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Ravello Systems Launches Direct Upload, a No-Migration Path from VMware to AWS or Google Cloud Using Nested Virtualization
Ravello Systems, Inc. the industry's leading nested virtualization vendor today announced a new VM Direct Upload functionality which enables entire application environments to be cloned from VMware to AWS or Google Cloud, without requiring any virtual machine (VM) import or conversion.

Founded in 2011 by the team that created the KVM hypervisor, Ravello empowers enterprises to achieve the perfect balance of private and public cloud resources, by running their applications in any cloud on demand, without any migration overhead. Through a combination of application encapsulation, cloud abstraction and multi-VM automation, Ravello has enabled enterprises to reduce their time to provision application environments from months to minutes and to eliminate their capacity constraints - resulting in parallelized development, testing and training environments for accelerated time to market.

New Direct Upload from VMware vCenter

Traditional import/export utilities require a VM conversion from the native VMware ESXi format called vmdk to the Amazon EC2 format called AMI, since they run on entirely different infrastructures. In contrast, Ravello's newly introduced Direct Upload system uploads multiple virtual machines by connecting directly to VMware vCenter, and runs the entire application in the public cloud without any modifications using high performance nested virtualization. This allows enterprise-hardened virtual machines with all their operating system patch levels, VMware tools, drivers and complex networking configurations to be uploaded and run as-is on AWS or Google Cloud, thus eliminating majority of the operations involved in an application migration to the cloud.

Application Encapsulation and Network Automation

Rather than individual virtual machines, enterprises are concerned about multi-tier applications with complex networking and storage. Ravello provides advanced software-defined networking with full layer 2 access, and automatically recreates the application's networking configurations including static IPs, multiple subnets, L2/L3 networking appliances, domain controllers, DNS and storage configurations in the public cloud. Ravello encapsulates the entire application environment, thus enabling several VM automation operations such as snapshotting, cloning and auto-provisioning to be performed on a multi-VM capsule. As a result, enterprises gain single-click repeatable deployments in AWS or Google Cloud for their multi-tier VMware-based application environments.

Ravello's usage based pricing starts at $0.14/hour for 2 vCPU, 4GB RAM units and includes the cost of the underlying public cloud resources.

Published Tuesday, November 11, 2014 4:19 PM by David Marshall
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