Cloud management platform provider RightScale plans to offer self-service utility computing in first-quarter 2010 that works across all of its supported clouds and will include additional accessibility, control, codified best practices and accountability.
The move reflects RightScale’s expansion into the enterprise. Indeed, some of its enterprise customers are already codifying corporate best practices as wikis that are being used to check compliance before additional projects are farmed out to the cloud.
Why is this so important? According to analysts at The 451 Group, the “ability to distribute workloads across multiple clouds is getting closer to becoming a reality,” and it’s clear that RightScale is moving in this direction.
RightScale has more than 100 paying customers, who mainly use the cloud platform for Web 2.0, databases), front ends to more-complex back-office systems, content delivery networks, self-service utility and internal IaaS deployments.
Amazon, too, is creating a growing number of tools for scaling, managing, monitoring and ‘dashboarding’ across the Amazon Web Services (AWS) landscape. But nontechnical users will find it hard going creating and managing instances and workloads.
Of course, there are a host of other third-party tools for managing AWS deployments, as well as incumbent vendors and integrators via product offerings.
Creating the ability for companies to easily and centrally use the cloud for multiple purposes – data access, application usage, and other purposes – will advance cloud computing overall.