The RCA-V is a stateless web service that presents a compute cloud API on top of of VMware vSphere environment. Its purpose is to enable the RightScale Cloud Management Platform to manage a vSphere installation (or designated sub-portion) as if it were an on-premise cloud environment (resource pool) similar to public cloud IaaS offerings such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform, or private clouds such as OpenStack.

The appliance is a minimal layer on top of vSphere that serves three main purposes:

  • Provides a simple REST-based cloud API
  • Enforces a set of policies, most of which are actually implemented by vSphere
  • Creates a multi-tenant environment where a tenant can only be associated with a single RightScale account.
Current RightScale Cloud Appliance for vSphere (RCA-V) Versions

Two separate versions of the RCA-V are currently supported and generally available. Follow the links below to learn more about each of these versions, their supported features, and procedures for upgrading.