RightScale Product Updates: AWS Spot Prices Now in Cloud Pricing Service, Plug In Any Costs to Cloud Analytics, and More

March is here and so are new features. Here is a summary of the capabilities we’ve added over the last month.

Cloud Analytics

  • RightScale Cloud Pricing Service adds AWS Spot prices and is now GA: We introduced the RightScale Cloud Pricing Service in October 2015. We have now added AWS Spot pricing into the pricing service and are making the RightScale Cloud Pricing Service generally available (GA) to all users. The AWS Spot prices will provide a historical view of Spot prices beyond the 90 days that AWS currently offers and will enable you to compare these prices to On-Demand or Reserved Instance prices via an API.  Learn more in the Pricing Service API Documentation.
  • Plug in additional cloud costs to Cloud Analytics: Cloud Analytics now lets you incorporate your actual costs from any cloud or service. For example, you can add bills from cloud providers that RightScale does not natively support, such as Oracle Cloud; you can plug in additional private cloud costs, such as storage, that go beyond hourly compute costs which are tracked natively by RightScale; or you can plug in costs from other SaaS or PaaS vendors.Use the the new Cloud Analytics API call PluginCosts to push in these additional cloud costs. You can then view these costs in the Cloud Analytics user interface and create budget alerts or scheduled reports. You can also use the Cloud Analytics API to read these costs. See the Cloud Analytics API for more information.


  • Simplified API access to cloud costs regardless of source: RightScale collects your cloud costs from a variety of sources, including cloud bills; instance usage and pricing; and, now, costs plugged in from external sources via the API. We’ve added a new CombinedCosts API call that lets you combine data from all three sources (CloudBillMetrics, PluginCosts, and InstanceMetrics) in a single API response. If data from cloud bills is not available, the API will automatically fall back to instance usage and pricing to calculate costs.

Cloud Comparison

  • Share your Cloud Comparison scenarios with others: RightScale Cloud Comparison is a free tool to help you decide which clouds to use based on your requirements. Once you’ve selected your requirements, you can now copy a URL to share with others who need to see the results.

Multi-Cloud Support

  • Support for Google Compute Engine subnetworks: RightScale now discovers Google Compute Engine (GCE) subnetworks, and these can be used when creating and launching servers, arrays, and instances in GCE. Existing GCE Networks and their subnets are shown in RightScale Network Manager. However, they must first be created and configured in GCE. Any of the GCE subnets can be used when managing servers, arrays, and instances through the Cloud Management dashboard, Cloud Management API 1.5, and Self-Service Cloud Application Template (CAT) files. Read more.
  • Support for OpenStack volume types: RightScale now supports volume types for OpenStack volumes. You can create OpenStack volumes using different volume types and view the type for any existing volume through the Cloud Management dashboard, Cloud Management API 1.5, and Self-Service Cloud Application Template (CAT) files.


  • RightLink 10.3.0 now supports Azure, CoreOS, and custom monitoring metrics: This new release of the RightLink agent includes support for Azure, CoreOS, and custom monitoring metrics for both Windows and Linux, in addition to a handful of bug fixes. For details and instructions to install or upgrade, see the release notes.

Cloud Appliance for vSphere

  • Support for vSphere 6.0, folders, and more: A new version of the RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere (RCA-V) has been released with support for vSphere 6.0 and some major new features. You can now use choose to use folders instead of resource pools for VM organization. Many other improvements were included as well. See the release notes for details.

Cloud Resources

  • RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report: In our fifth annual survey of IT professionals, the findings show that hybrid cloud adoption has become commonplace. For more on 2016 cloud trends and data to drive your cloud strategy, download the report.
  • Overcoming 5 Common Docker Challenges: In this on-demand webinar, see how the DevOps team at RightScale solved common Docker challenges including service discovery, monitoring, and increasing host density plus how to use a “sea of containers” for a fully containerized environment.