One of the biggest and clearest advantages public cloud computing has over traditional data centers is the cost – with the cloud pricing model Capex becomes Opex, and with a quick use of all the provided calculators – you know exactly what you’re going to pay. No negotiation, “Plug and play”. With it’s own vCloud Air pricing calculator – does VMware-gone-on-demand also fit the description?
Almost every single one of the larger VMware customers I’ve worked with has, at some point or the other, needed additional capacity. Before Ravello entered the scene to run VMware workloads unmodified on AWS/Google Cloud, the most common approach was to use a VMware hosting provider to access additional capacity.
We recently announced general availability of InceptionSX which lets you run the nested ESXi hypervisor on AWS or Google Cloud. But for the last two years we have had customers running their enterprise application environments with VMware VMs and complex…
Enterprises are trying to decide whether to embrace AWS or vCloud Air as a part of their cloud strategy. This post looks into benefits of each, and introduces Ravello as an option that brings together best of both worlds. Interested in seeing the benefits for yourself? Sign up for a free Ravello trial.
The Smarter Way to Use the Cloud: Run VMware-based applications with complex networking on AWS or Google Cloud unmodified on-demand
ISVs and enterprises know the benefits of using the public cloud. If creating an exact copy of their data center application (a VMware or KVM-based multi-VM application with complex networking) and deploying it in AWS or Google Cloud wasn’t the immense challenge that it is, the upside would be huge. Ravello enables these organizations do just that – without conversions or cloud migrations, Ravello’s HVX encapsulates applications complete with complex networking. Powered by nested virtualization and software defined networking, these workloads can run unmodified in the public cloud.
This paper outlines a proposed architecture for an elastic CI capsule that allows testing VMware virtual appliances on AWS using Ravello’s nested virtualization technology.
If you are a software ISV who has to port your products to run on Openstack, then you are probably living through the challenges of not having enough Openstack test environments for your development and testing team members. Openstack multi-node deployment is not very easy and now imagine having to do this deployment multiple times and maintain environments for your product development efforts. There is also the issue of not having enough hardware for Openstack test environments.
The curious case of cloud-based development and testing for VMware environments – a 75% cost reduction
Most enterprises have teams of developers and test engineers working on building new applications and adding features to existing applications that run in the enterprise data center or a dedicated colocation facility (usually on virtualized infrastructure like VMware). In order for these teams to work on their projects, they need several pre-production environments (development and test environments). This post outlines how enterprises can save anywhere from 30%-75% (see table 1) on the cost of these development and test environments by using Ravello to run their existing VMware based applications in AWS or Google (without modifications to the VMs) compared to hosting it in a dedicated colocation facility.
Over the last one month, we have been focused on several core features and enhancements to the Ravello service. Here are a couple of highlights.
Microsoft Exchange Server is a leading business-grade messaging system adopted by companies worldwide. It offers a number of capabilities, including email, calendar, collaboration, task management, address lists, and access to shared document repositories, etc.
Ravello Enables Rapid Deployment of Multi-Tier VMware Applications on AWS, Wins Best of VMworld Award
Ravello Systems won the “Best of VMworld 2014” Judges Choice award for its ability to run VMware workloads on AWS or Google cloud, along with the automation required for rapid deployment of multi-VM applications. We are thankful for all the appreciation and deeply grateful for the technical love. Since we don’t require any cloud migrations or VM conversions to run VMware VMs on AWS (thanks to our nested virtualization technology), we had some fun giving away t-shirts saying “Migration is for the birds, my VMs are nested”, at the event. Here are just a few of the tweets that made our day – a warm shoutout to all our tweeps!
Cloud computing is gaining in popularity to meet the scalable workloads of organizations. With the greater adaptability of DevOps, many enterprises are selecting cloud as the preferred option for their bursty workloads including development, QA/test, upgrade testing, UAT (User Acceptance Testing), and training environments.
At the same time organizations are facing increased need for collaboration in creating, managing and sharing documents as well in developing and testing web services. Microsoft SharePoint is a popular solution for such collaboration. But the complexity and size of an organization’s SharePoint setup and network topology can present an obstacle to smooth deployment of SharePoint on the cloud.
Summary: This post will focus on getting my VMware based application to run on AWS with Ravello. In my last post in the VCA-DCV certification series, if you remember, I stopped my exercise when I had two Ubuntu VMs running in Ravello’s ESXi and was starting to set up an application to run on them. This is how it turned out.
Since we, at Ravello, live in the world of nested virtualization (which unlike nested ESXi lets you run your VMware environments on third party hypervisors such as AWS-Xen or Google Cloud-KVM), I’m bringing you the entire VMworld line-up of all…
Dear vExperts, As VMware gurus, you exemplify the community values of innovating, contributing insights and helping fellow VMware users. We, at Ravello Systems, deeply share your love of virtualization. We would like to recognize and applaud you with a small…
UPDATE: On 11/11/2014 Ravello announced “Direct Upload” to enable a VM to be uploaded and run on AWS or Google directly from VMware vCenter™ By using nested virtualization you can run your existing multi-VM applications (from your VMware or KVM…
You are having your own data center running with VMWare and you want to move to Cloud, how do you manage this? Generally, we believe that it will be easy to import any VM to cloud if you have its exported image, but this is only true when you are using Ravello.
As you saw in the first article of this series, a virtual machine image is basically a set of files describing the machine volumes and metadata. Virtual machines can be in a variety of file formats, some common and well documented others less so. We also saw that how can you export an image from VMware using the OVF tool and VMWare vCenter Converter tool.
A virtual machine image is basically a set of files describing the machine volumes and metadata. Virtual machines can be in a variety of file formats, some common and well documented others less so.
Ravello enables you to run your existing VMware or KVM workloads completely unmodified in any public cloud by uploading image from data centre to Ravello. This is an important use case for dev & test. Complex networking including static IPs, multiple subnets and VLANs stays the same. No conversions or cloud migrations are required, thus ensuring your cloud-based dev & test environments are replicas of your on-premises production. UPDATE: On 11/11/2014 Ravello announced “Direct Upload” which lets you upload and run virtual machines from VMware vCenter™ to AWS or Google without any conversions or migrations.
This post describes how you can upload your existing custom ISO files and launch your virtual machines on AWS or Google Cloud from it by attaching a CD-ROM device. Ravello provides a powerful platform that lets you run a multi-VM application from existing VMware or KVM environments on top of AWS or Google cloud without modifying the VMs or networking. Providing console access, CD-ROM & ISO support, are part of Ravello’s vision to make AWS EC2 look & feel more like your VMware ESXi environment.