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Ravello's key pitch is that you can replicate a VMware environment in a non-VMware public cloud

Ravello’s key pitch is that you can replicate a VMware environment in a non-VMware public cloud

Ravello Systems, a firm specialising in nested virtualisation technology, has secured $28m in its latest round of funding. The firm, founded in 2011 by some of the original KVM team, said the funds will be used to redouble its bid to penetrate the cloud market.

Qualcomm Ventures and SanDisk Ventures let the latest funding round, with participation from existing and new investors Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners.

Nested virtualisation – the process of running a VM within a VM, essentially – can be fairly useful for testing VMware workloads in multiple datacentre environments, and it can also be useful for recreating complex service chains that have multiple components relying on different underlying operating systems or hypervisors.

Ravello, which launched into public beta in 2013, enables enterprises to recreate their datacentre environments in the public cloud with support for chip-level virtualisation calls, and it recently updated its HVX technology to run in AWS and Google’s public cloud. The company was founded by Rami Tamir and Benny Schnaider (who previously founded Qumranet, which created KVM).

It can run unmodified VMware of KVM virtual machines in the public cloud, and will soon gain support for running ESXi.

“There is a clear need in the market to bridge the divide between VMware oriented virtualised datacentres and public clouds like AWS and Google – and nested virtualisation has clearly emerged as the right technology to achieve this,” said Rami Tamir, chief executive officer and co­-founder of Ravello Systems.

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