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2012-07-19

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Reminder: ServerTemplates and MCIs are released separately from the new Release of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. See the ServerTemplate and MultiCloud Images Release Notes.

General Release Information

Release Date: July 19th, 2012

Release Time: 5:00pm Pacific

The focus of this release is:

  • New Enterprise-level features, including Cross-Account Reporting and SAML-based Identity Federation
  • Guide to Launching a Server for New Customers
  • Various UI improvements

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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 availability." 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 availability." Recommended for non-production deployments.
  • general availability - Feature that has undergone testing and field experience or is a minor upgrade from prior releases. Recommended for production upgrade after testing. 

 


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.

 

SAML (public beta)

RightScale is enabling SAML 2.0-based Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality for Enterprise Plan customers who request this feature. This, combined with our provisioning API, allows for full identity federation including syncing with Active Directory. In addition, we have tested this functionality with our partners Okta and PingIdentity so that you can use their (and similar) SaaS-based Identity Providers. For more information, see Getting Started with SAML.

Our partner Okta is offering a limited time free trial of their product, enabling automated user management, provisioning and de-provisioning of users based on Active Directory accounts, to the first five beta users. Contact sales@rightscale.com for more information.

Enterprise Report Manager (public beta)

Based on feedback from some of our largest customers, we have created a new Enterprise Report Manager that can:

  • Aggregate usage data across accounts in the enterprise
  • Organize usage data by tags places on accounts, deployments, or servers
  • Export CSV reports on a one-off or scheduled basis
  • Save common reports for repeated or scheduled use

For example, if you have three accounts that belong to one department within the organization, you can use tags to roll up the usage of those three accounts into a single report. Alternatively, if you tag all the production deployments across your organization, you can roll up all your production costs, regardless of department.

For more information, see Report Manager.

Review Docs and Tutorials Widget

The Review Docs and Tutorials Widget (which replaces the Getting Started Help Widget) displays once logged into the Dashboard. This widget links to the RightScale Getting Started Guide, video tutorials, and tutorials and guides from our Support Portal.

Launch a Server in Your Cloud Widget

The Launch a Server in Your Cloud Widget, which replaces the AWS Quick Start Macros Widget, displays once logged into the Dashboard. It contains a list of ServerTemplates related to your cloud provider(s) and lets you "Import & Launch" a ServerTemplate from the MultiCloud Marketplace directly into your deployment. A search field also exists below the list of ServerTemplates that lets you directly search the MultiCloud Marketplace.

If your account is not connected to any clouds, the widget will display a "Start Here" icon which, once selected, will prompt you to connect to your public or private cloud accounts.

 


Enhanced Features

Server Array UI Improvement

The Server Arrays page (Manage > Arrays) now supports an "Items per page" selection as a "Filter by" option. You can select 20, 50, or 100 Arrays to be displayed when searching for Server Arrays.

Getting Started Help Widget Removed

This was replaced by the Review Docs and Tutorials Widget.

AWS Quick Start Macros Removed

This was replaced by the Launch a Server in Your Cloud Widget.

RightLink 5.8 Update

RightLink has been incremented to version 5.8 and includes new functionality for Security and Compliance, Automation, and Chef support. For more detailed information regarding RightLink changes, see the RightLink 5.8 Changelog on Github. For more information about RightLink 5.8, see About RightLink 5.8.

 


Unresolved Issues

N/A

 


Bugs


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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