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2011-05-04

Release Date: May 4, 2011

General Release Information

Release Date: May 4, 2011

Release Time: 9:00pm Pacific

Description: The focus of this release is:

  • Continued separation of RightScale architecture to ultimately limit Release downtime. The tag service was separated in this release, and RightLink communication "brokers" can be located within regions for quicker Server management response times.
  • A simplified sign-up flow and cloud registration process.
  • Dashboard internationalization, starting with Japanese translation.

 

Please read the Release Notes in their entirety for a more exhaustive understanding of what comprises this Release.

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Terminology:

  • alpha - Feature that has undergone simple testing and is expected to change, possibly significantly, before going into "beta" or "general release." Recommended for early access to new features and prototyping of new deployments/architectures. Only eligible for limited technical support. Service Level Response times are not applicable to Alpha software.
  • beta - Feature that has undergone significant testing and is not expected to significantly change before "general release." Recommended for non-production deployments.
  • general release - Feature that has undergone testing and field experience or is a minor upgrade from prior releases. Recommended for production upgrade after testing. (Also known as general availability (GA).)

 

Note: Any numbers in parentheses below are for internal RightScale use only. Please ignore them, they are simply tracking numbers. 

 


New Features

- Disclaimer -

recently_intro_icon.gifThe following new features have been added to the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Be sure to read the documentation, follow best practice principles, and thoroughly test any new functionality before making any changes to your production deployment.

 

Translated Dashboard

RightScale has laid the groundwork to support a translated Dashboard in multiple languages. With this Release, the Dashboard can be viewed partially in Japanese to coincide with the recently released AWS AP-Tokyo cloud. Click on the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the Dashboard to choose your language preference. Your choice will be saved as the default for future login sessions until you change it again. (gr-19464)

Cluster Monitoring Widget

A new Built-in Widget has been added to display Cluster Monitoring. The new Cluster Monitoring Widget allows users to monitor the health of their Deployments through Heat Maps and/or Stacked Graphs directly in the Dashboard Overview. A Cluster Monitoring Widget can be added from the Cluster Monitoring tab or from the Dashboard Overview. Heat maps and Stacked Graphs are available to Premium plans and above. For more information, see Cluster Monitoring Widget. (gr-9550)

RightScale Customer Feedback Forum

We now have a more interactive feedback feature available through the Dashboard. The Feedback link in the upper right of the Dashboard will direct you to the RightScale Customer Feedback Forum. The Feedback Forum is an interactive area where users can make suggestions or comments and also vote on suggestions or comments made by others. Feedback is categorized into topics such as "Dashboard" and "API". Users are able to navigate back and forth between the Customer Feedback Forum and the Dashboard freely while staying signed in. For more information, see RightScale Customer Feedback Forum. (19680)

ELB and RDS Deployment Association

As a RightScale AWS user, you can now specify which Deployments an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) and/or RDS Instance (Relational Database Service) is associated with. They will be listed at the bottom of the specified Deployment. However, these components will not be included in usage reports or carried over if the Deployment is cloned. To learn more, see Elastic Load Balancing or RDS Instances. (gr-19519)

Search RightScripts

You can now search for scripts or terms within either the private or imported RightScripts of a ServerTemplate. (gr-19431)

Support for Amazon RDS for Oracle

RightScale now supports Oracle Database through Amazon RDS. Previously, Amazon RDS only supported MySQL. For more information, see RDS Instances.

 


Changes

Changes to the software are listed here. Changes typically refer to enhancements to existing features, minor UI changes, additional logging or messaging, etc.

MCI Tagging

We will no longer consider tags at the image level, but rather at the MultiCloud Image level. With this release, we will be performing a migration of existing tags at the image level and propagate them to the MultiCloud Image level accordingly. The tags will be moved and therefore disappear from the images, however they will be visible on the MultiCloud Images. This migration will take place automatically with this Release, however this will be the only time this migration will take place, and users are expected to tag at the MultiCloud Image level going forward. For more information, please see the MultiCloud Images tags page. (az-18696)

Array Schedule Times in UTC

The array schedule is now listed in Coordinated Universal Time. This is due to the confusion caused by daylight savings time changes. During non-daylight savings time, values that were entered during daylight savings were displayed and acted upon one hour off. With the incorporation of UTC, daylight savings no longer plays a role, as array schedule times will be saved as UTC "time of day" values in the database. For more information, see Server Array Schedule. (gr-9542)

Case Sensitive Tag Search

With this release we will begin to fully enforce case sensitive searches for tags through both the UI and the API. Until now, if you searched by tag name through the UI or the API, it would not yield case sensitive results (i.e., a search for “name:predicate” could return resources with tags such as “name:Predicate=*” or “name:PrEdIcAtE=*” etc). However, going forward, we will start enforcing case sensitive matches. Thus, searches for “name:predicate” tags will only yield results for the exact match, “namespace:predicate=*” prefix. Please adjust any of your processes accordingly if you are relying on case insensitive matches when using tag searches. For more information, see Tagging.

Refined Sign-up Flow

The RightScale sign-up flow has undergone changes to support a quicker and easier process of getting started in the cloud than before. New RightScale users will experience a refined sign-up flow when creating an account. If you would like to create a Free Edition account, see Sign-up for a Free RightScale Account. (bl-19572)

Refined Cloud Settings Tab

The Cloud Settings tab has been refined and categorized into two tabs: Clouds and Administered Clouds. The Clouds tab allows users to view, edit and add public and private clouds to their RightScale accounts. In the Administered Clouds tab, you can register new private clouds that you administer and intend to be managed by other RightScale accounts and users. For more information, please see Add a Cloud Account to a RightScale Account. (bl-19767)

Enhanced ServerTemplate CSV Report

The Availability Zone and Server ID have been added to the end of the CSV ServerTemplate Report to make for more detailed and identifiable reports. For more information, please see ServerTemplates Usage Report. (bl-20919)

 


Unresolved Issues

Many bugs were resolved with this release. If you are interested in inquiring about a particular issue, please contact  support@rightscale.com

 


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