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RightScale, Inc.
IndustrySoftware as a service
FounderThorsten von Eicken
Michael Crandell
Rafael H. Saavedra
HeadquartersSanta Barbara, California
Key people
Michael Crandell, CEO
Raphael Simon, CTO
Steve Morrison, CFO
Josh Fraser, SVP Sales & Business Development
Kim Weins, VP Marketing and Cloud Cost Strategy
Bailey Caldwell, VP Customer Success
Ryan Williamson, VP Engineering
Ryan O'Leary, VP Product
ProductsRightScale Cloud Management Platform (CMP), RightScale Optima

RightScale was a company that sold software as a service for cloud computing management for multiple providers.[1] The company was based in Santa Barbara, California. It was acquired by Flexera Software in 2018.[citation needed]


Thorsten von Eicken, a former professor of computer science at Cornell University, left to manage systems architecture for Expertcity, the startup company that became Citrix Online.[2] He was joined by RightScale CEO Michael Crandell,[3] and RightScale Vice President of Engineering Rafael H. Saavedra.[4]

RightScale received $4.5 million in venture capital in April 2008,[5] $13 million in December 2008,[6] and $25 million in September 2010[7] at a valuation of $100-$125 million.[8]

On July 18, 2012, RightScale announced its acquisition of the Scotland-based (formerly, which provides a free cloud cost forecasting service.[9]

RightScale introduced the Cloud Maturity Model with the release of its second annual State of the Cloud Report on April 25, 2013.[10] The report findings are based on a RightScale survey of 625 IT decision makers and categorized according to the Cloud Maturity Model, which is an analysis and segmentation of companies based on their varying degrees of cloud adoption.

On September 26, 2018, Flexera Software acquired RightScale for an undisclosed amount.[citation needed]


On November 5, 2012, RightScale announced it was expanding its existing relationship with cloud hosting provider Rackspace to integrate with OpenStack.[11]

In February 2013, RightScale became the first cloud management company to resell Google Compute Engine public cloud services.[12]


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  2. ^ Greathouse, John. "Interview: Thorsten von Eicken of RightScale". Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  3. ^ "How to Ensure Business Continuity in the Cloud". 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  4. ^ "9 More Cloud Computing Pioneers". 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  5. ^ Mary Hayes Weier (2008-04-24). "Cloud Computing Startup Gets $4.5M Venture Funding". Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  6. ^ "Cloud Expo: RightScale adds RackSpace, Eucalyptus to its hybrid clouds". 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  7. ^ "Cloud Management Platform RightScale Raises $25 Million". Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  8. ^ Malik, Om (2010-09-24). "Cloud Startup Values Are Getting Insane". GigaOm.
  9. ^ "RightScale acquires PlanForCloud - press release". 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  10. ^ King, Rachel (2013-04-25). "RightScale survey points toward preference for 'multi-cloud' deployments". Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  11. ^ Verge, Jason (2012-11-05). "RightScale, Rackspace Expand Cloud Partnership". DataCenter Knowledge. Informa. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  12. ^ Darrow, Barb (2013-02-25). "Exclusive: RightScale Is First to Resell, Support Google Compute Engine". Gigaom. Retrieved 2021-01-11.