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RightScale, Inc.
Industry Software as a service
Founded 2006
Founders Thorsten von Eicken
Michael Crandell
Rafael Saavedra
Headquarters 402 East Gutierrez Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Area served Worldwide
Key people Michael Crandell, CEO
Ida Kane, CFO
Thorsten von Eicken, CTO
Tim Miller, VP Engineering
Josh Fraser, SVP Business Development
Products Cloud Management, Cloud Analytics, Self-Service
Website www.rightscale.com

RightScale is a SaaS-based cloud computing management solution for managing cloud infrastructure across multiple IaaS providers.[1] RightScale enables organizations to easily deploy and manage applications in the cloud. The company is based in Santa Barbara, California.


RightScale was founded by Thorsten von Eicken, a former tenured professor of computer science at Cornell University who left academia to manage systems architecture for Expertcity, the startup SaaS company that became Citrix Online.[2] He was joined by cofounders RightScale CEO Michael Crandell, who speaks and writes frequently on the subject of cloud computing and cloud computing management,[3] and RightScale Vice President of Engineering Rafael Saavedra.[4]

RightScale received $4.5M in venture capital in April 2008,[5] $13M in December 2008[6] and $25M in September 2010.[7]

On July 18, 2012, RightScale announced its acquisition of the Scotland-based PlanForCloud.com (formerly ShopForCloud.com), a company that provides a free cloud cost forecasting service.[8]

Partnerships with other companies[edit]

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

On November 5, 2012, RightScale announced that it was expanding its existing relationship with cloud hosting provider Rackspace to integrate with Rackspace Open Cloud products powered by OpenStack.[9]

In February 2013, RightScale became the first cloud management company to resell Google Compute Engine public cloud infrastructure.[10]

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.[11]


  1. ^ "RightScale Makes Multiple Clouds Work". Gigaom.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  2. ^ Greathouse, John. "Interview: Thorsten von Eicken of RightScale". Infochachkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  3. ^ "How to Ensure Business Continuity in the Cloud". Gigaom.com. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ "9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers". Informationweek.com. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  5. ^ Mary Hayes Weier (2008-04-24). "Cloud Computing Startup Gets $4.5M Venture Funding". Informationweek.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Cloud Expo: RightScale adds RackSpace, Eucalyptus to its hybrid clouds". Betanews.com. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Cloud Management Platform RightScale Raises $25 Million". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ "RightScale acquires PlanForCloud - press release". Rightscale.com. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  9. ^ RightScale, Rackspace Expand Cloud Partnership
  10. ^ "Exclusive: RightScale Is First to Resell, Support Google Compute Engine". Gigaom.com. February 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "RightScale Supports Windows Azure Infrastructure Services General Availability - press release". Finance.yahoo.com. April 13, 2013. 

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