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Migrating virtual training environments from VMware to AWS

If you’re getting to the point where the training capacity in your datacenter is insufficient, or on the contrary – you find that there is severe under-utilization of hardware that’s just lying there – you might consider a different option: migrating virtual training environments from VMware to AWS. By doing so you will increase your training infrastructure efficiency, you will not waste capacity, and you will gain other benefits – like geographical flexibility, fast environment provisioning, cloud economics, and more.

Why migrate your virtual training environments to the cloud?

Migrating virtual training environments from VMware to AWS allows you to remove any capacity constraints on your training infrastructure, while also allowing you to meet training needs in peak times. See here for more on the economics of virtual training labs.

Additionally, you can enhance the training quality, because you can use relevant cloud regions – this way you can deploy the labs close to the location of the training, without any latency resulting from connecting to a remote datacenter.

How to deploy your VMware training environments to AWS

Using Ravello you can create your training labs on AWS, spin up environments as required and tear them down when the class is completed. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Upload your VMware or KVM based VMs to Ravello
  2. Drag and drop them onto Ravello’s application canvas, to create the application environments and check the networking configuration to see that Ravello auto-detected it correctly
  3. Publish the application in any cloud region, where the application will be running and accessible within a few minutes
  4. Use Ravello’s blueprinting capabilities to create a blueprint of the environment, and then use it to create as many copies of the training environment on-demand without any investment in configuration

This concludes the process of how to migrate your virtual training environments to the cloud. You can try it by signing up to Ravello and using the free trial to set up your training lab, as well as set up a training portal for your instructors.

About Ravello Systems

Ravello is the industry’s leading nested virtualization and software-defined networking SaaS. It enables enterprises to create cloud-based development, test, UAT, integration and staging environments by automatically cloning their VMware-based applications in AWS. Ravello is built by the same team that developed the KVM hypervisor in Linux.

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Migrating virtual training environments from VMware to AWS