After a couple of months of our private beta, lots of hard work, and some fantastic feedback from our users, we are very pleased today to announce the Ravello public beta. We have enabled some interesting new features and capabilities for this major release. Here is a quick snapshot.
- Tutorial workflows that will help you understand the concepts behind Ravello and get you started quickly. These include our two main use cases: 1. Import your applications from your on-premise data center to Ravello and then deploy to any cloud so you can supercharge your dev/test and 2. Rapidly develop your new application in any cloud, and deploy it anywhere (in the cloud, or on-premise).
- New ready-made VMs and application blueprints. These will help you rapidly get started and include Ruby, Python, Java, PostgreSQL, MySQL and MongoDB. (You can always upload or configure your own VMs as well). We will be adding many more as we go along. A big thanks to one of our implementation partners, Comm’N sense who have been working tirelessly to get these done.
- SMP support. Now you can deploy 2vCPU VMs on AWS, Rackspace and HP Cloud using Ravello. 4vCPUs is also ready, but we are disabling it for now to reduce our costs for the beta. That said, if you want to check it out, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can enable a preview.
- New cloud support. In addition to AWS, Rackspace and HP Cloud, we have also added support for the new Rackspace Open Cloud (based on OpenStack).
- EXPERIMENTAL – Ability to import AMIs. If you have already been working with Amazon, you can import your AMIs to Ravello, drag/drop and define your application, and then deploy to any cloud. We have marked this as experimental because it currently works for certain VM types. We are actively developing and testing this, so please let us know if you encounter any issues.
- A bunch of back-end features that you will not notice, but interesting to note from a developer perspective. A usage tracking system, integration with our CRM, etc. By the way, all this was developed using our own service, and that enabled us to get it done quickly and with high quality. We posted a blog on some of our own development methodologies using Ravello here. If you are interested, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to share all details.
- Some security features including 1. IP filtering which allows you to enable access to your application only from a predefined set of IP addresses (e.g., your office), 2. SSH key customization, 3. IDS implementation at the HVX level that alerts us on security risks both inbound and outbound.
As always, we are keen to get your feedback, so feel free to contact us: email@example.com