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RightScale, Inc.
Industry "Software as a service
Founded 2006
Founder Thorsten von Eicken
Michael Crandell
Rafael Saavedra
Headquarters 402 East Gutierrez Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Area served
Key people
Michael Crandell, CEO
Thorsten von Eicken, CTO
Tim Miller, VP Engineering
Josh Fraser, SVP Business Development
Ryan O'Leary, VP Product
Products Cloud Management Platform (CMP), Cloud Analytics, Self-Service,

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.



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.[2] He was joined by RightScale CEO Michael Crandell,[3] and RightScale Vice President of Engineering Rafael Saavedra.[4]

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

On July 18, 2012, RightScale announced its acquisition of the Scotland-based (formerly, which provides a free cloud cost forecasting service.[8]

RightScale introduced the Cloud Maturity Model with the release of its second annual State of the Cloud Report on April 25, 2013.[9] 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.

On October 2, 2015, just before the industry's biggest trade show, Amazon re:Invent, Crandell announced that RightScale's new vision will be to "manage any cloud, any service, any virtual machine, any server, and any container." This expanded vision, which RightScale calls "universal cloud management," is inspired by the goal of "enabling as many cloud-like capabilities as possible for each environment." Examples include the RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere ("RCA-V"), the RightScale Universal Cloud Appliance ("UCA"), RightScale Cloud Services Plugins, and support for the developing container ecosystem.

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.[10]

In February 2013, RightScale became the first cloud management company to resell "Google Compute Engine public cloud infrastructure.[11]

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.[12]


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

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