ISV networking labs

Run VMware and KVM appliances on leading clouds

ISVs need to run VMware and KVM appliances to demonstrate and train their user-base on the features supported by their appliances. However, these appliances cannot run natively on public clouds. Ravello’s nested virtualization technology makes it possible to run data-center VMware or KVM virtual appliances on leading clouds “as-is” without modifications. This means they can effectively recreate the same deployment, topology, version of the appliance on the cloud as they have in their data center.

Access data-center like networking on public cloud

Public clouds don’t expose access to L2 networking, and while there are virtual ethernet adapters connected to the virtual L2 network in public clouds, the frames that are actually sent and received are heavily filtered (broadcast datagrams and non-IP payloads are not allowed). The result – network setup in data-center cannot be replicated on public cloud without extensive modifications. Ravello overcomes this challenge by providing clean L2 access (including support for broadcast and multicast) through its networking overlay – enabling data-center like networking on public cloud. One can keep the same networking for application environments (same IPs, netmask, VLANs) as their data-center even when running on leading clouds.

Rich networking features

Ravello’s virtual networking lab supports advanced networking capabilities that make it easy for anyone to model, build & troubleshoot a sophisticated deployment. With built-in services such as DHCP, DNS, IP Filtering, and an intuitive ‘drag and drop’ interface, it is possible to create a fully functional network topology with a couple of clicks. Ravello’s networking overlay supports many advanced capabilities such as VMware native NICs, unlimited NICs per VM, multiple IPs per NIC, VLANs, VxLANs, etc. that enable experts to create sophisticated deployments. Ravello even supports port-mirroring to help troubleshoot a setup or verify that topology is working per design.

Lab environments that can be cloned with a click

Ravello supports taking ‘blueprint’ snapshots of the entire multi-appliance topology complete with networking & storage interconnect. This enables ISVs to create blueprint of a fully functional lab environments, and share it with sales engineers, trainers across the organization. Sales engineers and trainers can create an individual environment for each demo, customer PoC, trainee using this blueprint as a template with one click.