
User Roles and Permissions: Enterprise end users are assigned specific permissions in one or more accounts, ensuring they have all the access they need - but no more. With the Enterprise Edition, two new user roles have been created in addition to the current RightScale roles: Enterprise Manager and Lite User. The Enterprise Manager role has access to all accounts and users within the Enterprise Edition and can grant and revoke permissions for all users. The Lite User role has access to a simpler RightScale dashboard and to preconfigured enterprise cloud application stacks. This role paves the way for IT self-service by enabling IT departments to establish one group of users who can create cloud application stacks using RightScale ServerTemplates, RightScripts and Macros, and another group who can simply use a specified set of applications and stacks relevant to their work.
Enhanced Cost Controls: RightScale now supports master enterprise accounts and views, which roll up all cloud-related activity under one corporate umbrella. These new views provide access to current and projected costs by project or department, where IT teams can review month-to-date expenditures in real time as well as see projected costs for the entire month. In addition, users can roll up the cost information for several accounts within a master account and export it as a CSV file for further analysis or import it into accounting systems.
IT Self-Service: With the new Enterprise Edition features, system administrators can now build standardized cloud application stacks and offer them through a simplified user interface to enterprise end users to give them immediate, direct access to RightScale-managed cloud applications without having to go through IT. End users benefit from fast, flexible cloud computing tailored to their needs, while IT maintains visibility and control over end user cloud activity to ensure compliance with internal corporate governance and external regulations.
Best Practices Retention and Sharing: As RightScale users deploy applications in the cloud, they build a repository of corporate cloud computing best practices and a corporate CMDB (configuration management database) of preconfigured application stacks and components. Whether users choose to centralize development of best practices in one group or distribute it across the organization, RightScale acts as a central repository for storing all cloud components and a common method of building, testing and deploying applications on the cloud. Once established, these cloud-ready application stacks and components can be shared with other projects or departments, improving productivity and reliability. Re-use of standardized cloud components also makes it easy to execute corporate governance strategies and comply with external regulations.
"Cloud computing delivers significant, measurable benefits. In fact, a research organization recently found that a managed cloud infrastructure can deliver up to an 88 percent savings in time and cost over using internal resources, for specific applications. This is quantitative proof that smart enterprises are benefitting from adopting cloud computing right now - today," continued Crandell.
For more information about the RightScale Enterprise Edition, please visit the RightScale website at http://www.rightscale.com/products/plans-pricing/enterprise-edition.php.
Note to editors: Please see related RightScale press release issued today titled, "RightScale Launches One Million Servers in the Cloud."
RightScale is the leader in cloud computing management. Founded in 2006, the company offers a fully automated cloud management platform that enables organizations to easily deploy and manage business critical applications across multiple clouds with complete control and portability. The RightScale Cloud Management Platform is delivered as "software as a service" (SAAS) and is available in a range of editions, from the free Developer Edition to Enterprise Editions. To date, over one million servers have been launched on the RightScale platform for leading organizations such as Sony Music, Harvard University, Zynga, Elsevier and Sling Media. To learn more about RightScale, please go to http://www.RightScale.com.
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