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Ravello Unveils InfinityDC, Lets Enterprises Grow Their VMware Data Center Inside AWS and Google Cloud

Ravello Systems, the leader in nested virtualization, today unveiled InfinityDC, a new approach that lets enterprises expand their VMware data centers without the need to buy hardware. Ravello’s new offering, InfinityDC, allows enterprises to spin up an isolated capsule in Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, with as many VMware ESXi nodes as required, all managed centrally using their existing vCenter on premises. The announcement follows on the heels of the general availability of Ravello’s InceptionSX, which serves as the foundational technology enabling this solution.

With InfinityDC, enterprises can auto-deploy a full VMware environment with complex networking in five minutes inside of AWS, as well as support a live migration using vMotion from an existing data center to a new environment inside of AWS and Google.

“This revolutionary new approach brings the convenience, flexibility and pay-as-you-go economics of the public cloud to your private data center,” said Rami Tamir, CEO and co-founder of Ravello Systems. “When you need a car for a few days, it’s cheap and convenient to rent a Zipcar, but this wouldn’t be feasible if you had to re-learn driving and get a new license each time. Similarly, it’s attractive to leverage capacity from AWS or Google on an hourly basis as you need it, but it’s impractical to re-architect, re-tool and migrate complex applications from the data center environment to the cloud just for bursty usage. With InfinityDC, Ravello is fundamentally disrupting the private and public cloud paradigm.”

Ravello’s latest breakthrough offering allows VMware data centers to easily expand and shrink in capacity by deploying additional vSphere hosts on-demand inside AWS and Google on an hourly basis - while ensuring that they are centrally managed through a VPN, and have the same tools, virtual networking and storage interfaces as the data center. In addition to enabling seamless cloud usage, Ravello’s blueprinting technology reduces provisioning time for complex environments from months to minutes. The existing data center infrastructure gets replicated in the public cloud for immediate consumption.

“Expanding a data center is a huge investment for an enterprise, and in my role as a consultant I have seen that the undertaking is often driven by peak and not average capacity requirements. This means most of the hardware will be under utilized, making the whole project uneconomical. I see the ability to expand a VMware data center into AWS and Google Cloud to meet bursty requirements as a tremendous advantage for enterprises,” said Robert Verdam, VMware certified expert and consultant at bConn ICT. “I have personally used Ravello’s nested ESXi in both AWS and Google and the convenience factor is so huge that I’d highly recommend it.”

Ravello Systems, founded in 2011 has developed HVX, a nested hypervisor with software defined networking and storage, which delivers self-contained capsules that can run existing virtual environments, including the hypervisor such as VMware ESXi itself, on public clouds such as AWS and Google. Ravello is delivered as a service, with usage based pricing starting at $0.14 per hour.

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015 6:50 PM by David Marshall
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