Cloud-Service Provider RightScale Deposits $13 Million in VC Funding

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RightScale's Web-based, cloud-computing management platform enables the use of its own scalable IT infrastructure on demand, while the user maintains complete control of the application itself. The online service enables IT managers to deploy an application in a matter of hours, without the risk of lock-in.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based RightScale, which makes cloud computing management software, announced Dec. 8 that it has secured $13 million in its second round of venture capital funding. Index Ventures was the lead investor.

Undoubtedly, this has been in the works since before the Wall Street and mortgage-market implosions. Nonetheless, whenever a VC funding story comes to the fore during a sloggy financial period as we have now, it's welcome news.

This particular item also says a lot about how investors see the overall cloud computing market, which will be going nowhere but up for a while to come.

Why? Companies that have businesses to run but don't have the time and/or capital to build or refurbish their own data centers needn't worry about hardware, period. Just sign up with a cloud-services provider that suits your needs, make sure you can handle the traffic, swipe a credit card and off you go.

RightScale's Web-based, cloud-computing management platform enables the use of its own scalable IT infrastructure on demand, while the user maintains complete control of the application itself. The online service enables IT managers to deploy an application in a matter of hours, without the risk of lock-in. 

Using sophisticated "cloud-aware" server templates, the fully-automated RightScale platform requires little knowledge of cloud architecture to deploy, manage and scale even complex, multicloud applications, the company claims.

Rafael H. Saavedra, RightScale founder and vice-president of engineering, formerly was director of software development at Expertcity/Citrix Online, where he headed the applications group. He was the release lead of GoToMeeting.

Researcher IDC reports that over the next five years, spending on IT cloud services is expected to grow about threefold to reach a whopping $42 billion by 2012.

No question the trajectory is already in place. All the major IT companies now have -- or are in the process of formulating, like IBM -- a specific cloud-computing strategy.

For more information about RightScale cloud management, go here. To sign up for the free community version and to see some screenshots, go here.


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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