Ravello Unveils Large Scale VMware vSphere Deployment With 250 ESXi Nodes on AWS

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--Ravello Systems, the industry’s leading nested virtualization company, today showcased a large scale nested VMware vSphere deployment running on Amazon Web Services. The deployment is the first of its kind in the virtualization and cloud world. By illustrating how to set up a large scale, 250-node VMware ESXi data center on AWS, Ravello has demonstrated how enterprises can use the public cloud for upgrade testing their VMware vSphere environments, and how VMware partners and resellers can accelerate their demos and PoCs in keeping with the new age of cloud agility.

Ravello runs complex enterprise applications on AWS and Google Cloud without migration

Ravello Systems, founded in 2011 has developed HVX, which wraps complex application environments in self-contained capsules that can run on any cloud. Delivered as a service, Ravello is a breakthrough offering that enables entire application environments with existing VMware or KVM virtual machines and complex networking, to be deployed on any cloud, without any changes. In addition to seamless cloud usage, Ravello has enabled enterprises to reduce provisioning time for complex application environments from months to minutes. A case in point is online gaming leader 888 Holdings that has a large VMware data center and a complex application environment with hundreds of VMware virtual machines. Thanks to Ravello, 888 seamlessly uses AWS for test environments, and has reduced provisioning time from several weeks to 15 minutes.

Ravello innovates further by nesting hypervisors in the cloud for enterprise and home labs

Ravello further enhanced its technology in April 2015 by implementing hardware extensions such as Intel VT and AMD SVM that allow the KVM and VMware ESXi hypervisors to run nested on AWS or Google Cloud. This offering significantly helps the VMware customer base and ecosystem by enabling multi-node VMware ESXi lab environments on demand - for development, testing, training, demos, proofs of concept and evaluations. Rather than wait for hardware or rely on hosting providers for setting up their sandboxes and test environments, VMware admins and enterprises can simply install and configure ESXi on top of the most cost-effective, reliable and geographically spread clouds in the world, namely AWS and Google Cloud. For instance, Arista Networks is using Ravello for sales demo and proof of concept environments and Scalar, a leading IT integrator, uses Ravello for training labs.

Ravello demonstrates unprecedented scale and automation for VMware labs with 250 node ESXi data center on AWS

With the new announcement today, Ravello, in conjunction with VMware industry leaders has demonstrated that sizeable VMware labs can easily be run on AWS. With a pay-as-you-go model for cloud capacity consumption, Ravello has presented enterprises and VMware users with a unique and attractive alternative to setting up hardware for projects such as vSphere upgrade testing, demos, trainings and proof of concept labs. By leveraging the economics of the public cloud, the sample 250 nodes ESXi lab on Ravello is very cost-effective and costs approximately $100 per hour and varies based on the resources consumed.

About Ravello Systems

Ravello Systems is the industry’s leading nested virtualization software company. The company was founded by the same team that created the KVM hypervisor, with the vision of enabling enterprises to use leading public clouds as a true extension of their data center. Ravello enables enterprises to spin up complex application environments in any cloud on demand.

Additional Resources

Ravello website

Twitter: @ravellosystems


Ravello Systems
Shruti Bhat, 650-316-5054

Release Summary

Ravello illustrates how to deploy a large 250 node VMware ESXi data center on Amazon Web Services for accelerating testing, demos and proof of concept evaluations without any hardware constraints


Ravello Systems
Shruti Bhat, 650-316-5054