It's Right Around The Corner! The OpenStack Summit in Paris

by Thomas Orozco on Oct 31, 2014 9:32:00 AM

The OpenStack Summit in Paris starts next week, and it’s going to be exciting, with more than 4,000 expected attendees! This year around, we’ll be celebrating the recent Juno OpenStack release, and look forward to the upcoming Kilo release.

Of course, and for the third consecutive time, Scalr will be present at the Summit.

  • We’ll be there as sponsor (and we’ll be happy to meet you in booth E17)

  • Scalr CEO Sebastian Stadil will be presenting in “Top Hybrid Cloud Myths Debunked”, Wednesday 5th at 15:30

Come by and say hello to get:

  • A demo,

  • Your cloud and Scalr questions answered,

  • Your hands on unique Scalr stickers!

 

See you in Paris!

-- The Scalr Team 

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Topics: Community, OpenStack, Events

Helping Expedia Save 20 Effort Years through Process Automation

by Megan Tobin on Oct 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

We recently published a case study featuring our customer Expedia, highlighting how they are using Scalr to support their Hybrid Cloud Framework project.  Today, I’m happy to provide you with an exciting update regarding their results. 

One of Expedia’s primary business motivators for its move to a hybrid cloud was to increase business agility. Cloud achieves this by providing developers with the ability to provision resources themselves as needed – rather than through a traditional ticket-based provisioning process.  In automating and streamlining this process for its developers, Scalr has helped significantly improve Expedia’s operational efficiency and business agility – to the tune of twenty years of human effort.

As an industry, we often talk about the promise of cloud computing in growing an organization’s ability to develop faster and in turn innovate faster, which then feeds corporate competitive advantage.  However, it is phenomenal when we can actually see the promise come to fruition. And in Expedia’s case it is fueling time-to-market that is critical to business success in their highly competitive market segment.

Don’t take my word for it. According to Rajeev Khanna, Vice President, Global Infrastructure Services at Expedia, “Since we introduced the Hybrid Cloud Framework a year ago, we’ve launched over 20,000 instances and saved an estimated 20 effort-years through process automation.”

We’re proud to be part of Expedia’s success and its ability to deliver self-service infrastructure throughout the development process, giving Expedia’s many development teams the ability to better implement and test releases without needing to worry about IT policies or wait for IT to manually provision infrastructure.


 

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Topics: Announcements, OpenStack, Multi-Cloud, Case Study, Automation

Finally! AWS Lands A Second European Region

by Sebastian Stadil on Oct 23, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Earlier today, Amazon announced the launch of “eu-central-1”, its latest Amazon Web Services (AWS) region, physically located in Germany, near Frankfurt. Here are three main reasons why this move matters:

First, data residency; of course. Of all European countries, Germany has the most stringent privacy laws. With a presence in Germany, AWS will be able to extend its customer base across regulated businesses in Germany.

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Topics: Announcements, Opinion, Cloud News, AWS, Amazon

Reaching for the Stars: JPL Selects Scalr for Cloud Management

by Sebastian Stadil on Oct 21, 2014 1:28:39 PM

We are excited to announce today that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has contracted with Scalr to use our Cloud Management Platform to manage its AWS public cloud and OpenStack-based Nebula One private cloud. 

Jet Propulsion Labs, for those of you not in the know, is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center. JPL is currently working on the proposed Europa Clipper Mission, eponymously named after Jupiter’s moon which it will survey. This is the stuff of boyhood dreams, and the fact that we’ll get to help JPL over the course of this potential fifteen year mission is really exciting.

Particularly, we are looking forward to helping JPL manage its hybrid cloud environment, including helping the organization meet security and regulatory requirements. As a federally funded laboratory, JPL is subject to a variety of federal regulations including FISMA, ITAR and NIST guidelines – all regulatory standards Scalr can actively help JPL achieve and manage – across both highly popular consumer facing websites and confidential, internal workloads.

JPL specifically chose Scalr to manage its hybrid cloud infrastructure as it allows the organization to centralize management in a single platform, which lets JPL IT focus its efforts on the commonalities across projects. This in turn allows JPL to reduce duplicative work, saving engineers and scientists time as they access the Scalr console at the platform tier. To provide this elastic infrastructure, JPL will be able to create an abstraction layer on top of OpenStack-based Nebula One and AWS to act as a platform for application deployment and provide the ability to control who has access to which applications and data, and where they are deployed.

JPL is going to see the promise of a hybrid cloud strategy in action facilitated by self-service development provisioning. And, Scalr global orchestration will allow JPL IT to set, manage and transparently enforce policy-based compliance across their private and public clouds.

We are looking forward to applying our experience on the Europa mission to JPL’s other many long-term, phase-based projects with highly variable infrastructure and application needs.  

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Topics: Announcements, OpenStack, Cloud Management, enterprise cloud, cloud adoption

Security Announcement: Scalr Discontinues Support for SSLv3

by Thomas Orozco on Oct 15, 2014 1:44:24 PM

On October 14th, a team of security researchers from Google announced a new attack on SSLv3: POODLE (CVE­ 2014-­3566), which compromises the secrecy of communications secured using SSLv3, one of the technologies that enable clients and servers to establish an encrypted connection over the internet (e.g. an HTTPS session).

What you need to know

Due to numerous faults in the specification, SSLv3 has been deprecated for a while, but it remained in use across the internet for compatibility with very old clients. Note that this does not mean clients are actively using SSLv3 to talk to e.g. Scalr (TLS, SSL’s successor is used in overwhelming majority of connections). All it means is that SSLv3 is available if they choose to (which they seldom do).

However, in order to ensure the security of our customers, POODLE marks the end of the road for SSLv3 at Scalr, as we are disabling support for it across our servers. This means that clients will now be required to use TLS to talk to Scalr.

What you need to do

As a user, it is unlikely that you’ll be affected. Your clients will continue using TLS to talk to Scalr like they did before we removed support for SSLv3 (like it should). If you do get in trouble, you’ll need to update your clients to something more recent  (for example, TLS has been available in OpenSSL for upwards of 15 years).

Note that if you are using Scalr to deploy HTTPS web servers, you will likely want to make the same change to preserve the security of your users.
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Topics: Announcements, Technical, Security, Google

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