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February 27, 2013

RightScale on Board with Google Compute Engine

By Jacqueline Lee, Contributing Writer

RightScale has announced that it will both resell and provide support for Google (News - Alert) Compute Engine (GCE), which is Google’s public cloud infrastructure.

RightScale’s move comes just a week after Amazon announced OpsWorks, its own proprietary cloud management system for Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS) that will compete directly with some of RightSpace’s AWS management offerings.

Michael Crandell, CEO at RightScale, said that GCE deal is not a snub of Amazon. Rather, it’s an extension of RightScale’s commitment to deliver monitoring and management to all of the major cloud platforms.

“People can come to us for onboarding and for full 24/7 support to add to [support options] that Google just offered,” Crandell explained to GigaOM, citing Google’s recently released tiered support structure for GCE. “That means a company can come to us as a one stop shop and buy Google compute time as well as RightScale in one package.”

In addition to providing management and support for AWS and GCE, RightSpace delivers services for Rackspace (News - Alert) as well as for HP Cloud. With RightScale, customers can get a single dashboard view of multiple cloud deployments.

“Customers have told us that they want the ability to choose the best cloud, public or private, for each of their applications,” RightScale commented in a blog post.

“As a result, we’ve worked hard to create a sophisticated multi-cloud platform that integrates with the varying cloud APIs, and more importantly, bridges the different behaviors of each cloud provider.”

The blog post also stated that offerings like OpsWorks, which tended to trap customers in the AWS ecosystem without offering choice, were antithetical to what customers really want.

“At RightScale,” according to the source, “we support a variety of multiple load balancing solutions from AWS’ Elastic Load Balancer and Riverbed’s (News - Alert) Stingray Traffic Manager to the open-source HAproxy.”

RightScale’s embrace of GCE also lends legitimacy to the profile of the fledgling cloud infrastructure. Despite GCE’s low profile, analysts believe that despite better offerings from companies like RackSpace, only Google has the sheer capacity to fight Amazon for space in the public cloud.

Companies that are hesitant to deploy in shared public clouds can also use RightScale products over private or hybrid cloud structures.

Edited by Braden Becker
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