Now Deploy OpenStack Instances Sans Hardware through Ravello Technology
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Now Deploy OpenStack Instances Sans Hardware through Ravello Technology

By CIOReview | Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FREMONT, CA: OpenStack is being widely discussed across the length and breadth of today’s cloud computing world albeit its adoption remains slow due to the dearth in availability of the hardware for testing and evaluations. To unshackle the organizations from this physical constraint, Ravello Systems, a company into nested virtualization technology, has announced its cloud-based platform called OpenStack LabCloud that does not require hardware for OpenStack deployments. This platform works on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.

Through OpenStack LabCloud, multi-node OpenStack lab environments based on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) can be provided on demand, for development, testing, training, demos, proofs of concept, and evaluations. Developers and enterprises rather than waiting for hardware or hosting provider for setting up their sandboxes and test environment, can now go about installing any version of OpenStack through AWS or Google Cloud.

Ravello’s technology overcomes the restrictions of the nested virtual machine and the opaqueness of L2 network configuration. The company’s nested virtualization solution runs a hypervisor on top of public clouds and provides transparency into the L2 network with distributed switch, router, and application services like DNS and DHCP. AWS or Google Cloud can now be used to set up KVM nodes as OpenStack compute nodes and install Nova networking and Cinder/Ceph storage and more forming a comprehensive OpenStack multi-node environment.

With pay-as-you-use model, developers can avail OpenStack LabCloud to set up their own multi-mode OpenStack environments in AWS and Google Cloud, test their code and shut down the entire deployment once they are done.

Allowing any number of multi-mode OpenStack environments for the user for testing, Ravello’s technology allows enterprises to manage OpenStack infrastructure upgrades, workload migration and training projects in a simplified, cost effective manner.