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Posts by Navin R. Thadani

Navin R. Thadani

Navin R. Thadani is the Senior Vice President of Products at Ravello. He leads Ravello’s product management, marketing and corporate strategy functions.

How the VMware community can benefit from running nested ESXi lab environments on AWS or Google cloud

AWS-ESXi

VMware has a vibrant ecosystem comprising technology partners, resellers, enterprise customers and the end-user community. This ecosystem needs VMware ESXi™ lab environments for development and testing, demos, PoCs/evaluations and training. There are several options for VMware labs, but they all have significant drawbacks. Running nested ESXi on AWS or Google cloud with Ravello offers an alternative approach with which the community can spin up small or large, simple or complex, ESXi environments – on demand.

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How to Run Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 in AWS and Google Cloud for Client Testing

Many ISVs need to run Windows client operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 for client testing. Most ISVs run these operating systems on internal VMware labs in their data center. However, as these ISVs want to expand their testing matrix (multiple operating systems, service packs, configurations etc.), they need more and more capacity. Ideally, they would like to use the public cloud for client testing and only pay for usage instead of incurring large capital expenses to expand their labs. However, other than AWS workspaces, which supports Windows 7 through their VDI program, there is no good solution to run the gamut of Windows operating systems in AWS or Google cloud.

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Why the Android emulator runs very slowly on AWS & Google cloud – and how you can make it 16x faster

If you have ever tried running the Android emulator on AWS, you have probably seen that it is really slow. In fact, its so slow that its practically not usable.

The reason for this is that the Android emulator is optimized to run on Linux/KVM on physical hardware (a developers desktop or a server in the data center).

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Enabling console (VNC) access on AWS EC2 for Windows or Linux – Product Update

Ravello VNC Console

The ability to VNC to a guest running on AWS is an important feature that we have had from the early days of launching the Ravello SaaS. It furthers our objective of making AWS look & feel like your internal data center – ie same VMs, same networking using nested virtualization. Since then, we have made several enhancements to the way VNC works with Ravello to provide a better user experience.

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Join us at DeployCon and Cloud Connect in Santa Clara

Ravello Systems - Develop and test in the cloud

We’re in the Bay Area attending and speaking at DeployCon & Cloud Connect this week. At DeployCon, our own Benny Schnaider, co-founder, president and chairman of the board of Ravello Systems, is a guest panelist for a fireside chat on PaaS visibility. If you are interested in learning how you can get the benefits of the ease of use and standardization of a PaaS and yet maintain complete control, flexibility and visibility of the underlying infrastructure, come and join us.

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Why development and testing in the cloud sucks!

Ravello Systems - Develop and test in the cloud

In this post, we are going to dig in and illustrate why its nearly impossible (in most cases) to take an existing application running in a virtualized data center and move that to the cloud as-is (without any changes whatsoever). Every step of this migration to the cloud requires you to make decisions that further distance the cloud deployment from the original data center deployment – thereby leading to a high probability of the project failing.

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Ravello: The industry’s first Universal Cloud Application Platform

Ravello Systems - Develop and test in the cloud

Today, we’re pleased to publicly announce the Ravello beta. Ravello is the industry’s first universal Cloud Application Platform and it features a new concept – a cloud application hypervisor, HVX. It allows developers to use the cloud more effectively and efficiently, solving some of the biggest challenges of moving existing applications from the data center to the cloud as well as developing and deploying new applications in the cloud.

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