RightScale Inc., a global provider of enterprise cloud management, has announced the general availability of its RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere, which enables organizations to give developers fast, self-service access to VMware vSphere resources and create portable workloads across vSphere, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, and other cloud hosting environments.
First announced in beta in December 2013, the RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere allows RightScale users to leverage vSphere resources through a new, lightweight, stateless on-premise appliance that sits behind a corporate firewall. The appliance would securely communicate to the vSphere environment in the data center and to the RightScale Cloud Portfolio Management solution, which provides customers self-service, cloud analytics, and cloud management.
vSphere environments have traditionally been controlled, configured, and managed by specialized administrators within IT. With the RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere, new types of users such as application developers, DevOps teams, and other cloud users can use RightScale to deploy, manage, and move workloads across cloud and vSphere environments according to the policies set by IT.
Providing developers with self-service access to vSphere through RightScale reduces repetitive, manual provisioning tasks for virtualization teams. At the same time, vSphere administrators can continue to leverage familiar vCenter tools in parallel with RightScale for their administration needs.
RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere provides enterprise infrastructure teams with a single plane of glass for visibility, governance, and management of workloads running in vSphere and cloud hosting environments – including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Rackspace, HP, IBM, OpenStack, and CloudStack. Using RightScale, central IT teams can view all workloads across the organization, enforce policies, access audit trails, and manage costs.