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FastScale OptimIzes Software Stacks for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

April 10, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsSanta Clara, Calif. – FastScale® Technology, Inc., provider of award–winning enterprise software virtualization and provisioning solutions, today announced the beta release of a new product that enables system administrators, developers, and software appliance builders to easily create and manage lightweight server software stacks in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), a web service that provides resizable compute capacity. The new FastScale Stack Manager™ Workstation Edition offers a flexible and automated approach to building software environments that average 95% smaller, require 75% less memory, and present a smaller attack surface for increased security.

“As more organizations seek to leverage cloud–based computing, productivity and management tools are essential to realize the cost savings potential,”said Lynn LeBlanc, CEO of FastScale Technology. “FastScale Stack Manager Workstation Edition provides an easy yet powerful set of capabilities to build optimized, resource-saving server software to deploy in the Amazon cloud or for in-house use with VMware. Anyone serious about cloud computing should participate in the FastScale beta program.”

FastScale has leveraged its robust enterprise technology and packaged it for individual users of Amazon EC2. Designed for CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or 5 based application environments, FastScale Stack Manager Workstation Edition provides a complete infrastructure for system administrators, developers and appliance builders to create and configure small footprint, resource-efficient software stacks for deployment in Amazon EC2 or VMware Infrastructure—with the push of a button. Fully–configured software environments are output in right-sized AMI or VMDK format, on–demand. A robust Software Component Repository enables management of the software stacks and all components throughout their lifecycle.

The patent-pending FastScale Application Blueprinting™ technology is at the heart of the FastScale Stack Manager engine for automatically generating software environments with ‘just enough operating system’ (JeOS), delivering optimized software environments that are up to 95% smaller with dramatically reduced memory, processor and storage requirements. For users who want to apply traditional image creation techniques, the Application Blueprinting feature can also be used as an insurance policy against deploying software environments with missing file dependencies by comparing the target software stack to an Application Blueprint—missing files can be added with a simple mouse click.

Key features of FastScale Stack Manager Workstation Edition include:
* Intelligent Stack Editor™ – A graphical dashboard enables easy configuration and customization of optimized server software stacks, including complex multi-tiered applications. Files, directories and packages are easily added or deleted, and dynamic size calculations are visible as stacks are defined and customized.
* Application Blueprint ™ – The FastScale Application Blueprint automatically identifies the precise operating system components an application requires, without manual effort. Any given application only uses a small subset of a general purpose operating system, and the Application Blueprint reveals those dependencies automatically.
* Software Component Repository – All operating systems, applications, patches, configuration files, scripts and other software assets are versioned and stored in a data base for central management and complete traceability, logging and reproducibility.
* Robust Configuration Settings – Easily apply policy–based configuration settings to stack recipes to customize network information, security policies, environment variables, writing to files, and more. A complete version history is maintained in the Software Component Repository.
* Flexible Output Formats – Software stacks can be output in AMI or VMDK formats, on–demand, for deployment in Amazon EC2 or download to run in-house on VMware Infrastructure.

About FastScale Technology
FastScale Technology delivers a new generation of software virtualization and provisioning solutions. Through its patent-pending technologies, FastScale enables IT organizations to build, manage and deploy complex and dynamic software environments with unparalleled simplicity, flexibility and security while achieving dramatic lifecycle cost savings and server utilization improvement. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, FastScale is a privately held company backed by leading venture capital firms including ATA Ventures, Leapfrog Ventures and Hunt Ventures. For more information, visit www.fastscale.com.

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