We’ve successfully completed the first release of the RightScale Dashboard for 2011. This release includes our answer to a few common problems or requests we’ve heard recently… let’s walk through them.
One of the more common requests that we hear at RightScale is “can I get a view of my X resources displayed in format Y?” The good thing is that everyone asks the same question. The problem, however, is that X and Y are pretty much different in each request. We understand though – you’re all different types of people, running different types of systems, needing different types of information. So, today, we borrow a tactic from a well-known playbook and say “Have it your way.”
There’s a new home page to your Dashboard – no longer shall your day begin staring at a boring list of servers. All plans now have access to Widgets we’ve provided, as well as the ability to create your own. Widget preferences and settings are unique to each user on each account – so you can maintain your own custom view for each of your environments.
What does this let you do? Let’s say all the users in your account need to see what availability zones are used in their deployment – but they all care about different deployments. You can create one Widget for the account with a deployment filter – when users add it to their dashboard, they simply indicate what deployment they’re interested in. Here’s what Widgets look like:
Eugene, our lead on the project team, decided he needed a different view into his world, so he created the following Widget for himself:
How did he do that? Well, the Widgets use regular HTML and Liquid. So if you want to plug in a few links to some of your other internal “productivity tools,” you can have it that way too. Learn more about Widgets.
Another feature we’re introducing to all paid plans is Infrastructure Audits. These are new reports that will give you detailed information about your cloud resources at a point in time. To start, we’re offering cloud security reports on your firewall (open ports on AWS Security Groups) and SSH Keys. These reports let you track changes by comparing the current state of things to a baseline audit. Learn more about Infrastructure Audits.
Finally, many of you are excited to use Amazon’s Custom Origin feature to cache content from your dynamic application servers managed by RightScale. You can now set up and manage this new CloudFront feature through the Dashboard, as well as the ability to set up HTTPS protocol routing to your application servers through AWS Elastic Load Balancer.
There’s much more – don’t forget to read the Current Release Notes.
Enjoy it your way!
NB: interesting Amazon CloudFormation release today. AWS adds another piece to the puzzle, still not as powerful, easy to use, or as open as RightScale. More in the coming days…