RightScale, a provider of management solutions for public cloud hosting, private, and hybrid cloud services, has announced cloud services plugins that extend the RightScale platform to orchestrate any cloud service with an API.
“RightScale has long abstracted cloud functionality across compute, networking, and storage, but we are now making it easy for our own services team, customers, or partners to develop plugins that orchestrate the many new services and features that cloud providers are developing at such a furious rate,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. “Innovation is driving enterprise cloud usage forward — and RightScale helps our customers go beyond a least common denominator approach to cloud management.”
A RightScale Cloud Application Template (CAT) defines how a cloud application is deployed and managed: declaring and mapping all the resources used by the workload, defining workflow for orchestration, and automating all the operations that can be performed once the application is running.
Once a cloud services plugin is created to integrate with an API-based service, users can provision these services using simple declarative statements in a RightScale CAT file and can also interact with the service through workflows.
Benefits of the new RightScale cloud services plugins would include:
- Quickly leverage new cloud provider functionality – Enterprises can quickly and easily take advantage of new features from cloud vendors.
- Reuse and simplify integration with cloud services – Designers of cloud applications for a service catalog can quickly and easily leverage extended services through the plugin.
- Automated orchestration of complete cloud applications – Users can orchestrate all of the extended services needed for an application, whether they are provided internally, by cloud providers or by third parties. Examples include:
- Updating third-party DNS records
- Provisioning a RedShift cluster
- Setting up Elastic Load Balancer
- Integration with collaboration software used by developers – RightScale can now integrate with popular tools that developers use to collaborate, including integrations with Slack and ticket systems such as Jira.