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Learn how to get started, use, deploy and benefit from implementing RightScale Cloud Platform.

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Introduction to RightScale

Cloud computing management platform

Introduction to RightScale

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1. RightScale as cloud management platform

2. Benefits of using RightScale

3. Getting started with RightScale

4. Recommended use of RightScale

5. Deployment your website on RightScale

6. Basics of RightScale administration

7. About Akelios

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Outline

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1. RightScale as cloud management platform

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RightScale platform

RightScale is the leader in cloud computing management. Founded in 2006, the company offers a fully automated cloud management platform that enables organizations to easily deploy and manage business critical applications across multiple clouds with complete control and portability.

1. Delivered as SaaS (software as a service) and is available in a range of editions, from free Developer Edition to Enterprise Edition.

2. Multiple cloud infrastructure providers support (Amazons Web Services, GoGrid, FlexiScale, RackSpace, Eucalyptus).

3. Different types of clouds public, private and hybrid. Windows-based (as GoGrid) and Linux-based (as Amazon).

4. API to implement administration tasks, monitoring, alerting, load balancing across multiple clouds.

5. Web-based administration, configuration and deployment.

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2. Benefits of using RightScale

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Increased IT staff productivity and time saving

1. Time saved to initially deploy an application

2. Time saved to manage application throughout in less time through automation

3. Time saved by reusing RightScale Deployments and ServerTemplates as predefined configurations for additional cloud systems

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2. Benefits of using RightScale

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Scalable websites

1. Dynamically scalable website in case of unpredictable traffic peaks such as big news event or viral word of mouth

2. Quick and easy scaling in either direction via RightScale autoscaling

3. No user intervention (custom configuration, manual server adding, etc) is needed

Grid processing

1. Serves compute-intensive applications in industries such as pharmaceuticals, financial services, media, microchip or aerospace design, animation, oil and gas exploration, etc.

2. Allows to utilize on-demand, virtually unlimited cloud resources with no need to maintain private data center.

3. Makes grid processing possible for users who cannot afford to have their own grid.

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2. Benefits of using RightScale

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Autoscaling cost saving example

1. Acquire hardware:

2. Autoscaling on the cloud using RightScale:

Item Ann. cost

30 dedicated HP ProLiant DL360 G6 dual-core servers at $1,395 each for total cost of $41,850 (amortized over 3 years)

$13,950

Hosting 30 servers X $1,000/month for 12 months $360,000

System administration 0.6 at $100.373/year $60,223

Annual total: $434,173

Item Ann. Cost

2 large cloud servers for 24 hours/day, 28 large cloud servers for 90 minutes (charged for 2 hours) per day at $.34 or $1,076 per month

$12,906

RightScale fee $1,000/month plus $2,500 annual fee $14,500

System administration 2 hours/day 0.25 X $100,373/year $25,093

Annual total: $52,499

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3. Getting started with RightScale

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Sign-up for RightScale

1. Free RightScale account Developer Edition.

2. Website Edition - to run a full customer-facing website on cloud infrastructures.

3. Grid Edition to run and manage any background or batch processing tasks in a scalable environment.

4. Premium Edition combines both the Website Edition and Grid Edition to give a total solution for web businesses.

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3. Getting started with RightScale

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RightScale Dashboard

Web-based configuration, management and deployment tool.

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3. Getting started with RightScale

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ServerTemplates

1. Define the composition and configuration of your instances.

2. Use a base OS image and a series of scripts (RightScripts) to install and configure the server as it boots.

3. Created interactively in RightScale Dashboard.

4. Based on AMI (Amazon Machine Images) or RightImages (designed to build and run stable Amazon EC2 server on RightScale).

RightScripts

1. May be a shell script, a Perl, Ruby or Python script, etc.

2. Defined interactively in RightScale Dashboard.

3. Boot Scripts - Scripts that run at boot time.

4. Operational Scripts - Scripts that can be run once a server is running.

5. Decommission Scripts - Scripts that run right before a server is terminated.

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4. Recommended use of RightScale

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Scalable website deployment

Many websites experience fluctuations in demand some can predict that demand, some cannot. Either way, the clouds virtually infinite resources paired with RightScales autoscaling make a perfect solution.

Key Features:

1. Dynamic server configuration

2. Predesigned ServerTemplates to deploy quickly

3. Load-balanced front-ends

4. Redundant database with failover and recovery

5. Advanced graphical monitoring and alerting

6. Log file consolidation

8. Fully customizable and extensible infrastructure

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4. Recommended use of RightScale

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Grid Computing

1. For applications require batches of multiple jobs to process (such as media transcoding, fraud detection, statistical research, etc)

2. On-demand access to virtually infinite computing resources without the upfront investment.

3. Easily and affordably reduce the amount of time required to process tasks by scaling up the number of cloud resources in your server array.

Test & Development

1. Complete production-scale infrastructure, configured exactly as it will run live.

2. Test multiple architectures, variables, components, and configurations easily and independently.

3. Push the debugged test environment live quickly and easily.

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RightScale Deployment prerequisites

1. SecurityGroup (defines which ports are opened in Amazon's firewall to allow incoming connections to your instance).

2. S3 Bucket (a folder at Amazon S3 where you can store files). 3. SSH Key (allows root login access to the instance via SSH). 4. Elastic IP (allows to allocate an IP address and assign it to an instance of your

choice). 5. All items above are created in RightScale Dashboard.

RightScale Deployments

1. In RightScale Deployment is a group of servers that work together for a common goal or project.

2. Created interactively in Dashboard based on predefined or custom ServerTemplates. 3. Unlimited number of deployments (you pay only for instances that you are actually

running). 4. Cloning of a deployment allows to quickly create QA or Development environments.

5. Deployment your website on RightScale

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5. Deployment your website on RightScale

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Example steps to build and deploy LAMP server at Amazon via RightScale (all actions are performed in RightScale Dashboard)

1. Clone predefined ServerTemplate (LAMP ServerTemplate from RightScale library)

2. Check default boot scripts

3. Create a RightScript for getting a MySQL DB from a URL.

4. Create a RightScript for getting a PHP App from a URL.

5. Activate newly created scripts and place them in correct order.

6. Add credentials to access database.

7. Add configured server to a deployment (or default deployment).

8. Launch the server at EC2.

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6. Basics of RightScale administration

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Deployments management 1. Dashboard view: Manage > Deployments.

2. Basic actions:

Add a Server to a Deployment

Add or Remove Tags to Servers in a Deployment

Archive or Unarchive a Deployment

Change a Server's Public IP

Clone a Deployment

Create a New Deployment

Delete a Deployment

Delete a Server from a Deployment

Edit a Deployment

Launch a Server

Lock or Unlock a Deployment

Terminate a Server

Run a script on a Server

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Edit/Clone/Archive/Delete deployment

Add server to the deployment

Start/stop server(s)

Edit server

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Servers management

1. Dashboard view: Manage > Servers.

2. Basic actions:

Add a Server to a Deployment

Edit the Current Server

Lock or Unlock a Server

Run a script on a Server(s)

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Basic actions: Clone/Move/SSH/etc

Timeline

Services (apache is selected)

Apache stats

Apache CPU load chart

Apache packets chart

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Audit entries

1. Dashboard view: Report > Audit entries.

2. Created for virtually all actions, su