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RightScale, Inc.
Industry Software as a service
Founded 2006
Founders Jonathan Siegel
Thorsten von Eicken
Headquarters 402 East Gutierrez Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Key people Michael Crandell, CEO
Ida Kane, CFO
Thorsten von Eicken, CTO
Rafael H. Saavedra, VP Engineering
Josh Fraser, SVP Business Development
Products Cloud management
Website www.rightscale.com
RightScale @ AWS Summit 2013 NYC

RightScale is a company that markets software as a service (SaaS) for managing the equipment that provides cloud computing.[1] The company is based in Santa Barbara, California, USA, with offices in Seattle, Singapore, Australia, and the UK.


Jonathan Siegel (then sole owner of ELC Technologies, LLC) and Thorsten von Eicken cofounded RightScale, originally as AWS-Console.com.[2][3][4]AWS-Console launched 12/31/2006 in a screencast posted by Siegel[5] to the Ruby on Rails mailing group. On March 26, 2007, Amazon Web Services contacted AWS-Console and gave notice of potential infringement of their trademark on AWS. AWS-Console was relaunched as RightScale at RailsConf on March 17, 2007 [6] and further promoted at OReilly Etech on March 27, 2007 [7] as a joint venture between ELC Technologies and Thorsten von Eicken.[8] Siegel sold his shares in RightScale on December 15, 2009. [9]

Thorsten von Eicken, a former professor of computer science at Cornell University, left to manage systems architecture for Expertcity, the startup company that became Citrix Online.[10] Jonathan Siegel and Thorsten von Eicken were joined by RightScale CEO Michael Crandell,[11] and RightScale Vice President of Engineering Rafael Saavedra.[12]

RightScale received $4.5 million in venture capital in April 2008,[13] $13 million in December 2008[14] and $25 million in September 2010.[15]

On July 18, 2012, RightScale announced its acquisition of the Scotland-based PlanForCloud.com (formerly ShopForCloud.com), which provides a free cloud cost forecasting service.[16]

RightScale introduced the Cloud Maturity Model with the release of its second annual State of the Cloud Report on April 25, 2013.[17] The report findings are based on a RightScale survey of 625 IT decision makers and categorized according to the Cloud Maturity Model, which is an analysis and segmentation of companies based on their varying degrees of cloud adoption.


Michael Crandell, Co-founder and CEO, speaks at "The Cloud Rises: The Latest From a Ten-Year-Old Trend" at the Fortune Brainstorm TECH, Aspen Institute Campus, July 20, 2011

RightScale partners with private cloud providers Apache CloudStack[18] and OpenStack[19] to help enterprises more easily build and manage their private clouds.[20] RightScale also enables users to manage hybrid cloud infrastructure by migrating workloads between their private clouds and public clouds operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace Cloud,[21] Windows Azure,[22] and Google Compute Engine[23] among others.

On November 5, 2012, RightScale announced that it had joined the open source cloud computing project OpenStack,[24] and was expanding its relationship with cloud hosting provider Rackspace to integrate with Rackspace Open Cloud products powered by OpenStack.[25]

In February 2013, RightScale became the first cloud management company to resell Google Compute Engine public cloud infrastructure.[26]

On April 15, 2013, RightScale announced that it would provide enterprise support for Windows Azure in conjunction with the Microsoft announcement of its general availability release of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.[27]

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Cloud Infrastructure Providers That RightScale Supports


  1. ^ "RightScale Makes Multiple Clouds Work". Gigaom. September 17, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "https://web.archive.org/web/20070518061108/http://info.rightscale.com/content/about". 
  3. ^ http://www.rubyonrailscamp.com/AWS+Console Account is for Jonathan Siegel
  4. ^ http://www.rightscale.com/blog/cloud-management-best-practices/amazon-launches-ec2-console
  5. ^ http://s3.amazonaws.com/ec2/assets/aws_console_screencast_1.mov See copyright is to Thorsten and ELC. Similar to citation 8
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070630142809/http://info.rightscale.com/content/terms See "Corporate RightScale is a general partnership operated by Thorsten von Eicken and Jonathan Siegel. RightScale charges may appear as ELCTECH or THE ELECTRIC CONNECTION, LLC, our current payment processor account."
  7. ^ http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/51/info_exhibitors.html
  8. ^ http://s3.amazonaws.com/ec2/assets/etech-edit-reduced.swf See copyright is to Thorsten and ELC. Same design as video in citation 5, but relabeled RightScale.
  9. ^ http://www.socaltech.com/elc_technologies_acquired_by_pourzanjani_rahmat/s-0031628.html
  10. ^ Greathouse, John. "Interview: Thorsten von Eicken of RightScale". Infochachkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  11. ^ "How to Ensure Business Continuity in the Cloud". Gigaom.com. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  12. ^ "9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers". Informationweek.com. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  13. ^ Mary Hayes Weier (2008-04-24). "Cloud Computing Startup Gets $4.5M Venture Funding". Informationweek.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Cloud Expo: RightScale adds RackSpace, Eucalyptus to its hybrid clouds". Betanews.com. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  15. ^ "Cloud Management Platform RightScale Raises $25 Million". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  16. ^ "RightScale acquires PlanForCloud - press release". Rightscale.com. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  17. ^ King, Rachel (2013-04-25). "RightScale survey points toward preference for 'multi-cloud' deployments". Zdnet.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  18. ^ "Citrix FOSS Cloud Infrastructure Extends to VMware, Oracle". Readwriteweb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  19. ^ "RightScale Joins OpenStack, Supports Rackspace's Open Cloud". Networkworld.com. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  20. ^ Harris, Derrick (2011-06-07). "RightScale Brings Zynga-Like Hybrid Clouds to the Masses". Gigaom.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  21. ^ Cloud.com Powers RightScale’s myCloud Private Cloud Offering[dead link]
  22. ^ Panettieri, Joe (2013-04-18). "RightScale to Support Windows Azure Infrastructure Services". Talkincloud.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  23. ^ "RightScale Announces Integration with Google Compute Engine". Finance.yahoo.com. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  24. ^ "RightScale joins OpenStack, supports Rackspace's open cloud". Networkworld.com. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  25. ^ RightScale, Rackspace Expand Cloud Partnership
  26. ^ "Exclusive: RightScale Is First to Resell, Support Google Compute Engine". Gigaom.com. February 16, 2013. 
  27. ^ "RightScale Supports Windows Azure Infrastructure Services General Availability - press release". Finance.yahoo.com. April 13, 2013. 

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