RightScale: Rise of Open Source Clouds
The VAR Guy spends considerable time watching Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s emerging Windows Azure cloud strategy. But in recent days our resident blogger has noticed a pattern: RightScale, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based cloud management company with considerable buzz, seems to be connecting with the open source crowd. Here’s the scoop.
First, the latest news: RightScale this week said it was working with Jaspersoft (open source business intelligence), Talend (open source data integration) and Vertica (analytic database management systems) to promote BI within cloud settings. The news was announced at the OpenSource World/CloudWorld conference in San Francisco.
The RightScale news continues a recent pattern of open source cloud moves. Key RightScale moves include:
- Support for SpringSource Hyperic, a remote monitoring and management tool. (VMware recently announced plans to acquire SpringSource for $420 million).
- Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos joining RightScale’s board of directors
- Support for the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (powered by Eucalyptus) to help enterprises deploy and manage “private” clouds in their own data centers.
- Support for the MySQL and EnterpriseDB open source database management systems.
So is RightScale betting its cloud management business on open source? Admittedly, that’s a bit of an overstatement. RightScale also manages IBM DB2, and has relationships with integrators that frequently focus on closed source.
Capgemini, for instance, uses the RightScale Cloud Management Platform worldwide to help enterprise deploy and manage cloud applications running on Amazon Web Services, according to a joint RightScale-Capgemini press release.
Still, RightScale has considerable buzz. And much of the chatter involves relationships across the open source market.