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Ravello ’s Smart Labs have self-contained capsules to run your VMware/KVM development, test, training and demo environments in the cloud without migration. One unique feature of Ravello platform is that you can simple run on AWS or Google Cloud, without any changes,  VMware vSphere workload or also ESXi nested!

It’s very nice for testing or lab purpose, where you don’t need anymore of local resources and you can have the speed and the elasticy of the cloud.

Until now they services were only with a fee and there was a limited VIP account to test it for free. But now they have extend the free service offer to all 2015 vExperts (buy making the VMware vExpert 2015 benefits really long this year!).

This offer will enabling all 2015 vExperts with 1,000 free CPU hours per month to run VMware ESXi labs or VMware workloads in AWS or Google cloud.

This is an estimated value of over $2,500 per year, per vExpert. It is intended for personal and home lab usage only so that vExperts can learn and share with the virtualization community. The offering includes free access to Ravello’s nested virtualization and software-defined networking technology with cloud capacity on AWS or Google Cloud included.

Really a smart move and a nice possibility for your lab (also if you already have a lab)!


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Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.