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Reminder:  Additional release notes can be found here.

General Release Information

Release Date: October 25th, 2012

Release Time: 6:00pm Pacific

The focus of this release is:

  • Enhanced Features for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Various bug improvements

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  • 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.

Filter and Find Server Types Across Clouds - PlanForCloud

PlanForCloud has included new functionality for filtering and locating server types when adding servers to a cost-estimation deployment. For more information about this new feature, see PlanForCloud's blog


Enhanced Features

Support for EBS Provisioned IOPS Volumes

Provisioned IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) support is now available when creating a new EBS volume or when using our ServerTemplates that support block devices (Storage Toolbox and Database Manager ServerTemplates). Provisioned IOPS is an Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volume type for running persistent, high-performance, and high-availability databases with Amazon EC2. The IOPS provisioned ratio of the volume size can be a maximum of 10 and the range to create a Provisioned IOPS volume is 100 IOPS and 10GB up to 2,000 IOPS and 200GB. For more information on how to create a Provisioned IOPS volume, see Create a New EBS Volume.  

EBS Optimized Instances

EBS Optimized Instances are now supported. Although this instance type is not necessarily required to utilize the functionality of Provisioned IOPS, it can help communication between EC2 and EBS. Performance benefits can be seen if you're using high amounts of network bandwidth and disk bandwidth at the same time. Additionally, Amazon guarantees that when a Provisioned IOPS volume is attached to an Optimized Instance, the volume will perform within 10% of their provisioned performance 99.9% of the time. For more information on how to create Optimized Instances, see Create a New EC2 Instance.

API Enhancements

The ability to clone Servers and ServerArrays have been included to RightScale API 1.5, RightScale's API that supports all clouds except Amazon Web Services. For more information, see RightScale API 1.5. Additionally, since RightScale API 1.0 supports only AWS, the ability to work with Optimized Instances and Provisioned IOPS has been added as well as being able to show if an instance is using on-demand or spot pricing. For more information, see RightScale API 1.0.



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



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