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Introduction to RightScale


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Learn how to get started, use, deploy and benefit from implementing RightScale Cloud Platform.

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Introduction to RightScale

  1. 1. Introduction to RightScale Cloud computing management platform
  2. 2. Outline 1. RightScale as cloud management platform 2. Benefits of using RightScale 3. Getting started with RightScale 4. Recommended use of RightScale 5. Deployment your website on RightScale 6. Basics of RightScale administration 7. About Akelios Akelios © 2010 2
  3. 3. 1. RightScale as cloud management platform RightScale platform RightScale is the leader in cloud computing management. Founded in 2006, the company offers a fully automated cloud management platform that enables organizations to easily deploy and manage business critical applications across multiple clouds with complete control and portability. 1. Delivered as SaaS (software as a service) and is available in a range of editions, from free Developer Edition to Enterprise Edition. 2. Multiple cloud infrastructure providers support (Amazon’s Web Services, GoGrid, FlexiScale, RackSpace, Eucalyptus). 3. Different types of clouds – public, private and hybrid. Windows-based (as GoGrid) and Linux-based (as Amazon). 4. API to implement administration tasks, monitoring, alerting, load balancing across multiple clouds. 5. Web-based administration, configuration and deployment. Akelios © 2010 3
  4. 4. 2. Benefits of using RightScale Increased IT staff productivity and time saving 1. Time saved to initially deploy an application 2. Time saved to manage application throughout in less time through automation 3. Time saved by reusing RightScale Deployments and ServerTemplates as predefined configurations for additional cloud systems Akelios © 2010 4
  5. 5. 2. Benefits of using RightScale Scalable websites 1. Dynamically scalable website in case of unpredictable traffic peaks such as big news event or viral word of mouth 2. Quick and easy scaling in either direction via RightScale autoscaling 3. No user intervention (custom configuration, manual server adding, etc) is needed Grid processing 1. Serves compute-intensive applications in industries such as pharmaceuticals, financial services, media, microchip or aerospace design, animation, oil and gas exploration, etc. 2. Allows to utilize on-demand, virtually unlimited cloud resources with no need to maintain private data center. 3. Makes grid processing possible for users who cannot afford to have their own grid. Akelios © 2010 5
  6. 6. 2. Benefits of using RightScale Autoscaling cost saving example 1. Acquire hardware: Item Ann. cost 30 dedicated HP ProLiant DL360 G6 dual-core servers at $1,395 each for total cost of $41,850 $13,950 (amortized over 3 years) Hosting 30 servers X $1,000/month for 12 months $360,000 System administration 0.6 at $100.373/year $60,223 Annual total: $434,173 2. Autoscaling on the cloud using RightScale: Item Ann. Cost 2 large cloud servers for 24 hours/day, 28 large cloud servers for 90 minutes (charged for 2 hours) $12,906 per day at $.34 or $1,076 per month RightScale fee $1,000/month plus $2,500 annual fee $14,500 System administration 2 hours/day 0.25 X $100,373/year $25,093 Annual total: $52,499 Akelios © 2010 6
  7. 7. 3. Getting started with RightScale Sign-up for RightScale 1. Free RightScale account – Developer Edition. 2. Website Edition - to run a full customer-facing website on cloud infrastructures. 3. Grid Edition – to run and manage any background or batch processing tasks in a scalable environment. 4. Premium Edition – combines both the Website Edition and Grid Edition to give a total solution for web businesses. Akelios © 2010 7
  8. 8. 3. Getting started with RightScale RightScale Dashboard Web-based configuration, management and deployment tool. Akelios © 2010 8
  9. 9. 3. Getting started with RightScale ServerTemplates 1. Define the composition and configuration of your instances. 2. Use a base OS image and a series of scripts (RightScripts) to install and configure the server as it boots. 3. Created interactively in RightScale Dashboard. 4. Based on AMI (Amazon Machine Images) or RightImages (designed to build and run stable Amazon EC2 server on RightScale). RightScripts 1. May be a shell script, a Perl, Ruby or Python script, etc. 2. Defined interactively in RightScale Dashboard. 3. Boot Scripts - Scripts that run at boot time. 4. Operational Scripts - Scripts that can be run once a server is running. 5. Decommission Scripts - Scripts that run right before a server is terminated. Akelios © 2010 9
  10. 10. 4. Recommended use of RightScale Scalable website deployment Many websites experience fluctuations in demand – some can predict that demand, some cannot. Either way, the cloud’s virtually infinite resources paired with RightScale’s autoscaling make a perfect solution. Key Features: 1. Dynamic server configuration 2. Predesigned ServerTemplates to deploy quickly 3. Load-balanced front-ends 4. Redundant database with failover and recovery 5. Advanced graphical monitoring and alerting 6. Log file consolidation 8. Fully customizable and extensible infrastructure Akelios © 2010 10
  11. 11. 4. Recommended use of RightScale Grid Computing 1. For applications require batches of multiple “jobs” to process (such as media transcoding, fraud detection, statistical research, etc) 2. On-demand access to virtually infinite computing resources without the upfront investment. 3. Easily and affordably reduce the amount of time required to process tasks by scaling up the number of cloud resources in your server array. Test & Development 1. Complete production-scale infrastructure, configured exactly as it will run live. 2. Test multiple architectures, variables, components, and configurations easily and independently. 3. Push the debugged test environment live quickly and easily. Akelios © 2010 11
  12. 12. 5. Deployment your website on RightScale RightScale Deployment prerequisites 1. SecurityGroup (defines which ports are opened in Amazon's firewall to allow incoming connections to your instance). 2. S3 Bucket (a folder at Amazon S3 where you can store files). 3. SSH Key (allows root login access to the instance via SSH). 4. Elastic IP (allows to allocate an IP address and assign it to an instance of your choice). 5. All items above are created in RightScale Dashboard. RightScale Deployments 1. In RightScale Deployment is a group of servers that work together for a common goal or project. 2. Created interactively in Dashboard based on predefined or custom ServerTemplates. 3. Unlimited number of deployments (you pay only for instances that you are actually running). 4. Cloning of a deployment allows to quickly create QA or Development environments. Akelios © 2010 12
  13. 13. 5. Deployment your website on RightScale Example steps to build and deploy LAMP server at Amazon via RightScale (all actions are performed in RightScale Dashboard) 1. Clone predefined ServerTemplate (LAMP ServerTemplate from RightScale library) 2. Check default boot scripts 3. Create a RightScript for getting a MySQL DB from a URL. 4. Create a RightScript for getting a PHP App from a URL. 5. Activate newly created scripts and place them in correct order. 6. Add credentials to access database. 7. Add configured server to a deployment (or default deployment). 8. Launch the server at EC2. Akelios © 2010 13
  14. 14. 6. Basics of RightScale administration Deployments management 1. Dashboard view: Manage > Deployments. 2. Basic actions: • Add a Server to a Deployment • Add or Remove Tags to Servers in a Deployment • Archive or Unarchive a Deployment • Change a Server's Public IP • Clone a Deployment • Create a New Deployment • Delete a Deployment • Delete a Server from a Deployment • Edit a Deployment • Launch a Server • Lock or Unlock a Deployment • Terminate a Server • Run a script on a Server Akelios © 2010 14
  15. 15. 6. Basics of RightScale administration Edit/Clone/Archive/Delete deployment Start/stop server(s) Edit server Add server to the deployment Akelios © 2010 15
  16. 16. 6. Basics of RightScale administration Servers management 1. Dashboard view: Manage > Servers. 2. Basic actions: • Add a Server to a Deployment • Edit the Current Server • Lock or Unlock a Server • Run a script on a Server(s) Akelios © 2010 16
  17. 17. 6. Basics of RightScale administration Basic actions: Clone/Move/SSH/etc Timeline Services (apache is selected) Apache stats Apache CPU load chart Apache packets chart Akelios © 2010 17
  18. 18. 6. Basics of RightScale administration Audit entries 1. Dashboard view: Report > Audit entries. 2. Created for virtually all actions, such as launching and terminating instances, or commands that are executed on instances. 3. Basic fields: • Timestamp – date and time of when the action was performed. • Subject – the name of the server instance (for example, an EC2 instance ID). • User – who performed the action. • Summary - detailed audit entry of the task (гseful for troubleshooting). Akelios © 2010 18
  19. 19. 6. Basics of RightScale administration Edit/Clone/Archive/Delete deployment Fields: Timestamp/Subject/User/Summary Akelios © 2010 19
  20. 20. 6. Basics of RightScale administration RightScale API 1. API provides administrative and information gathering capabilities based on the client's view of the RightScale Dashboard. 2. Follows REST conventions and uses standard HTTP methods for interacting with a resource: GET, POST, PUT, DELETE. 3. 2 user-based methods of authentication: basic HTTP authentication and cookie- based authentication. 4. 2 output types – XML or JSON. 5. Basic functions: • Create/delete/update deployment • Create/delete/launch server • Create/monitor server array • Run a RightScript on a server or server array • etc (most of Dashboard functions are available via API) Akelios © 2010 20
  21. 21. 7. About Akelios Akelios is a team of Cloud Computing experts that provides a wide range of Cloud Computing services, including Cloud training, Cloud development, Cloud migration, and Cloud support. We assist companies across the various stages of the Cloud adoption cycle, providing:  Cloud Vendor, Platform, and Product Selection  Cloud Application Migration  Cost-Benefit Analysis  Cloud Disaster Recovery  Security Planning  Cloud Performance Tuning  Cloud Architecture Design To learn how Akelios can help your company benefit from the cutting-edge technologies and cost savings the Cloud provides, please visit Akelios © 2010 21
  22. 22. Thank You! More Questions? Send me an e-mail: Visit my blog: Follow us on Twitter: Author: Matthew Brown, VP of Marketing Akelios © 2010 22