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Ravello Systems Transforms Any Public Cloud Into the Ideal Enterprise Development and Test Infrastructure

Ravello Systems, the industry’s first Cloud Application Hypervisor provider, today announced the worldwide general availability of its software-as-a-service. Now, for the first time enterprises can seamlessly use any leading public cloud to develop and test their existing on-premise applications.

Until now, fundamental differences between enterprises’ on-premise data centers and the public cloud – including different virtualization, networking and storage – prevented them from being able to fully leverage the cloud for proper development and test. Ravello’s unique Cloud Application Hypervisor makes any public cloud look and feel exactly like the enterprise data center from an application’s perspective. It features high-performance nested virtualization (HVX), software defined networking and storage, and an application framework. Now enterprises can easily create replicas of their on-premise, multi-tier VMware or KVM based applications in any public cloud without making any changes. With Ravello, developers can spin up as many instances of the application as they need for testing in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace or HP Cloud. Enterprises do not need to build out massive test capacity that sits idle most of the time.

“Most enterprises recognize the need to test on replicas of their production applications. However, it requires too much effort to recreate complex multi-tier production environments and there often isn’t enough capacity in the internal data center,” said Paul Burns, president and IT analyst, Neovise. “The public cloud can solve the capacity issue but it’s still a very different environment usually requiring long migration and automation projects.”

Since the start of Ravello’s public beta in February 2013, over 2,000 enterprise users have replicated more than 30,000 applications in leading public clouds representing more than 1 million CPU hours deployed. Application sizes ranged from a few VMs all the way to over 100 VMs with multiple subnets and several virtual network appliances.

ScanCafe, the number one photo digitization and photo concierge service in the world uses Ravello to develop and test their global media management applications. “Earlier we sometimes felt we were rolling out code a bit like we were rolling dice because we were privileging agility. We’d rather spend our resources in developing features for our customers than in building the type of test infrastructure and automation that would be required for flawless deployments,” said Laurent Martin, president and CTO, ScanCafe. “With Ravello we no longer need to compromise; we are able to get our applications to market faster and with better quality.”

“For bursty workloads like development and test it does not make economic sense for enterprises to build internal data center capacity for peak usage, since on average, resource utilization may be as low as one percent,” said Navin R. Thadani, SVP of products, Ravello Systems. “The public cloud sounds promising but is too different an environment, and still does not solve the infrastructure automation problem. Consequently testing is still mostly on-premise. It is rarely as frequent or as efficient as it needs to be. Hence, development cycles are far too slow.”

With Ravello’s application-centric, usage-based pricing model, it is now economically feasible for enterprises to always develop and test on replicas of production with no capacity constraints. Prices start as low as $0.14/hour for 2vCPU and 4GB RAM for application compute, and include the cost of the underlying public cloud.

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7:46 PM by David Marshall
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