Web Host SoftLayer Offers RightScale Management Tools to Cloud Hosting Customers

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Web hosting provider SoftLayer Technologies (www.softlayer.com) announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with cloud management firm RightScale (www.rightscale.com) to develop the ability to manage and deploy SoftLayer cloud computing services through the RightScale Cloud Management Platform.

According to the press release, customers will be able to deploy, automate and manage their computing workloads using RightScale’s cloud management on SoftLayer’s public and private cloud infrastructure. With RightScale, customers can manage public and private cloud workloads through a single pane of glass.

SoftLayer says that with this partnership its customers can choose and deploy workloads on SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure in the US, Europe and Asia. Recently, SoftLayer invested $75 million in its European headquarters and data center in Amsterdam.

According to the announcement, SoftLayer is the first to offer a mainland Europe public cloud through the RightScale Cloud Management Platform.

RightScale says its cloud management platform provides pre-built ServerTemplates for faster cloud on-boarding and automation capabilities for increased efficiency.

“We are excited to partner with RightScale and empower customers to leverage our services’ unique advantages with RightScale cloud computing management,” Duke Skarda, SoftLayer chief technology officer said in a statement. “The benefits that RightScale has brought to the marketplace align directly with our founding mission to provide customers total flexibility and control.”

In addition, the partnership provides customers with access to the RightScale MultiCloud Marketplace that includes templates, scripts and architectures published by RightScale, ISV, and SI partners. The pre-built configurations are customizable, according to the press release. These types of marketplaces are prevalent as service providers share best practices and look to save templates for reuse with other clients.

“SoftLayer has created an impressive cloud offering with a truly global service. We look forward to the partnership, supporting their growing cloud services and global rollout,” Michael Crandell, co-founder and CEO of RightScale said in a statement. “RightScale is committed to supporting major cloud infrastructure providers such as SoftLayer and offering the highest caliber of management solutions for their customers.”

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