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Microsoft and Google Put RightScale on a Roll

Moving to the Cloud doesn’t automatically bring high availability and fault tolerance

Guess who benefits when two industry giants compete with each other offering exactly the same set of services? It is RightScale!

While the Cloud ecosystem is still recovering from the euphoria of witnessing Microsoft and Google launch IaaS, RightScale is busy porting their ServerTemplates to both the Public Clouds. They are in an enviable position where every new IaaS provider wants to be a part of their platform.

This is not a common phenomenon that we see in the industry. RightScale saw the opportunity pretty early in the cycle and got into the game much ahead of the time and that seems to pay off now! It’s not just Microsoft and Google, even HP partnered with RightScale much before they entered into the public beta in May. RightScale now has an impressive portfolio of supported Public Clouds and Private Clouds that includes AWS, Rackspace, SoftLayer, Tata, OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus.

Contrary to the belief, moving to the Cloud doesn’t automatically bring high availability and fault tolerance. That’s proven multiple times and the recent outages of AWS are an indication of the vulnerability of the Cloud. The very first step to Cloud migration is avoiding single point of failure. While the right architecture can make your application immune to the general failures, it cannot always protect you from the outages that may occur at a fundamental level.

Last week’s AWS US-EAST outage is attributed to the power failure that was caused by extreme weather conditions. The ‘Design for Failure’ philosophy that many AWS customers adopted did little in keeping the lights on. Even Netflix that is known for their high availability architecture couldn’t withstand the catastrophic Cloud failure.

If your business is mission critical and you cannot afford any downtime, you shouldn’t be putting all the eggs in one basket! Your Cloud strategy must include multi-cloud deployment as the key consideration. But dealing with multiple Clouds is not trivial. If architecting for the Cloud is complex, targeting a multi-cloud deployment could be a daunting task even for the veteran architects.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.

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