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Ravello and NetExam Modernize Virtual Training with Automated Hands-On Labs in the Cloud

Ravello Systems, the leading nested virtualization company, today announced that NetExam, the leading Channel Learning Management System (LMS) provider specializing in partner and customer training, has extended its training and education services using Ravello’s award-winning on-demand virtual labs. Integrated with Ravello technology, the NetExam LMS solution provides a total learning environment for the sales channels and customers, including virtual training courses with fully configured hands-on labs auto-deployed in the cloud.

“We are always looking for innovative new ways to extend the capabilities of our learning management service for training and certification. We have existing integrations with Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics and Oracle Fusion applications. Partnering with Ravello was an easy decision as their unique nested virtualization technology gives us the flexibility, automation and scalability required to tap into the public cloud and enable students across the globe with virtual labs,” said Brett Strauss, President of NetExam. “Now, we are able to extend the reach of NetExam’s LMS with new efficiency using the power of the cloud.”

The challenge with virtual training and technical education services is that they traditionally require expensive hardware and complex manual configurations. In addition, most organizations have only a select number of training seats, which can be easily maxed out during peak usage, such as a new product release.

Ravello breaks down these barriers for NetExam as an unlimited number of users can quickly spin up isolated copies of multi-node VMware- or KVM-based application environments with complex networking in self-contained cloud capsules. Ravello offers a “blueprint” capability allowing entire multi-node labs to be saved as snapshots and rapidly re-deployed. The blueprints can be shared across teams and with communities. Running on AWS and Google Cloud ensures easy scalability, negating the hardware capacity issues that plague traditional virtual training services.

“NetExam offers the most specialized LMS technology for software vendors to train their channel and user base,” said Benny Schnaider, Chairman and President of Ravello Systems. “By partnering with Ravello, NetExam’s training services are being extended to provide the courses with extremely valuable hands-on labs that are delivered securely and efficiently on the world’s leading public clouds -- effectively offering global presence with local user experience.”

Ravello’s Smart Labs technology are powered by a virtual overlay cloud with software defined networking (SDN). The technology runs unmodified VMware or KVM virtual machines and virtual appliances, in fully fenced and self-contained capsules, with layer 2 access in public clouds. Ravello is delivered as a service, with pricing starting at $0.14 per hour. A free trial is available to get started, with up to 2,880 CPU hours available free of charge.

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015 9:36 AM by David Marshall
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