Up on the public cloud, sailing majestically over the data networking landscape, floats the Packet Pushers, looking serenely down upon physical infrastructure that has been completely abstracted away. Yes, here in the realm of computing consumption billed by the hour, we are utterly impervious to problems. All is beautiful and at peace. On those occasions where we start to fall through our cloud towards the physical realities beneath, a unicorn races by to catch us, maintaining our blissful tranquility. One such unicorn is Ravello, sponsoring today’s show with a discussion of their networking and virtualization product that, among other things, makes public cloud easy to consume, on demand.
What We Discuss
- What is Ravello?
- What does the product enable?
- What is the founding team’s history in networking and virtualization technology?
- Why was Ravello started? What was the original use case?
Ravello Network & Security Smart Labs.
- What are Networking & Security Smart Labs?
- How is the virtual networking infrastructure implemented?
- Explaining HVX.
- Overlay network with host-to-host tunneling to create a fully fenced and controlled L2 network using a fully distributed switch.
- Which unique networking features does Ravello’s virtual networking infrastructure enable?
- Full L2 access including VLANs, broadcasting.
- L3 services (routing)
- Higher level services (DNS, DHCP, NAT, etc.)
- Native VMware devices (VMXnet3, etc.)
- Port mirroring
- Does Ravello allow one to run external virtual networking appliances?
- What are the Ravello’s Network & Security Smart Lab use cases?
- Sales demos
- Training – ISVs, resellers, customers
- Upgrade testing
- Malware testing & sandbox environments
- How much does it cost to run a Smart Lab on Ravello’s SaaS?
- Ravello Systems (home page)
- HVX: Virtualizing the Cloud (PDF whitepaper)
- High Performance Nested Virtualization: The Definitive Guide (PDF ebook)
- Description of free Ravello trial.