RightScale and Cloud.com Partner to Promote Hybrid Clouds
Cloud management solution RightScale and channel-focused IaaS provider Cloud.com hit the road this week to promote a vision for a hybrid future as the industry shifts towards software-as-a-service. TalkinCloud was on hand at their “Cloud Conversations and Cocktails” stop in New York City to hear the pitch and get some perspective on where the two open source developers see the industry going.
The case for the hybrid cloud, according to RightScale VP of Business Development Josh Frasier, is simple: while Amazon EC2 may be the de facto cloud standard right now and one that everything from OpenStack to Cloud.com’s own CloudStack has to support, relying on Amazon Web Services availability zones may not always work at best performance if you’re global. And that’s putting aside the compliance issues of keeping data offsite.
That’s where using the cloud-agnostic RightScale to manage a private Cloud.com-based platform on hardware behind the firewall comes in. Cloud.com Chief Marketing Officer Peder Ulander was on hand to show how it was possible to keep certain resource pools strictly on-premises and redirect intense workloads to a public Amazon EC2 instance — as long as that’s permitted by security rules.
For the most part, “Clouds Conversations and Cocktails” was just a way to demonstrate to the partners of Cloud.com and RightScale alike how their platforms could be used to meet a rising need for hybrid clouds. And RightScale highlighted the ISV relationships they’ve built thanks to their cloud server template library.
Overall, Cloud.com and RightScale’s belief in the hybrid cloud model certainly provides a lot of food for thought.