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Google has signed RightScale as the first reseller for Compute Engine, the ad giant's cloudy CPUs-for-hire service.

RightScale is a management vendor that can manage machines, virtual or otherwise, running in nine public clouds. The company can also help with private clouds and juggle virtual machines between the public and on-premises rigs.

Google's Compute Engine was previously untouchable by RightScale , which is therefore chuffed that Google has allowed it to do so and hopes it will mean its clients can include Google in their cross-cloud considerations.

When they do so, the company told The Reg, their motive will be to get their hands on the computing power of the Google cloud, because RightScale customers often feel the Chocolate Factory excels in that department. Enterprise-application-focussed cloud users, we were told, prefer Azure.

Adding Compute Engine to its roster – which already includes AWS, Azure, HP, Rackspace and others – therefore means RightScale can match clients' workloads to the most appropriate cloud. Google's selection also anoints RightScale as truly expert in multi-cloud management, a rather valuable endorsement.

What does Google get? RightScale's canned statement features Google's director of cloud platform sales Dan Powers saying the company values RightScale's track record ”... streamlining ongoing operations ...” in the cloud, which makes it “ …. an important partner in helping customers leverage … Google Compute Engine."

Translated from marketing-approved press-release-speak, that could well mean “Amazon Web Services just launched OpsWorks, which does lots of the management and automation stuff RightScale does and we're jolly happy folks can get that stuff for our cloud now.” ®

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