RightScale Product Update: Enhanced Google Cloud Platform Support, Private Cloud Cost Forecasting and More

We had a great time at AWS re:Invent earlier this month and enjoyed the chance to talk with many of you in person. But our few days in Las Vegas didn’t slow us down when it came to cranking out new features. Here is a summary of the capabilities we’ve added over the last month. Click the links below to get detailed release notes, or contact your RightScale Account Manager for more information.

Cloud Management

  • Stop/Start on Google Compute Engine: We have added support for Stop/Start for instances on Google Compute Engine. Note that any instance terminated directly in Google Compute Engine will show as stopped in RightScale since it can be restarted. See the pertinent section of our Google Compute Engine Quick Start Guide for additional information.
  • Specify Private IP Address with API 1.5: This new feature adds the ability to specify a private IP address when creating or updating the next instance of a Server resource. While currently available in the Cloud Management user interface, this feature extends the functionality into Cloud Management API 1.5. For more information, see the Cloud Management API 1.5 documentation.
  • OpenStack Bootable Volumes: The Cloud Management dashboard now supports the ability to launch an OpenStack instance, server, or array and boot from an image to a new volume. You may also specify the size of the new volume and whether to delete or retain the volume when the instance/server terminates. The Instance Provisioner and Add Server Assistant UIs have been enhanced to provide this capability. For additional information, see Create a New Instance using the Instance Provisioner and Add Server Assistant.
  • Google Compute Engine Instance Tag Support: RightScale now supports Google Compute Engine (GCE) instance tags and syncs them with the cloud. Any tags on a RightScale instance prefixed with “gce:” will be synced to that instance on GCE, and tags from GCE instances will come into RightScale in the same format.
  • Improved SSO invitation emails: Invitation emails sent to an SSO-enabled invitee now contain a link that logs the user in through SSO with one click; no additional user action is required and no discovery hint is needed.


  • Improved CloudApp Details: Based on user feedback and suggestions, we have revamped the UI for viewing CloudApp Details. The information and styling has been improved for all users of Self-Service. For additional information, see the Viewing CloudApp Details section of the Self-Service User Interface Guide.
  • New Account Selector: Self-Service now includes an account selector in the upper right, similar to Cloud Management. The account selector shows all accounts with Self-Service enabled across all shards that you have access to, making it quick and easy to switch between Self-Service sessions for different accounts.

Cloud Analytics

  • End-of-month forecast added to dashboard: We now have a projected end-of-month forecast in the Cloud Analytics dashboard. This helps you visualize how your projected costs for the full current month will compare to previous months.
  • Private clouds in Scenario Builder: You can now create scenarios based on your registered private clouds in addition to public clouds.

Multi-Cloud Support

  • Universal Cloud Appliance (UCA) in limited Early Access: The Universal Cloud Appliance enables you to use RightScale to manage bare-metal servers as well as clouds/hypervisors that were not previously supported. We have a limited number of openings in our Early Access program for UCA. If you are interested in learning more, please contact your RightScale Account Manager.
  • HP Cloud deprecation: Since HP has moved away from the public cloud business, we have set End Of Life dates in RightScale. For more information, see the End of Life details.


New Cloud Resources

  • How Mentor Graphics Uses Google Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things: In this on-demand webinar, Mentor Graphics shares how it leverages Google Cloud Platform and RightScale to provide automated, scalable infrastructure to power its next-generation IoT platform. Speakers include Emmanuel Petit, system architect at Mentor Graphics, and Karol Ussher, head of Google Cloud Platform Technology Partnerships.
  • The Definitive Guide to Enterprise Cloud Governance: A Frictionless Approach: Frictionless cloud governance does not mean no governance. It means a faster path to resources using smart governance methodology. With frictionless governance, you can drive delays to zero by offering developers and business units cloud resources as quickly as teams can obtain them directly from cloud providers.