RightScale Extends its Cloud Management to Grid Computing on Amazon Web Services

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The RightScale Grid Computing Solution Pack Simplifies the Deployment, Management and Monitoring of Complex Grid Applications on the Cloud

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TuneCore can process anywhere from 100 to over 10,000 albums in a day

RightScale®, Inc., the leader in cloud computing management, today announced the RightScale Grid Computing Solution Pack-- a cloud management solution designed specifically for grid processing. The on-demand, virtually limitless compute resources of public cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) are ideal for grid computing applications, which typically involve large or complex tasks that require a massive amount of compute power. Available today, the RightScale Grid Computing Solution Pack helps organizations take advantage of the cloud for grid computing by removing the complexities of deploying, monitoring, and managing these specialized processes on the cloud.

"Cloud computing can provide relief from the scheduling headaches and provisioning for grid computing projects. With resources paid for as they are used, the cloud offers tremendous cost efficiencies over underutilized in-house equipment and business agility advantages for overbooked in-house grids," said Thorsten von Eicken, RightScale CTO. "These jobs are complex and require considerable architectural and operational skills to set up and tear down, even on the cloud. Our grid solution enables IT organizations and end users to more easily create and manage their own grid processes in the cloud."

The RightScale Grid Computing Solution Pack has everything customers need to quickly provision and run a complete, scalable grid application environment in the cloud. It includes a flexible grid framework that is automated, resilient to errors, and 100 percent auditable. Designed to leverage Amazon Web Service's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), SQS (Simple Queue Service) and S3 (Simple Storage Service) capabilities, the RightScale grid computing solution can process large numbers of jobs in a scalable and cost efficient manner, yet hide the "plumbing" of any operations specific to AWS so that the customer's grid application can be plugged in with minimal effort.

In an independent research study conducted with RightScale customers, examples are outlined that show a total savings between 69 and 75 percent(1) over in-house grid computing alternatives. The exact savings accrued by running grid processes in the cloud compared to in the data center depend on many variables including the customer's applications and resource utilization rates.

TuneCore, a music and video distribution company, uses RightScale's Grid Computing Solution Pack to manage the processing of several thousand music files every day. TuneCore's services store and manage customer-uploaded audio files across a wide variety of formats, from WAV or lossless, to Windows Media, FLAC and MP3. TuneCore customers' music is then transcoded, and the music and metadata is delivered to digital stores. RightScale's grid solution manages the multiple jobs of uploading, storing, retrieving and transcoding the music files on Amazon EC2.

"TuneCore can process anywhere from 100 to over 10,000 albums in a day," said David Willen, TuneCore CTO. "With RightScale's grid solution, we've been able to significantly improve the processing speed and agility to handle our growing business, which demands the ability to process an enormous amount of data in a short period of time."

For more information about The RightScale Grid Computing Solution Pack and grid computing on the cloud, please go to http://www.rightscale.com/products/cloud-computing-uses/grid-computing.php or call (866) 720-0208.

RightScale is hosting a free webinar today at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern called, "Harness the Power of the Cloud for Grid Computing and Batch Processing Applications." To register, go to http://bit.ly/bLF3tO.

About RightScale

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, thousands of deployments and over one million servers have been launched on the RightScale platform for leading organizations such as Sony Music, Harvard University, Zynga and Sling Media. To learn more about RightScale, please go to http://www.RightScale.com.

RightScale is a registered trademark of RightScale, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

(1) "Quantifying the Benefits of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform," by The FactPoint Group, March 2010. To gain access to the full report, please go to http://www.rightscale.com/tco.

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