RightScale secures $25M in Series C funding

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, September 28th, 2010   |  

The US startup RightScale last week announced its third round of funding, led by Tenaya Capital and DAG Ventures, which provided $25M on top of $17.5M already offered by Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and Presidio Ventures.

RightScale offers a management solution for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), like many competitors, but the interesting aspect is that it’s a Software-as-a-Service solution.

The product, called Cloud Management Platform, currently supports a number of public IaaS clouds: Amazon EC2, GoGrid and FlexiScale. The company already announced the upcoming support for The Rackspace Cloud.
But it also supports those private IaaS clouds that are already managed by Eucalyptus.

Cloud Management Platform abstracts the different infrastructures by leveraging the available APIs, allowing the customers to build hybrid cloud architectures.

The key tier of the platform is the content library which features a technology called ServerTemplates. RightScale developed it in a way that it’s easier to customize a gold master image, called RightImage, and add the needed component in a modular fashion at the boot time.
The gold master is designed to be deployable without any user intervention and run inside any supported cloud, accounting things like application support and licensing issues.

RightScale published a short 5-minutes video to explain how it works:

YouTube Preview Image

Cloud Management Platform allows customers to customize ServerTemplates, deploy them through a self-service provisioning portal, manage and monitor them.
Behind the scene, the orchestration layer provides advanced capabilities like auto-scaling when specific thresholds are matched.

The product also features role-based access control (RBAC) with administration delegation, log archiving, resource usage tracking and billing, and an API for additional automation.


In August the company announced support for Windows guest operating systems (2003 and 2008, both 32 and 64bit). This means that that the RightScale orchestration layer can now manipulate Windows virtual machines through the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface, and seamlessly move them from one cloud provider to another, or from a private cloud to a public cloud and vice versa.

Again, the key component here is the content library, its ServerTemplates and the RightImages, available with just Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows plus SQL Server Express 2003/2008 and Windows plus SQL Server 2003/2008 (64bit only).

RightScale offers multiple editions of its platform. One, capped to a single administrator, is free of charge.
The Standard edition costs $500 / month, plus an additional one-time fee of $2,500, for up to 5 administrators.

RightScale has been included in the cloudcomputing.info Cloud Computing Industry Radar.

blog comments powered by Disqus

cloudcomputing.info Newest articles
Release: VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5

June 13th, 2017

Log Insight is a log aggregation, management and analysis tool, that VMware first introduced in 2013 and considered a competitor of Splunk.
Yesterday VMware announced the release of version 4.5, available for…

Release: VMware vRealize Automation 7.3

June 6th, 2017

Today VMware announced the latest release of its cloud management platform vRealize Automation, former vCloud Automation Center.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.3 release notes can be found at this link.


Paper: Introducing the NSX-T Platform

February 9th, 2017

“We see greater potential strategic opportunity in NSX over the next decade than our franchise product vSphere has had for the past decade.”
said VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger talking about…

Quest Software leaves Dell

November 1st, 2016

In September 2012 Dell announced to have completed the acquisition of Quest Software, a Californian company with an history in systems management, security, business intelligence and, falling back in our…

Citrix announces Q3 2016 results

October 21st, 2016

Citrix announced its financial results for third quarter 2016.
The revenues for the second quarter were $841 million for an increase of 3% compared to Q3 2015.
Net income was $132…

Amazon EC2 now runs Windows Server 2016

October 21st, 2016

A few days ago Amazon Web Services announced the support for Windows Server 2016 in its IaaS offering Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Windows Server 2016, released in GA last week,…

VMworld US 2016 Wrap-up

September 1st, 2016

Today was the last day of VMware’s flagship conference VMworld in Las Vegas, an highly controversial edition which left a good chunk of the audience disoriented if not properly disappointed….

Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2016

August 11th, 2016

Last week Gartner updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2016. The Magic Quadrant for the year 2015 was released in May last year…

Release: Ansible Tower 3 by Red Hat

August 2nd, 2016

Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C. and acquired…

IBM announces earnings for Q2 2016

July 19th, 2016

Yesterday IBM announced its results for Q2 2016.

If we compare with the same quarter in 2015 earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 22%. Net income, from continuing operations,…

Red Hat announces earnings for Q1 2017

June 24th, 2016

Red Hat announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.
Total revenue for the first quarter was $568 million, with an increase of 18% from the…

RightScale announces Docker Container Management

May 3rd, 2016

RightScale is a Santa Barbara, CA based company, provider of a Software as a Service (SaaS) management solution that so far only supported standard Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud…

Release: OpenStack Mitaka

April 7th, 2016

Today OpenStack Foundation has released the 13th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This new releases has been contributed by 2,336 developers, operators and users…

Cisco acquires CliQr

March 1st, 2016

Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire CliQr Technologies Inc., a privately held company based in San Jose, CA.
CliQr is one of the most promising startups in the Cloud…

Monthly Archive